Measurement of temperature and relative humidity using DHT11 sensor and PIC microcontroller

Measurement and control of temperature and relative humidity finds applications in numerous areas. These days devices are available which have both temperature and humidity sensors with signal conditioning, ADC, calibration and communication interface all built inside them. The use of such smart sensors greatly simplify the design and reduces the overall cost. We discussed in past about Humidity and temperature measurements with Sensirion’s SHT1x/SHT7x sensors. These sensors are capable of measuring both temperature and relative humidity and provide fully calibrated digital outputs. While  SHT1x/SHT7x are very accurate sensors, they are still expensive for hobbyists use. This articles discusses the DHT11 sensor which also provides calibrated digital outputs for temperature and humidity but is relatively lot cheaper than the Sensirion sensors. The DHT11 sensor uses a proprietary 1-wire protocol which we will be exploring here and implementing with the PIC16F628A microcontroller that will receive the temperature and humidity values from the sensor and display them on a 16×2 character LCD.

Interfacing DHT11 sensor with PIC16F628A

About DHT11 sensor

The DHT11 sensor comes in a single row 4-pin package and operates from 3.5 to 5.5V power supply. It can measure temperature from 0-50 °C with an accuracy of ±2°C and relative humidity ranging from 20-95% with an accuracy of  ±5%. The sensor provides fully calibrated digital outputs for the two measurements. It has got its own proprietary 1-wire protocol, and therefore, the communication between the sensor and a microcontroller is not possible through a direct interface with any of its peripherals. The protocol must be implemented in the firmware of the MCU with precise timing required by the sensor.

DHT11 sensor comes in a single row 4-pin package

The following timing diagrams describe the data transfer protocol between a MCU and the DHT11 sensor. The MCU initiates data transmission by issuing a “Start” signal. The MCU pin must be configured as output for this purpose. The MCU first pulls the data line low for at least 18 ms and then pulls it high for next 20-40 ?s before it releases it. Next, the sensor responds to the MCU “Start“  signal by pulling the line low for 80 ?s followed by a logic high signal that also lasts for 80 ?s. Remember that the MCU pin must be configured to input after finishing the “Start“ signal. Once detecting the response signal from the sensor, the MCU should be ready to receive data from the sensor. The sensor then sends 40 bits (5 bytes) of data continuously in the data line. Note that while transmitting bytes, the sensor sends the most significant bit first.

"Start" and "Response" signals

The 40-bit data from the sensor has the following structure.

Data (40-bit) = Integer Byte of RH + Decimal Byte of RH + Integer Byte of Temp. + Decimal Byte of Temp. + Checksum Byte

For DHT11 sensor, the decimal bytes of temperature and humidity measurements are always zero. Therefore, the first and third bytes of received data actually give the numeric values of the measured relative humidity (%) and temperature (°C). The last byte is the checksum byte which is used to make sure that the data transfer has happened without any error. If all the five bytes are transferred successfully then the checksum byte must be equal to the last 8 bits of the sum of the first four bytes, i.e.,

Checksum = Last 8 bits of (Integer Byte of RH + Decimal Byte of RH + Integer Byte of Temp. + Decimal Byte of Temp.) 

Now lets talk about the most important thing, which is signalling for transmitting “0″ and “1″. In order to send a bit of data, the sensor first pulls the line low for 50 ?s. Then it raises the line to high for 26-28 ?s if it has to send “0″, or for 70 ?s if the bit to be transmitted is “1″. So it is the width of the positive pulse that carries information about 1 and 0.

Timing difference for transmitting "1s" and "0s"

Start, Response and Data signals in sequence

At the end of the last transmitted bit, the sensor pulls the data line low for 50 ?s and then releases it. The DHT11 sensor requires an external pull-up resistor to be connected between its Vcc and the data line so that under idle condition, the data line is always pulled high. After finishing the data transmission and releasing the data line, the DHT11 sensor goes to the low-power consumption mode until a new “Start” signal arrives from the MCU.

Circuit diagram

Here is the circuit diagram showing the DHT11 sensor and a HD44780-based character LCD interfaced to the PIC16F628A microcontroller. The microcontroller runs at 4.0 MHz clock using an external resonator connected between OSC1 (16) and OSC2 (15) pins. The use of 4.0 MHz clock makes the timing calculation easier as 1 machine cycle becomes 1 ?s. The timing information will be used to calculate the width of the received data pulse from the sensor so that we could identify if it is carrying a 1 or 0.

