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#TUTORIAL. Get started with 3.5” LCD for Raspberry Pi.

A credit card sized screen for a credit card sized computer? Yes, we are talking about a 3.5-inch TFT-based Liquid Crystal Display designed for Raspberry Pi.

#TUTORIAL. Get started with 3.5” LCD for Raspberry Pi.


It is directly pluggable into an R-Pi and perfectly fits various R-Pi models from B+ to 3B+. It is a brilliant alternative for an HDMI monitor. When set up, it behaves as an human-machine interface enabling the user to prototype with the RPi anywhere at any time.



  • 480x320 hardware resolution with 8:5 aspect ratio

  • Typical current consumption within 110-150 mA with a 5V supply

  • High-quality immersion gold plating

  • Resistive touch control

  • Simple installation procedure described below


It is very easy to set up the display by installing LCD driver on your Raspbian OS. It requires only 3 commands to be run on the terminal.

  • After setting up your Raspberry Pi, connect the LCD Screen to your RPi as shown below

  • Display works on SPI communication protocol so you have to enable SPI interface

Menu>Preferences>Raspberry Pi Configuration>Interfaces; click ‘Enabled’ for SPI


type sudo raspi-config in the terminal, go to Interfacing Options, select SPI and enable it, click on Finish  to close the configuration menu

  • Restart your RPi to make sure that the configuration changes have been updated

  • Open the terminal by pressing Ctrl-Alt-T or by clicking on its icon located in the RPi taskbar at the top

  • Update your libraries, just for good practice

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

  • Download the drivers from Github

git clone https://github.com/goodtft/LCD-show.git

  • Go inside the driver’s directory

cd LCD-show

  • List all the files in this folder to find the LCD35-show file (Just for good practice)


  • Convert the file into an executable using super-user

sudo chmod 755 ./LCD-show

  • Run the executable

sudo ./LCD35-show

(if the command is not being executed, run  sudo chmod 755 ./LCD-hdmi)

  • RPi  will restart after running the program and your LCD will display the desktop

Switching back to HDMI Monitor:

If you want to switch back to an HDMI monitor from the LCD screen, the process is also very simple.

  • Every library also includes a file to revert back to HDMI

  • Go into the directory of the library

cd LCD-show

  • List all the files to find LCD-hdmi file


  • Convert this file into an executable

sudo chmod 755 ./LCD-hdmi

  • Run the executable to view your Raspbian desktop from an HDMI monitor

sudo ./LCD35-hdmi

  • Like the previous time, RPi will restart to switch to HDMI


We hope that this helped you, explore more and learn more.


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