Creating your own libraries can be time-consuming. We’ve created a library for various keypads and thought we’d share this, along with an example sketch to prove it works 😉
You will need:
In order for this to work, you’ll need theÂ HCMatrixKeypadÂ library weÂ created. We’ll again use theÂ Serial.print command so that you’re able to quickly see what is output by pressing keys on the keypad.
Making the connections
Cable one from pin 1 of the keypad to pin marked 2 on your Arduino
Cable two from pin 2 of theÂ keypad to pin marked 3 on your Arduino
Cable threeÂ from pin 3 of theÂ keypad to pin marked 4 on your Arduino
Cable fourÂ from pin 4 of theÂ keypad to pin marked 5 on your Arduino
Cable fiveÂ from pin 5 of theÂ keypad to pin marked 6 on your Arduino
Cable sixÂ from pin 6 of theÂ keypad to pin marked 7 on your Arduino
Cable sevenÂ from pin 7 of theÂ keypad to pin marked 8 on your Arduino
Cable eight from pin 8 on the keypad to pin marked 9 on your Arduino
Note:Â Pin one is on the far right hand side of the keypad connector and pin 8 is on theÂ far left.
Make sure the library is placed in the correct folder of the Arduino software. The easiest way to do this if you’ve never installed a library before is to use the Arduino software. Select Sketch > Import Library > Add Library – Then navigate to where you downloaded the file and click add. You should now be able to progress with programming the Arduino with the following sketch.
You can copy and paste the following sketch, or download it here.
/* FILE: HC_Master_Kit_Keypad_Example.cpp
AUTHOR: Andrew Davies
This is an example of how to use the matrix keypad found within the Hobby Components
microcontroller experimenters kit.
Pin one is on the far right hand side of the keypad connector and pin 8 is on the
This sketch requires the HCMatrixKeypad library which is included on the CD which came
with this kit.
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/* Include the HCMatrixkeypad library */
/* Sets how many times the same key must be scanned before it is accepted as
pressed (settled). If you get multiple key presses then increase this value
#define DEBOUNCE 10
#define R1 9 /* DIO for keypad row 1 */
#define R2 8 /* DIO for keypad row 2 */
#define R3 7 /* DIO for keypad row 3 */
#define R4 6 /* DIO for keypad row 4 */
#define C1 5 /* DIO for keypad column 1 */
#define C2 4 /* DIO for keypad column 2 */
#define C3 3 /* DIO for keypad column 3 */
#define C4 2 /* DIO for keypad column 4 */
HCMatrixKeypad Keypad(DEBOUNCE, C1, C2, C3, C4, ROWMARKER, R1, R2, R3, R4);
/* Main program */
/* Scans the keypad once. This line needs to be run repeatedly */
/* Has a new key been pressed */
/* If so the send the key to the serial port */
Serial.print("Key Pressed: Row ");
Serial.print(Keypad.Read() / 10); /* 10's column is the keypad row number */
Serial.print(" Col ");
Serial.println(Keypad.Read() % 10); /* 1's column is the keypad column number */
Now go to Tools > Serial Monitor in the Arduino software and once this loads up, experiment by pressing different buttons on the keypad to see what the monitor outputs.