Volumio 2.8+ and Adafruit PiPlate/Face.


June 29, 2021 by aubreykloppers

I wrote in 2014 and 2018 (this is recycled) how to get the ADAFRUIT BLUE&WHITE 16X2 LCD+KEYPAD KIT FOR RASPBERRY PI working on Volumio.  Well, these instructions are no longer valid and the following instructions works with Volumio 2.882, as of this writing.

DO NOT DO AN “APT UPGRADE” – it will break your Volumio release…

NOTE 1: See pictures of progress of the display at the end of this post.
NOTE 2: Once installed use "/etc/init.d/start_lcdSongInfo.sh restart"

# touch /boot/ssh

  • Update your system and add some libraries:

# apt-get update
# apt-get install git python-smbus i2c-tools python-dev python-rpi.gpio unzip vim

  • Add support in modules by adding the following to lines at the end – ignore if exists:

# vi /etc/modules

  • Create directories and add LCD Code:

# mkdir /home/pi
# cd /home/pi
# git clone -b legacy https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit-Raspberry-Pi-Python-Code.git
# wget https://www.dropbox.com/s/iqoyy5lm2tik1my/LCD%20Python%20Script.zip
# unzip LCD%20Python%20Script.zip
# mv lcdSongInfo.py /home/pi/Adafruit-Raspberry-Pi-Python-Code/Adafruit_CharLCDPlate/
# mv start_lcdSongInfo.sh /etc/init.d/
# chmod 755 /home/pi/Adafruit-Raspberry-Pi-Python-Code/Adafruit_CharLCDPlate/lcdSongInfo.py
# chmod 755 /etc/init.d/start_lcdSongInfo.sh

  • Execute the INIT SCRIPT and check if OK:

# /etc/init.d/start_lcdSongInfo.sh

NOTE: If you get:

bash: /etc/init.d/start_lcdSongInfo.sh: /bin/sh^M: bad interpreter: No such file or directory

you need to fix the file format with:

# vi /etc/init.d/start_lcdSongInfo.sh
:set fileformat=unix

Else it should show you:

Usage: /etc/init.d/lcdSongInfo {start|stop|restart|status}

  • Enable the LCD Deamon:

# update-rc.d start_lcdSongInfo.sh defaults

  • Reboot and test.

Picture 1: Initial boot – Only blocks displaying.


Picture 2: Reboot after libraries installed Completely blank once past initial boot.


Picture 3: Reboot after scripts installed showing system active.


Picture 4: Playing media:



5 thoughts on “Volumio 2.8+ and Adafruit PiPlate/Face.

  1. sig says:

    I made it through all of the steps without a problem until the last one:
    Enable the LCD Deamon:
    # update-rc.d start_lcdSongInfo.sh defaults

    The error I got was:
    bash: update-rc.d: command not found



  2. Олег Стрельчук says:

    Thanks for this! Finally got my cheap aliexpress i2c screen work with volumio. I think there are some steps which are missed in your documentation. It worth at the beginning to get test PY by adafruit work – https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-16×2-character-lcd-plus-keypad-for-raspberry-pi/python-usage and then you script works as charm. Thank you!

    Maybe you can advise how I can disable the light led automatically turned on?


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