Skip to content
Rust bindings to the ws821x library enabled by bindgen.
Branch: master
Clone or download
Fetching latest commit…
Cannot retrieve the latest commit at this time.
Type Name Latest commit message Commit time
Failed to load latest commit information.

Welcome to the Rust Bindings for rpi_ws281x

This project is going through major overhauls, so expect breaking changes on most version changes.

API Design - Help Wanted

Please take a look at the feature-new-api branch and issue #1 and give some feedback!


Currently in major flux, more details when I finish the "Stage 1" overhaul. The current version on is pretty close to a bare bindgen wrap of the C library. The next version will look a lot more like typical Rust, inspired by the efforts of @Meh who wrote manual bindings to this libray a while back.


Code is licensed under the MIT license, so as long as you are cool with that, feel free to open an issue, talk about proposed changes, then open a PR! I would love a helping hand, just have to make sure things don't get too messy either.

Cross-compiling on Windows

  • Make sure Git is installed. This is used to clone the latest rpi-ws2811 lib.
  • Download and install libclang from LLVM; 32-bit for Windows
  • Download and install GCC for the Raspberry Pi.
  • Using rustup, install the 32-bit GCC Rust toolchain and set as default:
    • rustup default stable-i686-pc-windows-gnu
  • Add the Raspberry Pi architecture target to the GCC toolchain:
    • For all Raspberry Pi versions:
    • rustup target add arm-unknown-linux-gnueabihf
    • For an optimized Raspberry Pi 3 target (the ARMv7 architecture):
    • rustup target add armv7-unknown-linux-gnueabihf
  • At the root of your Rust project, create a new directory and name it .cargo. Inside that directory, create a file and paste the contents:
    • [build]
      target = "arm-unknown-linux-gnueabihf"
      linker = "C:/SysGCC/raspberry/bin/arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc.exe"
    • This informs Rust/Cargo to always use the arm-unknown-linux-gnueabihf target (so that --target doesn't always have to be passed to cargo) and so that the GCC linker for the given architecture is used.
    • Be sure to change the linker path or the target architecture if you installed the GCC ARM toolset in a different directory or are using the ARMv7 target instead.
  • It is suggested to create a build script so that the necessary environment variables can be set. This library needs to know where to find the GCC toolset in order to cross compile the rpi-ws2811 C library for the Raspberry Pi.

An example build script might look like this (using Git for Windows Bash):

#!/usr/bin/env bash

# inform rpi-ws2811-rust where the GCC sysroot is
export RPI_WS281X_SYSROOT=C:/SysGCC/raspberry/arm-linux-gnueabihf/sysroot
# point to the GCC ARM compiler/linker.
export CC_arm_unknown_linux_gnueabihf=C:/SysGCC/raspberry/bin/arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc.exe
# point to the GCC ARM archiver
export AR_arm_unknown_linux_gnueabihf=C:/SysGCC/raspberry/bin/arm-linux-gnueabihf-ar.exe

# run the build command
cargo build $@
You can’t perform that action at this time.