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Node Library for using adafruit i2c rgb lcd pi plate

Adafruit I2C LCD Plate

Node.js implementation for the Adafruit RGB 16x2 LCD+Keypad Kit for Raspberry Pi

Note: This readme is for the current version 1.x.x. If you are using older versions please read the version 0.0.x readme or version 0.1.x readme.

Note: Since version 1.0.0 this module is based on i2c-bus. For compatibility with your node.js version read the i2c-bus documentation. Older versions of this module were based on i2c. adafruit-i2c-lcd version 0.1.x only works with node.js 0.12.x and adafruit-i2c-lcd version 0.0.x only works with node.js 0.10.x.

Note: This module is compatible with Sainsmart 1602 I2C, see Compatibility

  1. read the i2c-bus documentation how to setup your raspberry pi.
  2. add dependency using npm install adafruit-i2c-lcd --save
  3. Copy and run one of the examples from the examples directory. Maybe you have to run them as root.
var LCDPLATE, lcd;
LCDPLATE = require('adafruit-i2c-lcd').plate;
lcd = new LCDPLATE(1, 0x20);
lcd.message('Hello World!');
lcd.on('button_change', function(button) {
  lcd.message('Button changed:\n' + lcd.buttonName(button));

Setting up a new LCDPLATE.

  • device: Device name, e.g. '/dev/i2c-1'
  • address: Address of the i2c panel, e.g. 0x20
  • pollInterval: optional. Set the poll interval for the buttons to x ms. Use pollInterval=-1 to disable polling. (Buttons will not work)

Clear the LCD, remove all text.

Close the LCD plate. Use this to stop the polling.

Set the backlight of the LCD to the given color. You can use predefined colors from the LCDPLATE class:


Add the text on the LCD. Use \n as line feed. Only the first two lines will be sent to the display. If parameter clear is given and true only the text is shown, previous content on the lcd will be cleared.

Defines custom characters. Index must be between 0 and 7. Pattern is the pattern of your character, must contain exactly 8 bytes. E.g. you can easyly design your custom character at to show your custom character use eg. lcd.message('\x01').


lcd.createChar(1, [0,0,10,31,31,14,4,0]);
lcd.createChar(2, [0,4,10,17,17,10,4,0]);
lcd.message('I\x01 n\x02de.js', true);

Returns the pressed buttons as a number. Use bitmasks to mask out the state of the desired button. See LCDPLATE.buttons for button values.

Returns the name, e.g. 'SELECT' to a button number. See LCDPLATE.buttons for button values.

Fires if a button is pressed or released.


  • button: the button, See LCDPLATE.buttons for button values.
lcd.on('button_change', function(button) {
  lcd.message('Button changed:\n' + lcd.buttonName(button));

Fires if a button is released.


  • button: the button, See LCDPLATE.buttons for button values.

Fires if a button is pressed.


  • button: the button, See LCDPLATE.buttons for button values.

This library is compatible with the Sainsmart 1602 I2C (SKU: 20-011-221) with some notable exceptions. This clone has a blue backlight and an RGB LED on-board.

  • The LCDPLATE.backlight() function changes the RGB LED rather than the backlight.
  • The backlight on the LCD is connected to GPA5, which is the sixth (6th) bit of port A. It can be set on or off directly in your client code.
    lcd.sendBytes(0, 0x1F); // Sainsmart 1602 I2C backlight on 
    lcd.sendBytes(0, 0x3F); // Sainsmart 1602 I2C backlight off 

Based on the Adafruit's Raspberry-Pi Python Code Library

Here is a growing collection of libraries and example python scripts for controlling a variety of Adafruit electronics with a Raspberry Pi

In progress!

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Written by Limor Fried, Kevin Townsend and Mikey Sklar for Adafruit Industries. BSD license, all text above must be included in any redistribution

To download, we suggest logging into your Pi with Internet accessibility and typing: git clone