Blink is the “Hello World” of the GPIO interfacing world. It’s the simplest program and circuit that lets you see something happening.
If you have the following saved in a file called blink.c:
int main (void)
wiringPiSetup () ;
pinMode (0, OUTPUT) ;
digitalWrite (0, HIGH) ; delay (500) ;
digitalWrite (0, LOW) ; delay (500) ;
return 0 ;
then to compile and run, you would enter:
gcc -Wall -o blink blink.c -lwiringPi
To see the output of this, you would need to connect a single LED to the GPIO connector of the Raspberry Pi as follows:
and if all goes well, you should see the LED flashing once a second.
The LED is any generic LED you may have – typically 5mm diameter and the resistor is 330Ω.
You can find blink.c and others – blink8.c and blink12.c in the examples directory of the wiringPi distribution. To use the makefile to compile them: