A Python Class to drive a TextStar Serial 16x2 Display
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#!/usr/bin/env python
Module for driving a TextStar Serial 16x2 Module
(C) Stefan Brand 2012
This code is released unter the GPL v3 or later.
# Import neccessary modules
from serial import Serial as Serial
from serial.serialutil import SerialException as SerialException
import sys
# Some Constants
TS_CLEAR = chr(12) # Clear Display
TS_DEL = chr(127) # Delete Last char
TS_CR = chr(13) # Carriage Return
TS_CMD = chr(254) # Start command sequence
# Cursor Movement
TS_CUR_UP = chr(11)
TS_CUR_DOWN = chr(10)
TS_CUR_FORW = chr(9)
TS_CUR_BACK = chr(8)
TS_CUR_HOME = chr(254) + chr(72)
# Cursor Styles
TS_CSTYLE_NONE = 0 # No Cursor
TS_CSTYLE_BLOCK = 1 # Solid Block
TS_CSTYLE_BLFLASH = 2 # Flashing Block
TS_CSTYLE_UNDERLINE = 3 # Solid Underline
TS_CSTYLE_UNDFLASH = 4 # Flashing Underline
# Bargraph Styles
TS_BSTYLE_UNCAPPED = 'B' # Capped Bargraph
TS_BSTYLE_CAPPED = 'b' # Uncapped Bargraph
# Main Class
class TextStar(object):
Class to drive a TextStar Serial 16x2 Display (Module No CW-LCD-02)
For in-depth information about the display see the datasheet at http://cats-whisker.com/resources/documents/cw-lcd-02_datasheet.pdf
_ser = None # Internal handel to the serial port
_dbg = False # Do we want debugging output?
def _debug(self, message):
""" Internal debug function """
if (self._dbg):
print('TextStar DEBUG: ' + message + '\n')
def _write(self, command):
""" Write to Serial, convert string to bytes and convert characters """
if (command == None or command == ''):
return False
# Translate special characters for display font
_str = str()
_transtbl = _str.maketrans('ÄÖÜäöü°', chr(225)+chr(239)+chr(245)+chr(225)+chr(239)+chr(245)+chr(223))
_cmd = command.translate(_transtbl).encode('iso-8859-1')
return True
self._debug('Error writing to Display')
return False
def _read(self, length=1):
""" Read from Serial, convert bytes to string """
_retval = self._ser.read(length)
if (_retval == None or _retval == ''):
return None
return _retval.decode('iso-8859-1')
def __init__(self, port, baud=9600, debug=False):
Constructor, initializes a new instance of the display class. Takes the following Arguments:
Serial Port to use. On linux this can be '/dev/ttyS0' or '/dev/ttyUSB0' for example
baud: [optional]
baudrate to use. Defaults to 9600 Baud, should match the rate set in the display
debug: [optional]
If set to True debugging / errormessages are print to STDERR. Default value is False.
from TextStar import *
display = TextStar('/dev/ttyAMA0', debug=True)
Import the module and initialize a new instance using the RaspberryPi Serial port. Debugging output to STDERR is enabled.
self._dbg = debug
if (port == None or port == ''):
self._dbg('No port was given')
raise ValueError('No Port was given')
self._ser = Serial(port, baud, timeout=0.1)
except SerialException as ex:
self._debug('Serial connection could not be established: %s' % (ex.args))
# Initialize display Display
def sendCmd(self, command):
Send text or commands to the display
TextStar.sendCmd('Hello World!')
Clear the display and show the Text 'Hello World!'
return self._write(chr(0) + command)
def setCurStyle(self, style):
Sets the Cursor Style. The following Styles are supported:
TS_CSTYLE_BLOCK - Solid Block Cursor
TS_CSTYLE_BLFLASH - Flashing Block Cursor
TS_CSTYLE_UNDERLINE - Solid Underline Cursor
TS_CSTYLE_UNDFLASH - Flashing Underline Cursor
Set the Cursor to a solid Block
if (style < 0 or style > 4):
self._debug('Cursor style not valid')
self._write(chr(0) + TS_CMD + 'C' + chr(style))
def setCurPos(self, line, column=None):
Position the cursor at the specified Position. Uses the Following Arguments:
line number to set the Cursor. The display has 16 virtual lines, so this value can range from 1 to 16.
Only 2 lines are shown at any time (which lines depends on the position of the Window.
column: [Optional]
Column number to position the Cursor at. If this argument is omitted the column 1 is assumed.
The values can range from 1 to 16.
TextStar.setCurPos(2, 4)
Position the curor at line 2, column 4
if (line < 1 or line > 16):
self._debug('Invalid line given')
if (column != None and (column < 1 or column > 16)):
self._debug('Invalid column given')
if (column == None):
return self._write(TS_CMD + 'L' + chr(line))
return self._write(TS_CMD + 'P' + chr(line) + chr(column))
def winScroll(self, updown):
Move the window up or down 1 line. Takes the following Arguments:
Determines in which direction to move the window.
0 - Move down one line
1 - move up one line
if (updown < 0 or updown > 1):
self._debug('Invalid value for up/down')
return False
return self._write(TS_CMD + 'O' + chr(updown))
def drawGraph(self, style, length, percent):
Draws a bar graph using the displays bar graph feature. Takes the following arguments:
The style of the bar graph, the following styles are supported:
TS_BSTYLE_CAPPED - Capped (terminated) bar graph
TS_BSTYLE_UNCAPPED - Uncapped (unterminated) bar graph
Length of the whole graph in characters. Can range from 1 to 16.
Percentage of the graph that will be filled.
TextStar.drawGraph(TS_BSTYLE_CAPPED, 8, 65)
Draw a terminated graph using 8 characters and filled to 65 %
if (style != 'B' and style != 'b'):
self._debug('Bargraph style not valid')
return False
if (length < 1 or length > 16):
self._debug('Bargraph length not valid')
return False
if (percent < 0 or percent > 100):
self._debug('Bargraph: invalid percentage')
return False
return self._write(TS_CMD + style + chr(length) + chr(percent))
def getKey(self):
Query for the displays Keys. Takes no Arguments.
The method will wait 0.1 seconds for a keypress and return None if no key was pressed.
The Keys can be configured in the display. Standard keys are A, B, C and D.
For every key the uppercase letter is returned on key down and the lowercase letter is returned on key release
return self._read()