From time to time, an error occurs when working with CircuitPython. Here are a variety of errors that can happen, what they mean and how to fix them.
File system issues¶
If your host computer starts complaining that your
CIRCUITPY drive is corrupted
or files cannot be overwritten or deleted, then you will have to erase it completely.
When CircuitPython restarts it will create a fresh empty
This often happens on Windows when the
CIRCUITPY disk is not safely ejected
before being reset by the button or being disconnected from USB. This can also
happen on Linux and Mac OSX but it’s less likely.
To erase and re-create
CIRCUITPY (for example, to correct a corrupted filesystem),
follow one of the procedures below. It’s important to note that any files stored on the
CIRCUITPY drive will be erased.
For boards with
CIRCUITPY stored on a separate SPI flash chip,
such as Feather M0 Express, Metro M0 Express and Circuit Playground Express:
Download the appropriate flash .erase uf2 from the Adafruit_SPIFlash repo.
Double-click the reset button.
Copy the appropriate .uf2 to the xxxBOOT drive.
The on-board NeoPixel will turn blue, indicating the erase has started.
After about 15 seconds, the NexoPixel will start flashing green. If it flashes red, the erase failed.
Double-click again and load the appropriate CircuitPython .uf2.
For boards without SPI flash, such as Feather M0 Proto, Gemma M0 and, Trinket M0:
This error occurs when importing a module that is stored as a
mpy binary file
(rather than a
py text file) that was generated by a different version of
CircuitPython than the one it’s being loaded into. Most versions are compatible
but, rarely they aren’t. In particular, the
mpy binary format changed between
CircuitPython versions 1.x and 2.x, 2.x and 3.x, and will change again between 6.x and 7.x.
So, for instance, if you just upgraded to CircuitPython 7.x from 6.x you’ll need to download a
newer version of the library that triggered the error on
import. They are
all available in the
and the Community bundle.
Make sure to download a version with 7.0.0 or higher in the filename.