Will read out the w1_slave file of a DS18B20 sensor and send the output to a MQTT broker

v1.0.3 2018-12-06 23:13 UTC

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Last update: 2022-04-26 04:41:26 UTC


This package will read out rpi3 1-wire sensors and send the output of those readings to a MQTT broker.

Working of this package

Step 0:
Ensure you've got a running php7 installation on your RPi3. How to do this falls outside the scope of this application. Don't forget to install composer as well. I'll assume it's installed at usr/bin/composer.phar.

Step 1:
Install the library in a fresh directory, the minimum stability is there because many dependencies on this class does not yet have any stable releases, this will change in the future:

mkdir sensor-readout
cd sensor-readout
/bin/cat <<EOM >composer.json
  "minimum-stability": "dev",
  "require": {
    "unreal4u/ds18b20-sensor-read": "dev-master"
composer.phar install -o --no-dev

Step 2:
Create a folder sensors/, and in there create symlinks to the actual sensor id. Make the symlink a name for your sensor, this name will be used for the topic name and general logging, for example:

mkdir sensors
cd sensors/
ln -s /sys/bus/w1/devices/w1_bus_master1/XX-YYYYYYYYYYYY workshop
ln -s /sys/bus/w1/devices/w1_bus_master1/ZZ-ABCDEFABCDEF kitchen

Making the sensors actually work falls outside the scope of this application and you'll have to find out for yourself how to do this.

Step 3:
Create a configuration file. Create a new configuration file that extends BaseConfig.php and adjust the values that you use in your environment:

// Filename: app/ProductionConfig.php


use unreal4u\DS18B20Sensor\Configuration\BaseConfig;

class ProductionConfig extends BaseConfig {
    public function getMQTTCredentials(): array
        return array_merge(parent::getMQTTCredentials(), [
            'clientId' => 'sensorWriter', // Which clientId this client will pass on to the broker
            'host' => '',     // The host of the broker
            'user' => 'XXXXXXXX',         // Optional username
            'pass' => 'YYYYYYYY',         // Optional password

Step 4:
Create your proyect! I've included a small example of my current setup here, you can also take a look at the examples/index.php as an example and go ahead! I'll suppose you have created an app folder in which you have created your own configuration and runnable file:

// Filename: app/run.php

use Monolog\Handler\StreamHandler;
use Monolog\Logger;
use unreal4u\DS18B20Sensor\Base;

chdir(__DIR__ . '/../');
include 'vendor/autoload.php';
include 'app/ProductionConfig.php';

// Initialize objects we'll need
$logger = new Logger('main');
$logger->pushHandler(new StreamHandler('php://stdout', Logger::DEBUG));
$baseProgram = new Base(new ProductionConfig(), $logger);
$logger->info('Program finished running');

Step 5:
Set up a cronjob that runs every X minutes in order to read out the sensors.

Cron examples:

# Every 2 minutes:
*/2 * * * * /usr/bin/php /home/pi/ds18b20-sensors-readout/app/run.php

# Every 1 minute:
* * * * * /usr/bin/php /home/pi/ds18b20-sensors-readout/app/run.php

# Every 5 minutes:
*/5 * * * * /usr/bin/php /home/pi/ds18b20-sensors-readout/app/run.php

Known issues

  • If there is any problem whatsoever with the sensor, this package will fail silently. This may be changed in the future
  • No real usage of the Logger so far, this will also change in the future in order to establish more easily problematic areas
  • Some idea for the future: be able to publish to multiple topics at the same time