10 pin mini USB pinout on GoPro

The 10 pin mini USB connector can be purchased at http://www.chargeconverter.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=160

or with a pre-soldered PCB at http://www.chargeconverter.com/store/usbpcb for easier soldering.

a connector with pre-soldered PCB for mic/audio input and power input http://www.chargeconverter.com/store/usbmic

Here is how we number the pins in this document.

10 pin mini USB pinout

10 pin mini USB pinout

  1. +5V
  2. USB data-
  3. USB data+
  4. ID (pull low to GND through resistor to activate pin 6-10, 100k for AV out and 330k for mic in).
  5. GND
  6. Mic input?
  7. Mic input?
  8. Video GND
  9. Video out
  10. Audio out


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56 Responses to 10 pin mini USB pinout on GoPro

  1. BEAR says:

    I connect the mic in to pin 6 and 7, +5V to pin 1 , ID used 330K , the mic in is working but when I connect power to charge my hero 4 silver turn off itself?

  2. George says:

    Does anyone know if this works with the Garmin VIRB?

  3. Shadowcruise says:

    Ridax, could you clarify which model GoPro, the pin outs shown in you initial post, refer to? I understand that they have changed from model to model and since your post dates to December 12th of 2012, I assume they aren’t correct for the Hero4 Black.

    You clarification would be most appreciated.

  4. Hello
    I have an NFlight cable To connect my GoPro 3+ silvers to my aircraft headset, Si I can record audio. The cable got trapped and pulled the 3 wires out. I’ve bought a replacement 10 pin plug and will use your diagrams, but I don’t know which wire is which? Any ideas? 3 wires, so presume left and right audio and power?
    Many thanks in advance. Andy

    • Kent Hulick says:

      It’s not that simple. You need to dissect the old connector as there are 3 resistors in there to match the audio output to a mic input. I’m trying to reverse engineer the same thing so I can add power in addition to the stereo audio. The resistors in my connector were 1.8k 62k and 300k. I have pictures of the old connector but not certain if the pins are mapped the same on this board. I’ll let you know how it works when I test it.

      • Kent Hulick says:

        My cable was mono, has input coming through the 62k resistor to pins 6 and 7 (these are your audio inputs) and the 1.8k resistor bridging these to the case (ground) simulating the mic resistor. The 300k resistor connects pin 4 to ground (ID) and pins 5 and 8 are connected to the case (ground) and the audio in low.

  5. Marcin says:

    Are the both ground pins connected together? Is the mic GND same as main GND? That would make it possible to use a standard USB cable – 4 wires, two for power and common ground and two for L&R audio IN.

    • ridax says:

      My experience is that you can use either GND, so your suggestion to use a standard USB cable would work for PWR and GND. But the data wires would need to be wired to the audio pins instead of the data pins as a standard USB cable.

      • Marcin says:

        That is exactly my idea. I’ll check it today.
        Other option – use a USB 3.0 cable – it has more wires to use.

        • Marcin says:

          A small update. (How can I attach photos here??) – The charging part works, all I need now is to wire a 3.5mm jack socket and everything should be working.
          The GND is common, however (well, maybe it’s obvious but wasn’t for me) it becomes common when you connect the cable to GoPro. So it seems to be possible to make a stereo mic and power on a standard USB cable.

          • Marcin says:

            Stopped workiing. Don’t know why but charging works only for a few seconds and then disconnects.

    • Marcin says:

      OK, enough of spam. Wire works (I soldered the wrong pin for +5V) Anyway I get a LOT of interference/noise while recording by external mic and charging at the same time. Seems the problem is common even for original GoPro Combo cable.

      • ridax says:

        What kind of power supply are you using and what is the sound characteristics of the noise? Try another power source (maybe use the USB port from a computer) to power it to see if the noise characteristics change in any way.

        • Marcin says:

          I use a typical powerbank. To my surprise, when making test videos today I got no interference at any point. I’ll post a link to the videos when they are online.

  6. Sean Halloran says:

    Anyone have a solution for the basic GoPro hero. Everything I have seen is for the hero plus and up.

  7. Dervyn says:

    Hey, is it possible to find that Mini Usb 10 pin female to Micro Usb 5 pin male?
    using for drone.
    Please advise~ thanks

  8. crmacedo says:

    Does anyone know where can I find the datasheet of this 10 pin female usb connector? Thank you!

  9. Thomas says:

    I have a silver 4. I have purchased a combo cable and installed on my boat. My HDS 12 Lowrance has a video cable connect. Everything works great charges cam and show cam video on Lowrance. I have not tried the other mic connections not sure if i will ever use but you never know.

    My problem is the combo cable puts to much stress on the camera. Also the bulk of the combo cable is out in the open and would like under my helm. I need an extension cable about 1.5 to 2 feet. I would like a 90 degree connector for the camera and a straight mini female for the combo cable to connect. Is it possible to make an extension cable for all the combo cable functions?

