This sensor is a combination of temperature sensor and humidity sensor, united in a compact design. The disadvantage is the low sampling rate of the measurement, so that only every 2 seconds a new measurement result is available. This sensor is therefore particularly suitable for long-term measurements.

Technical data

Chipset DHT11
Communication Protocol 1-Wire
Measuring range 0 °C to 50 °C
Measurement accuracy ±2 °C
Measurement Accuracy ±5%RH
Measurable humidity 20-90%RH

Pin assignment

Code example Arduino

Pin assignment Arduino

Arduino Sensor
Pin D2 Signal
5 V +V
Ground GND

For the following code example an additional library is needed:

DHT-sensor-library by Adafruit | published under the MIT License.

This sensor does not output its measurement result as an analog signal to an output pin, but communicates it digitally encoded.

The example below uses the mentioned library. Therefore, download the library and unpack it into your Arduino library folder, which by default is located at (C:\User[username]\Documents\Arduino\libraries). Alternatively, it is also included in the download package below.

// Adafruit_DHT library is inserted
#include "DHT.h"
// Here the respective input pin can be declared
#define DHTPIN 2     
// The sensor is initialized
#define DHTTYPE DHT11 // DHT 11
void setup() 
  Serial.println("KY-015 test - temperature and humidity test:");
  // Measurement is started
// Main program loop
// The program starts the measurement and reads out the measured values
// There is a pause of 2 seconds between measurements,
// so that a new measurement can be acquired on the next run.
void loop() {
  // Two seconds pause between measurements
  // Humidity is measured
  float h = dht.readHumidity();
  // temperature is measured
  float t = dht.readTemperature();
  // Checking if the measurements have passed without errors
  // if an error is detected, a error message is displayed here
  if (isnan(h) || isnan(t)) {
    Serial.println("Error reading the sensor");
  // Output to serial console
  Serial.print("Humidity: ");
  Serial.print(" %\t");
  Serial.print("Temperature: ");
  Serial.print(char(186)); //Output <°> symbol
  Serial.println("C ");
  Serial.println(" ");

Please note that the sensor provides a new measurement result only about every 2 seconds.

Example program download

Code example Raspberry Pi

Pin assignment Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi Sensor
GPIO 23 [Pin 16] Signal
+3.3 V [Pin 1] +V
Ground [Pin 6] GND

The program uses the corresponding Adafruit_CircuitPython_DHT library from Adafruit to control the DHT11 sensor, which is installed on this sensor module. This was released with the MIT OpenSource license.

This must be installed beforehand. Therefore, first update your package list and install the required dependencies using the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install build-essential python-dev
sudo apt install gpiod
sudo pip3 install adafruit-circuitpython-dht

Now the following Python example can be used. The program starts the measurement at the sensor and outputs the measured values for the air pressure and the temperature (in °C and °F).

import time
import board
import adafruit_dht

# Initialize the dht device with the data pin connected to pin 16 (GPIO 23) of the Raspberry Pi:
dhtDevice = adafruit_dht.DHT11(board.D23)

# You can pass DHT22 use_pulseio=False if you do not want to use pulseio.
# This may be necessary on a Linux single board computer like the Raspberry Pi,
# but it will not work in CircuitPython.
# dhtDevice = adafruit_dht.DHT22(board.D18, use_pulseio=False)

while True:
        # Print the values via the serial interface
        temperature_c = dhtDevice.temperature
        temperature_f = temperature_c * (9 / 5) + 32
        humidity = dhtDevice.humidity
        print("Temp: {:.1f} F / {:.1f} C    Humidity: {}% ".format(temperature_f, temperature_c, humidity))

    except RuntimeError as error:
        # Errors happen quite often, DHT's are hard to read, just move on
    except Exception as error:
        raise error


Please note that the sensor provides a new measurement result only about every 2 seconds.

Example program download

To start with the command:

sudo python3

Code example Micro:Bit

Pinout Micro:Bit:

Micro:Bit Sensor
Pin 1 Signal
3 V +V
Ground GND

An additional library is needed for the following code example:

pxt-DHT11_DHT22 from alankrantas | published under the MIT License.

You must add this library to your IDE before using the code. Add the library to your IDE by clicking Extensions and typing the following URL in the search box: Bestätigen Sie die Suche mit [Enter].

Sample program download