How to connect raspberry pi with HC-05 bluetooth module + arduino programm

Iván Moreno
3 min readOct 13, 2020

In this tutorial we will configure a raspberry pi to connect with hc-05 bluetooth module and arduino using a python script.

The hardware

  • Raspberry pi 3b+ (it has inbuilt Bluetooth)
  • Arduino micro
  • HC-05 Bluetooth module

System requirements

  • arduino-cli
  • picocom
  • python 3

Configurations for Bluetooth module HC-05

  • Configure the module as master
  • Set PIN

Configurations for Raspberry Pi

Configurations for arduino

  • Install avr boards
  • Make physical connections
  • Copy arduino code and upload to arduino board

HC-05 Setup

First connect Bluetooth module to USB serial and press EN button, then send AT commands.

Test AT commands in serial port from USB to serial converter. The default baud rate for AT commands is 38400

$ echo -e "AT\r" | picocom -b 38400 -qrx 1000 /dev/ttyUSB0

Set with AT commands

$ echo -e "AT+NAME=ARDUINOBT\r" | picocom -b 38400 -qrx 1000 /dev/ttyUSB0

Set password

$ echo -e "AT+PSWD=1379\r" | picocom -b 38400 -qrx 1000 /dev/ttyUSB0

Set default baud rate

$ echo -e "AT+UART=115200,1,0\r" | picocom -b 38400 -qrx 1000 /dev/ttyUSB0

Disconnect and test settings

Raspberry Pi Setup

Once installed raspbian and make the basic configurations, install Bluetooth required packages.

$ sudo apt install -y pi-bluetooth bluetooth bluez picocom blueman python3-pip

First edit Bluetooth service in /etc/systemd/system/dbus-org.bluez.service
Add the following lines

ExecStart=/usr/lib/bluetooth/bluetoothd -C
ExecStartPost=/usr/bin/sdptool add SP

Reload systemd units

$ sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Enable Bluetooth service

$ sudo systemctl enable --now bluetooth

Add rfcomm module in /etc/modules-load.d/modules.conf to load automatically

echo "rfcomm" | sudo tee -a /etc/modules-load.d/modules.conf

Reboot the system

Pair with HC-05 module

Access to Bluetooth console

$ sudo bluetoothctl

Pair with Bluetooth module

[bluetooth]# agent on
[bluetooth]# scan on
Discovery started
[NEW] Device 98:D3:31:50:4A:C1 98-D3-31-50-4A-C1
[CHG] Device 98:D3:31:50:4A:C1 LegacyPairing: no
[CHG] Device 98:D3:31:50:4A:C1 Name: ARDUINOBT
[CHG] Device 98:D3:31:50:4A:C1 Alias: ARDUINOBT
[bluetooth]# scan off
[CHG] Controller B8:27:EB:80:2D:06 Discovering: no
Discovery stopped
[bluetooth]# pair 98:D3:31:50:4A:C1
Attempting to pair with 98:D3:31:50:4A:C1
[CHG] Device 98:D3:31:50:4A:C1 Connected: yes
Request PIN code
[agent] Enter PIN code: 1379
[CHG] Device 98:D3:31:50:4A:C1 UUIDs: 00001101-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb
[CHG] Device 98:D3:31:50:4A:C1 ServicesResolved: yes
[CHG] Device 98:D3:31:50:4A:C1 Paired: yes
Pairing successful
[CHG] Device 98:D3:31:50:4A:C1 ServicesResolved: no
[CHG] Device 98:D3:31:50:4A:C1 Connected: no
[bluetooth]# trust 98:D3:31:50:4A:C1
[CHG] Device 98:D3:31:50:4A:C1 Trusted: yes
Changing 98:D3:31:50:4A:C1 trust succeeded
[bluetooth]# exit

Create a serial device

$ sudo rfcomm bind rfcomm0 <device's MAC>

If everything works, connect with picocom and test communication in both sides

Install pyserial library for python3

$ sudo pip3 install pyserial

Copy pythonClient directory to raspberry pi and execute script

$ python pythonClient/

Arduino Setup

Physical connections

Connections for HC-05 module

  • GND -> GND Arduino
  • VCC -> VCC Arduino
  • RX -> D14 Arduino
  • TX -> D15 Arduino
  • EN -> N/C

Compile and upload the sketch

Upload the code to arduino board, considering serial port of arduino micro is /dev/ttyACM0

$ arduino-cli compile -b arduino:avr:micro -u -p /dev/ttyACM0 arduinoBT-HC05/

Test Communications

Raspberry pi output example

developer@raspberrypi:~ $ python pythonClient/
Enter your message below.
Insert "exit" to leave the application.
You message >> hi from raspberry pi
Server Response >> hi
You message >> test connection
Server Response >> test connection from arduino
You message >> exit

Arduino Output example

$ picocom -b 115200 /dev/ttyACM0
Terminal ready
Server response: hi from raspberry pi
You response -> hi
Server response: test connection
You response -> test connection from arduino
Skipping tty reset...
Thanks for using picocom

Source code