GPIO basics on Raspberry Pi #1 RaspoElectro

This post is about explaining how GPIO works on Raspberry Pi


GPIO – General-purpose input/output (GPIO) is a generic pin on an integrated circuit (commonly called a chip) whose behavior (including whether it is an input or output pin) can be controlled (programmed) by the user at run time. –wikipedia


GPIO on Raspberry Pi is 26-pin generic input/output that can be controlled/commanded using most of programming scripts/languages with built-in library to communicate with hardware.


Python GPIO library (RPi.GPIO 0.2) – Download

RPi.GPIO 0.2 is a module to control Raspberry Pi GPIO channels.

Installing GPIO module to Python library

Installation is pretty easy, once you download package you will have “RPi.GPIO-0.2.0.tar.gz” package.

Extract it  and install it


cd /tmp
sudo wget
sudo tar -zxvf RPi.GPIO-0.2.0.tar.gz
cd RPi.GPIO-0.2.0
sudo python install

After running all the above 5 commands you will have GPIO module installed.

Using GPIO library in Python

import RPi.GPIO as GPIO

GPIO Pins in detail





GPIO usage Sample code

import RPi.GPIO as GPIO

# set up the GPIO channels - one input and one output
GPIO.setup(11, GPIO.IN)
GPIO.setup(12, GPIO.OUT)

# input from pin 11
input_value = GPIO.input(11)

# output to pin 12
GPIO.output(12, True)

# the same script as above but using Raspberry Board GPIO =numbers
GPIO.setup(17, GPIO.IN)
GPIO.setup(18, GPIO.OUT)
input_value = GPIO.input(17)
GPIO.output(18, True)

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