CircuitPython library for standard character LCDs.
This library is compatible with standard Character LCDs such as:
- Adafruit Standard LCD 16x2
- Adafruit RGB backlight negative LCD 16x2
- Adafruit RGB backlight negative LCD 20x4
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/
API documentation for this library can be found on Read the Docs.
For information on building library documentation, please check out this guide.
Contributions are welcome! Please read our Code of Conduct before contributing to help this project stay welcoming.
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