Bus Pirate preorders open


Update, Saturday July 4th, 2009: All preorders are closed.

We’re excited to announce our partnership with the folks at Seeed Studio (home of the excellent Seeeduino) to put the Bus Pirate v2go into production! The preorder period ends July 3rd. The price is $30 including worldwide shipping. The board pictured above is a hand soldered prototype, but the ones sold by Seeed are completely factory assembled.

This is the first officially produced piece of Hack a Day hardware. Depending on its success, we’ll be able to put many future designs into production. Read more about the Bus Pirate in our latest How-to. Thank you for your support!

***Update, Monday June 29, 2009: Wow, your support has been overwhelming! Thank you! There have been more orders for the Bus Pirate than we ever imagined. As of this update, there’s a few (12) Bus Pirates left in the Seeed preorder. After that, we’ve exhausted the supply of PIC24FJ64GA002s available in Shenzhen. If you’ve already placed your order nothing changes, the manufacturing process has already begun and your Bus Pirate will ship ASAP.

After the first preorder is filled, Seeed will start a new preorder. The second preorder will be delayed until more PIC24FJ64GA002s are delivered, about 4 to 6 weeks. This order should ship about 6 to 8 weeks after July 3, 2009, but we’ll try our best to get it out sooner. Thank you again for your support!


  1. byohazrd says:

    Noted and purchased. Now for the unpleasant part… waiting.

  2. digidev says:

    word, same as bi-ohazrd

  3. byohazrd says:

    I am not Irish and I am straight. Still waiting. It should be here by now, shouldn’t it? (sarcasm)

  4. Terry says:

    I just bought one. Now, I guess I should find a project to use it on.

  5. Brett says:

    Had my eye on this for awhile – ordered!

  6. Colin says:

    congrats hackaday, i’m proud :)

    was expecting to see this months ago, but glad it is here.

  7. SexieWASD says:

    Wow, I usually just check the site to get ideas, so I didn’t know this was coming. I am really excited about this, and about the price, what a deal! I can’t wait to get one.

  8. Hackius says:

    Is this v2?

  9. Ian Lesnet says:

    @hackuis – Yes, this is v2go which is the preferred member of the v2 family.

  10. name says:

    I’ll buy one!

  11. DarkerMark says:

    awesomesauce, ever since you first published v1 I’ve been wanting one, but as an avr person I’ve never had the time or the motivation to get a pic board working, thanks :D…and bought

  12. tulcod says:

    is linux supported?

  13. Ian Lesnet says:

    FTDI has extensive driver support for most platforms, we used the virtual com port drivers. Use your favorite serial terminal program to communicate with the Bus Pirate.

    Microchip only released a Windows version of the firmware updater, but source is available and the protocol is well documented.

  14. tikka says:

    The site doesn’t have a secure ordering system.

  15. tikka says:

    ah well, ordered anyway.

  16. matt says:

    hmm… last thing I ordered from Seeedstudio took over 5 weeks to get to my house…

  17. Oriole says:

    Not even a mention of what it’s for, eh? Guess you can’t be bothered to even mention it.

  18. Terry says:

    If you need it explained what purpose this product servers, don’t use it.

  19. Terry says:

    Bus Pirate? Really? Man, that’s the gayest name I’ve seen for an electronics product.

  20. Ian Lesnet says:

    @oriole –

    Check the latest how-to:


    Or the main Bus Pirate page:


  21. Stu says:

    So whats with that odd shortened URL to the shop?


    Why bother? The link is dead according to my internet connection anyway, as of aroundabouts midnight BST!
    Have Seeeeeeedstudio gone down and ran off with your preorder money!?
    Or do they just switch their servers off at night!? ;-)
    I’m beginning to smell one of these internet rats I keep hearing about.

  22. Stu says:

    Anyway, regardless of dodgy goings on…
    …after much looking around these buspirate articles i see there’s no mention of whether SeeedStudio are putting the bootloader and Bus Pirate firmware on for us?
    Will it come fully programmed for use fresh out of the ‘box’?
    Or are we going to have to shell out for an ICSP programmer too?

  23. meekrat says:

    I’ve preordered.
    A bit sad that they don’t have any seeduino kits available, I’ll have to wait it seems.

    Where can I get some leads for this board?

  24. slincolme says:

    Looks like a good tool to have in the junk box – ordered and paid for !

    It will be a interesting test of how good seedstudio are as a supplier. They have some other nice bits on their web site ($20 bluetooth UART, $50 JPEG VGA serial camera, etc). If they ship in a timely manner I’ll buy some more bits.

