Arduino Lesson #6 – digital temperature sensor DS18B20

In this post, I like to show how to connect and code a digital temperature sensor DS18B20 at Arduino UNO.

Arduino Lesson #6 - digital temperature sensor DS18B20
Arduino Lesson #6 – digital temperature sensor DS18B20

I’ve shown you in my last blog post Arduino Lesson #5 – analog temperature sensor LM35DZ an analog temperature sensor. Here you get some information how to connect the digital sensor DS18B20.

Required components for samples with sensor DS18B20 at Arduino

To rebuild the following samples, you need:

Types of sensor DS18B20

In addition, you can get the TO92 device on a small board, which eliminates the need for cumbersome and error-prone wiring.

Technical data of DS18B20

  • Measurement range -55 °C to +125 °C
  • nominal voltage 3 V to 5,5 V DC
  • current consumption 1 mA
  • design TO-92
  • resolution 9-bit

Pinout digital temperature sensor DS18B20

The tiny sensor DS18B20 has three legs, when you look at the case you will see a flat side and a rounded side. At the flat side you find the specifications. To get the right pinout, please lay down this part at the rounded side, so the flat side is up.

Connect DS18B20 to Arduino

For the next circuit it’s not required if you use an Arduino UNO, Nano, Micro or others, it will work for all of them.

Every sensor has an own address, so you can connect more than one sensor at the same digital pin.

Sample – read values from sensor DS18B20

Here you can find a short sample to read all sensor data from connected sensors.

//library to read values from sensor DS18B20
#include <OneWire.h>
#include <DallasTemperature.h>

//sensor connected to digital pin D2
#define ONE_WIRE_BUS 2

//create instance and attach pin
OneWire oneWire(ONE_WIRE_BUS);

//create instance of DallasTemperature and attach instance of OnWire
DallasTemperature sensors(&oneWire);

//numbers of sensors
int sensorCount;

void setup(void) {
  //start serial communication with 9600 baud
  Serial.println("digital temperatursensor - DS18B20");
  //start communication with sensor
  //read out the number of connected sensors
  sensorCount = sensors.getDS18Count();

void loop(void) {
  //if no sensor was found, then...
  if (sensorCount == 0) {
    Serial.println("No sensor found!");
    Serial.println("Please check connection!");

  //request values from connected sensors

  //loop trouth all sensors, and print out the values
  for (int i = 0; i < sensorCount; i++) {
    Serial.println(". Temperatur :");
    //print value in Celsius
    printValue(sensors.getTempCByIndex(i), "°C");
    //print value in Fahrenheit
    printValue(sensors.getTempFByIndex(i), "°F");

  //make a short brake for 1 second

//function to send a formatted text to serial interface
void printValue(float value, String text) {

The code above will print the values to

read and print temperature sensor values froom DS18B20
read and print temperature sensor values froom DS18B20

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