Circuit connections for PIC16F628A and DHT11 sensor

The following pictures show the circuit setup on a breadboard. Don’t get confused with the four LEDs and tact switches shown on the perforated board. They have nothing to do with this project. They are there because I am using my DIY Experimenter’s I/O board for the LCD part of this project. Similarly, I am using my 18-pin PIC16F board for easy prototyping with the PIC16F628A microcontroller.

Complete setup of the circuit

PIC16F628A module and the DHT11 sensor are plugged into the breadboard


Writing a software for DHT11 sensor is little more challenging than the hardware part because of the timing conditions for 1s and 0s. I have written sub-routines in mikroC Pro for PIC for initializing the DHT11 sensor and reading the 40-bit of data in sequence. I have used Timer2 module to keep track of the width of the received data pulse, which is required to identify if the received bit is 1 or 0. When a low-to-high pulse is detected at the beginning of any data bit, TMR2 is cleared and turned ON. Since the clock frequency used here is 4.0 MHz, the TMR2 increments by 1 in every 1 ?s. The TMR2 is stopped whenever the data pulse is low again. The value of the TMR2 register gives you the the width of the data pulse in ?s. I am using 40 ?s as the threshold for identifying 0 and 1. If the TMR2 is greater than 40, it means the received bit is 1, else it is 0. Here is the complete source code written in mikroC Pro for PIC. It can be easily adapted to any other platform, but remember that if you are using a different clock frequency you should have to modify the timer operation accordingly.

// LCD module connections
sbit LCD_RS at RB2_bit;
sbit LCD_EN at RB3_bit;
sbit LCD_D4 at RB4_bit;
sbit LCD_D5 at RB5_bit;
sbit LCD_D6 at RB6_bit;
sbit LCD_D7 at RB7_bit;
sbit LCD_RS_Direction at TRISB2_bit;
sbit LCD_EN_Direction at TRISB3_bit;
sbit LCD_D4_Direction at TRISB4_bit;
sbit LCD_D5_Direction at TRISB5_bit;
sbit LCD_D6_Direction at TRISB6_bit;
sbit LCD_D7_Direction at TRISB7_bit;
sbit Data at RA0_bit;
sbit DataDir at TRISA0_bit;
char message1[] = "Temp = 00.0 C";
char message2[] = "RH   = 00.0 %";
unsigned short TOUT = 0, CheckSum, i;
unsigned short T_Byte1, T_Byte2, RH_Byte1, RH_Byte2;
void StartSignal(){
  DataDir = 0;     // Data port is output
  Data    = 0;
  Delay_ms(25);    // Low for at least 18us
  Data    = 1;
  Delay_us(30);    // High for 20-40 us
  DataDir = 1;     // Data port is input
unsigned short CheckResponse(){
  TOUT = 0;
  TMR2 = 0;
  T2CON.TMR2ON = 1;      // Start TMR2 while waiting for sensor response
  while(!Data && !TOUT); // If there's no response within 256us, the Timer2 overflows
  if (TOUT) return 0;    // and exit
  else {
   TMR2 = 0;
   while(Data && !TOUT);
   if (TOUT) return 0;
   else {
    T2CON.TMR2ON = 0;
    return 1;
unsigned short ReadByte(){
  unsigned short num = 0, t;
  DataDir = 1;
  for (i=0; i<8; i++){
   TMR2 = 0;
   T2CON.TMR2ON = 1;  // Start TMR2 from 0 when a low to high data pulse
   while(Data);       // is detected, and wait until it falls low again.
   T2CON.TMR2ON = 0;  // Stop the TMR2 when the data pulse falls low.
   if(TMR2 > 40) num |= 1<<(7-i);  // If time > 40us, Data is 1
  return num;
void interrupt(){
   TOUT = 1;
   T2CON.TMR2ON = 0; // stop timer
   PIR1.TMR2IF  = 0; // Clear TMR0 interrupt flag
void main() {
  unsigned short check;
  TRISB = 0b00000000;
  PORTB = 0;
  TRISA = 0b00100001;
  CMCON = 7;
  INTCON.GIE = 1;    //Enable global interrupt
  INTCON.PEIE = 1;   //Enable peripheral interrupt
  // Configure Timer2 module
  PIE1.TMR2IE = 1;  // Enable Timer2 interrupt
  T2CON = 0;        // Prescaler 1:1, and Timer2 is off initially
  PIR1.TMR2IF =0;   // Clear TMR INT Flag bit
  TMR2 = 0;
  do {
    check = CheckResponse();
    if (!check) {
     Lcd_Out(1, 1, "No response");
     Lcd_Out(2, 1, "from the sensor");
     RH_Byte1 = ReadByte();
     RH_Byte2 = ReadByte();
     T_Byte1 = ReadByte();
     T_Byte2 = ReadByte();
     CheckSum = ReadByte();
     // Check for error in Data reception
     if (CheckSum == ((RH_Byte1 + RH_Byte2 + T_Byte1 + T_Byte2) & 0xFF))
      message1[7]  = T_Byte1/10 + 48;
      message1[8]  = T_Byte1%10 + 48;
      message1[10] = T_Byte2/10 + 48;
      message2[7]  = RH_Byte1/10 + 48;
      message2[8]  = RH_Byte1%10 + 48;
      message2[10] = RH_Byte2/10 + 48;
      message1[11] = 223;     // Degree symbol
      Lcd_Out(1, 1, message1);
      Lcd_Out(2, 1, message2);
       Lcd_Out(1, 1, "Checksum Error!");
       Lcd_Out(2, 1, "Trying Again ...");

