how to turn on led raspberry pi

How to turn on led raspberry pi

This post only covers the simple step to turn ON a LED accessing the GPIO pins using the python GPIO library. To learn how to turn ON/OFF a LED using a web interface follow the link present at the bottom of the post.

How to turn on led raspberry pi


  1. A Raspberry pi, obviously. We are using the raspberry pi 3 model B
  2. A Breadboard. What is it?
  3. A LED
  4. A 330 ohm resistor
  5. Two Male-Female jumper wires

You can buy points 2-5 from a local electric shop. It cost me $1.50.


  • Boot up the Raspberry pi.
  • Create a file on your raspberry pi and name it (for now). If you are connected to raspberry pi via SSH then nano
  • Copy the below code and paste it to the file. We will be using the GPIO pin #17 since it’s common in all raspberry pis. Read the comments to know what each line does.
    import RPi.GPIO as GPIO
    #importing GPIO module from RPi library
    import time
    #to stop execution after some seconds
    #setting the naming convention to address the GPIO pins
    #instructs python stop printing warning to the console
    #this is necesary as it tells python that pin 17 is going to be used
    print "LED on" #to notify that the GPIO pin is going to output
    #turns ON outputting in GPIO pin no.17
    #stop any further execution of the program for one second
    print "LED off"
    #to notify that the GPIO pin is about to stop outputting
    #turns OFF outputting in GPIO pin no.17
  • Connect jumper wire to GRND and #17 GPIO pin.

    Refer to image below

    How to turn on led light raspberry pi

  • Build the circuit.

    Follow the circuit diagram to complete the connection

    how to turn on led raspberry pi
    This is how the final circuit should look like with a breadboard

Running the code

  • To run this code type: sudo python
  • You’ll see “LED on” printed in the console then stop after one second printing “LED off

Now that you have learned how to turn ON/OFF a LED on a raspberry pi, time for you to move on and build a custom interface to turn ON/OFF the LED.

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