    BTW – for those who queried the firmware – if you check the listing on the supplier website, they say the device will be shipped programmed. All you need to do is just plug it in your computer and start playing !

  25. Ian Lesnet says:

    @stu – Fully programed with bootloader and v0g firmware, using the complete HEX dump here.


    For what it’s worth, YMMV, but: our Seeed orders (5?) of PCBs, etc, have taken exactly 7 days (including weekend days) from the time it’s mailed in China to the day it arrives in Europe.

    Not sure what’s up with the site (so many orders? Michael Jackson news took out the internet again?), but it seems to be back now.

    @meekrat – We’ll have a cable How-to next week.

  26. ebidk says:

    Nice :) I’d been thinking of building my own someday but this is much easier.

  27. Chris says:

    Well I bought one as an impulse purchase! Ooops! Hehe, the main feature I want is I2C sniffing to throw all commands observed straight onto the virtual terminal for working out what communication is happening…. I couldnt tell if it was completely finished yet though? There seemed to be a macro for something very similar….

  28. Afroman says:

    Purchased. It looks like a good product at the right price. Should save lots of time having to program my own bit banging functions every time I want to use a new IC.

  29. Stu says:

    Thanks for the info – its nice to know the little devil will have the firmware on it! Sure there’s mention on the Seeedstudio website of it being pre-loaded, but the site was down throughout my whole time online last night!
    I rechecked the URL again, I’ve preordered one now too!
    I ordered a spare USB cable too, I sincerely hope they dont send that out to me now prior to the buspirate release, now that would make for a disappointing package thru the door!
    Thanks for a fantastic protocol analyser (do you have a good name for what it does?) I cant wait!

  30. Chuck Malloch says:

    I’ve been trying the Seeeduino link for a couple days. It just came back up.

  31. Polaczek says:

    I was waiting for the v2go. It has come, and so have I.

    Thanks for the opportunity to get the kit!

  32. az1324 says:

    what about that nice multicolor probe cable? they aren’t making that?

  33. Chris says:

    Am I being stupid or is the latest firmware v0h? On the seedstudio it says they will be shipped with the latest firmware v0g…. v0h has the crucial I2C sniffer function that I bought the device for, though I guess I can always upgrade….

  34. ITIL Prince says:

    i bought one to supplement my breadboard model so i can have a portable version. i’m hoping to use it with my nokia n810.

  35. spyguy99 says:

    Would it be possible to use the Bus Pirate as a AVR programmer, say for like an attiny85?

  36. Ian Lesnet says:

    @chris – The latest firmware is v0g. v0h is under development, but you can download our nightly compiles. Nightly compiles usually don’t have major bugs (but might!), though they lack the extensive functionality testing that goes into a final release.

    The I2C sniffer in v0h is still a work in progress. The Bus Pirate is primarily designed to talk to chips, so the bus sniffer will never be as useful as a true logic analyzer for reverse engineering.

    @spyguy99 – I’m sure you could add an AVR programmer, but it’s not on our feature roadmap.

  37. Jin says:

    Oh!! I have some problem about FPGA.
    Have you programed the FPGA or not?

    I port your code to PIC32MX440F256H and I can program XSVF file to CPLD but I can’t program to FPGA.

    Do you have any suggestion?

    Thanks in advance

  38. Ian Lesnet says:

    @jin – No, I haven’t programmed a FGPA with the XSVF programmer. There’s an app note from Xilinx that describes some delays that might need to be increased for different chips. The datasheet is linked in the Bus Pirate JTAG article.

    Are you able to reset and communicate with the JTAG interface using basic commands and the helper macros (type ‘(0)’ for a menu of macros)?

  39. fjr says:


    I would like to order one (or more) of these in the future. But when would more of them be available? This being a “Pre”-order is there gonna be a steady supply of them thereafter or is this more like a once off deal?

  40. Joe says:

    Damnit, its still the fourth, and I wanted to pre order one. PLLLLeeeeeeaaassssseeee I must order one!!!!!!!!

  41. Tec says:

    Ditto. I went on the 4th as well but missed out. What’s next – will this be generally available?

  42. CoR says:

    Si vuelve a salir a la venta me encantaria adquirir un Bus Pirate, las dos preorders me pillaron de vacaciones, cest la vie.
    Saludos y gracias por vuestro trabajo.

  43. Nogard says:

    How can i get one of these? This it’s really amazing, ,I want one to start hacking my things :P

  44. Raisa Gauna says:

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  45. Oh boy, I love Michaels. I hope he is going to be better!

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