Introduction: LED Matrix With Arduino Made Easy

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I am gonna teach you how to use a MAX7219 Led Matrix with arduino UNO and the best part is that it is super easy.

Step 1: What You Need ?

Picture of What You Need ?

The parts list:

1. MAX7219 LED Matrix

2. M/F Jumper Wires

3. Arduino UNO

4. USB cable for arduino

5. Computer

Step 2: Wiring

Picture of Wiring

There are 5 pins on the module that are connected in a way :

Vcc to 5v

Gnd to Gnd

DIN (DataIN) to Digital Pin 11

CS (LOAD) to Digital Pin 10

CLK to Digital Pin 13

Step 3: Programming !!

Picture of Programming !!

MAX7219.ino is a sketch of scrolling text. You can change the text that is scrolling on the matrix by changing the line in the sketch shown in the picture and writing what you want. This the link for the MaxMatrix library From it put the folder named MaxMatrix in you arduino libraries folder which is located in the documents folder

Step 4: Testing Results

It is totally wicked !! It doesn't look half as good in the pictures as it really is. In the pictures it looks like that the leds are bright but they are diffused leds and you can see it only when you build it. So what are you waiting for !!

Step 5: Thinking Ahead

You can wire 8 matrices together and use them with arduino still only using 3 pins. The CS, CLK, 5v and Gnd of all matrices are wired together and the DataOut of the first matrix is wired to the DataIn of the next matrix and so on. The center header pin opposite to header pins near the ic is the DataOut.


Fairly OldGit (author)2017-12-04

Question :

Is it possible to change the pin assignments for the CLK, & DIN pins if so, where/how do you do it ?

ArsS1 (author)2017-07-25

how pin nummbers in mega 2560 - clk , data in???

Sayandeep Nayak (author)ArsS12017-09-05

It is same as given above.

JimmyK7 (author)2015-11-18

Hi I have some problem see as below and need to help

MAX7219.ino:8:23: fatal error: MaxMatrix.h: No such file or directory

compilation terminated.

Error compiling.


Arduino Tech (author)JimmyK72016-07-12

Download the MAX7219 Library

Joe Moger (author)Arduino Tech2017-03-04

Where exactly do you download the library.

Arduino Tech (author)Joe Moger2017-08-17

Just search for MAX7219 arduino library and select the Github page and download it from there and put the downloaded folder in the library folder of arduino which is located in the documents folder. This the link for the library . From use the maxmatrix folder

LesB (author)2017-03-06

I would like to see this done with an RGB matrix

Arduino Tech (author)LesB2017-08-12

It can be done but I don't have an rgb led matrix.

ShioriToshiko (author)2015-10-11

How do I work the led matrix when it has 8 pins and I don't know which pin is which?

I included pictures of what mine looks like, and it doesn't include the thing you have on yours with the five pins on it.

Joe Moger (author)ShioriToshiko2017-03-04

You need the MAX7219 IC.

mine also has 16 pins but is multiplexed by max7219 IC in the module so it can controlled with 5 pins. Buy this module on amazon or some other site

Is there any way to do this without the module? (I'm kinda broke right now... lol) It's okay if you don't know, I'm just asking.

mine also has 16 pins but is multiplexed by max7219 IC in the module so it can controlled with 5 pins. Buy this module on amazon or some other site

pandya998 (author)2017-02-25

i downlode laibrary but not compail program

bhalliday (author)2017-02-22

I'm receiving error: 'prog_uchar' does not have a name

MarinaK8 (author)2015-10-18

hi, my son is trying to put this together with text saying "HELLO!" what changes he has to do in coding that we downloaded to be able to make this work? Thank you

Arduino Tech (author)MarinaK82015-10-19

Search for char string1[] and type what you want in the inverted commas

dancopy (author)2015-08-19
Hi friend! First, thanks for the tutorial;
How do I reverse the characters 90 degrees right?
In my Display is rolling vertically!
ShioriToshiko (author)dancopy2015-10-11

You can physically turn the entire thing by 90 degrees and it is now scrolling horizontally...unless I misunderstood the question.

kavin125 (author)2015-05-10

MaxMatrix m(data, load, clock, maxInUse); // define module

"MaxMatrix" does not name type

Sjoerd X (author)2015-01-06

Those Led matrices are great, you can get them with all components off ebay for less then 2 dollars :D

Arduino Tech (author)Sjoerd X2015-01-06

I purchased it already soldered for $5 on amazon.

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