Arduino UNO R4 - TM1637 4-Digit 7-Segment Display

You need a standard 4-digit 7-segment display for projects like clocks, timers, and counters. Typically, this requires 12 connections. However, the TM1637 module simplifies this by needing only 4 connections: 2 for power and 2 to control the segments.

This guide won't go into detailed hardware explanations. We'll focus on how to connect a 4-digit 7-segment display to the Arduino UNO R4 and how to program it to show what we want.

Arduino UNO R4 TM1637 4-digit 7-segment display

This guide will use a colon-separated 4-digit 7-segment display module. If you need to show decimal numbers, please use the 74HC30 4-digit 7-segment Display Module.

Hardware Preparation

1×Arduino UNO R4 WiFi
1×Arduino UNO R4 Minima (Alternatively)
1×USB Cable Type-C
1×TM1637 4-digit 7-segment Display (colon-separated)
1×Jumper Wires
1×(Optional) 9V Power Adapter for Arduino UNO R4
1×(Recommended) Screw Terminal Block Shield for Arduino Uno
1×(Optional) Transparent Acrylic Enclosure For Arduino Uno

Or you can buy the following sensor kits:

1×DIYables Sensor Kit (30 sensors/displays)
1×DIYables Sensor Kit (18 sensors/displays)
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Overview of TM1637 4-digit 7-segment Display

A TM1637 module usually has four 7-segment LEDs and a colon-shaped LED between them. It is great for showing time in hours and minutes, minutes and seconds, or the scores of two teams.

Pinout

The TM1636 4-digit 7-segment display module has four pins:

  • CLK pin: This is a clock input pin. You can connect it to any digital pin on the Arduino UNO R4.
  • DIO pin: This is a Data Input/Output pin. Connect it to any digital pin on the Arduino UNO R4.
  • VCC pin: This pin provides power to the module. Connect it between the 3.3V and 5V power supply.
  • GND pin: This is a ground pin. Connect it to the ground.
TM1637 module pinout

Wiring Diagram

To connect a TM1637 to an Arduino UNO R4, use four wires: two for power and two to control the display. Power the module using the 5-volt output from the Arduino UNO R4. Connect the CLK and DIO pins to any digital pins on the Arduino UNO R4, like pins 2 and 3. If you use different pins, remember to update the pin numbers in the code.

The wiring diagram between Arduino UNO R4 TM1637 Module

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Library Installation

To easily use the TM1637 4-digit 7-segment Display, you must install the TM1637Display library by Avishay Orpaz. Here are the steps to install the library:

  • Go to the Libraries icon on the left side of the Arduino IDE.
  • Type “TM1637” in the search box and look for the TM1637Display library by Avishay Orpaz.
  • Press the Install button.
Arduino UNO R4 TM1637 4-digit 7-segment display library

How To Program For TM1637 4-digit 7-segment using Arduino UNO R4

  • Include the library
#include <TM1637Display.h>
  • Set the Arduino UNO R4 to connect to the display module through pins D9 for CLK and D10 for DIO.
#define CLK 9 #define DIO 10
  • Make a display item called TM1637Display.
TM1637Display display = TM1637Display(CLK, DIO);
  • You can show a number, a number with a decimal point, a negative number, or a letter. If using a letter, specify its shape. Here are examples for each case:
  • To display a number, refer to the following examples. The symbol '_' stands for a digit that is not shown.
display.showNumberDec(-12); // Displays negative twelve with leading space display.showNumberDec(-999); // Displays negative nine hundred ninety-nine display.showNumberDec(42); // Displays forty-two with leading spaces display.showNumberDec(42, false); // Displays forty-two with leading spaces (leading zeros disabled) display.showNumberDec(42, false, 2, 0); // Displays forty-two right aligned in a field width of 2 at start display.showNumberDec(42, true); // Displays forty-two with leading zeros, total 4 digits display.showNumberDec(14, false, 2, 1); // Displays fourteen centered in a field width of 4 display.showNumberDec(-5, false, 3, 0); // Displays negative five in a field width of 3 with leading space display.showNumberDec(1234); // Displays one thousand two hundred thirty-four
  • Show the number with a colon or a dot.
// Displays the number 1530 as '15.30' on a 7-segment display with decimal points display.showNumberDecEx(1530, 0b11100000, false, 4, 0);

Arduino UNO R4 Code

/* * This Arduino UNO R4 code was developed by newbiely.com * * This Arduino UNO R4 code is made available for public use without any restriction * * For comprehensive instructions and wiring diagrams, please visit: * https://newbiely.com/tutorials/arduino-uno-r4/arduino-uno-r4-tm1637-4-digit-7-segment-display */ #include <TM1637Display.h> #define CLK 9 // The Arduino UNO R4 pin connected CLK pin of 7-segment module #define DIO 10 // The Arduino UNO R4 pin connected DIO pin of 7-segment module // create a display object of type TM1637Display TM1637Display display = TM1637Display(CLK, DIO); // an array that sets individual segments per digit to display the word "dOnE" const uint8_t done[] = { SEG_B | SEG_C | SEG_D | SEG_E | SEG_G, // d SEG_A | SEG_B | SEG_C | SEG_D | SEG_E | SEG_F, // O SEG_C | SEG_E | SEG_G, // n SEG_A | SEG_D | SEG_E | SEG_F | SEG_G // E }; // degree celsius symbol const uint8_t celsius[] = { SEG_A | SEG_B | SEG_F | SEG_G, // Degree symbol SEG_A | SEG_D | SEG_E | SEG_F // C }; void setup() { display.clear(); display.setBrightness(7); // set the brightness to 7 (0:dimmest, 7:brightest) } void loop() { // show counter 0-9 int i; for (i = 0; i < 10; i++) { display.showNumberDec(i); delay(500); display.clear(); } display.showNumberDec(-91); // displayed _-91 delay(2000); display.clear(); display.showNumberDec(-109); // displayed -109 delay(2000); display.clear(); display.showNumberDec(21, false); // displayed __21 delay(2000); display.clear(); display.showNumberDec(21, true); // displayed 0021 delay(2000); display.clear(); display.showNumberDec(28, false, 2, 1); // displayed _28_ delay(2000); display.clear(); display.showNumberDec(-9, false, 3, 0); // displayed _-9_ delay(2000); display.clear(); // displayed 15:30 display.showNumberDecEx(1530, 0b11100000, false, 4, 0); delay(2000); display.clear(); // displayed 23°C int temperature = 23; // or read from temperature sensor display.showNumberDec(temperature, false, 2, 0); display.setSegments(celsius, 2, 2); delay(2000); display.clear(); // displayed letters: dOnE display.setSegments(done); delay(2000); display.clear(); }

Detailed Instructions

Follow these instructions step by step:

  • If this is your first time using the Arduino Uno R4 WiFi/Minima, refer to the tutorial on setting up the environment for Arduino Uno R4 WiFi/Minima in the Arduino IDE.
  • Connect TM1637 4-digit 7-segment Display to Arduino UNO R4 according to the provided diagram.
  • Connect the Arduino Uno R4 board to your computer using a USB cable.
  • Launch the Arduino IDE on your computer.
  • Select the appropriate Arduino Uno R4 board (e.g., Arduino Uno R4 WiFi) and COM port.
  • Copy the code above and open it in Arduino IDE
  • Click the Upload button in Arduino IDE to upload the code to Arduino UNO R4
  • Observe the states of the 7-segment display

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