Raspberry Pi-based build status indicator for Bamboo continuous integration/deployment setups
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LED Build Indicator

Infinitely extensible Raspberry Pi-based build status indicator for teams using Atlassian's Bamboo for continuous integration/deployment.

What is it?

A device (and software behind the scenes) that keeps teams up to date on the status of various builds. Multiple projects and branches can be tracked, and an addressable RGB LED strip will flash/animate to indicate when things change; speaker output can utilise text-to-speech to communicate further information.

How it works

A collector periodically polls Bamboo's APIs to check for new builds, and utilises MQTT messages to notify any Raspberry Pi listeners of these changes. The Pis receive the data, and if it is relevant to the projects/branches they're interested in, they will flash/animate the RGB LEDs and play a sound/speak.


  • (Optional) server to run the collector script to poll Bamboo data and publish build change messages. This can be run directly on the..
  • Raspberry Pi - receives build change messages, plays audio, and sends RGB LED data to an..
  • Arduino Nano - Receives RGB LED data from the Pi and drives an..
  • Addressable RGB LED strip, featuring WS2812B RGB LEDs
  • Audio speaker - connects to the Pi's standard 3.5mm audio jack

The LED strip is driven by an Arduino Nano due to the fast data rates required by the LEDs, with the Pi sending LED commands to the Arduino via TTL serial on the GPIO port, making use of the Glediator protocol. The speaker will speak out relevant actions using text-to-speech.




Raspberry Pi OS

We used NOOBS OS Installer on 16GB Class 10 SD cards. OS download Download and follow instructions.


Once everything is set up on the Pi, an image of the SD card can be made to quickly duplicate it onto another SD card. A guide can be found here.

Install updates

sudo apt update

sudo apt full-upgrade -y

Settings on the Raspberry Pi

Once the operating system is set up, open the command Terminal. Type

sudo raspi-config

Go to Interfacing Options, SSH, Enable SSH.

Go to Interfacing Options, Serial, disable login shell, enable serial port hardware.

Finish and reboot.


Install Node Version Manager if you want to easily install a specific version and be able to switch between versions: NVM


curl -o- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/creationix/nvm/v0.33.11/install.sh | bash

Restart terminal.

We used Node.js version 6.12.2 (also installs NPM)

nvm install 6.12.2

Alternative guide for installing node.js by this DaveJ.

Install nodemon:

npm install -g nodemon


Install the Mosquitto MQQT broker on your Raspberry Pi or external server - see here. This should be set up securely with appropriate auth.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install mosquitto mosquitto-clients


Install pico2wave on the Raspberry Pi for speech synthesis.

Install the supporting packages, then install Pico Text to Speech.


Install SoX package.

sudo apt-get install sox libsox-fmt-all


Install Screen.

sudo apt-get install screen


Install the Glediator protocol receiver on the Arduino - our instructions are available here.

Build Indicator

Clone this repo and navigate to the pi_mqtt_listener, pi_rest_ledandsound anf collector_mqtt directories respectively; within each, run the following to install required Node packages:

npm install

Note that collector_mqtt can instead be installed and run on another server or device instead of the Pi.



  • collector_mqtt/config.json - Enter your MQTT broker and Bamboo server addresses, and the user/pass combo that should be used to access Bamboo via BASIC authentication. The poll interval (in seconds) specifies how frequently Bamboo will be polled.
  • pi_mqtt_listener/config.json - Enter your MQTT broker address.

Note that the default MQTT broker address of mqtt://localhost works if Mosquitto is installed on the same device as that of the configuration file. Additional LED bank and animation configuration is also provided in these configuration files.

Project and Branch selection

Within collector_mqtt/config.json, there are fields for entering one or more regular expressions for project and branch matching. When build status messages are received, the project and branch values are tested with the regular expressions defined in the config.json, and if matched it is accepted as a message intended for said specific Raspberry Pi.
The fields resultKey and chainName, as returned by Bamboo APIs, represent the project and branch respectively; thus, arrays resultKeys and chainNames are provided in the config.json.


(excerpts from collector_mqtt/config.json):

To match any project starting with MAIN:


To match any branch starting with MAIN or ending with BETA:


To match a branch named CORE (exact):


Raspberry Pi Hardware


Optional shortcut

From the repo root, run the following command on the pi to start each of the 3 Node.js scrips in their own screen:



From the repo root, run the following commands on the Pi to start up the separate Node.js scripts:

cd pi_rest_ledandsound/
screen -dm -S pi_rest_ledandsound nodemon app.js

Then again, from the repo run the following on the Pi:

cd pi_mqtt_listener/
screen -dm -S pi_mqtt_listener nodemon app.js

Finally, again from the repo run the following on either the Pi or external server (along with prerequisite configuration):

cd collector_mqtt/
screen -dm -S collector_mqtt nodemon app.js

The screen instances can be attached to by listing them with screen -ls, and running screen -r <label> for the relevant one.


A demo script, demo.sh, is provided in the repo root; it uses the mosquitto_pub command to publish multiple MQTT mock messages which, along with the default configuration for project/branch regular expressions, provide a sweet demo! The Node.js scripts in pi_rest_ledandsound/ and pi_mqtt_listener/ both need to be running for this to function, as it's essentially emulating the messages that the Bamboo collector would be publishing from real build changes.

Potential issues

Appropriate permissions should be granted to allow the execution of pi_rest_ledandsound/tts.sh in order for text to speech to work correctly. Navigate to the directory, and use

chmod u+x tts.sh

Also, in the previous directory

chmod u+x runall.sh


Also, see the list of contributors who participated in this project.


  • Christiaan Witts - ChristianWitts - API help and advice
  • Werner van Rensburg - API help, hardware, and extra support!


This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE.md file for details

Code of Conduct

See our code of conduct.