I'd like to build a small internet radio out of my pi, but I'd like to use it at night, when the flashing LEDs would be disturbing. Is there any way to disable them?


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Unfortunately not. The PWR LED, for example, is directly wired to the 5V rail and other LEDs are controlled by closed-binaries.

  • 5
    Sigh, electrical tape it is then.
    – Tom Medley
    Commented Jan 9, 2013 at 16:33
  • Now possible - see this Q&A
    – Seamus
    Commented Jun 11, 2021 at 6:29

I know this may sound silly, but a piece of electricians tape over the top would work. Alternatively, put it in a case or box.

  • The best and most simple solution!
    – ikku
    Commented Jan 10, 2013 at 0:32

There is answer in How do I control the system LEDs using my software?

For Power led, if you have RPI 2, then you can turn it off by using

echo 0 > /sys/class/leds/led1/brightness # Power LED

It is taken from the last answer from post I referred.

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    Does not work RPI 3
    – akhmed
    Commented Jun 2, 2016 at 6:59
  • @akhmed You can only turn off the activity (yellow) light in the PR3 using echo 0 > /sys/class/leds/led0/brightness while logged in as root.
    – Mint
    Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 1:09

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