Interfacing Temperature Sensor – LM35

By interfacing different types of sensors with our MCU we can sense the environment and take decisions, in this way we can create "smart" applications. There are wide variety of sensors available. In this tutorial we will learn about a popular sensor LM35 which is precision centigrade temperature sensor. It can be used to measure temperature with accuracy of 0.5 degree centigrade. We can interface it easily with AVR MCUs and can create thermometers, temperature controller, fire alarms etc.

Things Required


S. No. Item Image

28 PIN AVR Dev Board

Contains the core AVR circuit including 5v regulator, reset, ISP.

AVR Development Board

Seven Segment Display Module

Four common anode displays multiplexed with driver transistors and current limiting resistors.

Seven Segment Board

Single Pin Female to Female Burg Wires

Used to interconnect the two boards. And the sensor.


Burg Wires

USB AVR Programmer

To upload the program to the development board.

USB AVR Programmer
5 LM35 Temperature Sensor
lm35 temp sensor



LM35 by National Semiconductor is a popular and low cost temperature sensor. It is also easily available. You can buy one from here online. It has three pins as follows.

lm35 temperature sensor pin out

Fig – LM35 Pin Configuration



The Vcc can be from 4V to 20V as specified by the datasheet. To use the sensor simply connect the Vcc to 5V ,GND to Ground and the Out to one of the ADC (analog to digital converter channel). The output linearly varies with temperature. The output is

10MilliVolts per degree centigrade.

So if the output is 310 mV then temperature is 31 degree C. To make this project you should be familiar with the ADC of AVRs and also using seven segment displays. Please refer to following articles.

The resolution of AVRs ADC is 10bit and for reference voltage we are using 5V so the resolution in terms of voltage is

5/1024 = 5mV approximatly

So if ADC’s result corresponds to 5mV i.e. if ADC reading is 10 it means

10 x 5mV = 50mV

You can get read the value of any ADC channel using the function


Where ch is channel number (0-5) in case of ATmega8. If you have connected the LM35’s out put to ADC channel 0 then call

adc_value = ReadADC(0)

this will store the current ADC reading in variable adc_value. The data type of adc_value should be int as ADC value can range from 0-1023.

As we saw ADC results are in factor of 5mV and for 1 degree C the output of LM35 is 10mV, So 2 units of ADC = 1 degree.

So to get the temperature we divide the adc_value by two

temperature = adc_value/2;

Finally you can display this value in either the 7 segment displays by using the Print() function we developed in last tutorial or you can display it in LCD Module. To know how to display integer in 7 segment displays and LCD Modules see the articles.

In this tutorial I have used four 7 segment displays to show the temperature.

Program (AVR GCC)


Description:   Program to demonstrate the use of LM35
            Temperature Sensor.
            The temperature is display on seven
            segment display.

Author:     Avinash Gupta
Date:    14 Dec. 2012


#include <avr/io.h>
#include <avr/interrupt.h>
#include <util/delay_basic.h>


volatile uint8_t digits[3];

void SevenSegment(uint8_t n,uint8_t dp)
This function writes a digits given by n to the display
the decimal point is displayed if dp=1


n must be less than 9
      switch (n)
         case 0:

         case 1:

         case 2:

         case 3:

         case 4:

         case 5:

         case 6:

         case 7:

         case 8:

         case 9:
         //if decimal point should be displayed

         //make 7th bit high
      //This symbol on display tells that n was greater than 9
      //so display can't handle it


void Wait()
   uint8_t i;

void Print(uint16_t num)

   This function breaks apart a given integer into separate digits
   and writes them to the display array i.e. digits[]
   uint8_t i=0;
   uint8_t j;

   if(num>9999) return;


   for(j=i;j<4;j++) digits[j]=0;

void InitADC()
   ADMUX=(1<<REFS0);// For Aref=AVcc;

uint16_t ReadADC(uint8_t ch)
   //Select ADC Channel ch must be 0-7

   //Start Single conversion


   //Wait for conversion to complete
   while(!(ADCSRA & (1<<ADIF)));

   //Clear ADIF by writing one to it


void main()
   uint16_t adc_value;
   uint8_t t;

   // Prescaler = FCPU/1024

   //Enable Overflow Interrupt Enable

   //Initialize Counter


   //Port B[3,2,1,0] as out put


   //Port D

   //Turn off all segments

   //Enable Global Interrupts

   //Enable ADC

   //Infinite loop
      //Read ADC


      //Convert to degree Centrigrade

      //Print to display

      //Wait some time



   This interrupt service routine (ISR)
   Updates the displays

   static uint8_t i=0;

      //If on last display then come
      //back to first.
      //Goto Next display

   //Activate a display according to i

   //Write the digit[i] in the ith display.


