Arduino - LCD Clock

In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to make LCD clock by:

You can choose one of two RTC modules: DS3231 and DS1307. See DS3231 vs DS1307

Hardware Required

1×Arduino UNO or Genuino UNO
1×USB 2.0 cable type A/B
1×LCD I2C
1×Real-Time Clock DS3231 Module
1×(Alternatively) Real-Time Clock DS1307 Module
1×CR2032 battery
1×Breadboard
1×Jumper Wires
1×(Optional) 9V Power Adapter for Arduino
1×(Recommended) Screw Terminal Block Shield for Arduino Uno
1×(Optional) Transparent Acrylic Enclosure For Arduino Uno

Or you can buy the following sensor kit:

1×DIYables Sensor Kit 30 types, 69 units
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About LCD, DS3231 and DS1307 RTC module

If you do not know about LCD, DS3231 and DS1307 (pinout, how it works, how to program ...), learn about them in the following tutorials:

Install LCD and RTC Libraries

  • Navigate to the Libraries icon on the left bar of the Arduino IDE.
  • Search “LiquidCrystal I2C”, then find the LiquidCrystal_I2C library by Frank de Brabander
  • Click Install button to install LiquidCrystal_I2C library.
Arduino LiquidCrystal I2C library
  • Search “RTClib”, then find the RTC library by Adafruit. This library works with both DS3231 and DS1307
  • Click Install button to install RTC library.
Arduino RTC library
  • You may be asked for intalling some other library dependencies
  • Click Install All button to install all library dependencies.
Arduino rtc dependency library

Reading time from DS3231 RTC module and display it on LCD

Wiring Diagram

Arduino DS3231 LCD Wiring Diagram

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Arduino Code - DS3231 and LCD

/* * Created by ArduinoGetStarted.com * * This example code is in the public domain * * Tutorial page: https://arduinogetstarted.com/tutorials/arduino-lcd-clock */ #include <LiquidCrystal_I2C.h> #include <RTClib.h> LiquidCrystal_I2C lcd(0x27, 16, 2); // I2C address 0x27 (from DIYables LCD), 16 column and 2 rows RTC_DS3231 rtc; void setup() { Serial.begin(9600); lcd.init(); // initialize the lcd lcd.backlight(); // open the backlight // SETUP RTC MODULE if (!rtc.begin()) { Serial.println("Couldn't find RTC"); Serial.flush(); while (true) ; } // automatically sets the RTC to the date & time on PC this sketch was compiled rtc.adjust(DateTime(F(__DATE__), F(__TIME__))); } void loop() { DateTime now = rtc.now(); int year = now.year(); int month = now.month(); int day = now.day(); int hour = now.hour(); int minute = now.minute(); int second = now.second(); lcd.clear(); lcd.setCursor(0, 0); // start to print at the first row lcd.print("Date: "); lcd.print(year); lcd.print("/"); lcd.print(month); lcd.print("/"); lcd.print(day); lcd.setCursor(0, 1); // start to print at the second row lcd.print("Time: "); lcd.print(hour); lcd.print(":"); lcd.print(minute); lcd.print(":"); lcd.print(second); delay(1000); // Update every second }

Quick Steps

  • Copy the above code and open with Arduino IDE
  • Click Upload button on Arduino IDE to upload code to Arduino
  • See the result on LCD

Reading time from DS1307 RTC module and display it on LCD

Wiring Diagram

Arduino DS1307 LCD Wiring Diagram

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Arduino Code - DS1307 and LCD

/* * Created by ArduinoGetStarted.com * * This example code is in the public domain * * Tutorial page: https://arduinogetstarted.com/tutorials/arduino-lcd-clock */ #include <LiquidCrystal_I2C.h> #include <RTClib.h> LiquidCrystal_I2C lcd(0x27, 16, 2); // I2C address 0x27 (from DIYables LCD), 16 column and 2 rows RTC_DS1307 rtc; void setup() { Serial.begin(9600); lcd.init(); // initialize the lcd lcd.backlight(); // open the backlight // SETUP RTC MODULE if (!rtc.begin()) { Serial.println("Couldn't find RTC"); Serial.flush(); while (true) ; } // automatically sets the RTC to the date & time on PC this sketch was compiled rtc.adjust(DateTime(F(__DATE__), F(__TIME__))); } void loop() { DateTime now = rtc.now(); int year = now.year(); int month = now.month(); int day = now.day(); int hour = now.hour(); int minute = now.minute(); int second = now.second(); lcd.clear(); lcd.setCursor(0, 0); // start to print at the first row lcd.print("Date: "); lcd.print(year); lcd.print("/"); lcd.print(month); lcd.print("/"); lcd.print(day); lcd.setCursor(0, 1); // start to print at the second row lcd.print("Time: "); lcd.print(hour); lcd.print(":"); lcd.print(minute); lcd.print(":"); lcd.print(second); delay(1000); // Update every second }

Quick Steps

  • Copy the above code and open with Arduino IDE
  • Click Upload button on Arduino IDE to upload code to Arduino
  • See the result on LCD

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