Raspberry Pi relay

How to Use a Relay with a Raspberry Pi

Add an electrically-operated switch to your Pi!
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  • Time to complete: 20 minutes

A relay is an electrically-operated switch. These switches can be extremely useful for a variety of Raspberry Pi projects (think turning on a light or opening your garage door. Watch the video below to learn how to drive a relay using your Raspberry Pi.


The following video will show you how to wire up the relay to your Raspberry Pi.


Here's a copy of the test script used in the video:

#!/usr/bin/env python

import time

import RPi.GPIO as GPIO

GPIO.setup(17, GPIO.OUT)
GPIO.output(17, GPIO.LOW)


GPIO.output(17, GPIO.HIGH)

To run the script, simply copy the code above to a file on your Raspberry Pi called test-relay.py (or whatever you want). And then run the script using:

python test-relay.py