1.3inch LCD HAT

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1.3inch LCD HAT
1.3inch LCD HAT

1.3inch IPS LCD HAT, SPI interfaces




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This is an IPS LCD display HAT for Raspberry Pi, 1.3inch diagonal, 240x240 pixels, with embedded controller, communicating via SPI interface.



  • Operating voltage: 3.3V/5V
  • Interface: SPI
  • LCD type: IPS
  • Controller: ST7789VM
  • Resolution: 240(H)RGB x 240(V)
  • Display size: 23.4(H)x 23.4(V)mm
  • Pixel size: 0.0975(H)x 0.0975(V)mm
  • Dimension: 65 x 30.2(mm)


PIN Raspberry Pi Interface (BCM) Description
Joystick UP P6 Upward direction of the Joystick
Joystick Down P19 Downward direction of the Joystick
Joystick Left P5 Left direction of the Joystick
Joystick Right P26 Right direction of the Joystick
Joystick Press P13 Press the Joystick
SCLK P11/SCLK SPI clock line
MOSI P10/MOS SPI data line
CS P8/CE0 Chip selection
DC P25 Data/Command control
RST P27 Reset
BL P24 Backlight

LCD and the controller

The ST7789VW is a single-chip controller/driver for 262K-color, graphic type TFT-LCD. It consists of 240 source line and 320 gate line driving circuits. The resolution of this LCD is 240(H)RGB x 240(V), it supports horizontal mode and vertical mode, and it doesn't use all the RAM of controller.
This LCD accepts 8-bits/9-bits/16-bits/18-bits parallel interface, that are RGB444, RGB565, RGB666. The color format used in demo codes is RGB565.
This LCD use 4-lines SPI interface for reducing GPIO and fast speed.LCD

Working Protocol

0.96inch lcd module spi.png
Note: Different from the traditional SPI protocol, the data line from the slave to the master is hidden since the device only has display requirement.
RESX Is the reset pin, it should be low when powering the module and be higher at other times;;
CSX is slave chip select, when CS is low, the chip is enabled.
D/CX is data/command control pin, when DC = 0, write command, when DC = 1, write data
SDA is the data pin for transmitting RGB data, it works as the MOSI pin of SPI interface;
SCL worka s the SCLK pins of SPI interface.
SPI communication has data transfer timing, which is combined by CPHA and CPOL.
CPOL determines the level of the serial synchronous clock at idle state. When CPOL = 0, the level is Low. However, CPOL has little effect to the transmission.
CPHA determines whether data is collected at the first clock edge or at the second clock edge of serial synchronous clock; when CPHL = 0, data is collected at the first clock edge.
There are 4 SPI communication modes. SPI0 is commonly used, in which CPHL = 0, CPOL = 0.

Enable SPI interface

  • Open terminal, use command to enter the configuration page
sudo raspi-config
Choose Interfacing Options -> SPI -> Yes  to enable SPI interface

RPI open spi.png
Reboot Raspberry Pi:

sudo reboot

Please make sure that SPI interface was not used by other devices, you can check in the /boot/config.txt

Install Libraries

  • Install BCM2835 libraries
wget http://www.airspayce.com/mikem/bcm2835/bcm2835-1.68.tar.gz
tar zxvf bcm2835-1.68.tar.gz 
cd bcm2835-1.68/
sudo ./configure && sudo make && sudo make check && sudo make install

For more details, please refer to http://www.airspayce.com/mikem/bcm2835/

  • Install Python libraries
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ttf-wqy-zenhei
sudo apt-get install python-pip 
sudo pip install RPi.GPIO
sudo pip install spidev

Download Examples

Open Raspberry Pi terminal and run the following command

sudo apt-get install p7zip-full -y
wget https://www.waveshare.com/w/upload/b/bd/1.3inch_LCD_HAT_code.7z
7z x 1.3inch_LCD_HAT_code.7z -r -o./1.3inch_LCD_HAT_code
sudo chmod 777 -R 1.3inch_LCD_HAT_code
cd 1.3inch_LCD_HAT_code

Run the demo

  • C
cd c
make clean
sudo ./main
  • For Raspberry Pi 4B and system version after raspbian_lite-2019-06-20, please set as following for normal input:
sudo nano /boot/config.txt

And then add the following line at the end of the config.txt

  • python
cd python
sudo python main.py
sudo python key_demo.py

FBCP Transplant

The Framebuffer uses a memory area to store the display content, and changes the data in the memory to change the display content.

There is an open-source project on github: fbcp-ili9341. Compared with other fbcp projects, this project uses partial refresh and DMA to achieve a refresh rate of up to 60fps

Compile and Run

sudo apt-get install cmake -y
cd ~
wget https://www.waveshare.com/w/upload/f/f9/Waveshare_fbcp.7z
sudo apt-get install p7zip-full
7z x Waveshare_fbcp.7z
cd waveshare_fbcp
mkdir build
cd build
make -j
sudo ./fbcp

Auto-start when Power on

sudo cp ~/Fbcp-ili9341/build/fbcp-ili9341 /usr/local/bin/fbcp
sudo nano /etc/rc.local

And then add fbcp& before exit 0, as the picture below.

1in3 lcd fb5.png

Set the display resolution

Set the user interface display size in the /boot/config.txt file.

sudo nano /boot/config.txt

Then add the following lines at the end of the config.txt.

hdmi_cvt=300 300 60 1 0 0 0

【Note】If you are using Raspberry Pi 4B, you need to comment out the following lines on the [pi4] part. The modification is as below:

# Enable DRM VC4 V3D driver on top of the dispmanx display stack

And then reboot the system

sudo reboot

The final display effect is scaled and displayed on the 1.3inch LCD in proportion. The setting of the resolution here should be slightly larger than the LCD resolution, the too high resolution will cause the font display to be blurred.

After rebooting the system, the Raspberry Pi OS user interface will be displayed.

1200px-1.3inch lcd hat fbtftdesktop.png

Analog mouse

There are a joystick and three buttons on the panel of the module, which we can use to control the mouse of the Raspberry Pi

  • Install the library, then download and run the demo
sudo apt-get install python-xlib
sudo pip install PyMouse
wget http://www.waveshare.net/w/upload/d/d3/Mouse.7z
7z x Mouse.7z
sudo python mouse.py

【Note】The mouse.py needs to run under the graphical interface, which will not run under the SSH login. You can skip this step directly, the Pi will run the demo automatically by booting up.

  • If you are using the Raspberry PI 4B and the version of your image is after raspbian_lite-2019-06-20, you need to set as below:
sudo nano /boot/config.txt

And then add the following line at the end of the config.txt.


Use the joystick to move up, down, left, and right, you can see that the mouse is moving.

  • Set the auto-start when power on
cd .config/
mkdir autostart
cd autostart/
sudo nano local.desktop

And then add the following lines at the end of the local.desktop

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=python /home/pi/mouse.py

Reboot the system, you can use the buttons to control the mouse.

sudo reboot


If you are interested in getting a game console, you can refer to the following two links:




How to play a video?
To play a video, you must first set fbtft, and set fbtft to display the desktop through f, and then run the play video command to display


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