i want to control exactly how mush my servo rotate through DMA like pigpio with raspberry pi so i need to create exact number of pulses for servo . is there anyway to create exact number of pulses with DMA like pigpio or servoblaser ? by the way i am using a Delta Servo motor with its driver


You can use pigpio wave chains to send pulses a precise number of times.

However this is of no use for servos (unless yours has a special interface).

Hobby servos work in one of two ways.

  1. pulses are sent at 50Hz. The length of each pulse in microseconds (generally in the range 1000-2000) determine the servo horns target angle.
  2. pulses are sent at 50Hz. The length of each pulse in microseconds (generally in the range 1000-2000) determine the servo horns rotational speed.

The number of pulses sent in total is not relevant.

The following script shows how to use wave chains with Python.

#!/usr/bin/env python

import time
import pigpio

def tx_pulses(pi, GPIO, hertz, num, pulse_len=1):
   assert hertz < 500000
   length_us = int(1000000/hertz)
   assert int(pulse_len) < length_us
   assert num < 65536

   num_low = num % 256
   num_high = num // 256

   wf = []

   wf.append(pigpio.pulse(1<<GPIO, 0, pulse_len))
   wf.append(pigpio.pulse(0, 1<<GPIO, length_us - pulse_len))


   wid = pi.wave_create()

   if wid >= 0:
      pi.wave_chain([255, 0, wid, 255, 1, num_low, num_high])
      while pi.wave_tx_busy():

pi = pigpio.pi()
if not pi.connected:


pi.set_mode(GPIO, pigpio.OUTPUT)

tx_pulses(pi, GPIO, 100, 25) # 25 pulses @ 100 Hz

tx_pulses(pi, GPIO, 1000, 250) # 250 pulses @ 1000 Hz

tx_pulses(pi, GPIO, 5000, 2391, pulse_len=50) # 2391 pulses @ 5000 Hz

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    thanks but i am using Delta Servo Motor an industrial servo . not Hobby servos .. for example i used your HP command line pigs commands throw terminal, and i see when i increase frequency i get more speed .. so it means more pulses : more speed . these servos have an driver .. and driver determine how much for a pulse servo rotate. – pooya Feb 14 '18 at 12:06
  • and by the way is there any example of using your wave chains function ? i couldn't understand how actually create one ... – pooya Feb 14 '18 at 12:09
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    Each of the C, pdif2, and Python documentation for the wave chain call contain an example. There may be other examples in abyz.me.uk/rpi/pigpio/examples.html but I'm not sure. – joan Feb 14 '18 at 12:45
  • I would look into the driver and see what it expects, usually they are driven with PWM (as explained in the answer), not number of pulses. Now if it is a stepper motor that moves a small fraction of a rotation with every pulse then more pulses would = more rotation/speed – Chad G Feb 14 '18 at 16:35
  • thanks Johan and Chad, (deltaww.com/Products/… ) this is link to know better what driver i am using. it actually respond to rising edge of electrical pulse . so i need exact number of pulse . in the driver we set driver setting . for example if i set in driver when 100 rising edge occurred then servo rotate 1 degree.. so i need exact number of pulses. if i have more frequency then servo rotates more quickly. – pooya Feb 14 '18 at 17:10

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