Raspberry Pi - Button - Servo Motor

This tutorial instructs you how to control a servo motor using an Raspberry Pi and a button. Here's how it works:

The same procedure is repeated infinitely.

Hardware Preparation

1×Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
1×Push Button
1×(Optional) Panel-mount Push Button
1×Servo Motor
1×Breadboard
1×Jumper Wires
1×(Optional) Screw Terminal Adapter for Raspberry Pi

Or you can buy the following sensor kit:

1×DIYables Sensor Kit 30 types, 69 units
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Overview of Servo Motor and Button

If you are unfamiliar with servo motors and buttons (including pinouts, how they work, and how to program them), the following tutorials can help:

Wiring Diagram

The wiring diagram between Raspberry Pi and Button Servo Motor

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Please note that the wiring diagram shown above is only suitable for a servo motor with low torque. In case the motor vibrates instead of rotating, an external power source must be utilized to provide more power for the servo motor. The below demonstrates the wiring diagram with an external power source for servo motor.

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Please do not forget to connect GND of the external power to GND of Arduino Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi Code - Button Controls Servo Motor

Detailed Instructions

  • Make sure you have Raspbian or any other Raspberry Pi compatible operating system installed on your Pi.
  • Make sure your Raspberry Pi is connected to the same local network as your PC.
  • Make sure your Raspberry Pi is connected to the internet if you need to install some libraries.
  • If this is the first time you use Raspberry Pi, See how to set up the Raspberry Pi
  • Connect your PC to the Raspberry Pi via SSH using the built-in SSH client on Linux and macOS or PuTTY on Windows. See to how connect your PC to Raspberry Pi via SSH.
  • Make sure you have the RPi.GPIO library installed. If not, install it using the following command:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install python3-rpi.gpio
  • Create a Python script file button_servo.py and add the following code:
# This Raspberry Pi code was developed by newbiely.com # This Raspberry Pi code is made available for public use without any restriction # For comprehensive instructions and wiring diagrams, please visit: # https://newbiely.com/tutorials/raspberry-pi/raspberry-pi-button-servo-motor import RPi.GPIO as GPIO import time # Constants won't change BUTTON_PIN = 18 # Raspberry Pi GPIO pin connected to the button's pin SERVO_PIN = 12 # Raspberry Pi GPIO pin connected to the servo motor's pin # Variables will change angle = 0 # The current angle of the servo motor prev_button_state = None # The previous state of the button button_state = None # The current state of the button # Setup GPIO GPIO.setmode(GPIO.BCM) GPIO.setup(BUTTON_PIN, GPIO.IN, pull_up_down=GPIO.PUD_UP) GPIO.setup(SERVO_PIN, GPIO.OUT) # Create PWM instance for servo servo_pwm = GPIO.PWM(SERVO_PIN, 50) # 50 Hz frequency # Initialize servo position servo_pwm.start(0) try: while True: prev_button_state = button_state # Save the last state button_state = GPIO.input(BUTTON_PIN) # Read new state if prev_button_state == GPIO.HIGH and button_state == GPIO.LOW: print("The button is pressed") # Change angle of servo motor if angle == 0: angle = 90 else: angle = 0 # Control servo motor according to the angle duty_cycle = (angle / 18) + 2.5 # Convert angle to duty cycle servo_pwm.ChangeDutyCycle(duty_cycle) time.sleep(0.1) # Add a small delay to avoid rapid button presses except KeyboardInterrupt: servo_pwm.stop() GPIO.cleanup()
  • Save the file and run the Python script by executing the following command in the terminal:
python3 button_servo.py
  • Push the button multiple times.

The script runs in an infinite loop continuously until you press Ctrl + C in the terminal.

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