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Display

.. py:module:: microbit.display

This module controls the 5×5 LED display on the front of your board. It can be used to display images, animations and even text.

scroll-hello.gif

Functions

.. py:function:: get_pixel(x, y)

    Return the brightness of the LED at column ``x`` and row ``y`` as an
    integer between 0 (off) and 9 (bright).


.. py:function:: set_pixel(x, y, value)

    Set the brightness of the LED at column ``x`` and row ``y`` to ``value``,
    which has to be an integer between 0 and 9.


.. py:function:: clear()

    Set the brightness of all LEDs to 0 (off).

.. py:function:: show(image)

    Display the ``image``.


.. py:function:: show(value, delay=400, \*, wait=True, loop=False, clear=False)

    If ``value`` is a string, float or integer, display letters/digits in sequence.
    Otherwise, if ``value`` is an iterable sequence of images, display these images in sequence.
    Each letter, digit or image is shown with ``delay`` milliseconds between them.

    If ``wait`` is ``True``, this function will block until the animation is
    finished, otherwise the animation will happen in the background.

    If ``loop`` is ``True``, the animation will repeat forever.

    If ``clear`` is ``True``, the display will be cleared after the iterable has finished.

    Note that the ``wait``, ``loop`` and ``clear`` arguments must be specified
    using their keyword.

Note

If using a generator as the iterable, then take care not to allocate any memory in the generator as allocating memory in an interrupt is prohibited and will raise a MemoryError.

.. py:function:: scroll(value, delay=150, \*, wait=True, loop=False, monospace=False)

    Scrolls ``value`` horizontally on the display. If ``value`` is an integer or float it is
    first converted to a string using ``str()``. The ``delay`` parameter controls how fast
    the text is scrolling.

    If ``wait`` is ``True``, this function will block until the animation is
    finished, otherwise the animation will happen in the background.

    If ``loop`` is ``True``, the animation will repeat forever.

    If ``monospace`` is ``True``, the characters will all take up 5 pixel-columns
    in width, otherwise there will be exactly 1 blank pixel-column between each
    character as they scroll.

    Note that the ``wait``, ``loop`` and ``monospace`` arguments must be specified
    using their keyword.

.. py:function:: on()

    Use on() to turn on the display.

.. py:function:: off()

    Use off() to turn off the display (thus allowing you to re-use the GPIO
    pins associated with the display for other purposes).

.. py:function:: is_on()

    Returns ``True`` if the display is on, otherwise returns ``False``.

.. py:function:: read_light_level()

    Use the display's LEDs in reverse-bias mode to sense the amount of light
    falling on the display.  Returns an integer between 0 and 255 representing
    the light level, with larger meaning more light.

Example

To continuously scroll a string across the display, and do it in the background, you can use:

import microbit

microbit.display.scroll('Hello!', wait=False, loop=True)