Introduction: Low Cost WIFI Temperature (DS18B20) Data Logger Based on ESP8266 With Connectivity to

Temperature data logger based on ESP8266 and DS18B20 1-Wire temperature sensor.

Just only $5 ESP-01 board and DS18B20 sensor.

Software is written in LUA language and is running directly in ESP8266.

No other MCU needed!

Step 1: Part List

  1. ESP-01 board - eBay
  2. DS18B20
  3. Step down voltage converter min. 250 mA - AMS1117-3.3 LDO 800mA or LM2596
  4. > 220 uF / min 6.3 V Capacitor
  5. Vero board
  6. Some wires, PIN headers

USB to UART 3.3 V converter - only for programming

Be careful, the max. voltage for ESP8266 for all pins is 3.3V. If you are using adjustable voltage regulator, carefully set voltage to 3.3V.

The power consumption of ESP module is around 250mA when transmitting. You need proper power supply.

Step 2: Flashing LUA Firmware

Check that your ESP8266 has some firmware through any serial terminal program (coolterm, putty, serial monitor in arduino) at 115200 (most probable default speed) Type AT+GMR and you get version of actual firmware.

Congrats, you’ve got a working ESP8266 with a espressif firmware in it.

Now to burn LUA firmware:To Burn a firmware: CH_PD pin must be always connected to HIGH and GPIO0 pin to GROUND (LOW).

Download NodeMCU firmware from:

Download flashing tool for Windows:

or for Linux:

Run windows app for upload firmware or in Linux type:

./ -p /dev/
 write_flash 0x000000 nodemcu_512k.bin

After burning it, GPIO0 pin should be disconnected from ground in order to reboot in normal mode. Otherwise it will be reboot in UPLOAD mode. So power it OFF, disconnect GPIO0 pin from ground…

Now connect serial terminal with 9600 baud and check if Lua firmware working with:


You get you chip id back..

Done, you have working NodeMcu LUA firmware...

Step 3: Setting Up Account

Thingspeak is open data platform for the Internet of Things.

All data are stored in You need thingspeak account. Please register here:

Set up one channel and get write API key.

Step 4: Uploading Software

You need some upload tool, you can do it with basic terminal program, but with upload tool is uploading of files much easier.

You can use ESPlorer (need JAVA 8 for running), works on Linux and Windows

Or under Windows Lualoader:

You can get sotware from my github -

init.lua - this scrip is executed after start

Please modify your WIFI settings in this file here:


ds1820.lua - measure and post data to

Change you thingspeak API key here:

conn:send("GET /update?key=YOURKEY&field1="..t1.."."..t2.." HTTP/1.1\r\n")

You can change upload period here (default is 1 minute):

tmr.alarm(0, 60000, 1, function() sendData() end )

Upload both files to ESP...

Step 5: Building Final Board

You can build final circuit to piece of veroboard.

Step 6: Final Testing

With terminal app check output from ESP and you will see your IP address after reset and then value of temperature every upload period...

You can see your data in thingspeak like mine: