Example 1: Hello World!

In this first section we show you how to initialize the ePaper display and write “Hello World!” on the screen. It is the shortest possible demo, you will see it’s really simple!


Hello World! demo


Now let’s have a look at the code: The first lines in the setup section are required to define the SPI settings needed to communicate with the display IC. Before you can talk to your display, the function begin() needs to be called once in the setup() loop. This initialises your ePaper screen and resets it to a solid white background. To write text, the function print() or println() can be used. Call update() to actually trigger an update. This refresh the screen with the content of the previously filled image buffer. The running demo should look like the video in the section above.

#include "Adafruit_GFX.h"
#include "PL_microEPD.h"

#define EPD_RST     A0
#define EPD_BUSY    A1
#define EPD_CS      A2

PL_microEPD display(EPD_CS, EPD_RST, EPD_BUSY);  

void setup() {  
    SPI.begin();                    // SPI-Bus initialisation

    display.begin();                // Paperino ePaper initialisation and refresh screen 
    display.println("Hello World!");// Write message into memory buffer
    display.update();               // Trigger a full image update

void loop() {              

Are you interested in printing more complicated things on the screen? Then let’s proceed with the following GFX example, which shows you how to draw text in different sizes and how to draw graphic elements like lines, circles & rectangles.