How to Make a Arduino Digital Clock

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Introduction: How to Make a Arduino Digital Clock

About: I am an electronic hobiest and computer science engineer . Who loves and enjoys making cool projects.

Digital clocks are one of the great invention in the field of science.

Have you ever wondered "How to make your own digital clocks , just like in movies! "????

Well i have also spent ,my childhood in a dream to built my very own digital clock.. so i built one for my self ...

And am going to show you, How you can built an amazing digital clock with little ease and little components all by yourself....

I have used 4 7 segment common anode display to display the digits, 3 SPDT switches , which i took apart from an old mouse, some wires and an arduino. we can set the time holding the adjust key and pressing the minute or hour key to change the minute or the hour to our need..!

So Lets get started...!

Step 1: Components Required

Here the Components that you will Require :

1. An Arduino uno.

2. 4 7 segment common anode displays (if you have a 4 digit seven segment , don't worry the circuitry is same for both of them).

you can buy them from snapdeal , they are great ! i would recommend them from the site.

3. 3 spdt Switches (which i scavenged from an old mouse ).

4.some wires and jumper wires (any one will do!).

5. A breadboard.

6. 4 1kohm resistors.

Step 2: Wiring the Displays in the Breadboard!

Make the connections as shown in the picture above.. its quite simple.!

Take care of the connections , as coz there are too many wires you might get confuse.

Remmenber All a,b,c,d,e,f,g,dot segments of 4 displays are connected together.... and the com of every display i.e 3 and 8 are connected together with the resitors...

Do not worry!! , go slowly,and have some patience , you can do it.

Step 3: Adding the Resistors and the Keys

Attach 1kohm resistor with each com of the displays ... as shown in the figure..!

Add the Spdt switches or if you have push on buttons that would be great !...

Step 4: Connecting to Arduino

Now the connections are done for the display and the switches ... now time is to connect them to the brain..

it is simple..

For segment pins!

a to pin 2

b to pin 3

c to pin 4

d to pin 5

e to pin 6

f to pin 7

g to pin 8

dot to pin 9

For display pins

display 1 to pin 10

display 2 to pin 11

display 3 to pin 12

dispaly 4 to pin 13

now for the keys

key 1 which is the adjust switches ...

key 2 and key 3 are hour changing and minute changing switches..

we have to hold the adjust key1 and press the desire key to change the hour or the minute..!

see the pic above for the connection for the keys .. we have used the analog pins and used them as digital input pins... yes thats true we can use them as digital i/o pins too..

Step 5: Adding the Code!!!!

Now the most cool part ... writing and adding the code to the arduino....

I have attached the code and the time library file .. for calculating the time and displaying it....

In the code the hour() function tells us the hour, and the minute() function the minute , from the time we have switched on the board. the time fades dies when the power to the board is cut of.. and it starts again from 00:00 every time...

Also i have attached a 12 hour format code too. It just uses hourFormat12() function to get the 12 hr format.

By default the Time library returns 24hr formated time.

Note:

Please add the Time Folder in Time.zip, in your Arduino's libraries folder.

eg in my system:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Arduino\libraries


Do feel flexible in changing the code for your needs ... and if you have some quarries feel free to ask.

Have fun making it...

note: I have updated the Time.zip file as it was deprecated in newer versions of Arduino IDE.

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95 Comments

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liebenstoler
liebenstoler

Question 7 months ago

Possible to use arduino nano instead of uno?

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AyanS14
AyanS14

3 years ago

Dear Sir,

You can give me arduino digital clock "code",i can not found.please help me.

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Madrajib
Madrajib

Reply 3 years ago

Dear AyanS14, the code it right there in the instructable page.
Under the STEP 5: ADDING THE CODE!!!!
Below the image you will seen final_arduino.ino name click it it shall start downloading..