    • ridax says:

      Don’t you use the combo cable just to power the cam and to get audio and video out of the camera? A generic extension cable for the combo cable would be unnecessarily bulky and costly. Using the connector http://www.chargeconverter.com/store/usbpcb you can easily build a AV cable with power input to the camera if you have basic soldering skills. If you don’t do soldering, I could assemble a cable for you if you specify what cable length and connectors you would need.

      What do you use the GoPro for on the boat? Forward facing, back cam, mast mounted deck cam or what?

      • Thomas says:

        Thanks for the response. I fish bass tournament and make product videos. When starting a tournament I use as a review mirror to see bad drivers getting to near. Sometimes you can’t make a left or right without someone right in the way.

        About the cable, is there to much to make all function for the combo cable to work? It sounds like it’s not just a pass thru on an 10 pin connector cable.

        I need a 90 pointing down from the Hero 4 silver with cable 2 feet. Need power that I can splice into boat power so no need for connection or USB would work. Also needs an RCA video connector to depth finder. I might use a mic, but not sure about wind noise.

        I can do some soldering, but what do you charge to make me a cable?

        • ridax says:

          I would recommend you to make a cable based on http://www.chargeconverter.com/store/usbpcb. This will give you power input and av output. Do you need audio output (I think the Lowrance only takes video)? Ready soldered it would cost from $20. There are no specific limitations on the length of the cables, the longer they are, the more the image quality will suffer, but it is not critical in any way. It would also be possible to make a pass through extension on the USB connection, but it would be much more bulky and expensive as it would require much more wiring and soldering, and not something I would do on a one-off basis (as it would require sourcing female cord mounted 10 pin USB connectors).

  10. Jacob says:

    Hi i was commenting to question if anyone knew where to find a Female 10 pin Mini Usb that would match the male usb above?

  11. songfei says:

    thank you very much.

    I had tried, It’s ok with my hero 4 black.

  12. adhd curmudgeon says:

    How goes it everyone?

    I’ve looked at many sites while researching this topic & have found that there are just as many different ideas about how this is meant to be done, which has left me with some questions…

    1. Have the connections mentioned above been tried & tested to the point that everyone’s sure they work & won’t hurt the camera?

    2. Is it possible to make a USB cable that has a mic in, audio out, video out & power in? I also read somewhere that when a pin (I can’t remember which one) is earthed to the chassis for a certain period of time (something like 2 seconds) then the camera can be switched off. Is that for the USB or the 30 Pin connector on the back?

    3. I have noticed that some people have used a 33k and others have used a 300k resistor for activating the mic ins. Which one’s correct & what difference would it make?


  13. Liam says:

    How is it all?

    I’ve been reading around on quite a few different sites and I’ve found just as many different ways to wire these leads, which had led me to ask the questions:
    Have these configurations been tested and been found safe for the camera?

    I really want to make an all purpose lead that can be used for mic in, video & audio out & power in. Is this one possible?

    If the camera needs the different levels of resistance to activate the different modes, what about having a switchable lead that has both resistors installed but has a switch to select which one’s in use to switch which mode it’s in?

    I’ve also noticed that some people are using 300k and others are using 33k resistors. Why?

    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you all,

  14. dnstje says:

    for mic in, connect a 33k resistor at ID pin to ground.
    mic input will enable and is stereo.
    Pin 6 left channel
    Pin 7 Right channel.
    connect like :

    pin6 —- + mic – —–gnd (pin5)
    A condensor mic is requered. if using a line input source, add DC bypass caps, like 4.7uF.

  15. Eric Rood says:

    Lots of people want this, is it available yet?

    Werner Flicker says:
    December 17, 2012 at 11:08
    Do you have a composite cable with Video out and +5V in to charge the cam while recording?

    ridax says:
    December 17, 2012 at 11:11
    We are in the process of making one and hopefully it will be available end of this year or early next.

  16. Eugene says:

    I’m looking to build a cable with those 3 items (mini-USB from GoPro 3 split into 3 cables)

    1) video out (so I guess pin 8 & 9)
    2) charge 5V (so I guess pin 1 & 5)
    3) USB (so I guess pin 2 & 3 & 5)

    And from whatI read I would need also to have a 100 K ohm between pin 4 & 5 to have the video out activated

    Do you think it’s possible to have/built a such cable ?

  17. Rob Dirks says:

    Is it possible to split one 10 pin mini usb -> 3.5 mm (functional) and to usb to recharge at the same time?
    Than i can record good audio and connect a external battery.
    If it is possible, how?
    Kind Regards Rob

    • Dean Conde says:

      Hi there, did you come right with your query on 3.5mm audio out and powering the gopro from external source ?
      I am looking to do the same thing .

