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Adafruit CircuitPython driver for SSD1306 or SSD1305 OLED displays. Note that SSD1305 displays are back compatible so they can be used in-place of SSD1306 with the same code and commands.

This driver is based on the SSD1306 driver in the MicroPython source but differs by supporting hardware I2C interfaces and Adafruit CircuitPython API. For a MicroPython machine API compatible library see:


This driver depends on:

Please ensure all dependencies are available on the CircuitPython filesystem. This is easily achieved by downloading the Adafruit library and driver bundle.

Usage Example

# Basic example of clearing and drawing pixels on a SSD1306 OLED display.
# This example and library is meant to work with Adafruit CircuitPython API.
# Author: Tony DiCola
# License: Public Domain

# Import all board pins.
from board import SCL, SDA
import busio

# Import the SSD1306 module.
import adafruit_ssd1306

# Create the I2C interface.
i2c = busio.I2C(SCL, SDA)

# Create the SSD1306 OLED class.
# The first two parameters are the pixel width and pixel height.  Change these
# to the right size for your display!
display = adafruit_ssd1306.SSD1306_I2C(128, 32, i2c)
# Alternatively you can change the I2C address of the device with an addr parameter:
#display = adafruit_ssd1306.SSD1306_I2C(128, 32, i2c, addr=0x31)

# Clear the display.  Always call show after changing pixels to make the display
# update visible!


Contributions are welcome! Please read our Code of Conduct before contributing to help this project stay welcoming.

Building locally

Zip release files

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:

source .env/bin/activate

Then run the build:

circuitpython-build-bundles --filename_prefix adafruit-circuitpython-ssd1306 --library_location .

Sphinx documentation

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.

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