2.8inch DPI LCD

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2.8inch DPI LCD

480x640, 2.8inch IPS Display for Raspberry Pi, DPI interface, 5-points Touch.




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480x640, 2.8inch IPS Display for Raspberry Pi, DPI interface, 5-points capacitive touch control.


  • 2.8inch IPS Display, 480×640 hardware resolution.
  • Designed for Raspberry Pi, based on Raspberry Pi 40pin GPIO interface.
  • Using DPI666 (262K Colors) interface of Raspberry Pi to drive LCD, refresh rate up to 60Hz.
  • Drive capacitive touch through I2C interface of Raspberry Pi, 5-points touch, toughened glass panel, hardness up to 6H.
  • Supports Raspbian and Kali systems.

How to use

This LCD can support Raspbian and Kali systems.

Please download the latest version of the image on the Raspberry Pi official website.

1) Download the compressed file to the PC, and unzip it to get the .img file.

2) Connect the TF card to the PC, use SDFormatter.exe software to format the TF card.

3) Open the Win32DiskImager.exe software, select the system image downloaded in step 1, and click‘Write’ to write the system image.

4) After the image has finished writing, open the config.txt file in the root directory of the TF card(/boot/), add the following code at the end of config.txt, then save and quit the TF card safely.

hdmi_timings=480 0 26 16 10 640 0 25 10 15 0 0 0 60 0 32000000 1

Note: For Raspberry Pi 4, you need to comment out dtoverlay=vc4-fkms-V3D.

5)Download the File:28DPIB DTBO.zip and extract 3 dtbo files. Copy these three files to the overlays directory (/boot/overlays/), as shown in the following figure:

6) Save and quit the TF card safely, and insert the TF card into the Raspberry Pi.

7) Insert the 4inch DPI LCD (B) into the 40PIN GPIO interface of the Raspberry Pi, power on the Raspberry Pi, and wait for about ten seconds to display normally.

Rotation(Working with Raspberry Pi)

Display Rotating

Add this statement in the config.txt file (the config file is located in the root directory of the TF card, which is named /boot):

display_rotate=1 #1:90;2: 180; 3: 270

And then restart the Raspberry Pi after saving.

sudo reboot

Touch Rotating

After the display is rotated, the position of touch is incorrect because the touch doesn’t change with the display angle. So the touch also needs to be modified.

1.Install libinput.

sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-libinput

If the system you installed is Ubuntu or Jetson Nano. The installation code is:

sudo apt install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

2.Create the xorg.conf.d directory under /etc/X11/ (if the directory already exists, proceed directly to step 3).

sudo mkdir /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d

3.Copy the 40-libinput-conf file to the directory you created just now.

sudo cp /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/40-libinput.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/

4.Edit this file.

sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/40-libinput.conf

Find the part of the touchscreen, add the following statement inside, and then save the file.

Option "CalibrationMatrix" "0 1 0 -1 0 1 0 0 1"

Similar to the picture below:

Touch roate.jpg
5. save and reboot your Pi

sudo reboot

After completing these steps. The LCD could rotate 90 degrees both display and touch function.


90 degree: Option "CalibrationMatrix" "0 1 0 -1 0 1 0 0 1"

180 degree: Option "CalibrationMatrix" "-1 0 1 0 -1 1 0 0 1"

270 degree: Option "CalibrationMatrix" "0 -1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1"

Knob introduction

  • Backlight: Adjust the screen brightness.
  • Volume: Adjust the speaker volume.


Disable power saving.

If you want to keep the display turning on all the time, you can disable the power saving function.
Modify file lightdm.conf

sudo nano /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

Find the [SeatDefaults] option and uncomment the line"xserver-command", modify it as below:


Modify this code to

xserver-command=X -s 0 -dpms
  • -s # –Disable the display protecting.
  • dpms Disable power saving.


sudo reboot

Control brightness by PWM

Note: This method can only support Raspberry Pi 3B+ and the older version, it cannot support Pi 4.

gpio -g mode 18 pwm      #Configure the PWM pin
gpio pwmc 100   
gpio -g pwm 18 1023      #Set it brightnest
gpio -g pwm 18 0         #Set it dimmest
gpio -g mode 18 out      #Free the pin and set it as output

Turn on/off the LCD

You can turn on/off the LCD with the following command.

Note: The command can only work when the PWM pin is free and in output mode.

sudo echo 1 | sudo tee /sys/class/backlight/rpi_backlight/bl_power
sudo echo 0 | sudo tee /sys/class/backlight/rpi_backlight/bl_power


1 NC Not connected
2 5V 5V power
3 VSYNC Vertical synchronization
4 5V 5V Power
5 HSYNC Horizontal synchronization
6 GND Ground
7 B2 RGB signal lines
8 G4 RGB signal lines
9 GND Ground
10 G5 RGB signal lines
11 G7 RGB signal lines
12 PWM Backlight control (Pi4 can only turn on/off the backlight. Only the eralier versions support brightness adjustment with PWM)
13 TP_INT Interrupt pin of touch panel
14 GND Ground
15 R4 RGB signal lines
16 R5 RGB signal lines
17 NC Not connected
18 R6 RGB signal lines
19 TP_SDA The I2C SDA of touch panel
20 GND Ground
21 B7 RGB signal lines
22 R7 RGB signal lines
23 TP_SCL The I2C SCL of touch panel
24 B6 RGB signal lines
25 GND Ground
26 B5 RGB signal lines
27 LCD_CLK Clock pin of LCD panel
28 DE Data enable of LCD panel
29 B3 RGB signal lines
30 GND Ground
31 B4 RGB signal lines
32 G2 RGB signal lines
33 G3 RGB signal lines
34 GND Ground
35 NC Not connected
36 G6 RGB signal lines
37 NC Not connected
38 R2 RGB signal lines
39 GND Ground
40 R3 RGB signal lines



Since the first-generation Raspberry Pi released, Waveshare has been working on designing, developing, and producing various fantastic touch LCDs for the Pi. Unfortunately, there are quite a few pirated/knock-off products in the market. They're usually some poor copies of our early hardware revisions, and comes with none support service.

To avoid becoming a victim of pirated products, please pay attention to the following features when purchasing:


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Beware of knock-offs

Please note that we've found some poor copies of this item in the market. They are usually made of inferior materials and shipped without any testing.

You might be wondering if the one you're watching or you've purchased in other non-official stores is original, feel free to contact us.


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