🔌 Raspberry Pi GPIO library for go-lang
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Native GPIO-Gophers for your Pi!

Documentation: GoDoc

go-rpio is a Go library for accessing GPIO-pins on the Raspberry Pi.

It requires no external c libraries such as WiringPI or bcm2835.

There's a tiny bit of additional information over at my blog.



  • 1.0.0 - Supports original rpi A/B/B+
  • 2.0.0 - Adds support for rpi 2, by @akramer
  • 3.0.0 - Adds support for /dev/gpiomem, by @dotdoom
  • 4.0.0 - Adds support for PWM and Clock modes, by @Drahoslav7
  • 4.1.0 - Adds support for edge detection, by @Drahoslav7


import "github.com/stianeikeland/go-rpio"

Open memory range for GPIO access in /dev/mem

err := rpio.Open()

Initialize a pin, run basic operations. Pin refers to the bcm2835 pin, not the physical pin on the raspberry pi header. Pin 10 here is exposed on the pin header as physical pin 19.

pin := rpio.Pin(10)

pin.Output()       // Output mode
pin.High()         // Set pin High
pin.Low()          // Set pin Low
pin.Toggle()       // Toggle pin (Low -> High -> Low)

pin.Input()        // Input mode
res := pin.Read()  // Read state from pin (High / Low)

pin.Mode(rpio.Output)   // Alternative syntax
pin.Write(rpio.High)    // Alternative syntax

Pull up/down/off can be set using:



Unmap memory when done


Also see example examples/blinker/blinker.go


Currently, it supports basic functionality such as:

  • Pin Direction (Input / Output)
  • Write (High / Low)
  • Read (High / Low)
  • Pull (Up / Down / Off)
  • PWM (hardware, on supported pins)
  • Clock
  • Edge detection

It works by memory-mapping the bcm2835 gpio range, and therefore require root/administrative-rights to run.

Using without root

This library can utilize the new /dev/gpiomem memory range if available.

You will probably need to upgrade to the latest kernel (or wait for the next raspbian release) if you're missing /dev/gpiomem. You will also need to add a gpio group, add your user to the group, and then set up udev rules. I would recommend using create_gpio_user_permissions.py if you're unsure how to do this.

PWM modes will still require root.