MQ-2 Gas sensor is used to detect the gas level around the area. This sensor able to use as home or factory gas leak monitoring, suitable for gas, butane, propane, methane, alcohol, hydrogen, smoke and other monitoring devices.


  • Size: 35mm x 22mm x 23mm (length x width x height)
  • Main chip: LM393, ZYMQ-2 gas sensors
  • Working voltage: DC 5 V
  • Characteristics:
  1. With a signal output instruction.
  2. Dual signal output (analog output, and high/low digital output)
  3. 0 ~ 4.2V analog output voltage, the higher the concentration the higher the voltage.
  4. Better sensitivity for gas, natural gas, city gas.
  5. With a long service life and reliable stability.
  6. Rapid response and recovery characteristics.

Step 1: Gather Materials

Step 2: Understanding Pin Definition of MQ2 Gas Sensor

Step 3: Set Up the Circuit Above

LCD pins

-Pins D7 , D6 , D5 , D4 connect to arduino digital pins 2,3,4,5 respectively.

-Pins A and K connect to 5V and GROUND respectively

-Pins VSS and VDD connect to Ground and 5V respectively.


-Use as a LED indicator for the calibration process of the MQ2 gas sensor

-Connect to digital pin 13 of Arduino Uno

MQ2 Gas Sensor

-Analog output connect to the A0 of arduino


-Center pin connect to the V0 of LCD display

-Other two pins just connect to 5V and GROUND respectively

*Note: All of pins above is configured regarding the circuit figure above. You can configure the connection yourself regarding your favourite.

Step 4: Programming the Arduino Uno

As you can see in the graph above , it shows several gases.

The values are plotted on a semilog paper, as you can see the values indicate 100......1000.....10000 ppm.

These values when plotted on a normal graph would represent a curve like an exponential one.

Formula In the Coding

pow(10,( ((log(rs_ro_ratio)-pcurve[1])/pcurve[2]) + pcurve[0]))

Based on the graph MQ2, the derivation of ppm formula will be:

Y - y1 = m( X - x1)

X= (y-y1)/m + x1

X= (Rs/Ro-y1)/m + x1

log X =(log (Rs/Ro) - y1)/m +x1

X =10^( (log (Rs/Ro) - y1)/m +x1)

*Note: X = ppm on the graph

Y= Rs/Ro

***The derivation formula are same and can be used for other types of MQ gas sensor.

If you have any problem about the coding, you are welcome to ask any question in the comments below or contact us for further details.

<p>If i may ask, how did you get these values LPGCurve[3] = {2.3,0.21,-0.47}; //two points are taken from the curve.</p>
<p>Hi! I am trying to integrate your sketch into a room climate station where I also run a DHT22 and a Shinyei PPD42 to measure temperature, air humidity and dust.</p><p>When compiling the sketch I always get the error message that MQCalibration was not declared (line 56 in your sketch)</p><p>Since my setup is quite different I can not run your sketch without rebuilding the whole thing...</p>
<p>How does smoke concentration measured and sensed by the MQ-2 brief please??</p>
<p>hi , how do I detect hydrogen ????????????????</p>
<p>can we use the same coding and fixing for MQ7</p>
What's the power consumption of the gas sensor module?
<p>Hi, we are not sure for it. Anyway you may refer to the datasheet <br>https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8OvrwVDp8fCdDV3eDN3YXpsVzg/view</p>

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