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A C++ implementation of pixelpusher software.


This add-on requires ofxAsio for networking. See the repository for how to setup ofxAsio.

This implementation of the pixelpusher protocol attempts to be as framework-agnostic as possible; thus, it tries to avoid using openFrameworks-specific classes such as ofLog and ofThread, instead using the c++ equivalents. ofxAsio follows a similar paradigm, so the entire project should be portable to any other C++ framework.


In your application, create a std::shared_ptr<DiscoveryService> instance using DiscoveryService::getInstance(). This creates a separate thread that looks for PixelPusher announcements, and registers the PixelPushers with the Service.

Once a PixelPusher is detected, you can grab one with any of the three following methods:

  • DiscoveryService::getPushers()
  • DiscoveryService::getGroup(long groupId)
  • DiscoveryServiceit::getController(long groupId, long controllerId)

The first two methods return a vector of shared pointers (std::vector<shared_ptr<PixelPusher> >), while the last one returns either an empty pointer or a pointer to a PixelPusher.

Once a PixelPusher is selected, strips can be assigned values with

  • setStripValues(int stripNumber, unsigned char red, unsigned char green, unsigned char blue)
  • setStripValues(int stripNumber, std::vector<shared_ptr<Pixel> > pixels)

The first method sets all pixels in the strip stripNumber to the same color, while the latter method copies the vector of Pixel objects directly to the Strip objects. See the header file Strip.h for a more exhaustive listing of ways to set pixels.

Alternatively, you can call getStrips() on a PixelPusher object to get a deque of strips that you can iterate through, or getStrip(int stripNumber) to get a pointer to a particular strip. Once you have a pointer to a Strip, you can set the pixels with a variety of methods -- look at the header file to see a complete listing.

Each PixelPusher object automatically creates its own CardThread that manages sending data to the PixelPusher on its own thread. As long as you update the strips to reflect current data, everything else should run itself!


There are a variety of options that can be used to adjust the LEDs. Currently implemented are:

  • PowerScale -- this controls the overall brightness of the LEDs; use a value between 0 and 1.
  • ColorCorrection -- this corrects the color ratios so that the tuple (255, 255, 255) produces a "true" white pixel. Look at Pixel.h for a full listing of options.
  • ColorTemperature -- this further corrects the colors to reflect a specific light source. Look at Pixel.h for a full listing.
  • Tint -- you can also "tint" a strip by using the corresponding function call. This effectively multiples the assigned color (set via setPixels()) by a constant tint -- this allows you to either manually correct the color to a setting non available with the presets, or allow for some neat tricks in animating the strips.


  • example-colorFade -- sets all known pixels to the same color, slowly cycling through hues.
  • example-colorChase -- sets all strips to a classic rainbow chase sequence.
  • example-tileMapping -- shows how to use map strips using textures, using a TwentySquared tile as an example.


This project uses the Git Flow paradigm. Before contributing, please make your own feature branch with your changes.

This project was originally developed at Small Design Firm, before being open sourced on Github.

More Information / Credits

For more info about PixelPusher visit:

To purchase a PixelPusher (and BetterPixel products), go to:

Color Correction and Color Temperature presets were lifted straight from the FastLED library.


A C++ library to control PixelPusher LED Controllers, designed with openFrameworks in mind.




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