There are a couple of ways to grab time from the Internet. First we'll show how this can be done using Network Time Protocol (NTP). This has the benefit of not requiring any accounts or logins - just grab the time from an NTP server. There's even an NTP CircuitPython library that can be used.

However, the offset to local time must be manually set and adjusted for daylight savings (if you are affected)

To get the NTP code, click on the Download Project Bundle button in the window below. It will download as a zipped folder.

# SPDX-FileCopyrightText: 2022 Carter Nelson for Adafruit Industries
# SPDX-License-Identifier: MIT

import time
import board
import rtc
import socketpool
import wifi
import adafruit_ntp
import neopixel

# --| User Config |--------------------------------
TZ_OFFSET = -7  # time zone offset in hours from UTC
WAKE_UP_HOUR = 7  # alarm time hour (24hr)
WAKE_UP_MIN = 30  # alarm time minute
SLEEP_COLOR = (0, 25, 150)  # sleepy time color as tuple
WAKEUP_COLOR = (255, 100, 0)  # wake up color as tuple
FADE_STEPS = 100  # wake up fade animation steps
FADE_DELAY = 0.1  # wake up fade animation speed
NEO_PIN = board.SCK  # neopixel pin
NEO_CNT = 12  # neopixel count
# -------------------------------------------------

# Set up NeoPixels
pixels = neopixel.NeoPixel(NEO_PIN, NEO_CNT)

# Get wifi details and more from a file
    from secrets import secrets
except ImportError:
    print("WiFi secrets are kept in, please add them there!")

# Connect to local network
try:["ssid"], secrets["password"])
except ConnectionError:
    print("Wifi failed to connect.")
    while True:

print("Wifi connected.")

# Get current time using NTP
print("Fetching time from NTP.")
pool = socketpool.SocketPool(
ntp = adafruit_ntp.NTP(pool, tz_offset=TZ_OFFSET)
rtc.RTC().datetime = ntp.datetime

# Fill with sleepy time colors

# Wait for wake up time
now = time.localtime()
print("Current time: {:2}:{:02}".format(now.tm_hour, now.tm_min))
print("Waiting for alarm {:2}:{:02}".format(WAKE_UP_HOUR, WAKE_UP_MIN))
while not (now.tm_hour == WAKE_UP_HOUR and now.tm_min == WAKE_UP_MIN):
    # just sleep until next time check
    now = time.localtime()

# Sunrise animation
print("Waking up!")
r1, g1, b1 = SLEEP_COLOR
r2, g2, b2 = WAKEUP_COLOR
dr = (r2 - r1) / FADE_STEPS
dg = (g2 - g1) / FADE_STEPS
db = (b2 - b1) / FADE_STEPS

for _ in range(FADE_STEPS):
    r1 += dr
    g1 += dg
    b1 += db
    pixels.fill((int(r1), int(g1), int(b1)))


Open the zip file and copy to your CIRCUITPY folder. Also copy the contents of the lib folder to the CIRCUITPY/lib folder.

Now checkout the Using the Alarm section for how to configure things.

This guide was first published on Jul 12, 2022. It was last updated on May 20, 2024.

This page (Code Using NTP) was last updated on May 19, 2024.

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