BitWizard DMX Interface

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The BitWizard DMX interface is an HAT (hardware attached on top) extension board for the Raspberry Pi [1].

Installation notes

GPIO configuration

For the BitWizard HAT to function it has to be set to output mode via the GPIO [2] pins. There are a number of programms which enable you to configure the GPIO pins.

Raspberry Pi OS

In this example we use pigpio [3] to configure the GPIO pins. To install pigpio on your Raspberry Pi either open a terminal window or connect to the Pi via SSH and type:

sudo apt install pigpio

Then we create a shell script [4] which will configure the GPIO pins when we run the script. Let's call the script

sleep 1
pigs m 18 W
pigs w 18 1
pigs m 14 0
pigs m 15 0
systemctl restart olad

Caveat: We presume your shell is Bash [5]. If you use another shell change the first line of the script accordingly. We also presume that you have either Open Lighting Architecture (OLA) [6] or QLC+ [7] installed on your Raspberry.

Then make the script executable:

sudo chmod +x

Run the script with:

sudo ./

Now the pin configuration is changed and the BitWizard DMX HAT should work.

Creating a cron job

The changes to the GPIO pin configuration are not persistent. This means that we have to run the script again after we rebooted the Raspberry. To automate this task we create a cron job [8] which runs our script after reboots.

There are multiple ways to create a cron job. We choose to create a cron job file in /etc/cron.d and name our file bitwizard_gpio_cron.

Caveat: Files in /etc/cron.d have to follow a naming convention or they will be ignored. The filenames may constist of ASCII upper- and lower-case letters, ASCII digits, ASCII underscore and ASCII minus-hyphen.

/etc/cron.d/bitwizard_gpio_cron contains:

@reboot root /path/to/


If the the cron job doesn't seem to work, look in the system log file for error messages:

sudo less /var/log/syslog

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