2.1.6 Rotary Encoder Module


In this project, you will learn about Rotary Encoder. A rotary encoder is an electronic switch with a set of regular pulses in strictly timing sequence. When used with IC, it can achieve increment, decrement, page turning and other operations such as mouse scrolling, menu selection, and so on.

Schematic Diagram


Experimental Procedures

Step 1: Build the circuit.


In this example, we can connect the Rotary Encoder pin directly to the Raspberry Pi using a breadboard and 40-pin Cable, connect the GND of the Rotary Encoder to GND, 「+」to 5V, SW to digital GPIO27, DT to digital GPIO18, and CLK to digital GPIO 17.

Step 2: Open the code file.

cd /home/pi/raphael-kit/python/

Step 3: Run.

sudo python3 2.1.6_RotaryEncoder.py

You will see the count on the shell. When you turn the rotary encoder clockwise, the count is increased; when turn it counterclockwise, the count is decreased. If you press the switch on the rotary encoder, the readings will return to zero.



You can Modify/Reset/Copy/Run/Stop the code below. But before that, you need to go to source code path like raphael-kit/python. After modifying the code, you can run it directly to see the effect.

#!/usr/bin/env python3
import RPi.GPIO as GPIO
import time

clkPin = 17    # CLK Pin
dtPin = 18    # DT Pin
swPin = 27    # Button Pin

globalCounter = 0

flag = 0
Last_dt_Status = 0
Current_dt_Status = 0

def setup():
   GPIO.setmode(GPIO.BCM)       # Numbers GPIOs by physical location
   GPIO.setup(clkPin, GPIO.IN)    # input mode
   GPIO.setup(dtPin, GPIO.IN)
   GPIO.setup(swPin, GPIO.IN, pull_up_down=GPIO.PUD_UP)

def rotaryDeal():
   global flag
   global Last_dt_Status
   global Current_dt_Status
   global globalCounter
   Last_dt_Status = GPIO.input(dtPin)
   while(not GPIO.input(clkPin)):
      Current_dt_Status = GPIO.input(dtPin)
      flag = 1
   if flag == 1:
      flag = 0
      if (Last_dt_Status == 0) and (Current_dt_Status == 1):
         globalCounter = globalCounter - 1
      if (Last_dt_Status == 1) and (Current_dt_Status == 0):
         globalCounter = globalCounter + 1

def swISR(channel):
   global globalCounter
   globalCounter = 0

def loop():
   global globalCounter
   tmp = 0   # Rotary Temperary

   GPIO.add_event_detect(swPin, GPIO.FALLING, callback=swISR)
   while True:
      if tmp != globalCounter:
         print ('globalCounter = %d' % globalCounter)
         tmp = globalCounter

def destroy():
   GPIO.cleanup()             # Release resource

if __name__ == '__main__':     # Program start from here
   except KeyboardInterrupt:  # When 'Ctrl+C' is pressed, the child program destroy() will be  executed.

Code Analysis

  • Read dtPin value when clkPin is low.

  • When clkPin is high, if dtPin goes from low to high, the count decreases, otherwise the count increases.

  • swPin will output low when the shaft is pressed.

From this, the program flow is shown below:


Phenomenon Picture