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ev3dev-c    2.0a1.dev1

kernel      4.14.80-ev3dev-2.3.1-ev3


ev3dev-c is a C library for LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Debian Linux which wraps access to the EV3 hardware.

The library also supports remote access to the EV3 brick over a network. So, if you configure WLAN on the brick, you can control the EV3 hardware from a remote computer, for example, running under Windows.


Before you start, make sure that you have opened an SSH connection to your EV3 brick.

You need to install the compiler and other tools:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get install git

Then, clone the library repository and its submodules to the directory of your choice, such as "/home/robot/ev3dev-c":

cd /home/robot/
git clone
cd ev3dev-c/
git submodule update --init --recursive

Compile and install static and shared libraries:

cd source/ev3/
sudo make install
make shared
sudo make shared-install

It's the right time to take a look at a small example. "hello.c" outputs a greeting as well as toggles the left LED color:

cd ../../eg/hello/
more ./hello.c

Let's compile and run this program. Note that we link our example with a static library:

gcc hello.c -lev3dev-c -o hello

See also – "Getting Started with C"


Python, Ruby and Perl libraries are automatically generated from the C library using SWIG tool.

Use pip to install ev3dev-c Python package:

pip install ev3dev-c

ev3dev-c Python package contains the following binary modules:

  • "_ev3.pyd" – for remote control from Windows (x86)
  • "" – for LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Debian

You have to install "python-dev", "ruby-dev" and "libperl-dev" packages to build the corresponding libraries.


Documentation generated by Doxygen


What are unusual ".yu", ".yu-с" and ".yu-h" files for?

ev3dev-c is written using yupp lexical preprocessor – but don't panic – the generated source files in C also included.

You have to take into account that, by default, the preprocessing stage is skipping when compilation is performed on the brick or using Docker. Please set SKIP_PP = 0 in the makefile to allow preprocessing anywhere.

How can I see some examples

Name Description
drive.c Comprehensive example based on coroutines
remote.c IR remote control using "brick" simplified library Use of "brick" library in Python
port.c Use of EV3 ports
sensor.c TOUCH and COLOR sensors example
tacho.c TACHO motor running for 5 sec
dc.c Use of a DC motor
servo.c SERVO motor example
light.c LEDs blinking example
rcx_led.c Use of a RCX LED

Further examples in C...

Similar examples also available in Python, Ruby and Perl.

How to make an example

For instance, to compile "light.c" example:

cd ev3dev-c/eg/light/


or, if you are running Windows:


How to control the EV3 hardware remotely

Read here...

How to use Docker for Cross-Compilation

Read here...

How to make and install STATIC library

cd ev3dev-c/source/ev3/
sudo make install

How to make and install SHARED library

cd ev3dev-c/source/ev3/
make shared
sudo make shared-install

How to use SHARED library

cd ev3dev-c/eg/port/
gcc port.c -lev3dev-c -o port



Run the following on your command-line to clone the library repository and its submodules:

git clone
cd ev3dev-c/
git submodule update --init --recursive

Pull the latest library and its submodules:

cd ev3dev-c/
git pull origin master
git submodule foreach git pull origin master


Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions about this library.


Please see the file called "LICENSE".