Wiring & Test

We will demonstrate using this display with an Arduino UNO compatible. If you are using a 3V logic device you can skip the level shifter and connect direct from the microcontroller to display. You can also use another kind of level shifter if you like.

Any microcontroller with 4 or 5 pins can be used, but we recommend testing it out with an UNO before you try a different processor.

Don't forget you have to set the display to SPI mode, see the Assembly step on how to do that!

SPI Wiring

Since this is a SPI-capable display, we can use hardware or 'software' SPI. To make wiring identical on all Arduinos, we'll begin with 'software' SPI. The following pins should be used:

  • Connect Pin #1 to common power/data ground line (black wires)
  • Connect Pin #2 to the 3V power supply on your Arduino. (red wires)
  • Skip pin #3
  • Connect Pin #4 (DC) to digital #8 via the level shifter (white wires) any pin can be used later
  • Connect Pin #7 (SCLK) to digital #13 via the level shifter (blue wires) any pin can be used later
  • Connect Pin #8 (DIN) to digital #11 via the level shifter (green wires) any pin can be used later
  • Skip pins #9-14
  • Connect Pin #15 (CS) to digital #10 via the level shifter (yellow wires) any pin can be used later
  • Connect Pin #16 (RST) to digital #9 via the level shifter (orange wires) any pin can be used later

Later on, once we get it working, we can adjust the library to use hardware SPI if you desire, or change the pins to any others.

Level Shifter Wiring

You will also want to power the HC4050 level shifter by connecting pin #1 to 3V (the red wire) and pin #8 to ground (the black wire)

3.3V Capacitor

We also include a 220uF capacitor with your order because we noticed that the 3V line can fluctuate a lot when powered via an Arduino's 3.3V regulator. We really recommend installing it. Clip the leads on this capacitor and connect the negatve pin to GND and the positive pin to 3V

Download Adafruit_SSD1325 library

To begin reading sensor data, you will need to download Adafruit_SSD1325 from our github repository. You can do that by visiting the github repo and manually downloading or, easier, just click this button to download the zip

Rename the uncompressed folder Adafruit_SSD1325 and check that the Adafruit_SSD1325 folder contains Adafruit_SSD1325.cpp and Adafruit_SSD1325.h

Place the Adafruit_SSD1325 library folder your arduinosketchfolder/libraries/ folder. You may need to create the libraries subfolder if its your first library. Restart the IDE.

We also have a great tutorial on Arduino library installation at: http://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-all-about-arduino-libraries-install-use

Installing Adafruit_GFX

You'll also need to download the 'underlying' graphics support library that does all the lines, text, rectangle drawing for you. You can grab it from  https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit-GFX-Library 

Or click on the button below and follow the same instructions you did for the Adafruit_SSD1325 library. Uncompress and rename the folder to Adafruit_GFX (contains Adafruit_GFX.cpp and .h). Then place them inside your Arduino libraries folder and restart the Arduino IDE. If this is all unfamiliar, we have a tutorial introducing Arduino library concepts and installation.

Restart the IDE!

Running the Demo

After restarting the Arduino software, you should see a new example folder called Adafruit_SSD1325 and inside, an example called ssd1325test

Now upload the sketch to your Arduino. That's pretty much it! You should see immediate update of the display.

If nothing shows up at all, make sure you have your wiring correct, we have a diagram above you can use. Also, check that you converted the module to "SPI" mode (see the Assembly) step on how to do that

Changing Pins

Now that you have it working, there's a few things you can do to change around the pins.

If you're using Hardware SPI, the CLOCK and MOSI pins are 'fixed' and cant be changed. But you can change to software SPI, which is a bit slower, and that lets you pick any pins you like. Find these lines:

Download: file
// If using software SPI, define CLK and MOSI
#define OLED_CLK 13
#define OLED_MOSI 11

// These are neede for both hardware & softare SPI
#define OLED_CS 10
#define OLED_RESET 9
#define OLED_DC 8

Change those to whatever you like!

Using Hardware SPI

If you want a little more speed, you can 'upgrade' to Hardware SPI. Its a bit faster, maybe 2x faster to draw but requires you to use the hardware SPI pins.

  • SPI CLK connects to SPI clock. On Arduino Uno/Duemilanove/328-based, thats Digital 13. On Mega's, its Digital 52 and on Leonardo/Due its ICSP-3 (See SPI Connections for more details)
  • SPI DATA IN connects to SPI MOSI. On Arduino Uno/Duemilanove/328-based, thats Digital 11. On Mega's, its Digital 51 and on Leonardo/Due its ICSP-4 (See SPI Connections for more details)

To enable hardware SPI, look for these lines:

Download: file
// this is software SPI, slower but any pins

// this is for hardware SPI, fast! but fixed oubs
//Adafruit_SSD1325 display(OLED_DC, OLED_RESET, OLED_CS);

Comment out the top line and uncomment the bottom line

This guide was first published on Aug 05, 2015. It was last updated on Aug 05, 2015. This page (Wiring & Test) was last updated on Sep 14, 2019.