Getting Started

Looking to create your own light show using LightShow Pi? Here is a list of steps to help you get started:

Download and Install LightShow Pi
Configuring and Testing your Hardware
Playing your first Song and Playlist
Hardware Design Guides

Once you’ve completed the above, you can move on to some more advanced setups:

Using SMS (text messaging) to control your show
USB Audio-In Support

Below are links to more excellent tutorials other users in our community have written:

Create a Fully Automated Light and Music Show for the Holidays – by Swapnil Bhartiya

Last (but not least), here are some great video tutorials as well provided by community member Ken B to help you get started:

LightShow Pi Hardware and Software Basics

Software Configuration Tips



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  3. Hey, I’m looking at doing something like this, but I’d prefer to use the new Raspberry Pi Zero. Would this be possible?

    • I’m waiting to get my hands on my own Pi Zero – so can’t say for certain if any modifications are required, but I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work with one! Report back with your experience!

  4. Hello, I have having some issues with the webui fork. I can’t seem to get it to work properly. I can access the webpage but none of the functions work. I haven’t reinstalled lightshowpi but i need to get this working my Monday.

  5. Hi am new to all this and have downlaoded the lightshowpi but what i a worried about as a newbie is getting the wiring wrong and blowing my pi, any ideas where i can get a scematic drawing from or some pics to show me what i need to use thank you

  6. Hello Todd,
    This work is really awesome !!
    What I’m looking for is Light changing RGB led strips according to audio input from a mobile phone(using an aux/3.5mm cable) !!
    Is is possible to do this using this ?

  7. Is it be possible to have Lightshow Pi produce video visualizations over HDMI? I’m looking for something like the old Milkdrop and other audio dynamic video outputs like Winamp used to do.

    • Possible, with enough time and effort most anything is possible 😉 However, there are no plans to add such support to LightShowPi.

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