OpenSprinkler Interval Program is now available for OSPi

Good news to the OpenSprinkler Pi users: the same interval program firmware that runs on the latest OpenSprinkler has now been ported to OpenSprinkler Pi! This is due entirely to the generous contributions by Dan Kimberling, who ported the OpenSprinkler’s Arduino code to Python. The code is available for download at Dan’s GitHub repository. Instructions can be found at the Rayshobby Wiki page:

(Note: the grayed-out instructions below are obsolete and are only kept here for archiving purpose. Please follow the instructions on the Wiki page above for how to install and use the latest software. Thanks.)

For anyone who is unfamiliar with RPi, here are some basic instructions to follow:

  • First, ssh to your RPi (or connect your RPi to a monitor and open a Terminal), and type in run the following command in one single line(i.e. the ‘wget’ command, space, and the very long link): wget
  • Next, run tar zvxf ospi.tar.gz. This will unzip the file to a subfolder named OSPi in your current directory.
  • Now, cd OSPi, and then run sudo python (note that you will need to type in your RPi account password). This will start the web server.
  • Open a browser on your computer or any device that’s connected to the same network as your RPi, and type in your RPi’s IP address, followed by colon, and the default port number 8080. For example, for my RPi, the address is You should now see the homepage of the interval program demo. Note that the port number can be changed to other values, in which case you need to check the source files to figure out how to make the change (or post a message on the forum and I am sure someone will help you).


This demo program is the same as OpenSprinkler 1.8.2 firmware. So you can follow the OpenSprinkler Online User Manual for usage instructions. I believe all features of the firmware are supported. Keep in mind that this is still work in progress, so there are glitches and bugs that will be ironed out over time. If you are a developer, you are welcome to improve the code or help fixing bugs. The backbone of the software is based on, a popular and easy-to-use web framework for Python.

Also keep in mind that if you have RPi rev. 2 (which is the current model), you need to open and edit a port number. Details can be found in the README.txt file. P.S., it’s generally a good idea to read the README.txt first before you start doing anything.

These will be the basics to get you started. If you have any questions, feel free to post a message on the forum.

Finally, a big thank-you again to Dan Kimberling for his time and efforts in making this available to the public. This is an example of the true spirit of open-source development and community support. I am very excited to see additional user contributions to the OpenSprinkler Pi project!