Installing from PyPI¶
On supported GNU/Linux systems like the Raspberry Pi, you can install the driver locally from PyPI. To install for current user:
pip3 install adafruit-circuitpython-charlcd
To install system-wide (this may be required in some cases):
sudo pip3 install adafruit-circuitpython-charlcd
To install in a virtual environment in your current project:
mkdir project-name && cd project-name python3 -m venv .env source .env/bin/activate pip3 install adafruit-circuitpython-charlcd
This driver depends on:
- Adafruit CircuitPython
- Adafruit CircuitPython BusDevice
- Adafruit CircuitPython MCP230xx
- Adafruit CircuitPython 74HC595
I2C & SPI displays also depend on:
Please ensure all dependencies are available on the CircuitPython filesystem. This is easily achieved by downloading the Adafruit library and driver bundle.
Character_LCD class interfaces a predefined Character LCD display with CircuitPython.
import board import digitalio import adafruit_character_lcd.character_lcd as character_lcd
You must define the data pins (
D7) in your code before using the
If you want to have on/off
backlight functionality, you can also define your backlight as
lcd_backlight. Otherwise, the backlight
will always remain on. The following is an example setup.
lcd_rs = digitalio.DigitalInOut(board.D7) lcd_en = digitalio.DigitalInOut(board.D8) lcd_d7 = digitalio.DigitalInOut(board.D12) lcd_d6 = digitalio.DigitalInOut(board.D11) lcd_d5 = digitalio.DigitalInOut(board.D10) lcd_d4 = digitalio.DigitalInOut(board.D9) lcd_backlight = digitalio.DigitalInOut(board.D13)
You must also define the size of the CharLCD by specifying its
lcd_columns = 16 lcd_rows = 2
After you have set up your LCD, we can make the device by calling it
lcd = character_lcd.Character_LCD_Mono(lcd_rs, lcd_en, lcd_d4, lcd_d5, lcd_d6, lcd_d7, lcd_columns, lcd_rows, lcd_backlight)
To verify that your pins are correct, print a hello message to the CharLCD:
lcd.message = "Hello\nCircuitPython"
Custom character example with
create_char() is provided within /examples/
Contributions are welcome! Please read our Code of Conduct before contributing to help this project stay welcoming.
To build this library locally you’ll need to install the circuitpython-build-tools package.
python3 -m venv .env source .env/bin/activate pip install circuitpython-build-tools
Once installed, make sure you are in the virtual environment:
Then run the build:
circuitpython-build-bundles --filename_prefix adafruit-circuitpython-charlcd --library_location .
Sphinx is used to build the documentation based on rST files and comments in the code. First, install dependencies (feel free to reuse the virtual environment from above):
python3 -m venv .env source .env/bin/activate pip install Sphinx sphinx-rtd-theme
Now, once you have the virtual environment activated:
cd docs sphinx-build -E -W -b html . _build/html
This will output the documentation to
docs/_build/html. Open the index.html in your browser to
view them. It will also (due to -W) error out on any warning like Travis will. This is a good way to
locally verify it will pass.