Introduction: Wifi Controlled 12v Led Strip Using Raspberry Pi With Tasker, Ifttt Integration.

In this project I will show you how to control a simple 12v analog led strip over wifi using a raspberry pi.

For this project you will need:

  • 1x Raspberry Pi (I am using a Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+)
  • 1x RGB 12v Led Strip [Ebay Australia]
  • 3x IRFZ44N N-Channel Mosfet's [Ebay Australia]
  • 1x Female DC power jack Adapter [Ebay Australia]
  • Some Wires
  • Display, Keyboard (Just For Setup)

Step 1: Install Raspbian OS Using Windows

To install Raspbian with windows you will need:

**IMPORTANT if done wrong you may lose all your data, Please backup your data before continuing**

  1. Plug in your SD card into a Card Reader and open My Computer
  2. Look for the Drive Letter
  3. Right Click the Win32DiskImager and Click "Run as Administrator"
  4. Then Click the little blue folder and browse to your image of the RaspbianOS
  5. Also click the dropdown box under Device and change it to the SD Card's Drive Letter
  6. Then Click "Write"
  7. A dialog box will open BEFORE Pressing Yes verify that the target device is correct
  8. Then remove the SD Card and insert it into the pi

Step 2: Install Raspbian OS Using Mac OS X

To install Raspbian with Mac you will need:

**IMPORTANT if done wrong you may lose all your data, Please backup your data before continuing**

  1. Open Disk Utility and look for your SD Card on the left hand side then click it
  2. Look for "Device" on the bottom of the window you should see something like diskXsX where x is a number
  3. Remember the "Device" Number and open ApplePi-Baker
  4. It will ask for you password due to it having to format your SD-Card
  5. Click the "Device" Number that is After /dev/ on the left hand side
  6. Click "Restore-Backup" Browse to your image of RaspbianOS.
  7. It will Start to erase the SD-Card and install Raspbian on to it
  8. When it is done a alert box will pop up that is telling you that you can remove the SD-Card, Remove it and put it into your pi.

Step 3: Setting Up the Pi

Before powering up the pi you will need to plug in a HDMI Display, Keyboard and a ethernet cable or usb wifi (We will set this up in the next step).

Power up the pi, You will see a bunch of text fill up the screen, This is normal and is part of the linux kernel startup. Just wait a bit until you see

raspberry login:

Your Username is pi and the password is raspberry (you won't see anything typing on the screen but it is still being entered)

Then when you login you will see:


Then you have to enter:

sudo raspi-config

Your Screen will then be filled with a blue screen with options in a grey box in the centre,

  1. Using up and down keys, highlight and hit enter on "Expand Filesystem" option after a few seconds you will be taken to a alert saying that "root filesystem has been resized", click Enter
  2. Then press the down arrow and go to Boot Options and click enter, then click enter when 'Desktop / CLI' is selected, Then highlight 'Console Autologin' and click enter
  3. Then select Advanced options and click enter
  4. Then scroll down to ssh and click enter then select yes
  5. then press the right arrow until back is highlighted and press enter
  6. Then goto the bottom again and click finish then say yes to reboot

After it reboots if you are connected via ethernet then you need to enter this command to find your IP address so we can ssh into the pi

Find ip:

hostname -I

Step 4: Setup Wifi

To setup the wifi on the pi we need to edit a file

1. enter into the command line

sudo nano /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf 

2. Go to the end of the file and enter





3. Then reboot your pi with

sudo reboot

After your pi reboots get it's IP address by typing

hostname -I

you should get your IP address But if the retuned text is blank that means that the pi could not connect to your network. double check if you have entered you wifi name and password correctly as it is case sensitive.

Step 5: Remotely Connect to Your Pi Using Windows

Now that we have the pi connected to the internet we can remove the keyboard mouse and display, and remotely connect to it using "ssh"

To ssh into the pi with windows you need to download

putty: [Download]

  1. Open putty, in the IP address box enter the raspberry pi ip then press open
  2. you will get a dialog box that look's like picture 2 press yes
  3. you will then see a new dialog that says "login as" enter "pi"
  4. then it will ask for a password enter "raspberry"

You are now connected to the pi over ssh

Step 6: Remotely Connect to Your Pi Using Mac

Now that we have the pi connected to the internet we can remove the keyboard and mouse and remotely connect to it using "ssh"

1. Open "Terminal"

2. Type in


3. Then you might get a message saying that the host key is not saved, Just type "yes"

4. Then when promoted enter the raspberry pi password which is "Raspberry"

You are now connected to the pi over ssh

Step 7: Installing the Software

As we now have remote access to the pi we need to install some software to control the led strip

