Nano RP2040 Connect Python API Guide

Discover how to access the features Nano RP2040 Connect using Python scripts.

The Nano RP2040 Connect
The Nano RP2040 Connect

The Nano RP2040 Connect board can be programmed using the popular Python programming language. More specifically, it supports OpenMV's fork of MicroPython, where MicroPython is an implementation of the Python language, designed to run on microcontrollers. In this article, you will find a lot of sample scripts that will work directly with your Nano RP2040 Connect, such as general GPIO control, reading onboard sensors and Wi-Fi/BLE communication!

  • If you want to read more about Arduino & Python, you can visit the Python with Arduino article. Here you will find a lot of useful examples, such as how to use delays, interrupts, reading pins and more general functions.

Hardware & Software Needed

This guide does not cover the installation of OpenMV and MicroPython on your board. Please refer to Getting started with OpenMV and Nano RP2040 Connect for a detailed guide.


Below you will find a lot of useful examples that can be loaded to your Nano RP2040 Connect board. Many of these examples were extracted from the OpenMV repository, where you can find many useful examples for other boards as well.

In this article, you will only find examples for the Nano RP2040 Connect board. For more information on how to use delays, read and write to pins, please refer to the Python with Arduino main article.


The pinout for the Nano RP2040 Connect and the RP2040 microcontroller varies greatly. For example, if we are to use D2 according to the Arduino pinout, we would actually need to use pin 25.

# Defining "D2" on the Arduino Nano RP2040 Connect p0 = Pin(25, Pin.OUT)

Before you start using the board's pins, it might be a good idea to check out the table below to understand the relationship between Arduino's pinout and the RP2040's pinout.


Note that pins A4, A5 are used as an I2C bus and are not recommended to be used as analog pins.

Analog Pins

To read the analog pins on the Nano RP2040 Connect, we can choose from the following pins:

  • A0 - 26
  • A1 - 27
  • A2 - 28
  • A3 - 29
  • A4 - 12 (I2C bus, not recommended to use)
  • A5 - 13 (I2C bus, not recommended to use)
  • A6 - 36 (Connected to the NINA module)
  • A7 - 35 (Connected to the NINA module)

To define them, we need to import the machine module, and define the pin as follows:

import machine adc_pin = machine.Pin(29) adc = machine.ADC(adc_pin)

To read the analog pin, simply use:

reading = adc.read_u16() #16-bit resolution (0-65535)

The below script will read the A3 pin on the Nano RP2040 Connect and print the value in the terminal.

import machine import time adc_pin = machine.Pin(29) # A3 adc = machine.ADC(adc_pin) while True: reading = adc.read_u16() print("ADC: ",reading) time.sleep_ms(500)



Prints the accelerometer and gyroscope values in the Serial Monitor.

import time from lsm6dsox import LSM6DSOX from machine import Pin, I2C lsm = LSM6DSOX(I2C(0, scl=Pin(13), sda=Pin(12))) while (True): print('Accelerometer: x:{:>8.3f} y:{:>8.3f} z:{:>8.3f}'.format(*lsm.read_accel())) print('Gyroscope: x:{:>8.3f} y:{:>8.3f} z:{:>8.3f}'.format(*lsm.read_gyro())) print("") time.sleep_ms(100)

Microphone (MP34DT05)

Below example can be used with OpenMV's frame buffer window (top right corner).