The hardware of the project is simple you first make the last project (Multiplexed Seven Segment Displays) and then add the LM35 as stated above. Connect output pin of LM35 to ADC0 (PIN 23) of ATmega8.

seven segment board and 28pin avr dev board

Fig. LM35 Temperature Sensor Demo



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60 thoughts on “Interfacing Temperature Sensor – LM35

  • By Zsolt - Reply

    Hello Gupta,
    I’m a beginner with AVRs, so great thanks for the very useful series!

    As I see the LM35 provides -1V to +6V representing the temperature. What is the best practice in this case to convert negative voltages with ADC? Here in Hungary now we have less than -15°C at night :))

    Thanks in advance!

  • By Avinash - Reply


    In response to your question i have posted a topic in forum, see it for answers.


  • By Hadi - Reply

    I have a question?
    May I have PCB & diagram of this project.
    cas I’m not sure about the circuit!!!!!

  • By Ritesh - Reply

    Hello Avinash

    Do you have any tutorials to send AT commands via C program

  • By MONIKA ARYA - Reply

    hi i m a student of third yr electonics i have recetly made a project using LM35.The name of project is temperature sensor i jst wanted to know what r the advantages of this project and application areas where i can use this project pratically

  • By Avinash - Reply

    Hello Monika,

    Are u talking abt the above project or u got it from some where else?

    Your question seems to be too academic !


    Well Digital Temperature sensors are used every where, from monitoring CPU temperature in PC to Space stations !!!

    Also in modern refrigerators and Ovens. 🙂

  • By praveen - Reply

    Hi avinash,
    i tried the above code on my board by deccan robots.When the program is burned its showing b.b.b .I am not able to trace what the problem is.I am using atmega16 Mcu.I have connected lm35 to pin0 of portA,data lines of portD to seven segment display,and portC [2,1,0]to display control lines.Kindly tell what is the problem?Also can u explain what happens once the adc values are read?
    I will explain what i have understood.Once print (t)is executed,it will go to that subroutine and check if no is less than 999 or not.If yes it will calculate digits[o]=(suppose)255%10=5 and num=25,now i will be incremented by 1.After this digits[j]=digits[0]=0. Now it will go to timer overflow rotine and and display the digit by using SevenSegment(digits[i],0);mean while next display is also detected.But i am not able to find out why u have used digits[j].Please explain me?

  • By teja - Reply

    hiii avinash,
    in this ADC conversion u have sex REFERENCE voltage to AVcc i.e REFS0 as 1, and REFS1 as 0, and in the data sheet of ATMEGA8 i have found that, if the reference voltage is set like this, we need to use an oscillator should be connected externally to Aref terminal , is that required? if it is required plzzz tell me from which terminal to terminal v need to connect that oscillator…..thanx for posting all this stuff for us…..

  • By Ashutosh - Reply

    Hi, Avinash can you just help in the CODE to make ADC conversion at slow speed so that the bits doesn’t fluctute while displaying the LM35 value on the seven segment display

  • By Ashok - Reply

    Hi Avinash

    pls give mail me the whole circuit connection of the above project(interfacing LM35 and 3 digit LED display with ATMEGA)

  • By manikandan - Reply

    Hi avinash

    I’m a beginner with AVRs, so great thanks for the very useful series i tried this it works display the temperature but in rotating i want continuous (3 digits SAME time) Where can i to change in program pl help me

    • By Avinash - Reply


      This is because the CPU is running slow. Make it fast by attaching an external 16MHz crystal and write FUSE BYTE as high=C9 and low=FF

  • By manikandan - Reply

    Hi Avinash,
    Thanks for ur kind help… i changed the oscillator as 16MHz and got a stable display with slit blinking… pls guide me where to change the FUSE BYTE.

  • By geetha - Reply

    hi Avinash,
    I’m a beginner with AVRs, so great thanks for the very useful series, pls help me how to stop the flickering of LED displays… i hav used 16MHZ externally and the digits are visible to eyes but have some flickering.

