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color bgcolor = 0;

void setup() {
  GPIO.pinMode(4, GPIO.INPUT);
  GPIO.attachInterrupt(4, this, "pinEvent", GPIO.RISING);

void draw() {

// this function will be called whenever GPIO 4 is brought from low to high
void pinEvent(int pin) {
  println("Received interrupt");
  if (bgcolor == 0) {
    bgcolor = color(255);
  } else {
    bgcolor = color(0);

Description Calls a function when the value of an input pin changes

The sketch method provided must accept a single integer (int) parameter, which is the number of the GPIO pin that the interrupt occured on. As this method might be called at any time, including when drawing to the display window isn't permitted, it is best to only set simple variables that are being responded to in the next draw() call, as shown above. Calling functions of the Hardware I/O library at this point is certainly possible.

The mode parameter determines when the function will be called: GPIO.FALLING occurs when the level changes from high to low, GPIO.RISING when the level changes from low to high, and GPIO.CHANGE when either occurs.
.attachInterrupt(pin, parent, method, mode)
pin int: GPIO pin
parent PApplet: typically use "this"
method String: name of sketch method to call
mode int: when to call: GPIO.CHANGE, GPIO.FALLING or GPIO.RISING
Updated on February 11, 2019 02:10:34pm EST

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