  18. Dirk Hermes says:

    I need for 5 cams (Hero 3 Black Edition) a cable with 10 pin usb to power the cam with external power and a jack for microphone. The length of the cable between the connectors should be 30 cm. Can you provide this?

  19. Tony Oldham says:

    the busport pin connections did they change when they up gradeed to the hd 3 and if so wheres the list of the pin numbers and what they are for thanks

  20. Johnno says:

    so to confirm:
    100K ohm resistor between ID and GND = Video & Audio out?
    300K ohm resistor between ID and GND = Audio in?

    1. Does anyone know if it is possible to enable both audio in and video out at the same time?
    2. When enabled, what is the expected audio level input (line or microphone level)?
    3. If it is expecting microphone level, does the GoPro provide a bias voltage for the external mic?
    Thank in advance

  21. Justin says:

    Is it possible with your 10 pin connector with PCB board to create a wire with microphone in and power? I would like to use an external mic with my gopro and would like the added ability to charge at the same time.


    • Dirk Hermes says:

      Hi Justin,
      i just produced a cable in the way, you are looking for. On one side, there is a standard USB plug to have the cam powered with 5 Volt, and the 2nd is a connector to insert a stereo-mic-plug. The wiring is done as following:
      Pin 1 = +5V
      Pin 4 = ID (pull low to GND through resistor 33k to activate pin 6-10).
      Pin 5 = GND
      Pin 6 = Mic input (left or right)
      Pin 7 = Mic input (right or left)
      Pin 8 = Mic GND

      When you insert this connector into the cam, the internal mic’s are off and the external are used.

      • gbt says:

        Hi Dirk,
        thank you for your advise!
        Could you publish more info on your cable?
        We really appreciate 😉
        Thank You

  22. Andrew Wright says:

    I own a GoPro combo but it cuts off the LCD monitor when in use. I’d love to purchase a cable that allows for external power and 3.5mm mic jack for external audio. Is this something you can custom make? I’m hoping that since there video out pins would not be used, that the LCD monitor would continue to work.

  23. anton says:

    I too need mic in with these connectors, what resistor is needed.

  24. Tony YnotMotorSports says:

    ridex I need a cable that will work with Data i guess when gopro changed to the hd3 it moved some of the pin outs that was lable data i got one the works with the hd 2 but wont work with the hd 3 help me please

  25. Raymond says:

    I Ordered your ready made cable for the gopro 3 to immersion transmitter. My question is, do I have to take the battery out of the gopro since your wire is supplying power? Or do I use the battery in the gopro to power the unit? I think I would want to use the battery in the gopro to avoid pulling more power away from my FPV aircraft battery. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    • ridax says:

      For Hero3 black, the battery must be installed as the external power is not enough to power the camera (but still useful to extend the runnning time). For silver and white you can select to either remove it or keep it installed.

      If you don’t want external power at all, you can just cut the power cable at both ends.

  26. David Voy says:

    Can you make a custom GoPro Hero3 USB to 3.5 Stereo Mic as well as allow power to be plugged in too?

  27. Hi, Do you do a cable to fit the Gopro 3, to give power on/ power off. composit video out, charging in
    We need to leave a gopro on time lapse for 72 hours, so want these control. to save battery life.

    • ridax says:

      With our USB connector with PCB you can easily make a video out cable combined with external power input to the camera. However, it does not support power on/off. Is that required, if it is externally powered? If you want, you could probably use the Power/Mode pin on the bus connector to power on/off in one button mode.

  28. Paul C says:

    Could you custom make some usb 10 pins to 3.5 jack for audio in? If so do you know if a resistor is needed to activate the gopro to accept the audio?

    • Tekno Catron says:

      Having the same question here. I have been running a couple of tests after soldering things and once running the ID trough a 100K ohm resistor, it only switches to audio and video out mode. also does it not accept any mic input after this. So what resistor value is needed to get the ID switch to Mic input on pin 6 and 7?

      • Emerica says:

        Any news on this? I need mic in with these connectors.

        • Tekno Catron says:

          After buying the cable a while ago and measuring the thing trough.

          The resistor needed to switch it to Mic Input Stereo is 300K ohm on the ID and Ground Pin.


      • Serioga says:

        the same with my adapter, av-out working but mic output not!

        • Tekno Catron says:

          After buying the cable a while ago and measuring the thing trough.

          The resistor needed to switch it to Mic Input Stereo is 300K ohm on the ID and Ground Pin.


  29. Werner Flicker says:

    Do you have a composite cable with Video out and +5V in to charge the GoPro Hero3 while recording?
    Happy Holidays!

  30. Werner Flicker says:

    Do you have a composite cable with Video out and +5V in to charge the cam while recording?
    Happy Holidays!

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