I made a raspberry pi robot that you can control with the keyboard and I want to use my bluetooth keyboard with it. The python program automaticley starts. I used /etc/rc.local to do this.

#!/bin/sh -e
sudo python3 /home/pi/startup/keyboardControl.py &
exit 0

And this is the content of the keyboardControl.py file

from keyboard import is_pressed
import motorControl
motorLeft = motorControl.DCmotor(33, 35, 37)
motorRight = motorControl.DCmotor(36, 40, 38)
speeds = [0, 25, 50, 75]
speed = 0
    while 1:
        if is_pressed('up'):
            if is_pressed('right'):
                motorRight.setSpeed(int( speeds[speed]*0.75 ))
            elif is_pressed('left'):
                motorLeft.setSpeed(int( speeds[speed]*0.75 ))
                motorRight.setSpeed(int( speeds[speed]*1.25 ))
        elif is_pressed('down'):
            if is_pressed('right'):
                motorLeft.setSpeed(int( speeds[speed]*-1.25 ))
                motorRight.setSpeed(int( speeds[speed]*-0.75 ))
            elif is_pressed('left'):
                motorLeft.setSpeed(int( speeds[speed]*-0.75 ))
                motorRight.setSpeed(int( speeds[speed]*-1.25))
        elif is_pressed('left'):
            motorLeft.setSpeed(int( speeds[speed]*-1.25))
            motorRight.setSpeed(int( speeds[speed]*1.25))
        elif is_pressed('right'):
            motorLeft.setSpeed(int( speeds[speed]*1.25))
            motorRight.setSpeed(int( speeds[speed]*-1.25))

        if is_pressed('1'):
            speed = 0
        elif is_pressed('2'):
                speed = 1
        elif is_pressed('3'):
            speed = 2
        elif is_pressed('4'):
            speed = 3

        if is_pressed('q'):

As you see I used the keyboard library and I also use a library I make myself to control the motors. This works if you use a keyboard via the usb, but if I use a bluetooth keyboard it won't work. I think this is because the code runs before the keyboard is automatically connected. Is there any way to force the bluetooth connection before the program runs?

  • 1
    What operating system do you use? Raspbian Buster? Please take note that using /etc/rc.local has limitations due to Compatibility with SysV. We have seen many problems here on this site using it. Following the recommendation of the developers from systemd you should avoid using it.
    – Ingo
    Commented Apr 14, 2020 at 9:25

1 Answer 1


I would get your program to wait till the keyboard is connected.

Tools that you could use to check this are:

hcitool scan

or if you are sure of the keyboard MAC address:

sudo l2ping -c 1 xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx

I personally would use the first and check it’s output against a list of known keyboards as you may have more than one keyboard you are connecting rather than lots of different pings.

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