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March 22, 2014

Talking to a Raspberry Pi from your Phone using Bottle (Python)

Here's a short post on communicating with the raspberry from your phone's browser.

Our goal is to turn an LED connected to the Pi on and off, by accessing a web page on the phone's browser. Both the phone and the Pi are on the local WiFi network.

Here's how we do it:

Start a web server on the Pi. For this, we will use the simple and elegant Bottle web framework, which consists of a single source file. Accessing the LED control web page displays a button, and clicking on it uses jQuery AJAX to send a request to the web server, which in turn changes the GPIO pin state to turn the LED on.

Here's the code:

To start it, first run the server on your Pi. (You can ssh into your pi for this.)

pi@raspberrypi ~/code/python/bottle $ sudo python

Then, access the web page from your phone's browser. In my case, the address is:

You can control the LED from anywhere as long as you are in the local network. This can also work, from outside provided you do port forwarding on your router. I plan to explore this myself.

This is the starting point for me for a Raspberry Pi based home monitor robot. Watch this site for updates on this topic!