9 Awesome Raspberry Pi Star Wars Project Ideas

Ian Buckley 20-12-2017

With the recent release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the excitement is at fever pitch. Whether you are a purist who just follows the movies, or someone who is deeply ingrained in the wider universe and lore The Best Star Wars Books All Fans Need to Read To signal the arrival of a new trilogy and several spin-off movies, we've compiled a list of the best Star Wars books you really need to read. Read More , the force is on everyone’s mind.


If you are into tinkering with DIY electronics, Star Wars can be the perfect muse for projects. We have already covered some fantastic Arduino Star Wars projects 10 Budget Arduino Star Wars Projects You Can Make Right Now If you just can't wait for each and every new Star Wars film, then fill your boots with these incredible Arduino Star Wars Projects! Read More , along with some frankly mind blowing DIY Jedi builds 10 DIY Star Wars Crafts and Projects to Release Your Inner Jedi These are the projects you're looking for! From paper droids to wooden spaceships, here are some of the coolest DIY Star Wars crafts and projects around. Read More . Now it’s time to concentrate on everyone’s favorite single board computer: the Raspberry Pi.

In this article we will cover various Raspberry Pi Star Wars builds. From the simple beginner project to the absurdly complicated, there will surely be something here to fire off your creativity!

1. Buzzer Wars

Many Raspberry Pi boards are sold with a starter kit The Best Raspberry Pi Kits for Your First Project Planning on a Raspberry Pi-based project? You'll need more than just the low-cost computer, but what else? A kit is a great way to get started with structure and peace of mind. Read More , made up of various components useful to beginners. Most of these kits come with a Piezo buzzer (you can make sure of this and save money by making your own beginner kit Save Money by Making Your Own Raspberry Pi Starter Kit Stop! Don't buy the Official Raspberry Pi Starter Kit. You can make your own for much less money. Read More ). What better way to familiarize yourself with basic circuitry and coding than by recreating the infamous Imperial Death March?

This video comes from YouTuber Leon Anavi and explains in excellent detail everything required in order to create your own dark side anthem. The code is provided in the video description, though the tutorial also takes you through how to clone it directly from GitHub.

This simple project is a great way to get to grips with the Pi terminal, and how simple programs can affect your components to great effect! Check out our beginner Tutorial for the Raspberry Pi Raspberry Pi: The Unofficial Tutorial Whether you're a current Pi owner who wants to learn more or a potential owner of this credit-card size device, this isn't a guide you want to miss. Read More for an in-depth guide to get you started!


2. PiSaber

No self respecting Jedi or Sith would be seen without their trusty Lightsaber, and the tiny footprint of the Pi Zero makes it perfect to drive a DIY light sword. Maker Richard Hayler clearly thought so and used the Pi Zero as the driving force behind his pool noodle pi powered light saber, or PiSaber for short.

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By combining cheap building materials with an LED matrix, an accelerometer, and a few extra simple components, this build manages to be high tech while looking cartoonish and fun at the same time. The code, available from the PiSaber GitHub repository, uses the accelerometer to detect movement and light up the string of LEDs on the “blade” accordingly.

The 8×8 LED matrix in the handle cycles through colors at random to create a shimmering effect, and the whole unit fits nicely into the pool tube, powered by a small phone battery charging bank.


This build shows the huge potential that the Pi Zero could have in this role, and by combining this tech with a more authentic looking Lightsaber build you could just end up the coolest Jedi on the block.

3. R2-D2 Pi-0

Everyone should have their own personal R2-D2. While there are some fantastic Star Wars toys 10 LEGO Star Wars Toys Actually Worth Buying Right Now Both LEGO and Star Wars are brands beloved the world over. Why not combine the two with these, the best LEGO Star Wars toys? Read More available it’s hard to beat the feeling of making your own robot.

This comes with its own set of challenges however, and recreating the look of the iconic droid can prove to be both difficult and costly. Maker Les Pounder found a great way to solve this issue by using a cheap R2-D2 toy as the basis for his custom Pi Zero droid.

This ingenious little bot combines an Explorer pHat board with some basic robotics components to bring Artoo to life. The full tutorial takes you through the build along with some basic coding using the Explorer pHat library to get you moving.


The beauty of this build is the possibilities it presents. With the easy sensor integration the pHat breakout board provides along with the processing power of the Pi Zero, this little R2-D2 has the potential to get very smart indeed!

This is a great project to get you started with robotics in general, and as well as using the Pi as the brains of the operation!

4. Star Wars Christmas Lights

With the release of The Last Jedi falling so close to Christmas, it is a perfect opportunity to include a large dose of Star Wars in your seasonal decorations.

Maker Chivalry Timbers takes this idea to a whole new level by synchronising the Christmas lights covering their house to the Star Wars main theme.


The hardware of this build consists of a Raspberry Pi along with a cheap relay board to control different sets of Christmas lights. On the software side, Timidity and Alsa [No Longer Available] allow MIDI files to be used in code as triggers for the lighting. Since the same encoded MIDI used to control the lights plays through the speaker, it syncs up perfectly.

The full build is described in detail on Chivalry Timbers’s blog. The beauty of this project is its scalability. Whether you go for a small indoor build, or cover your entire property with synced musical lights, the core ideas remain the same.

5. Online Force Battle

This build contains so many things we love. Combining the internet of Things (IoT) ethos with simple but functional electronics, all in the name of Star Wars?

