Api to make programming bluetooth modules via USB or Serial simple and easy.

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import bluetoothProgrammer from '';


Bluetooth To Serial Hookup And Programming

Diagrams and documents on hooking up bluetooth and serial boards to create a bluetooth to serial connection.

Hardware schematic

This is how to hook up the Bluetooth board to the serial board.

Bluetooth to Serial Schematic

Note that the TX and RX cables cross. TX->RX & RX->TX

Connecting and programming the bluetooth board via node

sudo npm install bluetooth-programmer

You will most likely need to run your app with root privileges in order to program the Bluetooth module.

sudo node yourProgram

For the most part to program one module at a time, you can use the example app and modify the settings you would like. You can also tweak it just a bit to program many modules.

Finding bluetooth modules connected via USB or serial

param required
callback when all USB/Serial ports scanned true
baud rate (if not specified all valid bauds will be checked) false

You can search all detected USB or Serial ports on all baud rates using the below command. This comes in handy when you have a module which you don't know the baud rate of.


function foundDevices(devices){

For a faster scan if you know the baud rate of the device you can specify it so the app does not need to itterate over all of the common baud rates.


function foundDevices(devices){

Connecting to the bluetooth module

you can manually connect to a Bluetooth module by passing in the port info

    comName : '/tty/USB0' //COM1 etc
    baud    : 9600

this information and more is provided for you when you use the BT.find method.

function foundDevices(devices){

Connecting using the BT.find results :

function foundDevices(devices){
    var list=Object.keys(devices);
    console.log('Found BT Devices :\n####>',devices);



Connecting Manually :

var BTP=require('bluetooth-programmer');
        comName : '/tty/USB0' //COM1 etc
        baud    : 9600

you can also assign the port to a variable.

var myBTModule=BTP.connect(devices[list[0]],connectedToBT);

Things to do once connected.

event when it happens trigger
open when the serial socket to the bluetooth module is opened (rarely used as this should be automatic)
close when the serial socket to the bluetooth module has been closed this.close() myBTModule.close()
error when something goes wrong with the serial socket false
function connectedToBT(){


Simple commands you can use to program to the Bluetooth module

Command Details Settable Response
BTTest Tests Raw Connection you may also want to use this to check for a return from your last command false null or the last message from a command
BTName Sets Bluetooth Device name. 20 Chars max. true setname
BTBaud 1 or 1200, 2 or 2400, 3 or 4800, 4 or 9600, 5 or 19200, 6 or 38400, 7 or 57600, 8 or 115200 true {BaudRate} i.e. 9600
BTVersion Returns the firmware version false linvor1.8 or something similar
BTPin Sets a new pairing code, 4 digits true setPIN
BTParity Set board parity. You probably don't need to do this. None (no parity), Odd (odd parity) or Even (even parity) true {None











It is always a good idea to end with a BTTest() call to see the last response returned.

Connecting and programming the bluetooth board manually

  1. Open a serial terminal such as CuteCom or CoolTerm depending on your operating system.
  2. Choose the USB port your bluetooth to serial is connected to. Likely /dev/USB0 on linux, unix, and Mac OR Com0 on windows, though this could be different depending on what you have connected to your computer.
  3. Set the baudrate to 9600.
  4. set the line ending to none or no line end this is normally defaulted to CRLF or something similar.
  5. Connect to your board

Programming the board

  1. send AT this should return OK, if it does not you are not properly connected to your board. Check the hardware connections, and the serial terminal settings. is your line ending set to no line ending? Are you connected to the right port? Perhaps your board starts with a different baud rate?
  2. send AT+VERSION this should return the firmware version on your bluetooth board. Perhaps something similar to linvorV1.8 if you want to know specific commands for your version you can always google the returned version number to learn more. If nothing returns try sending AT VERSION? and AT VERSION

Some common commands

Command Details Settable Response
AT Tests Raw Connection false OK
AT+NAME{name} Sets Bluetooth Device name. 20 Chars max. true OKsetname
AT+BAUD{baudID} 1=1200, 2=2400, 3=4800, 4=9600, 5=19200, 6=38400, 7=57600, 8=115200 true OK{BaudRate} i.e. OK9600
AT+VERSION Returns the firmware version false linvor1.8 or something similar
AT+PIN{pin} Sets a new pairing code, 4 digits true OKsetPIN
AT+P{N O E} Set board parity. You probably don't need to do this. N (no parity), O (odd parity) or E (even parity)