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I have managed to get my 1602 I2C LCD working on a NodeMCU devkit. I can display text parsed from the web but I am not sure how to set it to autroscroll if message is greater than 16 characters. I tried the lcd.ScrollDisplayLeft() but it doesn't work. I figured I would have to do it manually and it is a matter of getting string length and then looping the characters.

This is what I have so far:

#include <ESP8266WiFi.h>
#include <Wire.h>  // This library is already built in to the Arduino IDE
#include <LiquidCrystal_I2C.h> //This library you can add via Include Library > Manage Library >  

LiquidCrystal_I2C lcd(0x3F, 16, 2);

const char* ssid = "ssid"; 
const char* password = "pass";
const char* host = "api.thingspeak.com";

int find_text(String needle, String haystack, int from) {
  int foundpos = -1;
  if (haystack.length() < needle.length())
    return foundpos;
  for (int i = from; (i < haystack.length() - needle.length()); i++) {
    if (haystack.substring(i, needle.length() + i) == needle) {
      foundpos = i;
      return foundpos;
    }
  }
  return foundpos;
}

void setup() {
  Serial.begin(115200);
  delay(100);
  lcd.init();   // initializing the LCD
  lcd.backlight(); // Enable or Turn On the backlight
  delay(200);

  // We start by connecting to a WiFi network
  Serial.println();
  Serial.println();
  Serial.println(ssid);

  WiFi.begin(ssid, password);
  lcd.setCursor(0, 0);
  Serial.print("Connecting to ");
  lcd.print("Connecting");
  lcd.setCursor(1, 1);
  while (WiFi.status() != WL_CONNECTED) {
    delay(500);
    Serial.print(".");
    lcd.print(".");    
  }

  Serial.println("");
  Serial.println("WiFi connected");
  Serial.println("IP address: ");
  Serial.println(WiFi.localIP());
  lcd.clear();
  lcd.setCursor(0, 0);
  lcd.print("Connected!!");
  delay(1000);
}
int value = 0;

void loop() {

  Serial.print("connecting to ");
  Serial.println(host);

  // Use WiFiClient class to create TCP connections
  WiFiClient client;
  const int httpPort = 80;
  if (!client.connect(host, httpPort)) {
    Serial.println("connection failed");

  }

  // We now create a URI for the request
  String url = "/apps/thinghttp/send_request?api_key=345345345345345";
  Serial.print("Requesting URL: ");
  Serial.println(url);
  // This will send the request to the server
  client.print(String("GET ") + url + " HTTP/1.1\r\n" +
               "Host: " + host + "\r\n" +
               "Connection: close\r\n\r\n");
  lcd.clear();
  lcd.setCursor(0, 0);               
  lcd.print("Fetching Data..");
  delay(10000);

  // Read all the lines of the reply from server and print them to Serial
  while (client.available()) {
    String line = client.readStringUntil('\r');

    int start_loc = find_text("<b>", line, 0);
    int end_loc = find_text("</b>", line, 0);    
    if (start_loc > 0 && end_loc > 0)
    {
      lcd.clear();
      Serial.println("data:  ");
      lcd.print("data: ");
      lcd.setCursor(1, 1);
      for (int i = start_loc + 3; i < end_loc; i++)
      {
        Serial.print(line[i]);
        lcd.print(line[i]);
     }

  Serial.println();
  Serial.println("closing connection");
  delay(2000);

}
  }
}
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Inspecting the library code, it is apparent that the method called only sets up a command bit field and it is actually the display that performs the operation.

So, you might check if your LCD is capable of performing the scrolling operation.

This web page contains a tutorial on how to use the scrolling feature. In this code example from that page:

void loop() {
  // scroll 13 positions (string length) to the left
  // to move it offscreen left:
  for (int positionCounter = 0; positionCounter < 13; positionCounter++) {
    // scroll one position left:
    lcd.scrollDisplayLeft();
    // wait a bit:
    delay(150);
  }

...you can see that it is not automatic. That you need to call the method each time you want to scroll (in this case) one position to the left.

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