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Reading Raspberry Pi's System Status using Wio Terminal

This wiki introduces how to read the system status of Raspberry Pi via USB serial communication using Wio Terminal. In this demo, the Raspberry Pi will be the host computer and sends its system information to the serial port via USB. Wio Terminal will be the slave and receives the incoming data and display on its LCD Screen.

Part List


  • Reading Raspberry Pi's System status

  • Display on Wio Terminal's Screen

Raspberry Pi Host Program

Run the following Python code on Raspberry to send the system information to Wio Terminal via USB Serial.

Note: Please make sure that the Serial port is correct in the Python code, change it according to your device.

Python Code on Raspberry Pi

import os
import time
import serial

# Settings for reading from Arduino Serial
serialPort= "/dev/ttyACM0" #Change it to your Serial Port, Check in Arudino IDE
baudRate = 115200
ser = serial.Serial(serialPort, baudRate, timeout=0.5)

# Return CPU temperature as a character string
def getCPUtemperature():
res = os.popen('vcgencmd measure_temp').readline()

# Return RAM information (unit=kb) in a list
# Index 0: total RAM
# Index 1: used RAM
# Index 2: free RAM
def getRAMinfo():
p = os.popen('free')
i = 0
while 1:
i = i + 1
line = p.readline()
if i==2:

# Return % of CPU used by user as a character string
def getCPUuse():
return(str(os.popen("top -n1 | awk '/Cpu\(s\):/ {print $2}'").readline().strip()))

# Return information about disk space as a list (unit included)
# Index 0: total disk space
# Index 1: used disk space
# Index 2: remaining disk space
# Index 3: percentage of disk used
def getDiskSpace():
p = os.popen("df -h /")
i = 0
while 1:
i = i +1
line = p.readline()
if i==2:

def main():
while True:
# CPU informatiom
CPU_temp = getCPUtemperature()
CPU_usage = getCPUuse()

# RAM information
# Output is in kb, here I convert it in Mb for readability
RAM_stats = getRAMinfo()
RAM_total = str(round(int(RAM_stats[0]) / 1000,1))
RAM_used = str(round(int(RAM_stats[1]) / 1000,1))
RAM_free = str(round(int(RAM_stats[2]) / 1000,1))

# Disk information
DISK_stats = getDiskSpace()
DISK_total = DISK_stats[0]
DISK_used = DISK_stats[1]
DISK_perc = DISK_stats[3]

temp=ser.write(str.encode(CPU_temp+' '+CPU_usage))


print('CPU Temperature = '+CPU_temp)
print('CPU Use = '+CPU_usage)
print('RAM Total = '+str(RAM_total)+' MB')
print('RAM Used = '+str(RAM_used)+' MB')
print('RAM Free = '+str(RAM_free)+' MB')
print('DISK Total Space = '+str(DISK_total)+'B')
print('DISK Used Space = '+str(DISK_used)+'B')
print('DISK Used Percentage = '+str(DISK_perc))

if __name__ == '__main__':
except KeyboardInterrupt:
if ser != None:

Arduino Code

Arduino libraries needed

  • Install the LCD screen Library Seeed_Arduino_LCD, please visit Wio Terminal LCD for more information.

  • Download the Free_Fonts.h header file so that can use abbreviations for the free fonts included in the LCD library. Please make sure to put this header file in the same location as the Arduino Sketch.

Complete Code

Download the complete code here.


  1. Upload the Arduino Code to Wio Terminal. Once uploaded it should be in a starting screen.

  2. Connect Wio Terminal to the Raspberry Pi via USB Type-C Cable.

  3. Run the Python code on Raspberry Pi.

  4. Now, you should be able to see the Raspberry's Pi System info on Wio Terminal's LCD Screen.

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