I am trying to setup DS18B20 for Raspberry Pi. I have followed the instructions from Adafruit Lesson 11

  1. updated RBPI kernal to 4.19
  2. setup wiring (see below) with 10k resistor
  3. verified signal (yellow to black) using multimeter ~ 2.4-2.6V
  4. updated the config.txt file in boot directory

restarted and then ran the following code.

~ $ sudo modprobe w1-gpio
~ $ sudo modprobe w1-therm
~ $ cd /sys/bus/w1/devices
/sys/bus/w1/devices $ ls
/sys/bus/w1/devices $

there is nothing returned after the "ls" command indicating that the directory is empty. According to the instructions, if successful then I should see a device listed 28-xxxx.

DS18B20 setup instructions from Adafruit Lesson 11


DS18B20 : RBPI

red : Pin 1 (3.3V)

black : Pin 9 (GND)

yellow : Pin 7 (GPIO4)

wiring setup 01 wiring setup 02

  • your device black wire seems to be connected to breadboard column 19 where as the pi seems to be on 21 - also, with that mess of wires on the pi, it's hard to guess which gpio you are connecting to on the pi - there's 2 orange 2 black and 2 red on the pi - what are you connecting to? Mar 21, 2019 at 10:30
  • the yellow wire from the Ds18B20 connects to the orange wire ... which you say is pin 7 - but there is no orange wire on pin 7 of the pi Mar 21, 2019 at 10:34
  • A grey wire appears to be on pin 7 (GPIO 4). Is that connected to the DS18B20 data pin?
    – joan
    Mar 21, 2019 at 11:21
  • Those instructions are ante-deluvian - nothing to do with current Raspbian
    – Milliways
    Mar 21, 2019 at 11:32

1 Answer 1


The issue was tri-fold:

  1. wiring of the pull-up resistor should be as follows: wiring

  2. 1-wire protocol was OFF. Simplest way to switch that ON is through sudo raspi-config -> interfaces.

  3. w1-gpio and thermal driver were missing. As soon as they were installed, sensor surfaced in /sys/bus/w1/devices/ and was producing desired output.

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