created_at2016-04-25 03:30:44.424936
updated_at2019-01-28 19:05:47.645175
descriptionCommand-line utilities for interacting with GPIOs under Linux This wraps the `sysfs_gpio` crate in a form usable by both Rust applications or any other applications.
Embedded Linux (github:rust-embedded:embedded-linux)



Linux GPIO Utils

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GPIO Utils provides convenient access to GPIOs on a Linux system. The library builds on top of the sysfs interface to GPIOs exposed by the kernel and provides essential functionality required for most embedded systems.


To install the latest released version of gpio utils, ensure that you have installed Rust and then run:

cargo install gpio-utils


  • Infrastructure for providing names for the GPIOs in one's system providing names that map to individual pins. These names (in addition to GPIO numbers) may be used with other commands.
  • Ability to export/unexport GPIOs and expose symlinks using the GPIO "friendly" names simpler.
  • Ability to set input/output state on each pin
  • Ability to set active low state on each pin
  • Ability to get/set gpio values by pin number or name (including temporary export if necessary)
  • Ability to block awaiting pin state change (with timeout)
  • Ability to set exported GPIO permissions

System Integration

GPIO Utils provides two main pieces that one may integrate into their final system:

  1. The gpio command. This provides the core functionality for GPIO Utils and is useful in its own right.
  2. The gpio init script/systemd service. This can be integrated into a target system and will ensure that configured GPIOs get exported on system startup (The GPIO command searches for /etc/gpio.toml and /etc/gpio.d/*.toml configs)

The GPIO Utils library is built on top of the Rust sysfs-gpio library which may be used independent of this project.

GPIO Configuration File

GPIO Utils uses the TOML. There is some flexibility in the configuration, but the following examples shows the basics of how you can configure your GPIOs.

# Example GPIO configuration (e.g. /etc/gpio.toml)
# The main configuration consists of zero or more pins, each of which may have
# the following keys:
# - `num`: Required.  The GPIO number.
# - `names`: Required.  One or more names for the GPIO
# - `direction`: Default: `"in"`.  Must be either "in" or "out"
# - `active_low`: Default: `false`.  If set to true, the polarity of the pin will
#    be reversed.
# - `export`: Default: `true`.  If true, this GPIO will be automatically
#    exported when `gpio export-all` is run (e.g. by an init script).
# - `user`: User that should own the exported GPIO
# - `group`: Group that should own the exported GPIO
# - `mode`: Mode for exported directory

num = 73                 # required
names = ["reset_button"] # required (may have multiple)
direction = "in"         # default: in
active_low = false       # default: false (really means invert logic)
export = true            # default: true
user = "root"            # default: (OS Default - root)
group = "gpio"           # default: (OS Default - root)
mode = 0o664             # default: (OS Default - 0o644)

num = 37
names = ["status_led", "A27", "green_led"]
direction = "out"

# ...

Implementation Notes

Unlike several other existing solutions to this problem, this project is implemented in Rust (a modern systems programming language operating at the same level as C but with a type system providing greater productivity and reliability) and seeks to operate with a minimum of overhead.


Contributions are very welcome. See for additional information on how to report bugs, submit changes, test changes, get support, etc.


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Unless you explicitly state otherwise, any contribution intentionally submitted for inclusion in the work by you, as defined in the Apache-2.0 license, shall be dual licensed as above, without any additional terms or conditions.

Code of Conduct

Contribution to this crate is organized under the terms of the Rust Code of Conduct, the maintainer of this crate, the Embedded Linux Team, promises to intervene to uphold that code of conduct.

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