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  • Autopilots
    Hardware support for current, previous and future versions
  • Sensors
    IMU, GPS, Current, Airspeed, etc.
  • Modems
    Digi, Laird, Radiotronix, Cellular, etc.
  • Other Hardware Platforms
    Some hardware used for flying, for embedded computer or ground station
    • OMAP Integration
      Integration of TI OMAP-based single board computers, like the Gumstix Overo and the Beagleboard
    • AR.Drone 2
      The popular quadrotor from Parrot
    • Bebop
      The successor of the AR.Drone 2
  • Other Hardware
    Debug Probes, USB-UART, Video, Wiring and Connectors, Antenna Tracker, ESC etc.
  • Wish List
    Suggested hardware improvements
  • Get Hardware
    How to get Paparazzi hardware

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The Paparazzi Project

Paparazzi UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is an open-source drone hardware and software project encompassing autopilot systems for multicopters/multirotors, fixedwing, helicopters and hybrid aircraft. Paparazzi, being open, enables users to add more features and improve the system. Using and improving Paparazzi is encouraged by the community.

The project includes source-code for the avionics and the ground station computers as well as the hardware designs for many parts of the avionics system. Paparazzi’s avionics software is designed with portability in mind. Allowing for the use of the Paparazzi UAV system on many varied hardware platforms. The ground station computer software is written in statically typed functional language assuring reliability and stability of the system.

Unlike other systems, Paparazzi UAV was designed with autonomous flight as the primary focus and manual flying as the secondary. From the beginning it was designed to be able to control multiple aircraft within the same system. Paparazzi features a dynamic flight plan system that is defined by mission states and using way points as “variables”. This makes it easy to create very complex fully automated missions without the operators intervention.

Since its founding in 2003, Universities and civilian teams have employed Paparazzi to win top marks in high profile airborne robotics competitions around the world; thereby, proving the flexibility, durability and advanced features embedded in the Paparazzi framework. Many of these top marks and achievements have been documented on our blog.

Several core developers to the project are affiliated with universities and research institutions. These include, ENAC University of Toulouse, France, MAVlab of TU-Delft in the Netherlands and AggieAir of Utah State University in the United States.

Several vendors are currently producing and selling Paparazzi autopilots and popular accessories, making the system easy and affordable for everyone. Some of the companies were founded by core developers of the Paparazzi UAV project as a way to provided well tested and integrated hardware to the Paparazzi community. For example, 1BitSquared is developing avionics hardware and providing consulting services for system integration, software development as well as custom nano UAV hardware development.

Paparazzi can be used for many applications from the emerging personal UAV market to advanced hobbyists, as well as University and civilian research programs and competitions. It is also being used in the field in daily operations, for example, SUMO is being used by meteorological researchers as reusable weather balloons for collecting data in the Antarctic. The multitude of applications for Paparazzi are endless, so join the community and contribute to the project with your innovative ideas.

Legal disclaimer

The Paparazzi software source and hardware design is distributed without any guarantee. Before flying, please refer to your country national aviation regulation for Unmanned Aerial Systems, or the one of the country you intend to overfly.

Latest stable release


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Video Collection

Blog News

PaparazziUAV Flying Robots on Slashdot
The kind folks over at were nice enough to stop by the PaparazziUAV booth at OSCON 2015 to talk about flying robots. Thanks Tim for the opportunity to talk about HooperFly, the Lisa/MX autopilot from 1bitsquared and the coolest open-source UAV software on the planet, PaparazziUAV. Here’s a link to the video: Flying Robots … Continue reading PaparazziUAV Flying Robots on Slashdot
Rich Burton 2015-08-21 02:37:19
Chaos Communication Camp 2015
From 13. – 17. August 2015 we are attending the Chaos Communication Camp in Ziegeleipark Mildenberg, Zehdenick, Germany. If you are attending too make sure to visit our Village and say hi.
Piotr Esden-Tempski 2015-08-10 19:49:17
Paparazzi UAV + HooperFly = Flying Robots
HooperFly made a great video showing off two of their airframes, flying completely autonomously. These robotic aircraft are based on HooperFly’s own rugged airframe design and feature Paparazzi UAV powered Lisa/MX autopilots. The multi aircraft support in Paparazzi makes these types of flights possible.
Piotr Esden-Tempski 2015-07-22 05:42:16
Paparazzi UAV Videos 2004-2010
A few days ago ENAC UAV Lab uploaded their Paparazzi UAV video collection from 2004-2010. If you are interested in some Open-Source UAV history you should take a look at them. It is exciting to see how many things Paparazzi UAV could already do 5 to 10 years ago, as well as how far things have … Continue reading Paparazzi UAV Videos 2004-2010
Piotr Esden-Tempski 2015-07-19 09:50:42
Flying the Paparazzi autopilot Blog
Martin Müller and his team have created a blog documenting their meteorological research operations (SUMO). They are flying their Paparazzi based systems in the Antarctic collecting data. It is a great read showing the robustness of the Paparazzi UAV systems and hardware.
Piotr Esden-Tempski 2015-07-17 22:42:45
Paparazzi UAV at OSCON 2015
We will be showing off some of our hardware at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention 2015 (OSCON).  The event is happening on July 20–24, 2015 in Portland, Oregon USA. Piotr Esden-Tempski from 1BitSquared together with Rich Burton from Hooperfly will be bringing some of their Paparazzi UAV based creations to show off. If you are attending OSCON … Continue reading Paparazzi UAV at OSCON 2015
Piotr Esden-Tempski 2015-07-16 23:39:32
We are now on Facebook
If you are on Facebook you might be happy to hear that we now have a Paparazzi UAV Facebook page.  Join us there and like our page. We hope this is another good way to follow along with the project and the community.
Piotr Esden-Tempski 2015-07-14 18:04:31
Paparazzi at the National Center for Meteorological Research
The National Center for Meteorological Research (CNRM-GAME, Toulouse, France) conducted an airborne experiment in Cyprus in March 2015 as part of the BACCHUS project. The main goal of CNRM‘s contribution is to complement the ground-based observations of aerosol and cloud condensation nuclei with airborne measurements to characterize the vertical distribution of aerosol, radiative fluxes, 3D … Continue reading Paparazzi at the National Center for Meteorological Research
paparazzi 2015-03-01 00:00:08
ENAC Flying Paparazzi Aircraft at the Atmospheric Research Center of Lannemezan
The ENAC team has been flying several aircraft (X6-Skywalker, Easystar, Funjet) at the Atmospheric Research Center of Lannemezan, close to the Pyrenees in the south of France. The goal was to prepare several meteorological planes for research studies held by Meteo France that will be held next month in Cyprus. Weather conditions were pretty harsh some … Continue reading ENAC Flying Paparazzi Aircraft at the Atmospheric Research Center of Lannemezan
paparazzi 2015-02-04 00:00:05
Paparazzi on the Parrot Bebop
The TU Delft MAVlab team made a great video showing off the ease of use of the Paparazzi UAV system on the new Parrot Bebop platform.
Piotr Esden-Tempski 2015-02-01 08:21:44