MAX31865 Tutorial

This is the first tutorial I've made. I've been looking for something like this for about 8 months, I hope this saves someone some time. I could not have done this without the help of bakman2 on this forums group. All the code credit goes to them! Thank you bakman2!

Lastly, this flow was built by a newbie (me), when more a efficient way to do this inevitably noticed, please post suggestions. it would be great to get all of this in one node that just tells you what the temp is and can be downloaded from the pallet manager. Thank You All!!

to use a Max31865 Thermocouple amp in node red-
1- go to
2- from the pi command line type git clone
3- from that directory test with sudo python
4- should get something like this-

                config register byte: 90
				RTD ADC Code: 8253
				PT100 Resistance: 100.744629 ohms
				Straight Line Approx. Temp: 1.906250 degC
                -Van Dusen Temp (degC > 0): 1.905787 degC
				high fault threshold: 32767
				low fault threshold: 0or paste code here

5- If your temps are wrong but relative and working, edit the resistor line of code in the file to equal the reference resistor on your board (Adafruit Max31865 is 430 ohms but your model may vary) sudo nano

6- R_REF = 400.0 # Reference Resistor CHANGE TO R_REF = 430.0 # Reference Resistor
7- install the node-red-contrib-pythonshell from the Node red pallet manager
8- Paste the path to in the py file box of the python shell node/home/pi/MAX31865/

9 - For output only temp in degrees C
10- Drop two function nodes between the python shell and debug
11- in the first paste this-

p = msg.payload
row = p.split(/\r?\n/)

output = {}

  input = row[x].split(":")
  key = input[0].replace(/[^a-zA-Z0-9 ]/g, '').trim().split(' ').join('_');
    output[key] = parseFloat(input[1].trim());    

return {payload:output};

12- in the second, paste this code

m = msg.payload.CallendarVan_Dusen_Temp_degC__0
return {payload:m}

13- Here is the exported flow. It will not work unless the python script is in the same place as the path in the python shell node.

[{"id":"c1550b64.bed1c","type":"pythonshell in","z":"26d5ce1.1340032","name":"Temp working rev 1","pyfile":"/home/pi/MAX31865/","virtualenv":"","continuous":true,"stdInData":false,"x":316,"y":46,"wires":[["aebdb08e.58e3b"]]},{"id":"aebdb08e.58e3b","type":"function","z":"26d5ce1.1340032","name":"bakman2","func":"\np = msg.payload\nrow = p.split(/\\r?\\n/)\n\noutput = {}\n\n\nfor(x=0;x<row.length-1;x++){\n  input = row[x].split(\":\")\n  key = input[0].replace(/[^a-zA-Z0-9 ]/g, '').trim().split(' ').join('_');\n    output[key] = parseFloat(input[1].trim());    \n}\n\nreturn {payload:output};","outputs":1,"noerr":0,"x":491,"y":46,"wires":[["5dd82bec.45771c"]],"info":"This separates the string of info from the MAX31862 pything code into usable objects"},{"id":"5dd82bec.45771c","type":"function","z":"26d5ce1.1340032","name":"stripper","func":"m = msg.payload.CallendarVan_Dusen_Temp_degC__0\nreturn {payload:m}","outputs":1,"noerr":0,"x":635,"y":46,"wires":[["b64f1cba.ae6908"]]},{"id":"b64f1cba.ae6908","type":"debug","z":"26d5ce1.1340032","name":"","active":true,"tosidebar":true,"console":false,"tostatus":false,"complete":"payload","targetType":"msg","x":788,"y":46,"wires":[]},{"id":"2765eb81.6494bc","type":"inject","z":"26d5ce1.1340032","name":"","topic":"","payload":"","payloadType":"date","repeat":"2","crontab":"","once":false,"onceDelay":0.1,"x":107,"y":43,"wires":[["c1550b64.bed1c"]]}]
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If you don't mind I'm going to move this to the "Share your projects" category.

No problem! Thank you very much.

Actually there is already some code in npm which support 31865

Only thing I miss is additional code to create nodes for node-red
Perhaps there is someone who can help bridging that gap.

good spot. That would indeed make a great first node for someone to build. Looks like the library is well documented and has the necessary functionality. The existing mcp3008 node would probably be a good place to look for guidance and clues as it is also an spi device so would have similar style.

And of course you can always ask on the forum when you get stuck.

Bumping this topic - anyone by chance actually interested in taking this project on to create a node-red node for this max31865 js code? I'm building a homebrew controller in node-red, and I need to input my PT100 RTD sensors. I'm not quite proficient enough to build this myself, but I think this would be a great add!

Looking for a solution I bumped into this topic among others. I've worked on a solution and created a Node-RED node. The node will be published in the official repositories, but here is the repository:

It's my first Node-RED node. If you have any feedback, please let me know or register a GitHub issue. :slight_smile: