Copy and paste the code below into a new Arduino sketch. Then, compile and upload it to your Metro or Metro Express. 

Do NOT take this CIRC apart just yet...CIRC15 uses the LCD and you don't want to wire it up again.
  LiquidCrystal Library - Hello World

 Demonstrates the use a 16x2 LCD display.  The LiquidCrystal
 library works with all LCD displays that are compatible with the
 Hitachi HD44780 driver. There are many of them out there, and you
 can usually tell them by the 16-pin interface.

 This sketch prints "Hello World!" to the LCD
 and shows the time.

 The circuit:
 * LCD RS pin to digital pin 7
 * LCD Enable pin to digital pin 8
 * LCD D4 pin to digital pin 9
 * LCD D5 pin to digital pin 10
 * LCD D6 pin to digital pin 11
 * LCD D7 pin to digital pin 12
 * LCD R/W pin to ground
 * LCD VSS pin to ground
 * LCD VCC pin to 5V
 * 10K resistor:
 * ends to +5V and ground
 * wiper to LCD VO pin (pin 3)

 Library originally added 18 Apr 2008
 by David A. Mellis
 library modified 5 Jul 2009
 by Limor Fried (
 example added 9 Jul 2009
 by Tom Igoe
 modified 22 Nov 2010
 by Tom Igoe

 This example code is in the public domain.

// include the library code:
#include <LiquidCrystal.h>

// initialize the library with the numbers of the interface pins
// modified for Metro Explorers Guide
LiquidCrystal lcd(7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12);

void setup() {
  // set up the LCD's number of columns and rows:
  lcd.begin(16, 2);
  // Print a message to the LCD.
  lcd.print("hello, world!");

void loop() {


Not Working?

My Character LCD is not lighting up.

Double-check the wiring connections you made to the power and backlight pins of the Character LCD is correct. Check your soldering joints, maybe they are problematic. 

Also check that you are using the 5v Pin instead of the 3.3V Pin. 

I only see black blocks on the LCD

Try twisting your potentiometer. It's also possible that your data bus is not hooked up correctly.

I don't see anything at all

Re-wiring your LCD is a good way to get rid of any issues, it takes a lot of time but ensures everything is correct. If all else fails, post up in the Adafruit Support Forums and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 

This guide was first published on Aug 18, 2017. It was last updated on Jan 17, 2018.

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