CircuitPython library for standard character LCDs.
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.
The 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 (RS, EN, D4, D5, D6, D7) in your code before using the Character_LCD class. 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 and lcd_rows:
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.
For information on building library documentation, please check out this guide.
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