I want to build an Arduino based temperature probe but I met some problems


Recently, I attempted to build an Arduino based temperature probe using a DS18B20 thermal probe. The output is a multiplexed 74HC595 used to drive 4 seven segment displays.

The build works but, it is not able to read negative temps. In the code, I was able to move the decimal point over to read only tenths (000.0) instead of including hundredths (00.00) but I haven’t been able to successful remove the leading zeros. Attempts at using a mask bits have been unsuccessful. I have scoured Google for many moons trying to figure out how to correct this but examples don’t seem to work and I am getting lost in the programming and I’m left going in circles. Obviously, expert programmer I am not. :slight_smile: The DS18B20 has a range of -55°C to +125°C (-67°F to +257°F). Is there a sketch using seven segment displays like the schematic below that takes advantage of this wider range? I was using this as a starting point to build a deep freezer controller once I got past the negative temperatures and the leading zero issues but it’s a no go. There are plenty of kegerators out there but I don’t want to use an LCD. I chose to use seven segment displays in this configuration due to space constraints.

I built this using four separate displays instead of a single four digit because I don’t have one on hand but the wiring concept is essentially the same. The sketch I used that worked for me was from the following:

Below is the sketch I used from this site along with changes I’ve made:

[code]#include <OneWire.h>
#include <DallasTemperature.h>

#define ONE_WIRE_BUS 2

OneWire oneWire(ONE_WIRE_BUS);
DallasTemperature sensors(&oneWire);
DeviceAddress insideThermometer;

const int ledPin = 13;// LED connected to digital pin 13
const int latchPin = 8;//Pin connected to ST_CP of 74HC595
const int clockPin = 9;//Pin connected to SH_CP of 74HC595
const int dataPin = 10;//Pin connected to DS of 74HC595

const int digitPins[4] = {
3,4,5,6}; //pins to control the 4 common anode pins of the display

const byte digit[10] = //seven segment digit bits
B00111111, //0
B00000110, //1
B01011011, //2
B01001111, //3
B01100110, //4
B01001111, //5
B01111101, //6
B00000111, //7
B01111111, //8
B01101111 //9

int digitBuffer[4] = {
int digitScan = 0;
int soft_scaler = 0;
float tempC, tempF;
int tmp;

void setup() {
TCCR2A = 0;
TCCR2B = (1<<CS21);
TIMSK2 = (1<<TOIE2);
TCNT2 = 0;

pinMode(ledPin, OUTPUT);
for(int i=0;i<4;i++)

pinMode(latchPin, OUTPUT);
pinMode(clockPin, OUTPUT);
pinMode(dataPin, OUTPUT);

sensors.getAddress(insideThermometer, 0);

ISR(TIMER2_OVF_vect) {
soft_scaler = 0;

void refreshDisplay()
for(byte k=0;k<4;k++)
digitalWrite(digitPins[k], LOW);
digitalWrite(latchPin, LOW);
shiftOut(dataPin, clockPin, MSBFIRST, B11111111);
digitalWrite(latchPin, HIGH);
digitalWrite(digitPins[digitScan], HIGH);

digitalWrite(latchPin, LOW);
if(digitScan==1) //changed from if(digitScan==2)
shiftOut(dataPin, clockPin, MSBFIRST, ~(digit[digitBuffer[digitScan]] | B10000000)); //inserting the dot
shiftOut(dataPin, clockPin, MSBFIRST, ~digit[digitBuffer[digitScan]]);
digitalWrite(latchPin, HIGH);
if(digitScan>3) digitScan=0;

void loop()
digitalWrite(ledPin, HIGH);
tempC = sensors.getTempC(insideThermometer);
tempF = DallasTemperature::toFahrenheit(tempC);
tmp = int(tempF*100);
digitBuffer[2] = tmp/1000;
digitBuffer[1] = (tmp%1000)/100;
digitBuffer[0] = (tmp%100)/10;

//This is original code and was changed to the above to only show 1/10 decimal
//digitBuffer[3] = tmp/1000;
//digitBuffer[2] = (tmp%1000)/100;
//digitBuffer[1] = (tmp%100)/10;
//digitBuffer[0] = (tmp%100)%10;

digitalWrite(ledPin, LOW);
delay(500); //changed from delay(50)

I ran into another blog that that appears to have successfully done what I am looking for but the build is over complicated. Some of the project appears to be inconsistent with it’s code and I find the code difficult to dissect to rewrite for a single sensor and single display. It can be found at:


I have included the schematic of my build below. Any help would be most greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance.


We mostly support Arduberry or our arduino shields on the forums. The problem you have mentioned looks more general in nature. Did you try posting it in the arduino forums here.

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