It even has Lego in it!

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This interactive Lego Jedi battlecam really needs to be seen in action to do it justice. Links on the webpage communicate with multiple Raspberry Pis using PHP, triggering the servo mounted Jedi or Dark side battle scenarios, along with color appropriate lighting and dialogue on the LCD screen. Visitors to the website can choose the general ambient lighting color, as well as pushing a custom message to the LCD screen.

This is just one of the Raspberry Pi based projects documented on maker Richard Anthony Arellano’s website [Broken URL Removed]. While there is no tutorial on how this is made, the workflow is similar to many DIY internet enabled devices and home security systems Build Your Own DIY Home Security System with Text Messaging Building a DIY security system with an Arduino is a great way to learn more about technology, so why not create a security system that sends a text message when it detects motion? Read More .

6. Telnet Wars

Telnet, network communication client of ancient prestige, is holding an old secret. Before panic sets in about vulnerabilities and network backdoors — it’s not that kind of secret! In fact it is much cooler than that. You can watch Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope in Telnet. Yes, that’s right… Telnet.

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The mammoth task of turning an entire film into ASCI was taken on by a “wacked Dutch hardware geek” called Sten. Other than the fact that the film comes in at just under 14,000 frames that is all we know about this frankly amazing accomplishment.

In order to enjoy your own lo-fi cinema experience, you’ll need to install Telnet by opening a terminal window and entering:

sudo apt-get install telnet

Once it is installed, start the movie by typing:


Grab your popcorn, sit back, and curse these modern fools with their HD and their sound!

7. Death Pi

One aspect of the Raspberry Pi community that took off stratospherically was the designing, build, and printing of custom cases. It makes sense as the Pi does not come with a case as standard and 3D printing allows the manufacture of both practical cases for small computers 18 Interesting DIY Raspberry Pi Case Ideas The Raspberry Pi is an incredible computer, but its barebones design means it can be slightly fragile. We show you the best DIY cases to protect your Pi. Read More and awesome props for Star Wars 15 Awesome Star Wars Props You Can 3D Print While Star Wars props can be purchased nearly anywhere, 3D printing your own is an awesome way to save money. Here are 15 of the coolest projects around. Read More geeks alike!

Why not combine both of these things by making the ultimate case that is not a moon?

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This case is provided by myminifactory user Darren Furniss and is a perfect blend of something that is easy to print on a variety of 3D printers, and also looks great. The case is designed with the Pi 3 in mind, though as with most cases it can be modified to fit almost any small single board computer.

A case for your Pi is the perfect way to get started printing your own designs too. Don’t forget to check out our full beginner’s guide to 3D printing Ultimate Beginner's Guide to 3D Printing 3D printing was supposed to be the new "Industrial Revolution." It hasn't taken over the world yet, but I'm here to talk you through everything you need to know to get started. Read More here if you’re looking for some printing advice.

8. Be the Jedi

One popular use for the Pi is as a retro gaming machine Retro Gaming on Raspberry Pi: Understanding ROMs, RetroPie, Recalbox, and More The Raspberry Pi is ideal for playing classic video games. Here's how to get started with retro gaming on your Raspberry Pi. Read More . The Raspberry Pi is well suited for old Star Wars video games. Most old systems are well supported and there is even the custom RetroPie operating system dedicated to running games of yesteryear.

There has never been a better time to explore the many great Star Wars games from times gone past!

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The above image is taken from Super Star Wars, released originally for the Super Nintendo in 1992. This game is as brutally difficult as most other platform games of the time period, but remains a classic to this day, and was re-released on the PlayStation in 2005.

Naturally, there are many more games from the Star Wars universe playable through RetroPie, though there are also options that do not require emulation at all. We have covered some great games which work natively on the Raspberry Pi, and much loved classic Jedi Outcast is among them!

raspberry pi star wars diy projects

9. Minewars? Star…craft!

Finally for today, we have a software Star Wars cinema spectacular. Martin O’Hanlon (co-writer of Adventures in Minecraft) has used his extensive knowledge of both the Raspberry Pi and Minecraft Pi Edition to recreate the infamous Death Star run sequence as a Minecraft Animation

The code for this blocky feat is available on GitHub to download, and there are many other examples of this kind of both educational and downright cool work on the creator’s website.

Use the Pi Luke!

The Raspberry Pi is such a varied and interesting piece of kit that it is no surprise that it has found its way into almost every aspect of the Star Wars fan universe. While there are loads of options for making your own Jedi equipment 8 Star Wars Props You Can Make at Home These are not the props you're looking for. These Star Wars props can all be made at home with nothing more than a few scrap parts and some hard work. Read More at home, there are also a huge amount of things you can do with your Pi.

Whether you are just getting started, or are looking for a new way to experience your music 12 Raspberry Pi Music Projects You Need to Know About From a fantastic music player to a full-fledged audio workstation, these Pi Music projects will blow your mind. Read More or film The 5 Best Raspberry Pi Smart TV Projects We've Seen Smart TVs are everywhere now! Here are the best smart TV projects you can make with nothing more than a Raspberry Pi. Read More collection, the Pi could be exactly the droid you are looking for. Come to think of it, you can even run Android OS on one!

Have you used a Pi to use the force? Are you planning a Raspberry based build to thwart the Dark Side? Are we missing something awesome we really need to know about? Let us know in the comment section below!

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