import image, audio, time from ulab import numpy as np from ulab import scipy as sp CHANNELS = 1 FREQUENCY = 32000 N_SAMPLES = 32 if FREQUENCY == 16000 else 64 SCALE = 2 SIZE = (N_SAMPLES * SCALE) // CHANNELS raw_buf = None fb = image.Image(SIZE+(50*SCALE), SIZE, image.RGB565, copy_to_fb=True) audio.init(channels=CHANNELS, frequency=FREQUENCY, gain_db=16) def audio_callback(buf): # NOTE: do Not call any function that allocates memory. global raw_buf if (raw_buf == None): raw_buf = buf # Start audio streaming audio.start_streaming(audio_callback) def draw_fft(img, fft_buf): fft_buf = (fft_buf / max(fft_buf)) * SIZE fft_buf = np.log10(fft_buf + 1) * 20 color = (0xFF, 0x0F, 0x00) for i in range(0, len(fft_buf)): img.draw_line(i*SCALE, SIZE, i*SCALE, SIZE-int(fft_buf[i]) * SCALE, color, SCALE) def draw_audio_bar(img, level, offset): blk_size = (SIZE//10) color = (0xFF, 0x00, 0xF0) blk_space = (blk_size//4) for i in range(0, int(round(level/10))): fb.draw_rectangle(SIZE+offset, SIZE - ((i+1)*blk_size) + blk_space, 20 * SCALE, blk_size - blk_space, color, 1, True) while (True): if (raw_buf != None): pcm_buf = np.frombuffer(raw_buf, dtype=np.int16) raw_buf = None if CHANNELS == 1: fft_buf = sp.signal.spectrogram(pcm_buf) l_lvl = int((np.mean(abs(pcm_buf[1::2])) / 32768)*100) else: fft_buf = sp.signal.spectrogram(pcm_buf[0::2]) l_lvl = int((np.mean(abs(pcm_buf[1::2])) / 32768)*100) r_lvl = int((np.mean(abs(pcm_buf[0::2])) / 32768)*100) fb.clear() draw_fft(fb, fft_buf) draw_audio_bar(fb, l_lvl, 0) draw_audio_bar(fb, l_lvl, 25*SCALE) if CHANNELS == 2: draw_audio_bar(fb, r_lvl, 25 * SCALE) fb.flush() # Stop streaming audio.stop_streaming()



Scans for devices connected to the I2C buses:

import time from machine import Pin, I2C i2c_list = [None, None] i2c_list[0] = I2C(0, scl=Pin(13), sda=Pin(12), freq=100_000) i2c_list[1] = I2C(1, scl=Pin(7), sda=Pin(6), freq=100_000) for bus in range(0, 2): print("\nScanning bus %d..."%(bus)) for addr in i2c_list[bus].scan(): print("Found device at addres %d:0x%x" %(bus, addr))


To read data and write data through TX and RX pins, you can use uart.write() and

from machine import UART, Pin import time uart = UART(0, baudrate=9600, tx=Pin(0), rx=Pin(1)) while True: uart.write('hello') # writes 5 bytes val = # reads up to 5 bytes print(val) # prints data time.sleep(1)


Below are examples on wireless connectivity, using the NINA-W102 module onboard the Nano RP2040 Connect.

In order to use these examples, you may have to upgrade your firmware. You can find instructions on how to in Upgrading Nano RP2040 Connect NINA firmware.

Wi-Fi AP Mode

Turn your board into an access point:

# Wi-Fi AP Mode Example # # This example shows how to use Wi-Fi in Access Point mode. import network, socket, sys, time, gc SSID ='My_Nano_RP2040_Connect' # Network SSID KEY ='1234567890' # Network key (must be 10 chars) HOST = '' # Use first available interface PORT = 8080 # Arbitrary non-privileged port # Init wlan module and connect to network wlan = network.WLAN(network.AP_IF) wlan.config(essid=SSID, key=KEY, security=wlan.WEP, channel=2) print("AP mode started. SSID: {} IP: {}".format(SSID, wlan.ifconfig()[0])) def recvall(sock, n): # Helper function to recv n bytes or return None if EOF is hit data = bytearray() while len(data) < n: packet = sock.recv(n - len(data)) if not packet: raise OSError("Timeout") data.extend(packet) return data def start_streaming(server): print ('Waiting for connections..') client, addr = server.accept() # set client socket timeout to 5s client.settimeout(5.0) print ('Connected to ' + addr[0] + ':' + str(addr[1])) # FPS clock clock = time.clock() while (True): try: # Read data from client data = recvall(client, 1024) # Send it back client.send(data) except OSError as e: print("start_streaming(): socket error: ", e) client.close() break while (True): try: server = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM) # Bind and listen server.bind([HOST, PORT]) server.listen(1) # Set server socket to blocking server.setblocking(True) while (True): start_streaming(server) except OSError as e: server.close() print("Server socket error: ", e)

Wi-Fi Scan

To scan available networks:

# Scan Example # This example shows how to scan for Wi-Fi networks. import time, network wlan = network.WLAN(network.STA_IF) print("Scanning...") while (True): scan_result = wlan.scan() for ap in scan_result: print("Channel:%d RSSI:%d Auth:%d BSSID:%s SSID:%s"%(ap)) print() time.sleep_ms(1000)

HTTP Request

Making an HTTP request (in this case to google):

