Raspberry Pi – OLED Displays!

In this tutorial I show you how to use a mini OLED Display with your Raspberry Pi! By the end of this tutorial you will be able to make it show everything from text to full images, as well as be able to wire up something to the SPI pins on the Pi! Small displays are great fun to play around with… The project possibilities are truly endless! Previously the only small displays you could get for your Pi have been LCD character displays – these soon get boring because all you can do is display text. But recently I saw these 1″ monochrome OLED displays from Adafruit. These promised high contrast text and the ability to display proper graphics and images. Do they disappoint?

Not one bit! They truly are excellent pieces of hardware that are so flexible. You could make it display important system information… Or you could program a game of tetris on one! Watch my tutorial to see for yourself!


I have written this entire tutorial up for Adafruit’s learning system. You can see that here: http://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-oled-displays-for-raspberry-pi

You can buy the display and all of the other components in this video from Pimoroni if you are in the UK: http://pimoroni.com/

And Adafruit if you are in the US: http://www.adafruit.com/

Show me your projects at: theraspberrypiguy@gmail.com

Thanks for watching and I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial! It took me a long time to make so if you wouldn’t mind could you please drop me a subscription? A like maybe? I might be pushing it here… But maybe even share it? Thanks!

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Aren’t those penguins just adorable?

NOTE: I have made a tiny tiny tiny error with the circuit diagram. That red wire is meant to go to pin 1 on the Pi… Not pin 3. I must have got distracted by a passing butterfly and accidentally jogged the mouse. Sorry about that folks!