I'm trying to set up my pi as an IR transmitter. I installed the lirc driver as described here.


However i made some changes to the modules file on advice from other sources which stated there were changes to how raspbian handled devices. This is touched on here.

LIRC irsend: could not connect to socket irsend: No such file or directory

when i enter the command, which should activate the led,


it returns

irsend: could not connect to socket
irsend: No such file or directory

I'm using a raspberry pi 3, an IRLED connected from a GPIO pin to ground with a limiting resistor but i intend to use a bjt transistor when they finally arrive from amazon for extra power.

the following line is included in my boot/config.txt file


my /etc/lirc/hardware.conf file looks like

# /etc/lirc/hardware.conf
# Arguments which will be used when launching lircd

#Don't start lircmd even if there seems to be a good config file

#Don't start irexec, even if a good config file seems to exist.

#Try to load appropriate kernel modules

# Run "lircd --driver=help" for a list of supported drivers.
# usually /dev/lirc0 is the correct setting for systems using udev

# Default configuration files for your hardware if any

any suggestions?

up vote 2 down vote accepted

I had the same problem.

the services lirc reads the data which come from the driver of your ir receiver and transforms it into a VALUE (depending on your lircd.conf) and write it on a SOCKET which is located at /var/run/lirc/lircd by default.

Then the value written in the socket is transformed to a string interpreted by an an lirc client (an application), the configuration file for this last step is ~/.lircrc

For this chain to be active, you must start the lirc service and... the socket ! you can do it by typing :


in your prompt. It will creates a socket at the default location mentioned above otherwise you can set the location of the socket by :

lircd -o <socket_file>
  • Thanks, that got lirc running, embarrassed i didnt know to do that. im getting a different error now when i try to use irsend. It tells me "hardware does not support sending". I assume this has got something to do with the /etc/lirc/hardware.conf file but i have the default file and im not sure what to change – loppy Aug 6 '16 at 12:01

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