This guide was first published on Nov 29, 2013. It was last
updated on Nov 29, 2013.
This page (Overview) was last updated on Apr 19, 2019.
Is this not the cutest little display for the Raspberry Pi? It features a 2.8" display with 320x240 16-bit color pixels and a resistive touch overlay. The plate uses the high speed SPI interface on the Pi and can use the mini display as a console, X window port, displaying images or video etc. Best of all it plugs right in on top!
The original version PID 1601 is designed to fit nicely onto the Pi Model A or B but also works perfectly fine with the Pi Zero, Pi 2, Pi 3 or Pi 1 Model A+ or B+ as long as you don't mind the PCB overhangs the USB ports by 5mm
The newer PiTFTs are updated to fit perfectly onto the Pi Zero, Pi 3, Pi 2 or Model A+, B+! (Any Pi with a 2x20 connector) Not for use with an old Pi 1 with 2x13 connector
This design uses the hardware SPI pins (SCK, MOSI, MISO, CE0, CE1) as well as GPIO
#25 and #24. All other GPIO are unused. Since we had a tiny bit of
space, there's 4 spots for optional slim tactile switches wired to four
GPIOs, that you can use if you want to make a basic user interface. For example, you can use one as a power on/off button.
We bring out GPIO #23, #22, #21, and #18 to the four switch locations!
To make it super easy for use: we've created a custom kernel package based of off Notro's awesome
framebuffer work, so you can install it over your existing Raspbian (or
derivative) images in just a few commands.
This tutorial series shows you how to
install the software, as well as calibrate the touchscreen, splay
videos, display images such as from your PiCam and more!