Grove - Vibration Motor

This is a mini vibration motor suitable as a non-audible indicator. When the input is HIGH, the motor will vibrate just like your cell phone on silent mode.

Version Tracker

Revision Description Release
v0.9b Initial public release May 10, 2011
v1.0 Directly uses an I/O port to drive Vibration Motor Nov 5, 2011
v1.2 Transistor added, uses bigger current to drive Vibration Motor July 11, 2013


  • Grove compatible
  • Non-audible
  • Low power consumption
  • High reliability


More details about Grove modules please refer to Grove System


Item Min Typ Max
Operating Voltage 3.0V 5.0V 5.5V
Control Mode Logic Level (When Logic HIGH, the motor is ON. When LOW, the motor is OFF.)
Rated speed 9000 rpm

Platforms Supported

Arduino Raspberry Pi


The platforms mentioned above as supported is/are an indication of the module's software or theoritical compatibility. We only provide software library or code examples for Arduino platform in most cases. It is not possible to provide software library / demo code for all possible MCU platforms. Hence, users have to write their own software library.

Getting Started


If this is the first time you work with Arduino, we firmly recommend you to see Getting Started with Arduino before the start.

Play With Arduino

To make it vibrate is just as easy as to turn on an LED. Here is an example showing how to turn on the vibration motor.


  • Step 1. Prepare the below stuffs:
Seeeduino V4.2 Base Shield Grove - Vibration Motor
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  • Step 2. Grove - Vibration Motor to D2 of Grove-Base Shield.
  • Step 3. Plug Grove - Base Shield into Seeeduino.
  • Step 4. Connect Seeeduino to PC via a USB cable.


If we don't have Grove Base Shield, We also can directly connect Grove - Vibration Motor to Seeeduino as below.

Seeeduino Grove - Vibration Motor
5V Red
GND Black
Not Conencted White
D2 Yellow


  • Step 1. Copy the code into Arduino IDE and upload. If you do not know how to upload the code, please check how to upload code.
int MoPin = 2;    // vibrator Grove connected to digital pin 9

void setup()  {
    pinMode( MoPin, OUTPUT );

void loop()  {

    digitalWrite(MoPin, HIGH);

    digitalWrite(MoPin, LOW);
  • Step 2. Now, feel the vibration of your motor!

Play with Codecraft


Step 1. Connect Grove - Vibration Motor to port D2 of a Base Shield.

Step 2. Plug the Base Shield to your Seeeduino/Arduino.

Step 3. Link Seeeduino/Arduino to your PC via an USB cable.


Step 1. Open Codecraft, add Arduino support, and drag a main procedure to working area.


If this is your first time using Codecraft, see also Guide for Codecraft using Arduino.

Step 2. Drag blocks as picture below or open the cdc file which can be downloaded at the end of this page.


Upload the program to your Arduino/Seeeduino.


When the code finishes uploaded, you will feel the vibration motor vibration.

Play With Raspberry Pi


  • Step 1. Prepare the below stuffs:
Raspberry pi GrovePi_Plus Grove - Vibration Motor
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  • Step 2. Plug the GrovePi_Plus into Raspberry.
  • Step 3. Connect Grove - Vibration Motor ranger to D8 port of GrovePi_Plus.
  • Step 4. Connect the Raspberry to PC through USB cable.


  • Step 1. Navigate to the demos' directory:
cd yourpath/GrovePi/Software/Python/
  • Step 2. To see the code
nano grove_vibration_motor.py   # "Ctrl+x" to exit #
import time
import grovepi

# Connect the Grove Vibration Motor to digital port D8
vibration_motor = 8


while True:
        # Start vibrating for 1 second
        print 'start'

        # Stop vibrating for 1 second, then repeat
        print 'stop'

    except KeyboardInterrupt:
    except IOError:
        print "Error"
  • Step 3. Run the demo.
sudo python grove_vibration_motor.py

Schematic Online Viewer



Grove - Introduction in a Vibration Motor - only for adults: Beginner-Example

Inspired by OVERWATCH, we have made a very cool Wooden Laser Gun toy for fun these day!

The Wooden Laser Gun and the Gun Target are all based on an Arduino board called Seeeduino Lotus. The laser emitter on the Laser Gun is controlled to fire laser pulse to "activate" the Gun Target. And there are 3 light sensors on the Gun Target to detect the laser pulse. It seems very simple right? If you are interested in our project, please make one for yourself or your child! It's worth to spend one day DIY it as a Xmas present.

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