Intel Edison

The Intel Edison is a wifi and Bluetooth® enabled devolopment platform for the Internet of Things. It packs a robust set of features into its small size and supports a broad spectrum of I/O and software support.

For more info about the Edison platform click here.

API Reference

How to Install (using Go 1.5+)

Install Go from source or use an official distribution.

Then you must install the appropriate Go packages

Setting up your Intel Edison

Everything you need to get started with the Edison is in the Intel Getting Started Guide:

Don't forget to configure your Edison's wifi connection and flash your Edison with the latest firmware image!

The recommended way to connect to your device is via wifi, for that follow the directions here:

If you don't have a wifi network available, the Intel documentation explains how to use another connection type, but note that this guide assumes you are using wifi connection.

You can obtain the IP address of your Edison, by running the floowing command:

ip addr show | grep inet

Don't forget to setup the a password for the device otherwise you won't be able to connect using SSH. From within the screen session, run the following command:

configure_edison --password

Note that you MUST setup a password otherwise SSH won't be enabled. If later on you aren't able to scp to the device, try to reset the password. This password will obviously be needed next time you connect to your device.

Example program

Save the following code into a file called main.go.

package main

import (


func main() {
        e := edison.NewAdaptor()
        led := gpio.NewLedDriver(e, "13")

        // Uncomment the line below if you are using a Sparkfun
        // Edison board with the GPIO block
        // e.SetBoard("sparkfun")

        work := func() {
                gobot.Every(1*time.Second, func() {

        robot := gobot.NewRobot("blinkBot",


You can read the full API documentation online.

Cross compiling for the Intel Edison

Compile your Gobot program run the following command using the command line from the directory where you have your main.go file:

$ GOARCH=386 GOOS=linux go build .

Then you can simply upload your program over the network from your host computer to the Edison

$ scp main root@<IP of your device>:/home/root/blink

and execute it on your Edison (use screen to connect, see the Intel setup steps if you don't recall how to connect)

$ ./blink

At this point you should see the onboard LED blinking. Press control + c to exit.

To update the program after you made a change, you will need to scp it over once again and start it from the command line (via screen).


Copyright (c) 2014-2017 The Hybrid Group. Licensed under the Apache 2.0 license.


Available drivers for the Edison platform are listed below.