I want to light up the picamera LED using python for a few seconds as a test to see if it works, without actually taking a photo. And yes I know I can test that by just taking a photo and watching it light up

I've read through the picamera documentation and can't seem to find a command to do it, any help would be much appreciated.


You can turn on the camera led through the pi’s GPIO using the python code below:

 #!/usr/bin/env python
 import time
 import RPi.GPIO as GPIO

 # Use GPIO numbering
 # Set GPIO for camera LED
 # Use 5 for Model A/B and 32 for Model B+
 CAMLED = 5 
 # Set GPIO to output
 GPIO.setup(CAMLED, GPIO.OUT, initial=False)

 GPIO.output(CAMLED,True) # On
 GPIO.output(CAMLED,False) # Off

 But I believe that this may require you to first disable the red led by adding the following line:


To your config file which can be opened with the following command:

sudo nano /boot/config.txt
  • Of course this will only work with Picamera V1. Picamera V2 does not have a LED.
    – Dirk
    Sep 26 '18 at 17:34

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