04 December 2016

Transmission status from Raspberry Pi 3

I have a transmission client running on Raspberry Pi 3. But what I also wanted is to have a simple way to check the status of this client with a simple glance. Raspberry Pi 3 has multiple LEDs on-board. Luckily, one of them can be easily controlled from a user space.

Raspberry Pi on-board LEDs

PWR - indicates power to device. Hardwired which makes it impossible to control.

FDX, LNK, 10M - indicate LAN activity. In theory it is possible to control them. It might be necessary to recompile the kernel to get access to them.

OK - indicates SD card activity. It is wired to GPIO16 which makes it the easiest to control.

Playing with OK LED

$ cd /sys/class/leds/led0/
$ ls
brightness  device  max_brightness  subsystem  trigger    uevent

There are different triggers which control this LED:

$ cat trigger
none [mmc0] mmc1 timer oneshot heartbeat backlight gpio cpu0 cpu1 cpu2 cpu3 default-on input rfkill0

By default the trigger is set to mmc0 (mmc stands for MultiMediaCard) and it flashes based on SD card activity.

To switch this LED into manual mode:

$ echo none >trigger

And to turn it off/on:

$ echo 0 >brightness #off
$ echo 1 >brightness #on

It is also possible to make this LED flash:

$ modprobe ledtrig_timer   # or use 'modprobe ledtrig_heartbeat' for different pattern
$ echo timer >trigger      # or use 'echo heartbeat >trigger' for different pattern

Tranmsission status

Transmission has a remote-control utility to control tranmission daemon. For example, to list all current entries:

$ transmission-remote -n user:password -l

Connected transmission status with LED status in a script:


# check if everything is finished
transmission-remote -n user:password -l | grep '%' grep -q -v 100%

if [[ $? != 0 ]]; then
  # all finished, turning off LED
  echo none >/sys/class/leds/led0/trigger
  echo 0 >/sys/class/leds/led0/brightness
  # in process, keep flashing LED
  echo timer >/sys/class/leds/led0/trigger

And add it to cron to update status every minute:

* * * * * /path/to/script.sh