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Madrajib
Madrajib

Reply 3 years ago

Sorry AyanS14 for such an late reply and error. actually the Time library i have used was for old version of arduino ide. it was update after arduino ide 1.6.1 version, hence the error.

here is the link to new updated library, but before you use it delete the Earlier Time folder from libraries folder

C:\Users\lenovo\Documents\Arduino\libraries and also from

C:\Program Files (x86)\Arduino\libraries

now dowload the zip file and add it to arduino,

https://github.com/PaulStoffregen/Time.git

To add it go to sketch->Include Library->Add .Zip Library and find the zip file.

after that go to sketch->Include Library->Time

And it will work.

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larissaalencarmelo
larissaalencarmelo

Reply 7 months ago

COMO FAZER COM O DISPLAY DE 4DIGITOS 7SEGMENTOS?

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Bilal530
Bilal530

Question 3 years ago

sir please can u tell me how i can solve this error i have added the time folder to the arduino/libraries and i also read all answers to this question i tried every single thing you told in the answers but it is still having a same error

please sir help me out as early as possible

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gassergaming
gassergaming

Answer 2 years ago

ok witer you time in min and hour

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wownmosha
wownmosha

Reply 11 months ago

change #include time.h to #include TimeLib.h

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S0NSU2LUK
S0NSU2LUK

Reply 1 year ago

benimle de paylaşır mısın?

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alqayadhi700393016
alqayadhi700393016

Reply 1 year ago

ME too i face the same problem
what i have to do ?

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alokmondal8363
alokmondal8363

Question 1 year ago on Step 4

The code for common anode & common cathode are same or different? I made a common negative seven segment display, the circuit diagram same or differen?

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S0NSU2LUK
S0NSU2LUK

Question 1 year ago

Merhaba, ben projeyi gerçekleştirdim fakat kodda hour hatası alıyorum. acaba kodu düzenli bir şekilde atar mısınız?

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ITSNOUSE
ITSNOUSE

Answer 1 year ago

Kodunuzun başına şunu yazın
#include <TimeLib.h>

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crownyosa
crownyosa

1 year ago

i only have common cathode 7 segment display. what kind of changes would it do to the code?

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AkinM3
AkinM3

1 year ago

Good evening sir
Please I need ardiuno for my programming, how can I get it. Tnks

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Shaikh Muhammad
Shaikh Muhammad

Question 1 year ago

Please help me with Arduino nano, How can I configure that which pin is for which connection of seven segment display?, I have checked 2 time all connections are according to your schematic, thanks in advance

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sukh.gjgs
sukh.gjgs

3 years ago on Step 5

Hello, I have the error while compiling the code so please solve it

Arduino: 1.8.5 (Windows 7), Board: "Arduino/Genuino Uno"

C:\Users\gj\Downloads\final_clock_arduino_12hr\final_clock_arduino_12hr.ino: In function 'void loop()':

final_clock_arduino_12hr:59: error: 'hour' cannot be used as a function

int hour = hour();

^

final_clock_arduino_12hr:60: error: 'hr' was not declared in this scope

int timp = ( (hr>12)?(hr%12):hr)*100+minute();

^

final_clock_arduino_12hr:60: error: 'minute' was not declared in this scope

int timp = ( (hr>12)?(hr%12):hr)*100+minute();

^

C:\Users\gj\Downloads\final_clock_arduino_12hr\final_clock_arduino_12hr.ino: In function 'void set_time()':

final_clock_arduino_12hr:80: error: 'minute' cannot be used as a function

byte minute = minute();

^

final_clock_arduino_12hr:81: error: 'hour' cannot be used as a function

byte hour = hour();

^

final_clock_arduino_12hr:85: error: 'minutes' was not declared in this scope

minutes1=minutes;

^

final_clock_arduino_12hr:86: error: 'hours' was not declared in this scope

hours1=hours;

^

final_clock_arduino_12hr:131: error: 'setTime' was not declared in this scope

setTime(hours,minutes,0,0,0,0);

^

exit status 1

'hour' cannot be used as a function

This report would have more information with

"Show verbose output during compilation"

option enabled in File -> Preferences.