  • By Gaurav Parida - Reply

    “As we saw ADC results are in factor of 5mV and for 1 degree C the output of LM35 is 10mV, So 2 units of ADC = 1 degree.”

    can’t figure out ,how the declaration is made.
    can anybody explain me the above declaration taken from the tutorial.

    -Gaurav Parida

  • By Norberto Oldfield - Reply

    Hey, was just looking through your web site and decided to add the RSS feed, however it’s not working with my webbrowser (I am viewing it with Opera) any kinda way to get around this?

  • By swati - Reply

    hi Avinash,
    i am doing the project using humidity sensor HTF3226 its o/p is in frequency so can u help me to display humidity on lcd

  • By Sayantan - Reply

    bt how to manage the flickering of the display?pls give details…….otherwise its ok,program is allright.

    • By Avinash - Reply

      To reduce flickering set fuse bit as
      Low = ff
      High = c9

  • By Sayantan - Reply

    thnx for your ans,bt can you pls tell me how to set fuse bit low & high as ff & c9 respectively?

  • By Sayantan - Reply

    ok,now I have reduced the flickering by vanishing the bc557 transistor frm the circuit,and it looks fine without any flickering.But I know that it may be harmfull to mcu to connect
    the display directly to the port,as it can make oveload.So I have to put the transistors again in the circuit.Now my question is what is the reason behind that flickering behaviour of transistors,is that for their internal delay or anything else?Still wating for any further assistance to reduce the flickering and get a perfect steady display.Thanx.

  • By Tapan - Reply

    nice tutorial
    am interfacing nte7052 7 segment display which has input current rating of 160 mA. where as the output current of 4511 is only 25mA.
    Do I need amplification somewhere in the circuit?
    Please provide the transistor number or ic number and the circuit

  • By Mayank - Reply

    I have a question. If I am using LM35 with ATMEGA8, do i need a voltage divider or something to amplify the voltage coming from the LM35 or can it detect the changes in temperature on its own?


  • By Jon - Reply

    Hello Avinash and electronics enthusiasts,
    I’m curious how to display temperature not in seven segment displays, but simply on Hyperterminal. Of course I understand that it’s necessary convert character to string, but I have no idea how to display digits… Should I use itoa() function?

    Thanks for any comments


    • By Avinash - Reply

      Yes you can use itoa() function. Or write a function to convert int to string.

  • By Munish - Reply

    Hi Avinash,

    There’s a flaw. your code will work fine UNLESS one doesnt use more than 1 channel in a row.

    uint16_t ReadADC(uint8_t ch)
    //Select ADC Channel ch must be 0-7
    ADMUX|=ch; //>>> This is just wrong!!!
    imagine you read channel 2 after ch 1, then with your code ch 1 to ADMUX would still be written there since you havent cleared it & you would be just ‘appending’ ch 2 to ADMUX, so you end up reading channel 3! (If one uses a loop to cycle thru channels, then ultimately he would always get value from channel 7)

    This is enough to give a newbie headache worth of days if he decides to upgrade to >1 channels. I wonder no one has seen this yet.

    Use this instead:
    ADMUX=(ADMUX & 0xF0)|ch;

    Similarly, I would suggest changing
    void InitADC()
    ADMUX=(1<<REFS0);// For Aref=AVcc;
    void ADC_init(void)
    ADMUX = (ADMUX & ~(1<<REFS1)) | (1<<REFS0); // For Aref = AVcc
    ADCSRA |=(1<<ADEN)|(1<<ADPS2)|(1<<ADPS1)|(1<<ADPS0); //slowest possible rate

    which I think is the proper way.

  • By MUNISH - Reply

    then atleast you should add a caveat that do not use this code for more than 1 channels! or better yet update the code itself. its just 1 line ! this can be just a matter of laziness to you or me but think about a newbie who would be totally clueless about it. if you decide to ‘guide’ newbies, you must assume minimum responsibilities like these. anyways i appriciate your efforts otherwise

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  • By Avinash - Reply


    Why would anyone do so for you?

  • By SAV - Reply

    I agree with Munish and appreciate him for pointing out the mistake coz I had found myself in “exactly” the same problem when I was using 3 ldr,led line follwoing sensors at PORTA and I spend entire day debugging it and unfortunately I could’nt find out the mistake.So I had to use opamps and pots to make sensor unit and do maula tuning instead of using adc..

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  • By Mike - Reply

    Hello. Could you post a tutorial in which a LM35 sensor can measure negative temperatures.