You can also simplify the ReadByte subroutine without using the Timer2 module. The following version of ReadByte subroutine works equally well. Once the data pin is detected high, wait for 40 ?s and check the data line again. If it is still high, it is 1, else 0.

unsigned short ReadByte(){
  unsigned short num = 0, t;
  DataDir = 1;
  for (i=0; i<8; i++){
   if(Data) num |= 1<<(7-i);
  return num;

Download complete source code and HEX files


The accuracy of DHT11 is not as good as Sensirion’s SHT1X/7X series sensors, but it provides an easy and cheap solution to hobbyists for measuring relative humidity and temperature in parallel using a single device, which is sometime required in certain applications such as calculating the dew point.

Temperature and relative humidity measured by DHT11 sensor



  • sir i want to use dht11 with 8051 ,will u plz help me

  • sir, i wanted use this dht11 sensor with 8051 controller will u plz help me

  • Does anyone have this code for ATmega32?

  • please help me;

    i want to add to this project ;

    if (temperature >= 20) portb.f0=1 delay_ms(100)
    if (temperature=18) porta.f2=1 delay_ms(100)
    if (RH >= 70) portb.f1=1 delay_ms(100)
    if (RH=60) porta.f3=1 delay_ms(100)

  • Salam,
    I am using dht11 with atmega 16 at 3,3v supply. The problem is that the dht11 response shows a hig level of 3.3v(i.e correct) BUT a low level voltage of (1.5 rather than 0V). Can someone help?
    Thank u in advance!

  • hi frnd,
    i want to interface two pin small sensor with pic 16f877a with embeeded c program and connection diagram………

  • sir, i am 2nd year be student , searching for a humidity and temp sensor using 8051 , but in your website i got the circuit for picmicrocontroller so plz can u tell me how to make this same project using 8051

  • hi R_B, can you adding relay to your project? please send me the code and schematic (adding relay) to my email..

  • Hi,
    I did check the code with PIC18F4580 code working good,
    I need to transmit on RS232 Port both Temperature and humidity.
    I did try the code with RS232 UART but mcu sleep

    can you give idea how can I configer the PORTA and UART


  • hello! I need the code of dht11 to pic 16f877a please help me. thank you so much

  • can i get the source code AVR for DHT11 ?it is used in ATmega128 / ATmel

  • Good afternoon guess, can i get AVR micro C code for ATmega ?

