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What is the LMK.GPIO

LMK.GPIO provides a class to control the GPIO on Banana Pro and LeMaker Guitar Base Board Rev.B written in Python language. It is modified on the base of the original RPi.GPIO for the BCM2835 used in the Raspberry Pi [1]. Note that the current release does not support SPI, I2C, hardware PWM or serial functionality on the LMK.GPIO yet. The modification done by LeMaker keeps the LMK.GPIO API usage the same as the original RPi.GPIO.

Support Hardware

  • LeMaker Guitar Base Board Rev.B
  • LeMaker Guitar Base Board Rev.B Plus
  • LeMaker Guitar Base Board Rev.A
  • LeMaker Banana Pro/Banana Pi

The following information is useful:
LeMaker Guitar:Pin Definition on Base Board
BananaPro/Pi:Pin definition


You can donwload and install the LMK.GPIO by the following commands:

$ sudo apt-get install python-dev
$ git clone https://github.com/LeMaker/LMK.GPIO.git
$ python setup.py install                 
$ sudo python setup.py install

Support API


Here we introduce you how to initialise LMK.GPIO Pin Mode using the setup function GPIO.setmode(GPIO.MODE), which must be called at the start of the LMK.GPIO program for initializations: the physical Pin numbering scheme


where GPIO.BOARD is identical to the physical pin numbering; while GPIO.BCM equals to Broadcom GPIO pin numbers. The differences are listed in the #Appendix: LMK.GPIO Pin Setup Table for comparison.

Pin Operations

These are the core functions of LMK.GPIO library that operates directly on SBCs and can support more peripheral modules using these basics:

GPIO.setup(int pin, int mode)
  • This sets the int mode of a pin to either GPIO.IN (as input) or GPIO.OUT (as output).
GPIO.setup(int pin, GPIO.IN, int pud)
  • When the given pin is set as an input, it would be able to set as pull-up or pull-down resistor mode. The parameter int pud should be GPIO.PUD_OFF (no pull up/down), GPIO.PUD_DOWN (pull to GND) or GPIO.PUD_UP (pull to VCC 3.3V).
GPIO.output(int pin, int value)
  • When the given pin is set as an output, this function writes the value GPIO.HIGH or GPIO.LOW (1 or 0, True or False) to the pin.
GPIO.input(int pin)
  • To obtain the current logic level at the given pin, this function can read and return the value as HIGH or LOW (1 or 0, True or False).
GPIO.add_event_detect(unsigned int pin, unsigned int edge,callback = void (*func_my_callback), unsigned int bouncetime)
  • The interrupts are regarded as events that happened as GPIO.RISING, GPIO.FALLING or GPIO.BOTH for both edges in the second parameter of function. The third parameter should be the interrupt event callback function.
p = GPIO.PWM(int pin, int frequency)
  • To creates a software controlled PWM pin, it's also suggested to set the second parameter int frequency to 100 (in theory, frequency > 0 is sufficient) by this function. The initial value of this soft PWM is specified by .start(int initialValue), and can be stopped by function .stop(). The duty cycle can be updated by .ChangeDutyCycle(int dutyCycle) where int dutyCycle should also be in-range.


Python language doesn't require to compile, but you have to import it as import LMK.GPIO in the very beginning of the program.

Simple Example

Here is the "Hello World" example showing how to make an LED blinks:

#!/usr/bin/env python
import LMK.GPIO as GPIO
import time
while True:
		print("Failed to setup GPIO %d", PIN_NUM)
	GPIO.output(PIN_NUM, True)
	GPIO.output(PIN_NUM, False)

See Also

How to control the IO on the SBC boards

Appendix: LMK.GPIO Pin Setup Table

40 Pins GPIO Mapping Table for Banana Pro and LeMaker Guitar
Physical Numbering Scheme LMK.GPIO Raspberry Pi
1 -- 3.3V
2 -- 5V
3 2 2/GPIO02
4 -- 5V
5 3 3/GPIO03
6 -- GND
7 4 4/GPIO04
8 14 14/GPIO14
9 -- GND
10 15 15/GPIO15
11 17 17/GPIO17
12 18 18/GPIO18
13 27 27/GPIO27
14 -- GND
15 22 22/GPIO22
16 23 23/GPIO23
17 -- 3.3V
18 24 24/GPIO24
19 10 10/GPIO10
20 -- GND
21 9 9/GPIO09
22 25 25/GPIO25
23 11 11/GPIO11
24 8 8/GPIO8
25 -- GND
26 7 7/GPIO07
27 0 0/GPIO00
28 1 1/GPIO01
29 5 5/GPIO05
30 -- GND
31 6 6/GPIO06
32 12 12/GPIO12
33 13 13/GPIO13
34 -- GND
35 19 19/GPIO19
36 16 16/GPIO16
37 26 26/GPIO26
38 20 20/GPIO20
39 -- GND
40 21 21/GPIO21