I considered myself out of this sort of beginner level stuff a long time ago, but I guess I'm not as smart as I thought I was because I seem to be having an exceptional level of trouble with it!

So I've finally finished exams and can play with my new toy, so the first thing I did was get an LCD character display rigged up over UART. I got that working no problem, so I am having a really hard time figuring out why I am having such a hard time with this button!

So I've set up a button similar to the way one would with an arduino; with a 1k resistor connecting to ground. I used my multimeter to ensure that the button was working and putting out the right amount of power, which it is. I SSH into my shell, plug the button into GPIO pin 7 and went into python. Here's what I tried:

while 1==1:
    inputval = GPIO.input(7)
    print inputval

This gives me an endless loop of False regardless of how I press the button. I tried it with GPIO.PUD_UP as well and got an endless loop of True instead. I also tried it with GPIO.PUD_OFF and got more False.

Am I missing something here?

  • So you have the switch in series with the 1k resistor to GND? That should work with GPIO.PUD_UP. What voltage do you see with GPIO.PUD_UP on and the button pressed? Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 1:07
  • Slightly confused; what is the switch connected to? Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 7:08
  • Hello Michael and welcome to Raspberry Pi! I have taken the liberty of merging your two accounts. Thanks!
    – user46
    Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 23:36

2 Answers 2


My GPIO doesn't have pinout, I had to change it to setmode

import time
from RPi import GPIO
GPIO.setup(7, GPIO.IN, pull_up_down=GPIO.PUD_DOWN)
while True:
    inputval = GPIO.input(7)
    print inputval

Since you are using GPIO.BOARD pin 7 is the one labelled GPIO 4(GPCLK0). If you meant to use GPIO 7(CE1), you should use GPIO.setmode(GPIO.BCM) instead

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I tested the code by touching a 1k resistor from 3V3 Power to GPIO 4(GPCLK0)

  • I am almost certain your correct on why it was not working. I was under the impression GPIO.BOARD was for the pinout of the board itself as shown in the pictures, not the physical pin numbering scheme. When I get home from work I will try it out and I am sure it will work.
    – Michael
    Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 14:55

I never use "pull_up_down=GPIO.PUD_DOWN" in the setup of the pin. Try this:

while 1==1:
    if GPIO.input(PinNum)==1:
        print "True"
        print "False"

As gnibbler said, make sure PinNum is for the BCM GPIO.

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