ESP8266 - LM35 Temperature Sensor OLED

This tutorial instructs you how to use ESP8266 to obtain the temperature from an LM35 sensor and show it on an OLED.

Hardware Preparation

1×ESP8266 NodeMCU
1×Micro USB Cable
1×SSD1306 I2C OLED Display 128x64
1×LM35 Temperature Sensor
1×Jumper Wires
1×(Optional) 5V Power Adapter for ESP8266
1×(Optional) ESP8266 Screw Terminal Adapter

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 OLED and LM35 Temperature Sensor

If you are unfamiliar with OLED and LM35 Temperature Sensor (including pinout, functionality, and programming), the following tutorials can help:

Wiring Diagram

The wiring diagram between ESP8266 NodeMCU and LM35 Temperature Sensor OLED

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See more in ESP8266's pinout and how to supply power to the ESP8266 and other components.

ESP8266 Code - LM35 Temperature Sensor - OLED

/* * This ESP8266 NodeMCU code was developed by * * This ESP8266 NodeMCU code is made available for public use without any restriction * * For comprehensive instructions and wiring diagrams, please visit: * */ #include <Wire.h> #include <Adafruit_GFX.h> #include <Adafruit_SSD1306.h> #define OLED_WIDTH 128 // OLED display width, in pixels #define OLED_HEIGHT 64 // OLED display height, in pixels #define ADC_VREF_mV 5000.0 // in millivolt #define ADC_RESOLUTION 1024.0 #define PIN_LM35 A0 // pin connected to LM35 temperature sensor Adafruit_SSD1306 oled(OLED_WIDTH, OLED_HEIGHT, &Wire, -1); // create SSD1306 display object connected to I2C String temperature_str; void setup() { Serial.begin(9600); // initialize OLED display with address 0x3C for 128x64 if (!oled.begin(SSD1306_SWITCHCAPVCC, 0x3C)) { Serial.println(F("SSD1306 allocation failed")); while (true); } delay(2000); // wait for initializing oled.clearDisplay(); // clear display oled.setTextSize(2); // text size oled.setTextColor(WHITE); // text color oled.setCursor(0, 10); // position to display temperature_str.reserve(10); // to avoid fragmenting memory when using String } void loop() { // get the ADC value from the LM35 temperature sensor int adcVal = analogRead(PIN_LM35); // convert the ADC value to voltage in millivolt float milliVolt = adcVal * (ADC_VREF_mV / ADC_RESOLUTION); // convert the voltage to the temperature in Celsius float temperature_C = milliVolt / 10; temperature_str = String(temperature_C, 2); // two decimal places temperature_str += "°C"; Serial.println(temperature_str); // print the temperature in Celsius to Serial Monitor oled_display_center(temperature_str); // display temperature on OLED } void oled_display_center(String text) { int16_t x1; int16_t y1; uint16_t width; uint16_t height; oled.getTextBounds(text, 0, 0, &x1, &y1, &width, &height); // center the display both horizontally and vertically oled.clearDisplay(); // clear display oled.setCursor((OLED_WIDTH - width) / 2, (OLED_HEIGHT - height) / 2); oled.println(text); // text to display oled.display(); }

Detailed Instructions

To get started with ESP8266 on Arduino IDE, follow these steps:

  • Check out the how to setup environment for ESP8266 on Arduino IDE tutorial if this is your first time using ESP8266.
  • Wire the components as shown in the diagram.
  • Connect the ESP8266 board to your computer using a USB cable.
  • Open Arduino IDE on your computer.
  • Choose the correct ESP8266 board, such as (e.g. NodeMCU 1.0 (ESP-12E Module)), and its respective COM port.
  • Click to the Libraries icon on the left bar of the Arduino IDE.
  • Search for “SSD1306” and locate the SSD1306 library from Adafruit.
  • Click the Install button to add the library.
ESP8266 NodeMCU OLED library
  • You will be prompted to install some additional library dependencies.
  • To install all of them, click the Install All button.
ESP8266 NodeMCU Adafruit GFX sensor library
  • Copy the code above and open it in the Arduino IDE.
  • Click the Upload button in the Arduino IDE to send the code to the ESP8266.
  • Place the sensor in hot and cold water or hold it in your hand.
  • Check out the results on the OLED display and the Serial Monitor.


The code in question will center the text both horizontally and vertically on an OLED display.

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