I'm trying to get interrupts working on the Raspberry Pi using the wiringPi library. When using INT_EDGE_RISING the code below results in very few interrupts when operating the button. This is indicated by 3-5 printf's '.'.

But when using INT_EDGE_FALLING the interrupt seems to be called continuously as the code is printing an endless string of '.'. This rather looks like a level interrupt than an edge triggered one.

The GPIO is configured in my software only and the internal pull-up is enabled so I can be sure that it is not floating.

Now the question is why the interrupt is called continuously when pulling the pin to ground. And how do I get the code to call the interrupt only once when an edge is detected? I very much appreciate your help. Thanks.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <errno.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <wiringPi.h>

// pin defines (BCM2835 numbering)
#define BUTTON    17

void myInterrupt (void)
    printf("."); fflush (stdout);

int main (void)
    if (wiringPiSetupGpio () < 0)
        fprintf (stderr, "Unable to setup wiringPi: %s\n", strerror (errno)) ;
        return 1 ;
            pinMode(BUTTON, INPUT);
            pullUpDnControl(BUTTON, PUD_UP);

    if (wiringPiISR (BUTTON, INT_EDGE_FALLING, &myInterrupt) < 0)
        fprintf (stderr, "Unable to setup ISR: %s\n", strerror (errno)) ;
        return 1 ;

    for (;;)

    return 0 ;
  • That code works properly on my B+.
    – joan
    Commented Oct 12, 2014 at 17:48
  • What do you have connected to the pin?
    – Milliways
    Commented Oct 12, 2014 at 23:08
  • possible duplicate of WiringPi: Random Interrupts caused by PWM?
    – Milliways
    Commented Oct 12, 2014 at 23:20
  • The input pin is directly connected to either 3V3 or GND via a jumper wire.
    – Soeren
    Commented Oct 13, 2014 at 15:19
  • I'm afraid the most likely explanation is you have the wire attached to the wrong pin.
    – joan
    Commented Oct 13, 2014 at 21:41

1 Answer 1


The solution to this is as follows:

I've changed the power supply which is rated 1500 mA to a different one and the glitches now are gone.

Thanks for all your input.

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