Raspberry Pi + Node.js + Blynk App + DHT11/DHT22/AM2302





Introduction: Raspberry Pi + Node.js + Blynk App + DHT11/DHT22/AM2302

This time we will display some sensor values (DHT11 in example) on the Smartphone using Blynk App.
You will need:

  1. Raspberry Pi with internet connection
  2. Temperature and humidity sensors: DHT11 or DHT22 or AM2302
  3. Jumper wires

Please check my tutorial about getting Blynk and Node.JS running on Raspberry Pi and other single-board computers (BeagleBone, Intel Edison, Galileo, VoCore, OpenWrt... ):

After you get Blynk JavaScript library running, we can move on to reading sensor values.

Step 1: Install Sensor Libraries

For DHT11/DHT22/AM2302 sensors, you need to download and install:

Here are the commands I run on my Raspberry to do this (it may take some time to execute...):

wget http://www.airspayce.com/mikem/bcm2835/bcm2835-1.46.tar.gz
tar zxvf bcm2835-1.46.tar.gz
cd bcm2835-1.46
sudo make check
sudo make install
sudo npm install -g node-dht-sensor

Note: You may want to read the node-dht-sensor Readme, and run "First Example" ;)

Step 2: Scan/create Blynk Project

After logging in to the Blynk App, you can scan the QR code and get the project I have prepared for you (only Android, for now...).

Alternatively, you can create it manually:

  1. Create a new dashboard of type Generic, and send yourself an Auth Token.
  2. Add a Graph widget and bind it to V3
    Set range to 10..40,
    reading frequency to "PUSH"
  3. Add a Value Display widget and bind it to V4
  4. Press Run (triangle in the upper right corner)

Step 3: Blynk Script for DHT11

Wire Raspberry Pi and DHT11:

  • GND to GND
  • sensor Signal to gpio4
  • sensor VCC to 3.3v

On the board, create a new file (call it blynk-sensor-test.js):

var blynkLib = require('blynk-library');
var sensorLib = require('node-dht-sensor');


// Setup Blynk
var blynk = new blynkLib.Blynk(AUTH);

// Setup sensor, exit if failed
var sensorType = 11; // 11 for DHT11, 22 for DHT22 and AM2302
var sensorPin  = 4;  // The GPIO pin number for sensor signal
if (!sensorLib.initialize(sensorType, sensorPin)) {
    console.warn('Failed to initialize sensor');

// Automatically update sensor value every 2 seconds
setInterval(function() {
    var readout = sensorLib.read();
    blynk.virtualWrite(3, readout.temperature.toFixed(1));
    blynk.virtualWrite(4, readout.humidity.toFixed(1));
    console.log('Temperature:', readout.temperature.toFixed(1) + 'C');
    console.log('Humidity:   ', readout.humidity.toFixed(1)    + '%');
}, 2000);

Replace YOUR_AUTH_TOKEN with your token from the App.
You may also want to change sensorType and sensorPin.

Now run it:

sudo NODE_PATH=/usr/local/lib/node_modules node ./blynk-sensor-test.js

The output should look like this:

OnOff mode
Connecting to TCP: cloud.blynk.cc 8442
Temperature: 18.0C
Humidity:    26.0%
Temperature: 18.0C
Humidity:    26.0%


  • You need to run our script with sudo as the sensor library requires privileged access to the hardware
  • NODE_PATH=.. is set because Node.js may fail to locate global modules otherwise

Step 4: Enjoy Sensor Values in the Blynk App

Now, check the Blynk App on your smartphone, it should display a nice plot of temperature and current value of humidity. Congratulations! ;)

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Would this work with the SenseHat? If so, how do i do it?

Help! What does it mean at this point;

On the board, create a new file (call it blynk-sensor-test.js):

var blynkLib = require('blynk-library');
var sensorLib = require('node-dht-sensor');....etc


The script works perfect

but i didn't get any data only 0.0% shows

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo NODE_PATH=/usr/local/lib/node_modules node ./blynk-sensor-test.js

OnOff mode

Connecting to: blynk-cloud.com 8441

SSL authorization...



Temperature: 0.0C

Humidity: 0.0%

Temperature: 0.0C

Humidity: 0.0%

The script works perfekt.

But when I use the pwm (over the app) for one LED on Pin18, I get the error:

"Illegal arguments for construction of _exports_Pwm"

and the script stops working

Can you help me?

By far one of the most frustrating things I've ever tried to do is to get my DHT22 sensor to display on anything! I've tried at least 4 different tutorials using different platforms. They all fail in one form or another. This one looked easy, but it also fails! I've installed, re-installed, read the readme's, whatever you can think of. Can you help? I'm running an RPi 2 Model B v1.1. Here's a screen shot of the result of running "the sudo npm install -g node-dht-sensor" command.

Screen Shot 2016-11-04 at 1.13.36 PM.png

Thanx. How add autostart to rc.local?

Снимок экрана 2016-10-21 в 20.59.59.png

Excellent, thanks works like a charm!

The problem is with node-dht-sensor 0.0.11 , However 0.0.8 works fine.

So install the package as

sudo npm install -g node-dht-sensor@0.0.8 --unsafe-perm=true

and it should work as charm.


I'm having trouble running any examples and tutorials I've tried, including this one. I keep getting the following output...

throw err;
Error: Cannot find module 'blynk-library'
at Function.Module._resolveFilename (module.js:336:15)
at Function.Module._load (module.js:278:25)
at Module.require (module.js:365:17)
at require (module.js:384:17)
at Object.<anonymous> (/usr/local/lib/node_modules/firstjs.js:1:75)
at Module._compile (module.js:460:26)
at Object.Module._extensions..js (module.js:478:10)
at Module.load (module.js:355:32)
at Function.Module._load (module.js:310:12)
at Function.Module.runMain (module.js:501:10)

any ideas or tips? :/