How to run LVGL on M5Stack

  • Honestly I started off reading the LVGL online help and even though I am still learning I did not have much problem making the lib work on the Core2.
    However I spent some significant time before understanding the whole concept (probably because I am getting too old :) ) and you seem to be way more experienced than me so you will make it work quickly :)

    My GitHub project is private (because it might end up being commercially used) but if you want I can extract the minimum code I used to display something if it can help and make it public.

    By looking at the error (If I remember I got more or less the same) this looks like invalide pointer / memory allocation.

    I realized that just initializing everything for LVGL to work is a real pain (when you've never played with it) but after you've understood the basic concepts it comes much clearer.
    At this stage all basic things are working fine I am now moving on to Event management (button press, sliders move etc...).

    Btw you can also have a look at the EdgeLine application which is a kind of LVGL companion allowing you to WYSIWYG to C/Python code automatically for you. I am very bad at designing UIs so I am starting using it for my project and it can also help you understand the code which is generated.

  • Haha, thank you, but I started learning C/C++ this Monday 👀
    I'll try to investigate more about pointers /memory exceptions.
    Everything I'll do will be on my GitHub in public repositories, my aim is to create a Tamagotchi for my daughter ^^'

  • FYI, I correctly display a button, I have many things left to do next, like finding the reason why my DrawingBoard.cpp pointers are badly set, but in the end, you help me a lot!
    Thanks again!

    For people reading this, I'll do my best to improve my GitHub repository in order to have a simple example for M5Core, explaining which parameters must be configured in lv_conf.h :)

  • Hi Pierre,

    Sorry I don't feel I did much for you but my (real) work is really taking much of my time (even what is supposed to be my free time) and I wish I could have spent more time working this out with you.
    In any case my offer still stands, I can help you building up a simple template with comments for people to get started.
    I already spent much time on it and I believe I have understood all the basic concepts .
    As already said, now i need to go one step further with event management.
    Also I am quite used to code in C (this is the language I started with a loooong time ago) I am not an expert but at least I can understand the most of what I do :)
    Btw a good platform that I have adopted now since several months is VSCode + PIO...Very neat combination!

  • I will omit the details,
    Currently, M5Stack Core2 is working with LVGL v8.1.0 and Arduino IDE.


    About lv_conf.h
    The following three settings are required.

    lvgl-master v8.1.0 / src / lv_conf.h

    1. /* clang-format off */
      #if 1 /Set it to "1" to enable content/

    2. #define LV_COLOR_DEPTH 16

    3. #define LV_TICK_CUSTOM 1
      #if LV_TICK_CUSTOM
      #define LV_TICK_CUSTOM_INCLUDE "Arduino.h"

  • Thank you @macsbug , this is exactly what I add to edit in my lv_conf.h in order to make it works!

    @erich I updated my repository, it now works, but not as expected. I've two issues:

    • I'm not able to change the label text each time I press a button (the reason of the seg fault)
    • I'm not able to draw on the right side like the lvgl take the wrong space, or the tft I don't know yet which one ^^'

    After that, everything will be ok (at least for this first project)

    As you said, a good platform for development is the key, I work with emacs for years, but I never configured it for C language.
    I've Arduino software open beside, only to compile & transfer.

  • Thank you @GoT , This is a great program.
    Thank you for publishing to github.


    1. not able to change the label text.
    2. The right side cannot be drawn.

    Change DrawingBoard.cpp.

    static lv_style_t style_color_label;
    static lv_style_t style_size_label;
    static lv_style_t style_clear_label;
    static lv_style_t style_label;

    void DrawingBoard::setup() {
    //lv_obj_t* _size_label = lv_label_create(lv_scr_act());
    _size_label = lv_label_create(lv_scr_act());

    //lv_obj_add_style(_size_label, &style_label, 0);
    lv_obj_add_style(_size_label, &style_size_label, 0);

    //lv_obj_add_style(_clear_label, &style_label, 0);
    lv_obj_add_style(_clear_label, &style_clear_label, 0);

    void DrawingBoard::drawPoint(int32_t x, int32_t y) {
    //_tft.drawCircle(x, y, _size, getColor());
    //_tft.fillCircle(x, y, _size, getColor());
    M5.Lcd.drawCircle(x, y, _size, getColor());
    M5.Lcd.fillCircle(x, y, _size, getColor());

    void DrawingBoard::changeSize() {
    //lv_label_set_text_fmt(_size_label, "Size: %d", _size);
    lv_label_set_text_fmt(_size_label, "Size: %d", _size);

    void DrawingBoard::clear() {

    All 'tft's are possible with 'M5.Lcd'.
    It is possible with M5.Lcd without using TFT_eSPI.
    Development environment: LVGL 8.1.0 + Arduino IDE 1.8.19

  • @macsbug you're right, I did mention using TFT_eSPI instead of M5.Lcd only for portability reason.
    I would like to create a set of sample files that I can use with any display and not only with M5Stack devices.

  • OMG, it works as expected! <3
    If both of you have GitHub account, I'd be glad to add you as credit for the awesome help!

  • Great, I'm glad it works for you!
    I don't feel I did much to help but anyways here is my GH account:
    At the moment I juste have a couple of private reps but I am planning to add public stuff when I get more used to M5Stack devices as this is becoming my main development/iot device platform.
    I will come back to this thread as I will probably need some help when I progress with my current project ;)

  • @erich you did more than you think.
    Feel free to ask when you will need it, if the M5Core2 is enough to run your program, I would be glad to help as you did

  • @got thanks, I will for sure ;)

  • Here is what I came up with (and works with lvgl/lvgl 8.1 on my Core 2).