  • By stefan - Reply

    help me made the simplest program for DS18S20 temperature sensor + LCDso I can simulate and understand how it works

  • By Ahmed - Reply

    please I’m a beginner with the microcontroller family
    i need to connect a temperature sensor lm35 with atmega 16 and the output from portb on leds
    after getting a 5v from a regulator cct , the output to pb0 to pb7 is 2mv so the leds won’t light
    please help

    • By Munish - Reply

      Hi Ahmed,
      What program have you written? What should come on the PORTB after conversion? Haver you configured PORTB as output port with DDRB = 0xFF; ?

  • By Mr. Sparkle - Reply

    When I do
    Temperature = adc_value/2;

    Then there is a deviation of 1 degree after 30 degrees…

    Avinash! can u tell me the relation of equation between Temperature and voltage to be more accurate…

    I mean Step size is 5/1024=4.88mV not exact 5mV
    So it create problem
    What can be done?????

  • By wajdi - Reply

    communication bitweene rs232 and lm35?? en hi_tech (language c)

    • By Avinash - Reply

      Development cost US$500, hardware and shipping extra.

  • By beje - Reply


    Please help me when i try to upload it says ‘TCCR0’ was not declared in this scope

    what should i do i really need it to work for my project

  • By aisha - Reply

    You are reading adc value from channel 0, then why have you taken ch=ch&0b00000111. Isn’t it ADC channel 7?

    • By Avinash - Reply


      Do you know the function of & operator in C?

  • By rudi - Reply

    can someone post a simple program for lm35 to display temp. by using full in assembly language. pic18f4580..

  • By mmb - Reply

    I need to program for interfacing pressure sensor.

  • By mmb - Reply

    I want to interface a pressure sensor , which produces in the order of microvolts, to atmega64 microcontroller. what are the steps this microvolt is taken so that it can be interfaced with the microcontroller. Please help me how to condition the signal

  • By Navin Datt - Reply

    OK, U hv used the & operator. BUT why (ch=ch&0b00000111)???. I didn’t understand why can’t (ch=ch&0b00000001) be used instead, since only channel 0 is required to be read here???

  • By tanjim - Reply

    hii avinash i wanted to show temp in .01 &0.1 resolution in mutiplexed display in part of code i should makes changes…. i m confused.
    other wise it works fine so may you rply through mail plz..
    thank you..

  • By tanjim - Reply

    hii avinash i wanted to show temp in .01 &0.1 resolution in mutiplexed display in part of code i should makes changes…. i m confused.
    other wise it works fine so may you rply through mail plz..
    thank you..

  • By ankit - Reply

    Sir,i am sing lm35 atmega8 and 7segment to construct mini fridge but i am not able to execute program to get output.
    So,i request u to help
    thank u
    Where can i send u attachment….

  • By madhan - Reply

    Hai am madhan pls tell me the how to interface the lm 35 to the 89s52 pls send me details code and circuit diagram pls help me to doing my project pls

  • By aswini - Reply

    Hiii…Im doing a project with interfacing sensors with PHOTOVOLTAIC Panel .I want to sense temperature(LM 35) and Current sensor(wcs2702) from PV panel. I have sensors and at mega 16 microcontroller with me.
    I should buy LCD display or seven segment board to know how much temperature and current im getting from pv panel. please help me out. Thank you

  • By abdur rahman - Reply

    Dear Avinash sir,
    how can i get fractional values of tempeture such as 27.3C or 29.5C ?
    I’ve decleared adc_value & t as float type variable instead of int but it is providing int value still now.

  • By Drtuk - Reply

    @Avinash I need a project for school that read temperature with LM35 and send to rs232 (or ft232rl using usb) only current °C from environment not more. Do you have something like this? Regards

  • By riktronics - Reply

    nice tutorial, thanks.

  • By Law - Reply

    Hy. Your code it’s not working properly with my project. Please help me to do it right.

  • By Taher Kawantwala - Reply

    Hello, nice tutorial. realy helpful. your every post is neat and clean with all information and tested Hardware and code which saves our precious Time. Thank you so much.
    I have a doubt about ADC. here we need only single channel to read Temp sensor, what about other Pins of ADC Port? Can we use the other Port PINs as Digital I/O when ADC on Channel 0 is in progress? I hope you are getting my question. Kindly reply.

    • By Avinash - Reply

      Yes you can use other pins as digital i/o.

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