Sense HAT

The Sense HAT is an add-on board that gives your Raspberry Pi an array of sensing capabilities. The on-board sensors allow you to monitor pressure, humidity, temperature, colour, orientation, and movement. The bright 8×8 RGB LED matrix allows you to visualise data from the sensors, and the five-button joystick lets users interact with your projects.

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Hardware designed for space

The Sense HAT was originally developed for use on the International Space Station, as part of the educational Astro Pi programme run by the Raspberry Pi Foundation in partnership with the European Space Agency. It is well suited to many projects that require position, motion, orientation, or environmental sensing. The Sense HAT is powered by the Raspberry Pi computer to which it is connected.

An officially supported Python library provides access to all of the on-board sensors, the LED matrix, and the joystick. The Sense HAT is compatible with any Raspberry Pi computer with a 40-pin GPIO header.


The Sense HAT has an 8×8 RGB LED matrix and a five-button joystick, and includes the following sensors:

  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Magnetometer
  • Temperature
  • Barometric pressure
  • Humidity
  • Colour and brightness


The Raspberry Pi Sense HAT has undergone extensive compliance testing, and meets the following European standards:

  • Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC) 2014/30/EU
  • Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive 2011/65/EU

View and download global compliance certificates for Raspberry Pi products.

Obsolescence Statement

Sense HAT will remain in production until at least January 2028

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