Enabling The I2C Port

You now use the raspbian config tool:

sudo raspi-config

Select 'Advanced Options' and then select the relevant option.

Enabling The I2C Port On Old Raspbian Distributions

The I2C ports need to be enabled in Raspbian before they can be used.

Edit the modules file

sudo nano /etc/modules

Add these lines:


Exit and save the file

Now edit the modules blacklist file:

sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/raspi-blacklist.conf

Add a '#' character to this line so it commented out:

#blacklist i2c-bcm2708

Exit and save the file.

​Finally install the I2C utilities:

sudo apt-get install python-smbus i2c-tools

Enter "sudo reboot" to restart the pi and now the I2C pins will be available to use.


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  • Michael Treat

    If I attach a Sense HAT to the pi, can I still use I2C? Thank you.