Tutorial: Connect a Crystalfontz LCD with a Raspberry Pi

February 18, 2016 12:40 pm

Have you wondered what it takes to integrate a Crystalfontz LCD with a Raspberry Pi? The answer may surprise you — it is quicker and easier than you might think.

What you are going to need:

  • A Raspberry Pi running XBMC (Update: we used Raspbmc for this tutorial, but now we recommend using Kodi instead)
  • One of the Crystalfontz USB Display Modules. Applicable modules include: CFA631, CFA632, CFA633, CFA634, CFA635, CFA735, CFA835 series of displays. Click here for a comprehensive list of Crystalfontz USB LCDs.
  • XBMC LCDproc Python addon.
  • A surprising little amount of time.

Tutorial: RaspberryPi and CyrstalfontzLCD

Step-By-Step Connection Tutorial

In a nutshell: The set up can be done by SSHing into the Pi, doing the configuration and then enabling it via the Pi’s configuration menu.

Visit our tech forum for written step-by-step instructions, or watch the video below to learn how to integrate a Crystalfontz LCD with the Raspberry Pi.

Got Questions?

For any questions about connecting a Crystalfontz LCD or what LCD is the best choice for your application, please contact our knowledgeable and friendly support staff via email, phone, or chat.

Quick Tip – Use USB

The following links demononstrate possible difficulties using a serial connection. We recommend using a USB host, USB cable, and USB module for the quickest and easiest connection.

Crystalfontz USB Display Series

The Crystalfontz USB LCD module series listed below will work great with this setup.

  • CFA533 – 16×2 character + keypad
  • CFA631 – 20×2 character + keypad
  • CFA632 – 16×2 character
  • CFA633 – 16×2 character + keypad
  • CFA634 – 20×4 character
  • CFA635 – 20×4 character + keypad
  • CFA735 – 20×4 character + keypad
  • CFA835 – 244×68 pixels

Find all of the Crystalfontz USB modules here.

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Questions?

For any questions about Crystalfontz LCD product lines, what LCD is the best choice for your application, or any other questions (technical or availability), please contact our knowledgeable and friendly support staff via email, phone, or chat.

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