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JavaScript Drones!

Watch the videos:

Part 1 →

Part 2 →

⚠️️️ ⚠️ ️️⚠️️️ Use the codebase as your own risk. The drone can hurt you and I'm not responsible for that. Always test commands with the props removed first. Don't be dumb. ⚠️️️ ⚠️️️ ⚠️️️

Flying a Drone with React and Node.js

IBM is giving away 2,000 DJI Tello drones as part of a contest and I made this video to help them promote it.

Software Used

  • React (with React Hooks!)
  • Styled Components for styling
  • Node.js and UDP4 sockets for communicating with drone
  • WebSockets for sending data to/from the browser
  • Next.js for easy react setup

Hardware Used

Using This Code


  1. cd frontend
  2. npm install
  3. npm run dev


  1. cd backend
  2. npm install
  3. connect to drone via wifi
  4. npm start


[Docs for Tello are available here]( SDK Documentation EN_1.3.pdf)

I had to update the firmware of my drone when it came in the mail before I could use this 1.3 API. Do this via the Tello app on your phone.

If you let the drone's WIFI connection lapse, you have to restart the server by typing rs into the terminal. This will re-run the command command that puts the drone in SDK mode. If you don't do this, it will ignore any commands you send it.

License — WTFPL

I want you to build cool stuff with this.

Please hack on it and make your own cool things.

Examples & Resources