I am trying to make autonomous hexapod with an Arduino Mega board. I have followed tripod mechanism of hexapod movement. First I could control simultaneously legs (0, 2, 4) and (1, 3, 5) separately but whenever I tried to combine both i.e control 6 legs at a time I could not see any movement in the hexapod. Even in the IDE I am not getting any error.

I have connected the legs (0 to 5) to signal pins (2 to 7) respectively. I have connected a common +5v voltage and common ground voltage to individual legs using a breadboard. Can anyone give me a proper solution to overcome this issue and further would like to know how to control multiple servos and source code for it?

Here is my Arduino source code for controlling 6 servo motors.

#include <Servo.h>
Servo myservo[6]; 
int f=0;// create servo object to control a servo
//[0] -tibia , [1] -femur , [2] -coxa motors
void setup() {

void loop() {
  //alternatively making hexapod stand at its place
  //f is just flag variable to make it stop
  if(f==0) {

Note the values that are added above are calculated separately for individual legs to mount legs on ground.

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    If you set your code to control 6 servos, does it work when you only connect 3 servos? If it does, then the problem may just be that your power supply is not strong enough to power 6 servos. Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 18:57
  • @EdgarBonet thank you it works fine when it connected to external power supply
    – Likhith R
    Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 10:56
  • I want to control 18 servos and based on your code I would add in 14 more servo objects. Is there a final code that you already finished with the 6 servos?
    – Ecko
    Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 5:51

2 Answers 2


The Arduino Mega can handle at most 40mA on the I/O pins, and 200mA on the 5V/GND pins. Six servos will draw far more current than the max of 200mA. You could try hooking up the servo power to a separate power source and the data pins to the Arduino. Hope this helps!


in the odd case that you are actually powering your (small?) servo's directly through the arduino : you'll need an external power source for your servo's.

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