We will need to install

  • pigpio (This turns all the GPIO pins from digital to PWM)
  • flask (server side script that talks to pigpio and the webserver)
  • apache2 (Webserver)

Install pigpio

1. First we need to download a zip folder contains the uncompiled pigpio software, using this command


2. We then need to unzip and go into the directory

unzip && cd PIGPIO that we are in the directory we need to compile and install the software

make -j4 && sudo make install

4.Now open rc.local so we can tell the pi to run pigpiod when starting up

sudo nano /etc/rc.local

then just before the exit line enter

sudo pigpiod 

You have now installed the pigpio software

Install flask

first we need to update the list of software to do this enter

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

then install pip

sudo apt-get install python-pip

now we can install flask

sudo pip install flask

Install Apache2

sudo apt-get install apache2 -y
sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-wsgi -y

After everything has finished installing shutdown the pi with

sudo shutdown now

Step 8: Wiring Up the Power

First we need to wire up the power connector to the bread board

  1. Connect the black wire to the negative connector on the power jack
  2. Connect the Red wire to the positive connector on the power jack
  3. Connect the Other end of the Red wire to the positive side of the breadboard
  4. Connect the Other end of the Black wire to the positive side of the breadboard
  5. Then connect the ground pin from the pi (as seen in the image) into the negative pin on the breadboard

Now we have to connect the mostfet.

Step 9: Wiring Up the Mosfets and Connecting the Pi

A Mosfet allows you to control how much power can travel to the led lights, we will need three mosfets as we need to control the red, green and blue lights separately.

The mosfet has three pins, on the left it has the "Gate" pin which will be connected to the pi to control how much power can flow to the led light's

The centre pin is called "Drain" which will go to the led light's and supply the voltage that the gate allows to past

and the pin on the right is the "Source" pin. This pin goes to the ground on the breadboard.

Connecting the Red Led

  1. Put one mosfet into the breadboard
  2. connect a black wire from GND on the breadboard to the source (right pin)
  3. then connect a red wire from the centre pin on the mosfet to the red pin on the led strip
  4. then connect a red wire from the left pin to GPIO 17 on the pi

Connecting the Green Led

  1. Put the 2nd mosfet into the breadboard
  2. then just like before connect a black wire from GND on the breadboard to the source (right pin)
  3. then connect a green wire from the centre pin on the mosfet to the green pin on the led strip.
  4. then connect a green wire from the left pin to GPIO 22 on the pi

Connecting the Blue Led

  1. Put the last mosfet into the breadboard
  2. the connect another black wire from GND on the breadboard to the source (right pin)
  3. then connect a blue wire from the centre pin on the mosfet to the blue pin on the led strip.
  4. then connect a blue wire from the left pin to GPIO 24 on the pi

Then you will have one more pin on the led strip that will eider be white or black, just connect a wire from the positive pin on the breadboard to that extra pin on the led strip

Now that we are done we can start to test it out.

Step 10: Testing the Led Strip

To test the led strip I had wrote a little script that will light up the red, green and blue lights separately

First download and run the script below by entering

curl -l| python

if for some reason one of the colour don't light up, please check if you have plug everything in right.

how does this script work?

if you open the python script you might wonder how it works on the first line you will see:

import time

this little library allows us to pause the script so we can keep the lights on faster

import pigpio

this library allows us to communicate with the led strip

pi = pigpio.pi()

setup a variable so we can use pi.set_pw... insted of pigpio.pi().set_pw...

RedPin = 17
GreenPin = 22
BluePin = 24

these are just variables that allows us to tell the script what led are connected on

print("tesing for red")

this will just print text to the command line

pi.set_PWM_dutycycle(RedPin, 255)

this command is part of the pigpio libary and is saying to set the "RedPin" which it looks for the number we set before and sets it's brightness to "255" which is the max


this is part of the time library and will just pause the script for 2 seconds

these supple command will repeat for the other leds until


which will stop talking to the led strip and tun all the colours off.

Step 11: Programing the Server Side Script

**Before you start, I recommend you read about python and flask:

Here are some guides:

First we need to program to server so it can talk to the led strip

1. Create a folder on the pi's home folder using

mkdir Webserver

2. enter the folder using

cd Webserver

3. then create the python script using


*I Recommend to download the code as python is very sensitive to tabs and spaces and This is not formatted right. To download the code scroll to the bottom*

then we need to import some libraries

from flask import Flask, render_template, request
import pigpio
from thread import start_new_thread

then we need to set some variables

app = Flask(__name__)
CurrentColour = "White"
RedColourCode = 0
BlueColourCode = 0
GreenColourCode = 0
RedBeforeEffect = 0
BlueBeforeEffect = 0
GreenBeforeEffect = 0
pi = pigpio.pi()

the first variable is for flask which is our web server we will call it app so it's easier to call and run. Then there are 6 variables that the first three will contain what colour to change two and the other three will contain the colour previous.