  • Osvaldo Rosales Perez

    Hi friend!
    i’m from mexico and i’m trying to meke this work for a school project
    could you please email me the pic configuration for this things:
    -Power up timer
    -brown out detect
    -master clear enable
    -low voltage program
    -data ee read protect
    -code protect
    i want to know which ones are enabled or disabled and on or off
    my email is

  • alguien tiene este mismo proyecto en assembler ???
    Muchas gracias

  • hi friend , i build this circuit an protoboard but that doesnt work , i think that missing a couple lines on the source code , o i dont kown what i do worng sorry my english i am south american venezuelan student thanks

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  • Friend vc ja time source code using micko pro and sensor dht22, yes casso would difulgar the code eg

  • amigo RB vc ja vez o codigo fonte usando o mickoc pro com o sensor dht22 casso sim teria como postar o exemplo.

  • Thanks for uploading code

  • Can anyone tell me why ADC is not working if I use DHT11 in the other pin of PIC16F877A ?

    DHT11 is connected with RB7 of PIC16F877A. And I need to measure an analog voltage.

    Note: 1. both sensors are at a separate board. And these sensors(DHT11 & Thermistor) are connected via a IDE connector.
    2. The analog measurement(for Thermistor) and Digital measurement(for DHT11) have time gap in measurement period. I mean if Analog voltage is measured at 00.20 min, Digital is measured at 01.20min, then another 1.00 min gap.
    3. TMR2 is used for DHT11 data calculation.
    4. DHT11 is working well but the ADC is not working.
    5. For DHT11 the code posted in this page is used. Just I changed the input @ RB7.

    *** Can anyone tell me why this is happening?
    Email me:

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  • Nice project.
    Can you please modify this circuit and code to trigger 2 relays based on temperature and humidity settings?
    Like to control a Green house or a grow room environment?
    Thank you.

  • HI..
    Im getting the message “error in getting response” on my serial port so i dont know what to do, i have tried modifying the code but nothing happens. Im using pic16f877a

  • Hi ferdie, could you please send me the code for PIC16F877a as well?

  • Here is the source code for reading DHT11 sensor in CCS C PIC C language. Many thanks to you all helping me for understanding sensor communication and other techniques, specially source code by “Raimonds”
    //– ——————————————————————————
    // This code writed by Akalanka Ranundeniya (
    // compiled & tested @ 2013 May 14
    // Written in MPLAB IDE v.8.90 , compiled with CCS C (CCS PCWHD 4.093 compiler)
    // FOR PIC16F877A, DHT11 is connected to PORTC.0 (PIN_C0)

    #fuses XT,NOWDT

    #bit TOIF = 0x00B.2 //! Timer0 Interrupt Flag Bit
    #use delay(clock=4000000)

    #use rs232(baud=9600,parity=N,xmit=PIN_C6,rcv=PIN_C7,ERRORS)

    unsigned int8 value;
    int1 timer0_int_occur=0;
    void StartSignal();
    int1 check_response();
    unsigned int8 read_byte();

    void timer0_isr(){

    void main(){

    unsigned int8 RH_1,RH_2,Temp_1,Temp_2,CheckSum = 255;

    setup_timer_0 (RTCC_INTERNAL|RTCC_DIV_1);





    RH_1 = read_byte();
    RH_2 = read_byte();
    Temp_1 = read_byte();
    Temp_2 = read_byte();
    CheckSum = read_byte();

    if( CheckSum == ((RH_1 + RH_2 + Temp_1 + Temp_2) & 0xFF)){
    printf(“RH_1 is = %u RH\r\n”,RH_1);
    printf(“RH_2 is = %u RH\r\n”,RH_2);
    printf(“Temp_1 is = %u RH\r\n”,Temp_1);
    printf(“Temp_2 is = %u RH\r\n”,Temp_2);
    printf(“CheckSum is = %u RH\r\n”,CheckSum);
    printf(“Error in Communication-Checksum Error\r\n”);
    puts(“Error in getting response”);

    void StartSignal(){
    output_bit(PIN_C0,1); //DHT11 sensor connected here
    Delay_ms(25); // Should be Low for at least 18us
    Delay_ms(25); // Low for at least 18us
    Delay_us(30); // High for 20-40 us

    int1 check_response(){

    while(input(PIN_C0) && (!TOIF)); //If timer0 flag set timout error
    if(TOIF) return(0); // since it takes 255 us to overvlow

    while(!input(PIN_C0) && (!TOIF));//If timer0 flag set timout error
    if(TOIF) return(0); // since it takes 255 us to overvlow

    while(input(PIN_C0) && (!TOIF)); //If timer0 flag set timout error
    if(TOIF){ // since it takes 255 us to overvlow

    unsigned int8 read_byte(){
    unsigned int8 i;
    unsigned int8 rec_byte = 0;
    unsigned int8 timer0_val = 0;

    for (i=0; i40){ //check the timer value for receiving 1, it should be between 28~70 us
    rec_byte= rec_byte | (1< 40


