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Warning - this is not the mainline version!

It has been customised by Luke Ross incorporating additional modes developed by wavelet2. These additional modes have not been recommended or tested by Pimoroni and should be used with care as they may cause side-effects or damage the display.


Python library for the Inky pHAT and Inky wHAT e-paper displays.

Inky pHAT

Inky pHAT is a 212x104 pixel e-paper display, available in red/black/white, yellow/black/white and black/white. It's great for nametags and displaying very low frequency information such as a daily calendar or weather overview.

Inky wHAT

Inky wHAT is a 400x300 pixel e-paper display available in red/black/white, yellow/black/white and black/white. It's got tons of resolution for detailed daily todo lists, multi-day weather forecasts, bus timetables and more.


The Python pip package is named inky, install with:

sudo pip install inky


The Inky library contains modules for both the pHAT and wHAT, load the InkyPHAT one as follows:

from inky import InkyPHAT

You'll then need to pick your colour, one of 'red', 'yellow' or 'black' and instantiate the class:

inkyphat = InkyPHAT('red')

If you're using the wHAT you'll need to load the InkyWHAT class from the Inky library like so:

from inky import InkyWHAT
inkywhat = InkyWHAT('red')

Once you've initialised Inky, there are only three methods you need to be concerned with:

Set Image

Set a PIL image, numpy array or list to Inky's internal buffer. The image dimensions should match the dimensions of the pHAT or wHAT you're using.


You should use PIL to create an image. PIL provides an ImageDraw module which allow you to draw text, lines and shapes over your image. See:

Set Border

Set the border colour of you pHAT or wHAT.


colour should be one of inky.RED, inky.YELLOW, inky.WHITE or inky.BLACK with available colours depending on your display type.

Update The Display

Once you've prepared and set your image, and chosen a border colour, you can update your e-ink display with:


If you're migrating code from the inkyphat library you'll find that much of the drawing and image manipulation functions have been removed from Inky. These functions were always supplied by PIL, and the recommended approach is to use PIL to create and prepare your image before setting it to Inky with set_image().

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