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The Python program deals with any failed messages and reports the temperature in degrees C and F every second.

import os
import glob
import time

os.system('modprobe w1-gpio')
os.system('modprobe w1-therm')

base_dir = '/sys/bus/w1/devices/'
device_folder = glob.glob(base_dir + '28*')[0]
device_file = device_folder + '/w1_slave'

def read_temp_raw():
    f = open(device_file, 'r')
    lines = f.readlines()
    return lines

def read_temp():
    lines = read_temp_raw()
    while lines[0].strip()[-3:] != 'YES':
        lines = read_temp_raw()
    equals_pos = lines[1].find('t=')
    if equals_pos != -1:
        temp_string = lines[1][equals_pos+2:]
        temp_c = float(temp_string) / 1000.0
        temp_f = temp_c * 9.0 / 5.0 + 32.0
        return temp_c, temp_f
while True:

The program starts by issuing the 'modprobe' commands that are needed to start the interface running.

The next three lines, find the file from which the messages can be read.

A problem has been reported with occasional hangs when reading the temperature file when using Raspbian. If you find you have the same problem, try replacing the function read_temp_raw with the code below. You will also need to add a line at the top of the file 'import subprocess'.

def read_temp_raw():
	catdata = subprocess.Popen(['cat',device_file], stdout=subprocess.PIPE, stderr=subprocess.PIPE)
	out,err = catdata.communicate()
	out_decode = out.decode('utf-8')
	lines = out_decode.split('\n')
	return lines

Reading the temperature takes place in two functions, read_temp_raw just fetches the two lines of the message from the interface. The read_temp function wraps this up checking for bad messages and retrying until it gets a message with 'YES' on end of the first line. The function returns two values, the first being the temperature in degrees C and the second in degree F.

You could if you wished separate these two as shown in the example below:

deg_c, deg_f = read_temp()

The main loop of the program simply loops, reading the temperature and printing it, before sleeping for a second.

To upload the program onto your Raspberry Pi, you can use SSH to connect to the Pi, start an editor window using the line:


and then paste the code above, before saving the file with CTRL-x and Y.

Last updated on 2015-05-04 at 04.27.11 PM Published on 2013-01-28 at 04.35.41 PM