Distance Measurement Using Arduino and Ultrasonic Sensor (HC-SR04)

In this Tutorial we will learn how the HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Sensor works and how to use it with the Arduino Board to measure the Distance. You can watch the following video or read the written tutorial below.

How Ultrasonic Sensor Works ?

It emits an ultrasound at 40,000 Hz which travels through the air and if there is an object or obstacle in its path It will bounce back to the module. Considering the travel time and the speed of the sound you can calculate the distance.

Ultrasonic Sensor

The HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Module has 4 pins, Ground, Vcc, Trig and Echo. The Ground and the Vcc pins of the module needs to be connected to the Ground and the 5 volts pins on the Arduino Board respectively and the trig and echo pins to any Digital I/O pin on the Arduino Board.

In order to generate the ultrasound you need to set the Trig on a High State for 10 µs. That will send out an 8 cycle sonic burst which will travel at the speed sound and it will be received in the Echo pin. The Echo pin will output the time in microseconds the sound wave traveled.

For example, if the object is 10 cm away from the sensor, and the speed of the sound is 340 m/s or 0.034 cm/µs the sound wave will need to travel about 294 μs. But what you will get from the Echo pin will be double that number because the sound wave needs to travel forward and bounce backward.  So in order to get the distance in cm we need to multiply the received travel time value from the echo pin by 0.034 and divide it by 2.

Calculation of Ultrasonic Sensor

Components Required :

  • Arduino Uno : http://bit.ly/2RBA9B8
  • Breadboard : http://bit.ly/2PrO9dU
  • 16 x 2 LCD Display : http://bit.ly/2PVNH9k
  • Ultrasonic Sensor HC-SR04 : http://bit.ly/3cYfr6p
  • 10k Potentiometer
  • Jumper Cables
  • Arduino Cable

Schematics :

V0 – –Center Pin
RS –D1– 
E –D2– 
D4– D4– 
D5– D5– 
D6– D6– 
D7– D7– 
A– 5V– 
K– GND– 
– EchoD10– 

Source Code :

Note :

  • Remove Tx / Rx Pins of Arduino while Uploading the Code.
  • Install the Required Library.

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#include <LiquidCrystal.h> 

LiquidCrystal lcd(1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7); // Creates an LCD object. Parameters: (rs, enable, d4, d5, d6, d7)

const int trigPin = 9;
const int echoPin = 10;
long duration;
int distanceCm, distanceInch;
void setup() {
lcd.begin(16,2);                  // Initializes the interface to the LCD screen, and specifies the dimensions (width and height) of the display
pinMode(trigPin, OUTPUT);
pinMode(echoPin, INPUT);
lcd.setCursor(3,0);               // Sets the location at which subsequent text written to the LCD will be displayed

lcd.print("Welcome to");

lcd.print("Techtronic Harsh");


void loop() {
digitalWrite(trigPin, LOW);
digitalWrite(trigPin, HIGH);
digitalWrite(trigPin, LOW);

duration = pulseIn(echoPin, HIGH);
distanceCm= duration*0.034/2;
distanceInch = duration*0.0133/2;

lcd.setCursor(0,0);               // Sets the location at which subsequent text written to the LCD will be displayed

lcd.print("Distance: ");          // Prints "Distance" on the LCD
lcd.print(distanceCm);            // Prints the distance value from the sensor


lcd.print("Distance: ");



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