@app.route('/', methods=['GET'])

This Line says that if someone types the pi's IP address in a web browser then it will run the script below it, it also has a GET method when means that, any text after ?Colour= will be passed to the web server and will be used to change the colour of the led strip.

def Main():
       global CurrentColour

the text def Main() means that it will create a function called main that can be called from anywhere in the script. and the global line means that it will update the variable in the whole script.

if request.args.get('Colour'):
		if CurrentColour == "White":
		elif CurrentColour == "Red":
		elif CurrentColour == "Green":
		elif CurrentColour == "DarkBlue":
		elif CurrentColour == "LightBlue":
		elif CurrentColour == "Orange":			
		elif CurrentColour == "Pink":
		elif CurrentColour == "Yellow":
		elif CurrentColour == "Purple":
		elif CurrentColour == "Black":
		return render_template('index.html')

This script will get any name after the GET Method "Colour" and saves it. it will then check for that name and will call a function that will can 3three other functions to change the red, green and blue light's simultaneously

def FadeTORGB(RedNum,BlueNum,GreenNum):

This will call three other function that will change the amount of power going to each led with a fade effect.

def FadeUpRed(REDUpNum):
    global RedColourCode
    if RedColourCode < REDUpNum:
        while RedColourCode < REDUpNum:
            RedColourCode +=1
            pi.set_PWM_dutycycle(RedPin, RedColourCode)
    elif RedColourCode > REDUpNum:
        while RedColourCode > REDUpNum:
            RedColourCode -=1
            pi.set_PWM_dutycycle(RedPin, RedColourCode)
def FadeUpBlue(BlueUpNum):
    global BlueColourCode
    if BlueColourCode < BlueUpNum:
        while BlueColourCode < BlueUpNum:
            BlueColourCode +=1
            pi.set_PWM_dutycycle(BluePin, BlueColourCode)
    elif BlueColourCode > BlueUpNum:
        while BlueColourCode > BlueUpNum:
            BlueColourCode -=1
            pi.set_PWM_dutycycle(BluePin, BlueColourCode)
def FadeUpGreen(GreenUpNum):
   global GreenColourCode
    if GreenColourCode < GreenUpNum:
        while GreenColourCode < GreenUpNum:
            GreenColourCode +=1
            pi.set_PWM_dutycycle(GreenPin, GreenColourCode)
    elif GreenColourCode > GreenUpNum:
        while GreenColourCode > GreenUpNum:
            GreenColourCode -=1
            pi.set_PWM_dutycycle(GreenPin, GreenColourCode)
if __name__ == "__main__":"")

To download the code

When in the webserver folder enter

wget -O

Step 12: Programing the Webserver

Now that we have programmed the server we need to design a website.

Before we start I recommend you read about html, css, javascript

1. First we need to create two folders inside the webserver folder

mkdir templates && mkdir static

then enter into the templates folder

cd templates

then make a index.html file

nano index.html


First we need to program html, this is where all the content goes that then can be styled using css

1. Creating the Head (title, linking files,)

<!DOCTYPE html>
<title> Wifi Led Strip </title>

The first two tags tells the web browser that it is a webpage, Then the third line is telling the browser to hide any text inside the block and under that is the title that will appear in the tab

Making the webpage fullscreen on iOS

To make the page fullscreen enter this code under the tag

<meta name="viewpoint" content = "width = device-width, initial-scale = 1.0, minimum-scale = 1, maximum-scale = 1, user-scalable = no" /> <meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-title" content="Wifi Led" /> <meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-capable" content="yes" />  

Next we will add references to the css file we will make latter this will be a different way then usual due to flask is way of file management

<link rel=stylesheet type=text/css href="{{ url_for('static', filename='Style.css') }}">

Then after this you MUST close the tag and create a body tag

</head> <body>

The body tag means that any tags inside it will appear onto the web page

Now we are going to make the colours buttons that can change the led strip.

We will create one for each colour and put it in a table

<table class="Colours" cellspacing="10" border="0">

This create's the outside frame of the table


this will create a row for the table

Now let's create a orange button

<td onClick="SendColour('Orange')" class="button" style="background-color:rgb(255,136,0);"></td>

the tag td creates a cell, then the "onClick" function will call a javascript function that we will create latter, them the "class" function is used to style the button and the style is just to colour it.

