rpi.gpio refers to the package name of a Python module for accessing the Raspberry Pi's GPIO pins. NOTE not supported on Pi5. The module allows GPIO pins to be initialised, turned on, and turned off. It uses a functional programming style.

For more information see the rpio.gpio homepage.

Please Note!

If you are not aware, there are a number of different pieces of software that serve a similar fundamental purpose (controlling the Raspberry Pi GPIO pins) and are independent of one another. Not surprisingly, they also all use spins on combining "rpi" and "gpio" in their name. Each has a separate tag and questions about their use should use that specific tag. This is documented here to prevent confusion.

  • The page you are on now is for the RPi.GPIO module for python: Tag
  • The pigpio library, written in C but with ports to python and other languages: Tag
  • The pi-gpio library, for node.js (javascript): Tag

This isn't intented as an exhaustive list of such software, just the three most prone to confusion here due to the similar names perhaps made more similiar by restrictions on tag labels (all lower case, etc).