  • Thanks for a nice job ,
    Can you please add a control output ( relay or ssr ) to control the temp.
    with set point bottoms so we can measure and control the temp.
    please do contact me via email
    Thanks in advance

  • I want to pic628 relay control humidity levels at 82% for the sample code, please.

  • hi ferdie,
    I’m in urgent please send me as soon as possible. Thanks in Advance

  • hi ferdie,
    my email address is can u pls mail me that pic167f877a codings?

  • is there any use of CMCON=7; in this code?

  • Please help me with 16F877A
    Thank you so much!

  • My e-mail address is can you please mail it to me.

  • Hi
    Could someone please send me the same program for PIC16F877a
    Thank you very much.

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  • Hello a final year student doing the research about green house environment and i need to built the temperature and humidity sensor system for the house.i had purchased the DHT11 sensor and Pickit.Seems the coding using mikroC code.and im using MPlab software to transfer the coding into the PIC16F628A.i had tried alternative way to upload the hex file of DHT11(i download from the given link) and seems it doesnt show any reading of the sensor and LCD shows some garbage data which mess up badly.please do contact me via email as i need your guidance on this matter.

  • Hey can anyone please send me the same program for pic16f877a.

  • Hi Ayman I already sent the details for you pls check it out

  • Hi I have the code working now. When I checked at Serial monitor the values of Checksum and the added values of the temperature and RH reading, they’re always equal even when the result is “Checksum Error” so the data from the sensor were consistent. I tried to put this line

    ((RH_Byte1 + RH_Byte2 + T_Byte1 + T_Byte2) & 0xFF)

    in a variable before putting it in the conditional statement and now it works! I’ve tested it the whole night at a freezer and no “Checksum error” results now. Thanks!

  • I’m using PIC18F26K22 @8MHz but I first tried your code at 4MHz. (I just adjusted the value compared to variable “num” from 40 to 80 when I used 8MHz. I also observed that the sensor needs to initialize for about 3 minutes before it give me stable results then after a while it will display “Checksum errors” (sometimes more than 15 readings with that result then back to normal again). I’ve tried to use the arduino code but didn’t gave me correct result. Maybe I’ve done something wrong with this.

  • Hi Raimonds Thanks a lot for the code, I was able to make it work in MikroC Pro using 8MHz Xtal Oscillator. But I have a problem now regarding the consistency of the sensor or the code. From time to time it gives me a “Checksum Error” result when either of these happens:
    a) I hold the sensor with my hand
    b) when the temperature rises to about 30 degrees Celcius
    c) when the temperature drops to about 10 degrees Celcius

    I will be using this as a freezer monitor so the temperature could go up to negative values. I’ve used the same sensor in arduino with the dht Tester library and it worked fine even at negative temperature and even when i hold the sensor. I have 5 DHT22 here and gives me the same result in PIC.. what could be the reason/s for having inconsistent reading?

    Anyway sorry for my late reply I was also out for a vacation so I was not able to try the code.


  • hi ferdie,
    my email address is can u pls mail it to me.

  • hi ferdie,
    my email address is u pls mail it to me.

  • Hello Ayman I had successfully created a program for the pic16f877a, mail me for details.

  • i tried with pic 16F877A but it’s not working, can i get microC code for pic 16F877A.

  • I used 4mhz crystal

  • In This homepage the problem with symbol replacement. make changes to the code and delete my comments over the past;)

  • and line if (CheckSum == ((RH_Byte1 + RH_Byte2 + T_Byte1 + T_Byte2) & 0xFF))

    correct code is:
    if (CheckSum == ((RH_Byte1 + RH_Byte2 + T_Byte1 + T_Byte2) & 0xFF))

    maybe it is a problem for some users ;)

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