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A Photo Booth application in pure Python for the Raspberry Pi.

Project description


The pibooth project attempts to provide a Photo Booth application out-of-the-box for Raspberry Pi.


The requirements listed below are the one used for the development of pibooth, but other configuration may work fine. All hardware buttons, lights and printer are optional, the application can be entirely controlled using a standard keyboard.


  • 1 Raspberry Pi 2 Model B (or higher)

  • 1 Camera (Pi Camera v2.1 8 MP 1080p or any camera compatible with gphoto2)

  • 2 push buttons

  • 2 LEDs

  • 2 resistors of 100 Ohm

  • 1 printer


  • Python 3.5.3

  • RPi.GPIO 0.6.3

  • picamera 1.13

  • Pillow 4.0.0

  • pygame 1.9.3

  • gphoto2 1.8.0 ( libgphoto2 2.5.15 )

  • pycups 1.9.73 ( CUPS 2.2.1 )


A brief description on how to set-up a Raspberry Pi to use this software.

  1. Download latest Raspbian image and set-up an SD-card. You can follow these instructions .

  2. Insert the SD-card into the Raspberry Pi and fire it up. Use the raspi-config tool that is shown automatically on the first boot to configure your system (e.g., expand partition, change hostname, password, enable SSH, configure to boot into GUI, etc.).

  3. Reboot and open a terminal. Install the latest firmware version:

    $ sudo rpi-update
  4. Upgrade all installed software:

    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get upgrade
  5. Optionally install gphoto2 (required only for external camera):

    $ sudo wget
    $ sudo chmod 755
    $ sudo ./
  6. Optionally install CUPS to handle printers (more instruction to add a new printer can be found here):

    $ sudo apt-get install cups libcups2-dev
  7. Install pibooth from the pypi repository:

    $ sudo pip install pibooth


Start the Photo Booth application using the command:

$ pibooth

All pictures taken are stored in a subfolder of the one defined in the configuration, named YYYY-mm-dd hh-mm-ss which the time when first photo of the sequence was taken.


After the graphical interface is started, the following actions are available:


Keyboard key

Physical button

Toggle Full screen

Ctrl + F


Choose layout


Button 1 or Button 2

Take pictures


Button 1

Export Printer/Cloud

Ctrl + E

Button 2




States and lights management

The application follows the states sequence defined in the diagram below:

State sequence

The states of the LED 1 and LED 2 are modified depending on the actions available for the user. The LED 3 is switched on when the application starts and the LED 4 is switched on during the preview and photo capture.


At the first run, a configuration file is generated in ~/.config/pibooth/pibooth.cfg which permits to configure the behavior of the application. The configuration can be easily edited using the command:

$ pibooth --config

The default configuration can be restored with the command (strongly recommended when upgrading pibooth):

$ pibooth --reset

Below is the default configuration file:

# User interface language (fallback to English if not found)
language = en

# Path to save pictures
directory = ~/Pictures/pibooth

# Cleanup the 'directory' before start
clear_on_startup = True

# How long to debounce the button in seconds
debounce_delay = 0.3

# (width, height) of the display monitor or 'fullscreen'
size = (800, 480)

# Blinking background when picture is taken
flash = True

# How long is the preview in seconds
preview_delay = 3

# Show a countdown timer during the preview
preview_countdown = True

# Number pictures in case of multiple captures (4 max)
captures = 4

# Orientation of the final image (portrait or landscape)
orientation =  portrait

# First text displayed
footer_text1 = Footer 1

# Second text displayed
footer_text2 = Footer 2

# Footer text RGB color
text_color = (0, 0, 0)

# Background RGB color
bg_color = (255, 255, 255)

# Adjust for lighting issues (normal is 100 or 200. Dark is 800 max)
iso = 100

# Flip horizontally the captured picture
flip = False

# Rotation of the camera (valid values are 0, 90, 180, and 270)
rotation = 0

# Resolution for camera captures (preview will have same aspect ratio)
resolution = (1934, 2464)

# Name of the printer to send the pictures
printer_name = default

# How long is the print view in seconds (0 to skip it)
printer_delay = 10

Run pibooth at startup

To run pibooth in fullscreen at the boot of the raspberry pi follow these instructions:

  1. Create a pibooth.desktop file in the ~/.config/autostart/ folder

  2. Fill the following info in the file:

[Desktop Entry]

Printer configuration

Here is the default configuration used in CUPS, this may depend on the printer used:



Media Size

10cm x 15cm

Color Model


Media Type

Glossy Photo Paper



2-Sided Printing


Shrink page …

Shrink (print the whole page)

Circuit diagram

Electronic sketch


Icons from the Noun Project

  • Thumb up by Symbolon

  • Polaroid by icon 54

  • Cat by Внталий Плут

  • Up hand drawn arrow by Kid A

  • Cameraman and Friends Posing For Camera by Gan Khoon Lay

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