Python Stats Example

We can also display some stats about your Pi such as the IP address, resource usage, and even the CPU Temperature. Start by saving the code below as in your home directory on your Raspberry Pi.

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

import time
import subprocess
import digitalio
import board
from PIL import Image, ImageDraw, ImageFont
import adafruit_rgb_display.st7789 as st7789

# Configuration for CS and DC pins (these are FeatherWing defaults on M0/M4):
cs_pin = digitalio.DigitalInOut(board.CE0)
dc_pin = digitalio.DigitalInOut(board.D25)
reset_pin = None

# Config for display baudrate (default max is 24mhz):
BAUDRATE = 64000000

# Setup SPI bus using hardware SPI:
spi = board.SPI()

# Create the ST7789 display:
disp = st7789.ST7789(spi, cs=cs_pin, dc=dc_pin, rst=reset_pin, baudrate=BAUDRATE,
                     width=135, height=240, x_offset=53, y_offset=40)

# Create blank image for drawing.
# Make sure to create image with mode 'RGB' for full color.
height = disp.width   # we swap height/width to rotate it to landscape!
width = disp.height
image ='RGB', (width, height))
rotation = 90

# Get drawing object to draw on image.
draw = ImageDraw.Draw(image)

# Draw a black filled box to clear the image.
draw.rectangle((0, 0, width, height), outline=0, fill=(0, 0, 0))
disp.image(image, rotation)
# Draw some shapes.
# First define some constants to allow easy resizing of shapes.
padding = -2
top = padding
bottom = height-padding
# Move left to right keeping track of the current x position for drawing shapes.
x = 0

# Alternatively load a TTF font.  Make sure the .ttf font file is in the
# same directory as the python script!
# Some other nice fonts to try:
font = ImageFont.truetype('/usr/share/fonts/truetype/dejavu/DejaVuSans.ttf', 24)

# Turn on the backlight
backlight = digitalio.DigitalInOut(board.D22)
backlight.value = True

while True:
    # Draw a black filled box to clear the image.
    draw.rectangle((0, 0, width, height), outline=0, fill=0)

    # Shell scripts for system monitoring from here:
    cmd = "hostname -I | cut -d\' \' -f1"
    IP = "IP: "+subprocess.check_output(cmd, shell=True).decode("utf-8")
    cmd = "top -bn1 | grep load | awk '{printf \"CPU Load: %.2f\", $(NF-2)}'"
    CPU = subprocess.check_output(cmd, shell=True).decode("utf-8")
    cmd = "free -m | awk 'NR==2{printf \"Mem: %s/%s MB  %.2f%%\", $3,$2,$3*100/$2 }'"
    MemUsage = subprocess.check_output(cmd, shell=True).decode("utf-8")
    cmd = "df -h | awk '$NF==\"/\"{printf \"Disk: %d/%d GB  %s\", $3,$2,$5}'"
    Disk = subprocess.check_output(cmd, shell=True).decode("utf-8")
    cmd = "cat /sys/class/thermal/thermal_zone0/temp |  awk \'{printf \"CPU Temp: %.1f C\", $(NF-0) / 1000}\'" # pylint: disable=line-too-long
    Temp = subprocess.check_output(cmd, shell=True).decode("utf-8")

    # Write four lines of text.
    y = top
    draw.text((x, y), IP, font=font, fill="#FFFFFF")
    y += font.getsize(IP)[1]
    draw.text((x, y), CPU, font=font, fill="#FFFF00")
    y += font.getsize(CPU)[1]
    draw.text((x, y), MemUsage, font=font, fill="#00FF00")
    y += font.getsize(MemUsage)[1]
    draw.text((x, y), Disk, font=font, fill="#0000FF")
    y += font.getsize(Disk)[1]
    draw.text((x, y), Temp, font=font, fill="#FF00FF")

    # Display image.
    disp.image(image, rotation)

Go ahead and run the script by typing:


It should display some system information.

Running Stats on Boot

You can pretty easily make it so this handy program runs every time you boot your Pi.

The fastest/easiest way is to put it in /etc/rc.local

Run sudo nano /etc/rc.local and add the line

sudo python3 /home/pi/ &

on its own line right before exit 0

Then save and exit. Reboot to verify that the screen comes up on boot!

Troubleshooting Stats on Boot

For the normal installation of Blinka on Raspberry Pi, we have you install stuff without the sudo keyword, which will install the libraries locally. However, to have the script run at boot, you will need to have the libraries available on a more system wide level. You can test this out by running the following command and see if the the stats come up:

sudo python3 /home/pi/

If you have any errors, most can be fixed by running the following command:

sudo pip3 install --upgrade adafruit-blinka adafruit-circuitpython-rgb-display spidev

Once you can get it to come up, go ahead and press Control+C and reboot the system. It should come up now.

Sometimes the Pi can boot too fast, so you may also need to add sleep 10 on the line before the command you added in /etc/rc.local.

This guide was first published on Oct 23, 2019. It was last updated on Oct 23, 2019. This page (Python Stats Example) was last updated on Nov 13, 2019.