1.3inch LCD HAT

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1.3inch LCD HAT

1.3inch IPS LCD HAT, SPI interfaces






  • Operating voltage: 3.3V
  • 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 the 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 a 4-line 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.

Working with Raspberry pi

We provide C and python examples

Enable SPI interface

PS: If you are using the system of the Bullseye branch, you need to change "apt-get" to "apt", the system of the Bullseye branch only supports Python3.
  • 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 the SPI interface was not used by other devices, you can check in the /boot/config.txt

Install Library

If you use the bookworm system, you can only use lgpio library, bcm2835 and wiringPi can't be installed and used.


#Open the Raspberry Pi terminal and run the following command
wget http://www.airspayce.com/mikem/bcm2835/bcm2835-1.71.tar.gz
tar zxvf bcm2835-1.71.tar.gz 
cd bcm2835-1.71/
sudo ./configure && sudo make && sudo make check && sudo make install
# For more, you can refer to the official website at: http://www.airspayce.com/mikem/bcm2835/


#Open the Raspberry Pi terminal and run the following command
sudo apt-get install wiringpi
#For Raspberry Pi systems after May 2019 (earlier than that can be executed without), an upgrade may be required:
wget https://project-downloads.drogon.net/wiringpi-latest.deb
sudo dpkg -i wiringpi-latest.deb
gpio -v
# Run gpio -v and version 2.52 will appear, if it doesn't it means there was an installation error

# Bullseye branch system using the following command:
git clone https://github.com/WiringPi/WiringPi
cd WiringPi
. /build
gpio -v
# Run gpio -v and version 2.70 will appear, if it doesn't it means there was an installation error


#Open the Raspberry Pi terminal and run the following command
wget https://github.com/joan2937/lg/archive/master.zip
unzip master.zip
cd lg-master
sudo make install

# You can refer to the official website for more: https://github.com/gpiozero/lg


sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python3-pip
sudo apt-get install python3-pil
sudo apt-get install python3-numpy
sudo pip3 install spidev

Download Examples

Open the Raspberry Pi terminal and run the following command:

sudo apt-get install p7zip-full -y
wget https://files.waveshare.com/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 Driver

PS: FBCP is currently not compatible with 64-bit Raspberry Pi system, it is recommended to use 32-bit system.

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

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

If you are using 1.44inch_LCD_HAT:


If you are using 1.3inch_LCD_HAT:



make -j
sudo ./fbcp

Auto-start when Power on

sudo cp ~/waveshare_fbcp/build/fbcp /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 1.3-inch LCD in proportion. The setting of the resolution here should be slightly larger than the LCD resolution, 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 https://files.waveshare.com/upload/d/d3/Mouse.7z
7z x Mouse.7z
sudo python mouse.py
sudo apt-get install python3-xlib
sudo pip3 install PyMouse
sudo pip3 install unix
sudo pip3 install PyUserInput
wget http://www.waveshare.net/w/upload/d/d3/Mouse.7z
7z x Mouse.7z
sudo python3 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
[Desktop Entry]
Exec=python3 /home/pi/mouse.py

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

sudo reboot


For connecting to the game machine, you can refer to the following links:




Relate Resources





Note: these two statements start with OPTIONS.



These are two control methods. After setting to fbtft control, the SPI is occupied by the system, and the screen can no longer be controlled by operating the IO. You must block the /etc/module and change.



Then restart the raspberry pi



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.


Just comment out the kms driver.

1.3inch LCD HAT FAQ.jpg



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