Time & Temperature on OLED Display


In this example I have used a SSD1306 OLED Display over I²C to show current time and two different temperature values from Home Assistant.

ESPHome has support for several different types of displays. The display used here is 1.3” with 128x64 monochrome pixels (SH1106 128x64).

Hardware configuration

Hardware is easy! Only four connections are needed:

  • VCC - Power (my display could use either 3.3V or 5V)

  • GND - Ground

  • SDA - Serial Data

  • SCL - Serial Clock


Ensure your display handles 5V if you use that.

Software configuration

Getting Time

Get the time from Home Assistant to sync the onboard real-time clock.

  - platform: homeassistant
    id: esptime

Getting Temperature

Next, we want to get two temperature sensors imported from Home Assistant.

I named them inside_temperature and outside_temperature. You will use those references later.

By adding internal: true to the sensors they won’t be published back to Home Assistant.

  - platform: homeassistant
    id: inside_temperature
    entity_id: sensor.mellanvaning_temperature
    internal: true

  - platform: homeassistant
    id: outside_temperature
    entity_id: sensor.10_00080192969d_temperature
    internal: true

Define the Fonts

  • TrueType fonts are used. If you ever worked with fonts on microcontrollers you will love this!

  • Save font files in /config/esphome folder where your ESPHome configuration is stored.

  • The .ttf suffix must be lowercase and of course match your filename.

  • Selection of fonts can be a little bit tricky for small sizes to look good. Experiment and share your findings in the comments below!

  - file: 'slkscr.ttf'
    id: font1
    size: 8

  - file: 'BebasNeue-Regular.ttf'
    id: font2
    size: 48

  - file: 'arial.ttf'
    id: font3
    size: 14

Display Definition

Now setup the communication to the display and start fill the screen with live data!

The reset_pin was not used in my hardware configuration as the display didn’t have that pin exposed.

Note your address and model might be different, use the scan option to find the address of your display.

  sda: D1
  scl: D2
  scan: false

  - platform: ssd1306_i2c
    model: "SH1106 128x64"
    reset_pin: D0
    address: 0x3C
    lambda: |-
      // Print "Mitt Smarta Hus" in top center.
      it.printf(64, 0, id(font1), TextAlign::TOP_CENTER, "Mitt Smarta Hus");

      // Print time in HH:MM format
      it.strftime(0, 60, id(font2), TextAlign::BASELINE_LEFT, "%H:%M", id(esptime).now());

      // Print inside temperature (from homeassistant sensor)
      if (id(inside_temperature).has_state()) {
        it.printf(127, 23, id(font3), TextAlign::TOP_RIGHT , "%.1f°", id(inside_temperature).state);

      // Print outside temperature (from homeassistant sensor)
      if (id(outside_temperature).has_state()) {
        it.printf(127, 60, id(font3), TextAlign::BASELINE_RIGHT , "%.1f°", id(outside_temperature).state);


  • Alignment of text can use different reference points, for example TOP_RIGHT or BASELINE_LEFT, which all are defined in API Reference.

  • The property has_state() on a sensor is useful as it can take some seconds to get the data from Home Assistant and you may not want to display Nan

  • Refer to the rendering engine Display Rendering Engine for more features (it can draw lines and circles too!)

Add a Text-Based Sensor

Below follows an example that replaces the “Mitt smarta hem” top printout with the alarm status from the alarm component in Home Assistant.

  - platform: homeassistant
    entity_id: alarm_control_panel.my_alarm_system
    name: "Alarm State"
    id: alarm_state

  - platform: ssd1306_i2c
    model: "SH1106 128x64"
    reset_pin: D0
    address: 0x3C
    lambda: |-
      // Print "Alarm State: <state>" in top center
      it.printf(64, 0, id(font1), TextAlign::TOP_CENTER, "Alarm State: %s", id(alarm_state).state.c_str());

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