Allows controlling WS281x LEDs over SPI on SBCs like Pine64

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import ws281xSpi from '';



Allows controlling WS281x LEDs over SPI pin on single board computers like Pine64 or Raspberry Pi.


npm i ws281x-spi


The node proccess needs to run as root to be able to access to SPI.

Example code on Pine64:

const Strip = require("ws2812-spi");

// 8 LEDs, Bus index 1, Device index 0
const strip = new Strip(8, 1, 0);

// Set all LEDs to red color;

// Send the change to the LEDs

// After 1 second, turn off the strip and exit
setTimeout(_ => strip.destroy(), 1000);


new WS281xSPI() - Constructor


  • nPixels (Integer) - Number of LEDs you have (default: 256)
  • bus (Integer) - Index of the bus to use (1 on Pine64, 0 on RPi) (default: 0)
  • device (Integer) - Index of the device on the bus to use (default: 0)
  • grb (Boolean) - True if your LEDs use GRB (default), or false if RGB

.data - Parameter defining the color of each individual pixel

Must be either:

  • Uint32Array of values that form 0xRRGGBB in hexadecimal form. (eg. 0xff0000 is red)
  • Array with values that the library color can understand. (Basically any CSS representation of color and more) (eg. "#ff0000", "red", {r: 255, g: 0, b: 0}, [255, 0, 0] or "hsl(0deg, 100%, 50%)", see the library's documentation for reference)

.render() - Send the current data to the LED strip

You can optionally pass a object similar to .data defined above that will replace the values in current .data before rendering.

  • data Uint32Array or Array - Optional data to replace current data with. (explained above)

.destroy() - Close the SPI communication and optionally turn off the LEDs

After the method is called, the instance is no longer usable. SPI communication is closed and reference to .data is dropped.
It's a good idea to call this method before exitting the node process. Parameters:

  • black Boolean - True if the LEDs should be turned off (set black color) before destroing, false will keep the LEDs as they are


If you successfully run this on a setup not listed here, feel free to share with me in issues, as well as your achievements with and thoughts about this library.

The following has been tested to be functional:


  • Pine64 (SPI1_MOSI/PD2 pin (19) on Euler Bus)


  • WS2812b


Error: EMSGSIZE, Message too long

If you get this message, it means you have too many LEDs.
Messages are limited my SPI's bufsize, which is 4096 by default (approx. 32 LEDs).


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.



Adam "Zhincore" Žingor -