Interfacing PIC16F877A with DHT11 (RHT01) sensor Proteus simulation

PIC16F877A + DHT11 (RHT01) Proteus simulation
This topic shows how to interface DHT11 (RHT01) digital relative humidity and temperature sensor with PIC16F877A microcontroller, and how to simulate this interfacing using Proteus.
Note that for the simulation Proteus version should be 8.1 or higher. With these versions there is no need to install Proteus DHT11 library, it is included with the software, so don’t waste your time searching for dht11 Proteus library or dhtxx.mdf or dht11 module for Proteus, just use Proteus version 8.1 or higher.
About DHT11 (RHT01) relative humidity and temperature sensor:
The DHT11 sensor comes in a single row 4-pin package and operates from 3.3¬†to 5.5V power supply. It can measure temperature from 0-50 ¬įC with an accuracy of ¬Ī2¬įC and relative humidity ranging from 20-90% with an accuracy of¬† ¬Ī5%. The sensor provides fully calibrated digital outputs for the two measurements. It has got its own proprietary 1-wire protocol, and therefore, the communication between the sensor and a microcontroller is not possible through a direct interface with any of its peripherals. The protocol must be implemented in the firmware of the MCU with precise timing required by the sensor.Interfacing PIC16F877A with DHT11 (RHT01) sensor Proteus simulation
The following timing diagrams describe the data transfer protocol between a MCU and the DHT11 sensor. The MCU initiates data transmission by issuing a ‚ÄúStart‚ÄĚ signal. The MCU pin must be configured as output for this purpose. The MCU first pulls the data line low for at least 18 ms and then pulls it high for next 20-40 us before it releases it. Next, the sensor responds to the MCU ‚ÄúStart‚Äú¬† signal by pulling the line low for 80 us followed by a logic high signal that also lasts for 80 us. Remember that the MCU pin must be configured to input after finishing the ‚ÄúStart‚Äú signal. Once detecting the response signal from the sensor, the MCU should be ready to receive data from the sensor. The sensor then sends 40 bits (5 bytes) of data continuously in the data line. Note that while transmitting bytes, the sensor sends the most significant bit first.Curcuit Interfacing PIC16F877A with DHT11 (RHT01) sensor Proteus simulation
Data format:¬†8bit integral RH data + 8bit decimal RH data + 8bit integral T data + 8bit decimal T data + 8bit check sum. If the data transmission is right, the check-sum should be the last 8bit of ‚Äú8bit integral RH data + 8bit decimal RH data + 8bit integral T data + 8bit decimal T data‚ÄĚ.
The DHT11 is a digital sensor so it sends 1’s and 0’s, but it is very important to know how it sends the digital data. The figure below shows how the sensor sends its information:
Interfacing PIC16F877A with DHT11 (RHT01) sensor circuit:
The following circuit schematic shows complete project circuit.
The circuit is simple, there is the microcontroller PIC16F877A, DHT11 sensor and 1602 LCD to display humidity and temperature results.
Interfacing PIC16F877A with DHT11 (RHT01) sensor CCS C code:
The interfacing code is written with CCS PIC C compiler PCWHD version 5.051.
If you want to understand the code please read the DHT11 datasheet.

Variables Time_out and k are used to test reading time to avoid wrong data reception or microcontroller hanging.

// Interfacing PIC16F877A with DHT11 sensor
//¬†[email protected]

//LCD module connections
#define LCD_RS_PIN PIN_B0
#define LCD_RW_PIN PIN_B1
#define LCD_DATA4 PIN_B3
#define LCD_DATA5 PIN_B4
#define LCD_DATA6 PIN_B5
#define LCD_DATA7 PIN_B6
//End LCD module connections

#include <16F877A.h>
#use delay(clock = 8000000)
#include <lcd.c>
#use fast_io(D)
// Connection pin between PIC16F877A and DHT11 (RHT01) sensor
#BIT Data_Pin = 0x08.0                       // Pin mapped to PORTD.0
#BIT Data_Pin_Direction = 0x88.0             // Pin direction mapped to TRISD.0

char message1[] = "Temp = 00.0 C";
char message2[] = "RH   = 00.0 %";
short Time_out;
unsigned int8 T_byte1, T_byte2, RH_byte1, RH_byte2, CheckSum ;
void start_signal(){
  Data_Pin_Direction = 0;              // Configure connection pin as output
  Data_Pin = 0;                        // Connection pin output low
  Data_Pin = 1;                        // Connection pin output high
  Data_Pin_Direction = 1;              // Configure connection pin as input
short check_response(){
  if(!Data_Pin){                     // Read and test if connection pin is low
    if(Data_Pin){                    // Read and test if connection pin is high
      return 1;}
unsigned int8 Read_Data(){
  unsigned int8 i, k, _data = 0;     // k is used to count 1 bit reading duration
  for(i = 0; i < 8; i++){
    k = 0;
    while(!Data_Pin){                          // Wait until pin goes high
      if (k > 100) {Time_out = 1; break;}
      bit_clear(_data, (7 - i));               // Clear bit (7 - i)
      bit_set(_data, (7 - i));                 // Set bit (7 - i)
      while(Data_Pin){                         // Wait until pin goes low
      if (k > 100) {Time_out = 1; break;}
  return _data;
void main(){
  lcd_init();                                 // Initialize LCD module
  lcd_putc('\f');                             // LCD clear
    Time_out = 0;
    if(check_response()){                    // If there is response from sensor
      RH_byte1 = Read_Data();                 // read RH byte1
      RH_byte2 = Read_Data();                 // read RH byte2
      T_byte1 = Read_Data();                  // read T byte1
      T_byte2 = Read_Data();                  // read T byte2
      Checksum = Read_Data();                 // read checksum
      if(Time_out){                           // If reading takes long time
        lcd_putc('\f');                       // LCD clear
        lcd_gotoxy(5, 1);                     // Go to column 5 row 1
        lcd_putc("Time out!");
       if(CheckSum == ((RH_Byte1 + RH_Byte2 + T_Byte1 + T_Byte2) & 0xFF)){
        message1[7]  = T_Byte1/10  + 48;
        message1[8]  = T_Byte1%10  + 48;
        message1[10] = T_Byte2/10  + 48;
        message2[7]  = RH_Byte1/10 + 48;
        message2[8]  = RH_Byte1%10 + 48;
        message2[10] = RH_Byte2/10 + 48;
        message1[11] = 223;                   // Degree symbol
        lcd_putc('\f');                       // LCD clear
        lcd_gotoxy(1, 1);                     // Go to column 1 row 1
        printf(lcd_putc, message1);           // Display message1
        lcd_gotoxy(1, 2);                     // Go to column 1 row 2
        printf(lcd_putc, message2);           // Display message2
        else {
          lcd_putc('\f');                     // LCD clear
          lcd_gotoxy(1, 1);                   // Go to column 1 row 1
          lcd_putc("Checksum Error!");
    else {
      lcd_putc('\f');             // LCD clear
      lcd_gotoxy(3, 1);           // Go to column 3 row 1
      lcd_putc("No response");
      lcd_gotoxy(1, 2);           // Go to column 1 row 2
      lcd_putc("from the sensor");

Interfacing PIC16F877A with DHT11 (RHT01) sensor Proteus simulation video:
The following video shows Proteus simulation of this interfacing.

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