Python & CircuitPython

It's easy to use the HTU21D-F sensor with Python or CircuitPython and the Adafruit CircuitPython HTU21D module.  This module allows you to easily write Python code that reads the humidity and temperature from the sensor.

You can use this sensor with any CircuitPython microcontroller board or with a computer that has GPIO and Python thanks to Adafruit_Blinka, our CircuitPython-for-Python compatibility library.

CircuitPython MicroController Wiring

First wire up a HTU21D-F to your board exactly as shown on the previous pages for Arduino. Here's an example of wiring a Feather M0 Express to the sensor with I2C:

  • Board 3V3 to sensor VIN
  • Board GND to sensor GND
  • Board SCL to sensor SCL
  • Board SDA to sensor SDA

Python Computer Wiring

Since there's dozens of Linux computers/boards you can use we will show wiring for Raspberry Pi. For other platforms, please visit the guide for CircuitPython on Linux to see whether your platform is supported

Here's the Raspberry Pi wired with I2C:

  • Pi GND to sensor GND
  • Pi 3V3 to sensor VIN
  • Pi SDA to sensor SDA
  • Pi SCL to sensor SCL

CircuitPython Installation of HTU21D Library

You'll need to install the Adafruit CircuitPython HTU21D library on your CircuitPython board.

First make sure you are running the latest version of Adafruit CircuitPython for your board.

Next you'll need to install the necessary libraries to use the hardware--carefully follow the steps to find and install these libraries from Adafruit's CircuitPython library bundle.  Our CircuitPython starter guide has a great page on how to install the library bundle.

For non-express boards like the Trinket M0 or Gemma M0, you'll need to manually install the necessary libraries from the bundle:

  • adafruit_htu21d.mpy
  • adafruit_bus_device

Before continuing make sure your board's lib folder or root filesystem has the adafruit_htu21d.mpy, and adafruit_bus_device files and folders copied over.

Next connect to the board's serial REPL so you are at the CircuitPython >>> prompt.

Python Installation of HTU21D Library

You'll need to install the Adafruit_Blinka library that provides the CircuitPython support in Python. This may also require enabling I2C on your platform and verifying you are running Python 3. Since each platform is a little different, and Linux changes often, please visit the CircuitPython on Linux guide to get your computer ready!

Once that's done, from your command line run the following command:

  • sudo pip3 install adafruit-circuitpython-htu21d

If your default Python is version 3 you may need to run 'pip' instead. Just make sure you aren't trying to use CircuitPython on Python 2.x, it isn't supported!

CircuitPython & Python Usage

To demonstrate the usage of the sensor we'll initialize it and read the humidity and temperature values from the board's Python REPL.

Run the following code to import the necessary modules and initialize the I2C connection with the sensor:

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    import time
import board
import busio
from adafruit_htu21d import HTU21D

# Create library object using our Bus I2C port
i2c = busio.I2C(board.SCL, board.SDA)
sensor = HTU21D(i2c)
  

Now you're ready to read values from the sensor using any of these properties:

  • temperature - the temperature in degrees Celsius.
  • relative_humidity - the relative humidity in percent.

For example to print temperature:

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    print("\nTemperature: %0.1f C" % sensor.temperature)
  

That's all there is to using the HTU21D-F sensor with CircuitPython!

Full Example Code

import time
import board
import busio
from adafruit_htu21d import HTU21D

# Create library object using our Bus I2C port
i2c = busio.I2C(board.SCL, board.SDA)
sensor = HTU21D(i2c)


while True:
    print("\nTemperature: %0.1f C" % sensor.temperature)
    print("Humidity: %0.1f %%" % sensor.relative_humidity)
    time.sleep(2)
This guide was first published on Jun 03, 2014. It was last updated on Jun 03, 2014. This page (Python & CircuitPython) was last updated on Nov 19, 2019.