I'm follow along with a tutorial to get started with using CircuitPython to control servos on my RaspberryPi (https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-16-channel-pwm-servo-hat-for-raspberry-pi/using-the-python-library), but during the installation I get an error that I can't seem to fix or find any information on. After installing Blinka and then proceeding on to install CircuitPython, I am met with an error:

pi@raspberrypi:~/Desktop $ sudo pip install adafruit-circuitpython-servokit
Collecting adafruit-circuitpython-servokit
  Using cached https://files.pythonhosted.org/packages/86/2d/a8ebfc83d88f121569c950b960734d72d00d404b085899b16626be58648b/adafruit-circuitpython-servokit-1.1.0.tar.gz
Collecting Adafruit-Blinka (from adafruit-circuitpython-servokit)
  Could not find a version that satisfies the requirement Adafruit-Blinka (from adafruit-circuitpython-servokit) (from versions: )
No matching distribution found for Adafruit-Blinka (from adafruit-circuitpython-servokit)

Not really sure where to go with fixing this issue so I figured maybe someone with more experience could point me in the right direction

  • Welcome and nice to meet you! I have also been trying to use Rpi3/4 MicroPython and CircuitPython to control AdaFruit's PCA9685 16 Channel PWM / Servo Board. There are a couple of version incompatibility problems if you are using Rpi4B buster. There has also been huge confusion between Circuit Python and MicroPython versions of AdaFruit Blinka. Anyway, just now I have successfully installed AdaFruit CircuitPython Blinka on my Rpi4B buster (2019spe26 release) and you might like to read the installation record in my answer. Good luck and cheers!
    – tlfong01
    Commented Nov 3, 2019 at 4:16

2 Answers 2


Adafruit-Blinka requires Python 3. It seems you're trying to install it for Python 2, using pip.

Use pip3 as instructed in the tutorial you link to.

sudo pip3 install adafruit-circuitpython-servokit


How to fix AdaFruit CircuitPython Blinka Servo Board Installation Problem?


There are many reasons for not successfully installing CircuitPython Blinka, including the following:

(1) Not using pip3,

(2) Not using latest version of raspbian update and upgrade

I have successfull installed Blinka and CircuitPython on Rpi4B buster (release 2019sep26). I have also made a summary for you to compare and contrast your installation. You can also read the full installation record in Reference 2 below:

Circuit Python and Blinka Installation Summary

pi@tlfong01:~ $ date Sun 03 Nov 2019 09:51:49 AM HKT

pi@tlfong01:~ $ uname -a Linux tlfong01 4.19.75-v7l+ #1270 SMP Tue Sep 24 18:51:41 BST 2019 armv7l GNU/Linux

pi@tlfong01:~ $ sudo apt-get update

pi@tlfong01:~ $ sudo apt-get upgrade

pi@tlfong01:~ $ sudo pip3 install --upgrade setuptools

pi@tlfong01:~ $ pip3 install RPI.GPIO

pi@tlfong01:~ $ pip3 install adafruit-blinka

Successfully installed Adafruit-PlatformDetect-1.3.4 Adafruit-PureIO-0.2.3 adafruit-blinka-3.0.0 rpi-ws281x-4.2.2 sysv-ipc-1.0.0


(1) Installing AdaFruit CircuitPython Blinka Libraries on Raspberry Pi - Lada Ada

(2) CircuitPython Blinka Rpi4B buster Installation Record - tlfong01

(3) Adafruit MicroPython (Not CircuitPython) Blinka Installation Problem - drfuzzyness 2018sep15

(4) Adafruit Blinka For Non CircuitPython Python Such As Linux and MicroPython - pyPi

(5) Adafruit_Blinka Updated Bus IO Error Type - AdaFruit Blinka GitHub

(6) Rpi4B buster CircuitPython Blinka Servo Board Installation Problem

(7) Electronics Newbies's Guide to Setup Adafruit PCA9685 16 Channel Servo Driver for Raspberry Pi - @Hammerstein 2014sep10

(8) AdaFruit Python Installation of PCA9685 ServoKit Library - Kevin Townsend 2012aug16


Appendix A - Differences between CircuitPython Blinka and MicroPython Blinka


This repository contains a selection of packages mirroring the CircuitPython API on hosts running micropython.

board - breakout-specific pin identities

microcontroller - chip-specific pin identities

digitalio - digital input/output pins, using pin identities from board+microcontroller packages

bitbangio - software-driven interfaces for I2C, SPI

busio - hardware-driven interfaces for I2C, SPI, UART

time - substitute functions monkey-patched to time module


The Micropython compatibility layers described above are intended to provide a CircuitPython-like API for devices which are running CPython or Micropython.

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