I'm a beginner with Raspberry Pi's and stuff like that. I was wondering if there was a way I could connect ribbon cables to the Pi? Maybe there is some sort of other board I could use. I would like to do this because I want to connect some devices to my Pi that have ribbon cables.

  • Can you give some examples of devices with ribbon cables that you plan to use (ideally a link to the product)? I'm worried you might be trying to connect legacy devices or PC HDDs to the RPI using a ribbon cable - this would definitely not work and could damage the device, the RPI or both. – Phil B. Nov 8 '16 at 17:08
  • Things such as a laptop keyboard – Jordan Baron Nov 8 '16 at 21:40
  • I've yet to encounter a laptop keyboard with a ribbon cable. What I think you're after is connectors for Flexible Flat Cable (FFC), which is more commonplace. The pi has a couple of those, but there's zero chance you'll be able to plug a laptop keyboard into them. Wrong everything - dimensions, pin count, pin arrangement, internal connections, software stack... it's a non-starter. – goobering Nov 9 '16 at 0:13
  • Can I plug my device into power socket? I want to do this because I have device with cord to plug into power socket.... me not understand – WillyWonka Nov 9 '16 at 8:12

Happily there's no problem whatsoever using ribbon cable with a Pi's GPIO. You need a 40-way 2.54mm/0.1" pitch connector and some suitable cable. Adafruit sell them ready-made. They're fairly cheap, and straightforward to make yourself.

While ribbon cables can be really useful if you have a lot of stuff going on on your GPIO pins, or if you're putting some polish on your final product, it's a lot easier using headed jumper wire for making quick connections to things.

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    I would be careful - the OP is looking to connect devices that already have ribbon cables. Where I see how your answer is totally correct if the devices in question are RPi-specific peripherals, the OP might be trying to fit generic ribbon cables (such as those coming with HDDs) to the RPi's GPIO pins. This could potentially be disastrous. – Phil B. Nov 8 '16 at 17:12
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    +1 - I'm presuming that the devices are compatible in some way with the Pi. If they're not you're going to fry something. Just because the cable fits doesn't mean it's a good idea. – goobering Nov 8 '16 at 17:16

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