The current implementation of the LinuxFS plugin implements a file based I2C provider. The file based provider opens /dev/i2c-1 using a RandomAccessFile to perform I2C reads and writes.

Providers in the LinuxFS plugin:

  • linuxfs-i2c

To use the LinuxFS provider first add the proper dependency:


And then one can get access to the provider as follows:

Context pi4j = Pi4J.newAutoContext();
I2CProvider i2CProvider = pi4j.provider("linuxfs-i2c");
I2CConfig i2cConfig = I2C.newConfigBuilder(pi4j).id("TCA9534").bus(1).device(0x3f).build();
try (I2C tca9534Dev = i2CProvider.create(i2cConfig)) {

	int config = tca9534Dev.readRegister(TCA9534_REG_ADDR_CFG);

	tca9534Dev.writeRegister(TCA9534_REG_ADDR_OUT_PORT, currentState);
	tca9534Dev.writeRegister(TCA9534_REG_ADDR_CFG, (byte) 0x00);

	tca9534Dev.writeRegister(TCA9534_REG_ADDR_OUT_PORT, newState);