Step 1. Expand Filesystem

Start by expanding the filesystem This is required!!!

  1. sudo raspi-config
  2. (expand filesystem)
  3. sudo reboot

Step 2. Install new Kernel

Then, once the filesys is expanded, download and install t he new kernel by running the following commands:

  1. curl -SLs | sudo bash
  2. sudo apt-get install raspberrypi-bootloader adafruit-pitft-helper raspberrypi-kernel

and type y (yes) when prompted

The first command adds to your repository list, so you can grab code directly from adafruit's servers

The next line does the actual download and installation, it'll take a while because there's a lot of software to replace for PiTFT support.

It's normal for the Pi to pause and/or take a while at this step for many minutes, theres a lot of kernel software to replace

Step 3. Enable & Configure the PiTFT

OK now the kernel and helper are installed, all you have to do is run the helper which will configure the kernel device tree overlays and add the few configurations to make the console show up, etc.

  1. sudo adafruit-pitft-helper -t 28r

This will install the "2.8 Resistive" type of PiTFT into the current install. This is the same as the 3.2" and 2.4" Resistive screen too (same resolution, pinout, etc.)

At the end you will be prompted on whether you want the text console to appear on the PiTFT. Answer Y or N depending on your personal desires!


You will also be prompted on whether you want one of the tactile buttons to act as an 'on off' switch. Answer Y or N depending on your personal desires!


Thats it!

Run sudo reboot to try out your fancy new PiTFT :)