I am trying to configure LIRC to work with my Raspberry and a circuit I build with a transistor and a IR transmitter as explained in this tutorial

After the installation of LIRC, I followed all the steps and I added these two lines in /etc/modules

lirc_rpi gpio_out_pin=36

Then I typed this in /etc/lirc/hardware.conf


After rebooting, I added the configuration of my Samsung remote (BN59-00516A) to /etc/lirc/lircd.conf

Then I restarted LIRC again but when I run a command to send a IR frequency

irsend SEND_ONCE Samsung_BN59-00865A KEY_POWER

it complains with the following error:

irsend: could not connect to socket

irsend: No such file or directory

I am guessing this is a problem with my device socket, because in the hardware.conf file I set

DEVICE = "/dev/lirc0"

(just because the tutorial states it), but lirc0 file isn't within the folder. I couldn't find any other question related to this problem and google didn't help me much either. Does anyone have any hint on this?

1 Answer 1


You should always check that tutorials are up to date.

You should now be using device tree.

Remove the LIRC entries from /etc/modules.

Add the following line to /boot/config.txt and reboot.


NOTE: You MUST use GPIO numbers not physical pin numbers. There is no user GPIO36 so I assume you mean pin 36 on the expansion header which is GPIO16.

See /boot/overlays/README for details.

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