I have managed to display an image on the screen attached to my pi using FBI with the command sudo fbi -a -noverbose -T 2 /home/pi/image.jpeg, however it seems to cause some issues where it crashes the Desktop/cli of the pi with the following error on a black screen:

map: vt02 => fbo
Oops: Interrupt
map: vt02 => fbo
map: vt02 => fbo
Oops: Interrupt
map: vt02 => fbo
map: vt02 => fbo

It seems to mainly happen if I run the command above multiple times without sudo killall -2 fbi in between, however sometimes it just happens anyway.

I have also tried to use pillow and Wand but pillow doesn't work at all and neither work in cli only mode:

from wand.image import Image
from wand.display import display

with Image(filename='/home/pi/image.jpeg') as img:

Is there a way I can fix or tame fbi and is there a way I can programatically use this from Python reliably? There's just one image I want to display and I don't need to manipulate it or anything so my requirements are quite straightforward. Thanks!

Edit: The purpose of displaying the image is as a splash/loading screen whilst my Kivy app builds, so whatever solution I go with needs to be non-blocking and ideally as straightforward as possible

  • You could use the pygame library to display an image raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=252805#p1544669
    – CoderMike
    Aug 17, 2020 at 14:46
  • Thanks but it seems overly complex for what I require. I simply want to display a splash screen image for a few seconds whilst my Kivy app is building, so it also needs to be non-blocking Aug 17, 2020 at 16:18
  • Add those details to your question.
    – CoderMike
    Aug 17, 2020 at 16:22
  • It may help your research to think of the context as the linux framebuffer (the "fb" in fbi) rather than the CLI, which it actually is not, ie., the framebuffer and CLI are available on the console, but they are not the same thing.
    – goldilocks
    Aug 17, 2020 at 18:55


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