The microcontroller on the Arduino boards have 512 bytes of EEPROM: memory whose values are kept when the board is turned off (like a tiny hard drive).

The purpose of this example is to show how the put and get methods provide a different behaviour than write and read, that work on single bytes. Getting different variables from EEPROM retrieve a number of bytes that is related to the variable datatype.

Hardware Required

  • Arduino Board


There is no circuit for this example.

ArduinoUNO bb

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    eeprom_get example.

    This shows how to use the EEPROM.get() method.

    To pre-set the EEPROM data, run the example sketch eeprom_put.

    This sketch will run without it, however, the values shown

    will be shown from what ever is already on the EEPROM.

    This may cause the serial object to print out a large string

    of garbage if there is no null character inside one of the strings


    Written by Christopher Andrews 2015

    Released under MIT licence.


#include <EEPROM.h>

void setup() {

  float f = 0.00f;   //Variable to store data read from EEPROM.

  int eeAddress = 0; //EEPROM address to start reading from


  while (!Serial) {

    ; // wait for serial port to connect. Needed for native USB port only


  Serial.print("Read float from EEPROM: ");

  //Get the float data from the EEPROM at position 'eeAddress'

  EEPROM.get(eeAddress, f);

  Serial.println(f, 3);    //This may print 'ovf, nan' if the data inside the EEPROM is not a valid float.


    As get also returns a reference to 'f', you can use it inline.

    E.g: Serial.print( EEPROM.get( eeAddress, f ) );



    Get can be used with custom structures too.

    I have separated this into an extra function.


  secondTest(); //Run the next test.

struct MyObject {

  float field1;

  byte field2;

  char name[10];

void secondTest() {

  int eeAddress = sizeof(float); //Move address to the next byte after float 'f'.

  MyObject customVar; //Variable to store custom object read from EEPROM.

  EEPROM.get(eeAddress, customVar);

  Serial.println("Read custom object from EEPROM: ");




void loop() {

  /* Empty loop */

See also

  • EEPROM.get()

  • EEPROM library reference

  • EEPROM Clear - Fills the content of the EEPROM memory with "0".

  • EEPROM Read - Reads values stored into EEPROM and prints them on Serial.

  • EEPROM Write - Stores values read from A0 into EEPROM.

  • EEPROM Crc - Calculates the CRC of EEPROM contents as if it was an array.

  • EEPROM Iteration - Programming examples on how to go through the EEPROM memory locations.

  • EEPROM Put - Put values in EEPROM using variable semantics (differs from EEPROM.write() ).

  • EEPROM Update - Stores values read from A0 into EEPROM, writing the value only if different, to increase EEPROM life.

Last revision 2018/05/17 by SM