Install Sphero SDK on Raspberry Pi

Sphero SDK

Software Development Kit for the Sphero RVR Robot

This app can be used with the Sphero RVR Robot to code IR sensors, color sensors, LEDS, and much more, even programming servo's, and robotics arms to pick up and move items to another location.

To run this app: Most of the Instructions are provided after install.
Make sure to do - cd ~/sphero-sdk-raspberrypi-python/


After reading the instructions, and rebooting, connecting to RVR is simple, using jumper wires,
Connect GND from the Raspberry Pi to GND on RVR.
Connect TX from the Raspberry Pi to RX on RVR.
Lastly, connect RX from the Raspberry Pi to TX on the RVR.

There you go! You are now ready to run your programs.

Fortunately, Sphero SDK is very easy to install on your Raspberry Pi in just two steps.

  1. Install Pi-Apps - the best app installer for Raspberry Pi.
  2. Use Pi-Apps to install Sphero SDK.


For the best chance of this working, we recommend using the latest version of Raspberry Pi OS, which is currently version Bookworm.
Raspberry Pi OS has 32-bit and 64-bit variants, both of which will run on most Raspberry Pi computers, including the Pi 3, Pi 4, and Pi5.
Sphero SDK will run on either PiOS 32-bit or 64-bit.

Install Pi-Apps

Pi-Apps is a free tool that makes it incredibly easy to install the most useful programs on your Raspberry Pi with just a few clicks.

Open a terminal and run this command to install Pi-Apps:

wget -qO- | bash

Feel free to check out the Pi-Apps source code here:

Install Sphero SDK

Now that you have Pi-Apps installed, it is time to install Sphero SDK.
First launch Pi-Apps from your start menu:

Then click on the Programming category.

Now scroll down to find Sphero SDK in the list.

Just click Install and Pi-Apps will install Sphero SDK for you!

Pi-Apps is a free and open source tool made by Botspot and other contributors. Find out more at