OneWire Binding

The OneWire binding integrates OneWire (also spelled 1-Wire) devices. OneWire is a serial bus developed by Dallas Semiconductor. It provides cheap sensors for temperature, humidity, digital I/O and more.

Supported Things


Currently only one bridge is supported.

The OneWire File System (OWFS, provides an abstraction layer between the OneWire bus and this binding. The owserver is the bridge that connects to an existing OWFS installation.


There are three types of things: the generic ones (counter2, digitalio, digitalio2, digitalio8, ibutton, temperature), multisensors built around the DS2438 chip (ms-th, ms-tv) and more advanced sensors from Elaborated Networks ( (ams, bms).


Discovery is supported for things. You have to add the bridges manually.

Thing Configuration

It is strongly recommended to use discovery and Paper UI for thing configuration. Please note that:

  • All things need a bridge.
  • The sensor id parameter supports only the dotted format, including the family id (e.g. 28.7AA256050000).
  • Refresh time is the minimum time in seconds between two checks of that thing. It defaults to 300s for analog channels and 10s for digital channels.
  • Some thing channels need additional configuration, please see below in the channels section.

OWFS Bridge (owserver)

There are no configuration options for the owserver besides the network address. It consists of two parts: address and port.

The address parameter is used to denote the location of the owserver instance. It supports both, a hostname or an IP address.

The port parameter is used to adjust non-standard OWFS installations. It defaults to 4304, which is the default of each OWFS installation.

Counter (counter2)

The counter thing supports the DS2423 chip, a dual counter. Two counterX channels are supported.

It has two parameters: sensor id id and refresh time refresh.

Digital I/O (digitalio, digitalio2, digitalio8)

The digital I/O things support the DS2405, DS2406, DS2408 and DS2413 chips. Depending on the chip, one (DS2405), two (DS2406/DS2413) or eight (DS2408) digitalX channels are supported.

It has two parameters: sensor id id and refresh time refresh.

iButton (ibutton)

The iButton thing supports only the DS2401 chips. It is used for presence detection and therefore only supports the present channel. It's value is ON if the device is detected on the bus and OFF otherwise.

It has two parameters: sensor id id and refresh time refresh.

Multisensor with Humidity (ms-th)

The multisensor with humidity is build around the DS2438 chipset. It provides a temperature, a humidity and a supplyvoltage channel. The voltage input of the DS2438 is connected to a humidity sensor, several common types are supported (see below).

The generic sensor with humidity and temperature using DS1923 chipset. It provides a temperature and humidity channels.

It has two parameters: sensor id id and refresh time refresh.

Multisensor with Voltage (ms-tv)

The multisensor with voltage is build around the DS2438 chipset. It provides a temperature, a voltage and a supplyvoltage channel.

It has two parameters: sensor id id and refresh time refresh.

Temperature sensor (temperature)

The temperature thing supports DS18S20, DS18B20 and DS1822 sensors. It provides only the temperature channel.

It has two parameters: sensor id id and refresh time refresh.

Elaborated Networks Multisensors (ams, bms)

These things are complex devices from Elaborated networks. They consist of a DS2438 and a DS18B20 with additional circuitry on one PCB. The AMS additionally has a second DS242438 and a DS2413 for digital I/O on-board. Analog light sensors can optionally be attached to both sensors.

These sensors provide temperature, humidity and supplyvoltage channels. If the light sensor is attached and configured, a light channel is provided, otherwise a current channel. The AMS has an additional voltageand two digitalX channels.

It has two (bms) or four (ams) sensor ids (id0 to id3). The first id is always the main DS2438, the second id the DS18B20 temperature sensor. In the case of the AMS, the third sensor id has to be the second DS2438 and the fourth the DS2413.

Additionally the refresh time refresh can be configured. The AMS supports a digitalrefresh parameter for the refresh time of the digital channels.

Since both multisensors have two temperature sensors on-board, the temperaturesensor parameter allows to select DS18B20 or DS2438 to be used for temperature measurement. This parameter has a default of DS18B20 as this is considered more accurate.

The last parameter is the lightsensor option to configure if an ambient light sensor is attached. It defaults to false. In that mode, a current channel is provided. If set to true, a light channel is added to the thing. The correct formula for the ambient light is automatically determined from the sensor version.


Type-ID Thing Item readonly Description
current multisensors Number yes current (if light option not installed)
counter counter2 Number yes countervalue
digital digitalX, AMS Switch no digital, can be configured as input or output
humidity multisensors (except ms-tv) Number yes relative humidity
light ams, bms Number yes lightness (if installed)
present all Switch yes sensor found on bus
supplyvoltage multisensors Number yes sensor supplyvoltage
temperature not digitalX, ibutton Number yes environmental temperature
voltage ms-tv, ams Number yes voltage input

Digital I/O (digitalX)

The digitalX channels each have two parameters: mode and logic.

The mode parameter is used to configure this channels as input or output.

The logic parameter can be used to invert the channel. In normal mode the channel is considered ON for logic high, and OFF for logic low. In inverted mode ON is logic low and OFF is logic high.

Humidity (humidity)

Depending on the sensor, the humidity channel may have the humiditytype parameter. This is only needed for the ms-th sensors. ams and bms sensors select the correct sensor type automatically.

Possible options are /humidity for HIH-3610 sensors, /HIH4000/humidity for HIH-4000 sensors, /HTM1735/humidity for HTM-1735 sensors and /DATANAB/humidity for sensors from Datanab.

Temperature (temperature)

The temperature channel has three types: temperature, temperature-porand temperature-por-res. If the channel-type is temperature, there is nothing else to configure.

Some sensors (e.g. DS18x20) report 85 °C as Power-On-Reset value. In some installations this leads to errorneous temperature readings. If the ignorepor parameter is set to true 85 °C values will be filtered. The default is false as correct reading of 85 °C will otherwise be filtered, too.

A channel of type temperature-por-res has one parameter: resolution. OneWire temperature sensors are capable of different resolutions: 9, 10, 11 and 12 bits. This corresponds to 0.5 °C, 0.25 °C, 0.125 °C, 0.0625 °C respectively. The conversion time is inverse to that and ranges from 95 ms to 750 ms. For best performance it is recommended to set the resolution only as high as needed.

The correct channel-type is selected automatically by the thing handler depending on the sensor type.

Full Example

This is the configuration for a OneWire network consisting of an owserver as bridge (onewire:owserver:mybridge) and a temperature sensor as thing (onewire:temperature:mybridge:mysensor).


Bridge onewire:owserver:mybridge [ network-address="" ] {
    temperature mysensor   [id="28.505AF0020000" ] 


Number:Temperature MySensor "MySensor [%.1f %unit%]" { channel="onewire:temperature:mybridge:mysensor:temperature" }


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    Frame {
        Text item=MySensor