Remember to enter your network name and password inside the SSID and KEY variables.

import network, socket # AP info SSID='' # Network SSID KEY='' # Network key PORT = 80 HOST = "" # Init wlan module and connect to network print("Trying to connect. Note this may take a while...") wlan = network.WLAN(network.STA_IF) wlan.connect(SSID, KEY) # We should have a valid IP now via DHCP print("Wi-Fi Connected ", wlan.ifconfig()) # Get addr info via DNS addr = socket.getaddrinfo(HOST, PORT)[0][4] print(addr) # Create a new socket and connect to addr client = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM) client.connect(addr) # Set timeout client.settimeout(3.0) # Send HTTP request and recv response client.send("GET / HTTP/1.1\r\nHost: %s\r\n\r\n"%(HOST)) print(client.recv(1024)) # Close socket client.close()

NTP (Network Time Protocol)

Remember to enter your network name and password inside the SSID and KEY variables.

Obtain accurate time and date from the Internet:

# NTP Example # # This example shows how to get the current time using NTP import network, usocket, ustruct, utime # AP info SSID='' # Network SSID KEY='' # Network key TIMESTAMP = 2208988800 # Init wlan module and connect to network print("Trying to connect... (may take a while)...") wlan = network.WLAN() wlan.connect(SSID, key=KEY, security=wlan.WPA_PSK) # We should have a valid IP now via DHCP print(wlan.ifconfig()) # Create new socket client = usocket.socket(usocket.AF_INET, usocket.SOCK_DGRAM) client.bind(("", 8080)) #client.settimeout(3.0) # Get addr info via DNS addr = usocket.getaddrinfo("", 123)[0][4] # Send query client.sendto('\x1b' + 47 * '\0', addr) data, address = client.recvfrom(1024) # Print time t = ustruct.unpack(">IIIIIIIIIIII", data)[10] - TIMESTAMP print ("Year:%d Month:%d Day:%d Time: %d:%d:%d" % (utime.localtime(t)[0:6]))

In the terminal, we should see it in this format:

Year:2021 Month:8 Day:10 Time: 7:56:30


This example allows us to connect to our board via our phone, and control the built-in LED. We recommend using the nRF Connect applications.

After loading the script below, your board should be listed as "Nano RP2040 Connect" in the list of available devices. You need to pair in order to control the built-in LED.

import bluetooth import random import struct import time from ble_advertising import advertising_payload from machine import Pin from micropython import const LED_PIN = 6 _IRQ_CENTRAL_CONNECT = const(1) _IRQ_CENTRAL_DISCONNECT = const(2) _IRQ_GATTS_WRITE = const(3) _FLAG_READ = const(0x0002) _FLAG_WRITE = const(0x0008) _FLAG_NOTIFY = const(0x0010) _FLAG_INDICATE = const(0x0020) _SERVICE_UUID = bluetooth.UUID(0x1523) _LED_CHAR_UUID = (bluetooth.UUID(0x1525), _FLAG_WRITE) _LED_SERVICE = (_SERVICE_UUID, (_LED_CHAR_UUID,),) class BLETemperature: def __init__(self, ble, name="NANO RP2040"): self._ble = ble self._ble.irq(self._irq) ((self._handle,),) = self._ble.gatts_register_services((_LED_SERVICE,)) self._connections = set() self._payload = advertising_payload(name=name, services=[_SERVICE_UUID]) self._advertise() def _irq(self, event, data): # Track connections so we can send notifications. if event == _IRQ_CENTRAL_CONNECT: conn_handle, _, _ = data self._connections.add(conn_handle) elif event == _IRQ_CENTRAL_DISCONNECT: conn_handle, _, _ = data self._connections.remove(conn_handle) # Start advertising again to allow a new connection. self._advertise() elif event == _IRQ_GATTS_WRITE: Pin(LED_PIN, Pin.OUT).value(int(self._ble.gatts_read(data[-1])[0])) def _advertise(self, interval_us=500000): self._ble.gap_advertise(interval_us, adv_data=self._payload) if __name__ == "__main__": ble = bluetooth.BLE() temp = BLETemperature(ble) while True: time.sleep_ms(1000)


In this article we have gone through a selection of scripts that will help you control your Nano RP2040 Connect board, via the OpenMV IDE. Feel free to check out our Python with Arduino boards article, where you can find guides to other boards, useful links to learn Python and more.

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