    #include <M5Core2.h>
    #include <Arduino.h>
    #include <lvgl.h>
    #include <Wire.h>
    #include <SPI.h>
    // init the tft espi
    static lv_disp_draw_buf_t draw_buf;
    static lv_disp_drv_t disp_drv;  // Descriptor of a display driver
    static lv_indev_drv_t indev_drv; // Descriptor of a touch driver
    M5Display *tft;
    static void ta_event_cb(lv_event_t * e);
    static lv_obj_t * kb;
    static void ta_event_cb(lv_event_t * e)
        lv_event_code_t code = lv_event_get_code(e);
        lv_obj_t * ta = lv_event_get_target(e);
        if(code == LV_EVENT_CLICKED || code == LV_EVENT_FOCUSED) {
            /*Focus on the clicked text area*/
            if(kb != NULL) lv_keyboard_set_textarea(kb, ta);
        else if(code == LV_EVENT_READY) {
            LV_LOG_USER("Ready, current text: %s", lv_textarea_get_text(ta));
    static void btnPowerOff_event(lv_event_t * event)
    void tft_lv_initialization() {
      static lv_color_t buf1[(LV_HOR_RES_MAX * LV_VER_RES_MAX) / 10];  // Declare a buffer for 1/10 screen siz
      static lv_color_t buf2[(LV_HOR_RES_MAX * LV_VER_RES_MAX) / 10];  // second buffer is optionnal
      // Initialize `disp_buf` display buffer with the buffer(s).
      lv_disp_draw_buf_init(&draw_buf, buf1, buf2, (LV_HOR_RES_MAX * LV_VER_RES_MAX) / 10);
      tft = &M5.Lcd;
    // Display flushing
    void my_disp_flush(lv_disp_drv_t *disp, const lv_area_t *area, lv_color_t *color_p) {
      uint32_t w = (area->x2 - area->x1 + 1);
      uint32_t h = (area->y2 - area->y1 + 1);
      tft->setAddrWindow(area->x1, area->y1, w, h);
      tft->pushColors((uint16_t *)&color_p->full, w * h, true);
    void init_disp_driver() {
      lv_disp_drv_init(&disp_drv);  // Basic initialization
      disp_drv.flush_cb = my_disp_flush;  // Set your driver function
      disp_drv.draw_buf = &draw_buf;      // Assign the buffer to the display
      disp_drv.hor_res = LV_HOR_RES_MAX;  // Set the horizontal resolution of the display
      disp_drv.ver_res = LV_VER_RES_MAX;  // Set the vertical resolution of the display
      lv_disp_drv_register(&disp_drv);                   // Finally register the driver
      lv_disp_set_bg_color(NULL, lv_color_hex3(0x000));  // Set default background color to black
    void my_touchpad_read(lv_indev_drv_t * drv, lv_indev_data_t * data)
      TouchPoint_t pos = M5.Touch.getPressPoint();
      bool touched = ( pos.x == -1 ) ? false : true;  
      if(!touched) {    
        data->state = LV_INDEV_STATE_RELEASED;
      } else {
        data->state = LV_INDEV_STATE_PRESSED; 
        data->point.x = pos.x;
        data->point.y = pos.y;
    void init_touch_driver() {
      indev_drv.type = LV_INDEV_TYPE_POINTER;
      indev_drv.read_cb = my_touchpad_read;
      lv_indev_t * my_indev = lv_indev_drv_register(&indev_drv);  // register
    void setup()
      lv_obj_t * btn1 = lv_btn_create(lv_scr_act());
      lv_obj_t * label = lv_label_create(btn1);
      lv_obj_align(btn1, LV_ALIGN_CENTER, 0, 0);
      lv_label_set_text(label, "Power Off");
      lv_obj_add_event_cb(btn1, btnPowerOff_event, LV_EVENT_CLICKED, NULL);
    void loop()

  • @jackrazors Thanks for sharing!

  • I'm struggling with edgline but just realized the code which is automatically generated is not compatible with LVGL 8.x, only version 7.
    Looks like they have not updated the tools since a while, not even sure if they still want to maintain it.
    I am going back to old school manual coding...I don't mind writing lines of code but I am bad at designing UIs and EdgeLine seemed to be my savior (but not anymore unfortunately)

  • @jackrazors hello, I tried to run your code, but the function my_touchpad_read is never called..

    Would be possible for you to share the repo ?
    Thanks !!

  • @lunard said in How to run LVGL on M5Stack:

    @jackrazors hello, I tried to run your code, but the function my_touchpad_read is never called..

    Would be possible for you to share the repo ?
    Thanks !!

    Ok @JackRazors was missing lv_tick_inc(1); in the loop function

  • Hello@erich

    LVGL 8.0.2 is listed below.

    LVGL 8.0.2
    LVGL 8 demo with M5Stack , M5Stamp C3

  • Would be perfect to use with the M5Stack Atom Display with a 7 inch display.

    But does it run on an Atom ?

  • Hello,

    I have try to run the the sketch "drawing-board" on my Core2.
    Have some problem with the lv_config.h file. My question is where to store exactly this file?
    Have tried several locations but always the error messages

    /Users/jankromhout/Documents/Arduino/libraries/lvgl/src/../src/misc/../lv_conf_internal.h:46:120: note: #pragma message: Possible failure to include lv_conf.h, please read the comment in this file if you get errors
    #pragma message("Possible failure to include lv_conf.h, please read the comment in this file if you get errors")

    And with changes needed to be done.

    I'm using the latest version of lvgl.

    Any help is welcome.