Update So this is now the code I'm running. It now works but is bouncing/floating. - I believe this can be controlled within the code itself by looking for an edge value as opposed to a high or low, OR it can be controlled with a resistor in the hardware.

    import os, RPi.GPIO as GPIO
from time import sleep


while True:
   if(GPIO.input(22) == GPIO.LOW):
      print ("22 Input")
      # more code for pin 22 here
   elif(GPIO.input(23) == GPIO.LOW):
      print ("23 Input")
      # more code for pin 23 here
   elif(GPIO.input(24) == GPIO.LOW):
      print ("24 Input")
      # more code for pin 24 here

Original Post Could someone please help me write a python script. I'm using a 3 momentary button switches as inputs and I'm really struggling with the code. I understand there are a lot of tutorials on this but I can't seem to get it right!

here's a picture of how I have my 3 buttons wired up - https://learn.adafruit.com/system/assets/assets/000/024/487/large1024/raspberry_pi_pi_jukebox_buttons_bb.png?1429117506

I've been through two python scripts that looked promising but they kept floating/bouncing

Also is it a good idea to use GPIO.cleanup() even if the program is meant to be running all the time?

Extra points if it starts on boot and runs in the background :P

I'm running Wheezy, and thank you so much guys this community is amazing.

I've tried two different bits of code.

    #!/usr/bin/env python

import os
from time import sleep

import RPi.GPIO as GPIO

GPIO.setup(22, GPIO.IN)
GPIO.setup(23, GPIO.IN)
GPIO.setup(24, GPIO.IN)

while True:
    if (GPIO.input(22) == False):
        os.system('echo hello &')

    if (GPIO.input(23) == False):
        os.system('echo hello &')

    if (GPIO.input(24)== False):
        os.system('echo hello &')


Also I've tried this code

import RPi.GPIO as GPIO
import time
import  os
GPIO.setop(22, GPIO.IN)
while True:
    if GPIO.input(22):
    os.system("echo hello")
    prev_input = input
  • As the wiring diagram appears correct, your software must be at fault.
    – joan
    May 22, 2015 at 10:16
  • Hi Joan, thank you. I believe this to be the case also. I am having trouble with my python scripts. May 22, 2015 at 10:20
  • If you post a script for reading one switch we may be able to help.
    – joan
    May 22, 2015 at 10:24
  • Certainly, bear with me 10 minutes I'll post them up. Thanks! May 22, 2015 at 10:25
  • Edit your original post and add the code with the {} in the middle top of the edit area.
    – joan
    May 22, 2015 at 10:35

1 Answer 1


Without seeing your code I would say you are doing everything right :) With such simple connection you are bound to get debouncing and you can solve it with software - by adding hysteresis. There is a tutorial on debouncing that might come handy in solving the problem. For additional help - it would be nice if you could post the code, so we can help you with that. You can also see hardware solution to debounce effect in the attached document.

  • I just added the code, thanks for helping. I found that article a bit heavy to be honest. I'm not really much of a programmer. From what I know the bounce should be stopped by having a resistor in the circuit and/or by looking for a trailing edge instead of a HIGH or LOW. May 22, 2015 at 10:56

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