We will just have to change the sendColour text and the style for each other button but after every 2nd button we will close the row and create a new row

<td onClick="SendColour('Red')" class="button" style="background-color:red"></td>

Etc... (sorry I can't paste html code in, you can download the webpage and copy it from there (download info below))

Then after you have put all the colour in you need to close the table



Now we need to add the "SendColour" function that we had referenced before to do this we first need to add a tag telling the web browser that there is some javascript


then create a function

function SendColour(ClickedColour) { 

This function will send a Ajax request to the raspberry pi that will tell it to change to the colour that you had clicked on

xhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();"GET", "?Colour=" + ClickedColour, false);


Now we need to close the javascript and html


close and save nano


Now we are going to design the website

first cd out of the templates folder and go into the static folder

cd .. && cd static

now create the Style.css file

nano Style.css

First lets make the table fill the whole screen.

.Colours {
	width: 100%; 
.button {
	padding: 25px 35px;
	border-radius: 4px;

save and exit the file and now lets test the server

Download the file

To download the html and css files you need to be in the main Webserver folder and enter

wget -O

then unzip them


Testing the server

to test the server go into the web server folder

cd ..

then enter


this will start the server, then on your computer open the web browser and navigate to

the :5000 at the end is important for now as it is the port that the web server is running on.

if your goto the webpage and get a "Internal Server Error" then look at the console (putty or terminal) and you will see a bunch of text, just look at the last line and it should. tell you what is going on, you can google to find the answer,

but if the see the colours on the screen you can click on one and you should see the led strip goto that colour, if it doesn't then check if the power is plugged in and turned on or that the html code has been entered right.

Step 13: Making It Work With Apache2

Now that we have tested it we have to get it to talk to apache so it can run at startup and on port 80 (standard web port)

1. inside your WebServer folder make a wsgi file

nano wifiled.wsgi

Then in the file enter

import sys
sys.path.insert(0, '/home/pi/Webserver/')
from Main import app as application

then add the user pi to a group called www-data, this will allow apache to look in the web server folder

sudo usermod -a -G www-data pi

then remove the default config

sudo a2dissite 000-default

then make a file in the Apache config folder

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/wifiled.conf

and enter

<VirtualHost *:80>
	ServerName WifiLed
        WSGIScriptAlias / /home/pi/Webserver/wifiled.wsgi
	<Directory /home/pi/Webserver>
	 Order allow,deny
         Allow from all
         Require all granted
        ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
	LogLevel warn
	CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

then tell apache to read the config by entering

sudo a2ensite wifiled.conf

Now restart the pi, when it reboots enter into your web browser


Step 14: Setting Up Tasker and Ifttt and Other Services

Before we setup these programs you must setup port fording on your router as every router is different you can read how to here


on your android device open taker

then create a new profile basted on a Event, you can choose any trigger. I have chose "Phone Ringing" and had set the colour to anyone "C:ANY", Then it will ask you to select a task, click "New Task" and name it basted on your action. I will call it "Phone Call" then press add action and look for "HTTP Head" and set the Server:Port to your_raspberry_pi_IP then under path you can either set a solid colour with "/?Colour=Green" or you can create a effect we will do this in the next step. Then click back and back again.


first goto ifttt and create a new applet Choose any trigger (I chose Button) and then for action choose the maker channel and said to make a we request then for the url enter YOUR_PUBLIC_PI/?Colour=LightBlue if you don't know your public ip just enter "My Ip" on google. Then for method enter HEAD then click "Create Action" now when your action happens ifttt make a request to your pi to change colour.

Other Services

You can also connect other services that make HTTP HEAD or GET request.

Step 15: Creating Custom Effects

First add a import statement, under import os enter

import time

also before we create a effect we need to add a variable just under GreenBeforeEffect add

CanChangeColour = True

then change if request.args.get('Colour'):


if request.args.get('Colour') and CanChangeColour:

section just under return render_template('Main.html') add

@app.route('/Effect', methods=['GET'])
def Effect():

Then set the variables to global

x = 0
global RedColourCode
global BlueColourCode
global GreenColourCode
global RedBeforeEffect
global BlueBeforeEffect
global GreenBeforeEffect

now lets create our first effect

if request.args.get('Call'):
RedBeforeEffect = RedColourCode
BlueBeforeEffect = BlueColourCode
GreenBeforeEffect = GreenColourCode

This action will run when the pi receive's a request like "/?Effect=Call" and will save the current colour so we can call it back, We then make the led strip black and wait until it happens.

Now we are going to make the led fade from black to green then to black again and I want to do this five times

while x <= 5:
	x +=1
	CanChangeColour = True

This will count up to five but every time it will fade to green and then wait a second and go to black. Then what that finishes it will change the colour back to the ones you had before changing.

Now we just to create a response.

return ""

You can download the updated scrip to your pi using this command:

wget -O

Also Reboot you raspberry pi

sudo reboot


Swansong (author)2017-01-19

Great work! Welcome to Instructables :)

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