Input Pull-up Serial

This program shows the use of INPUT_PULLUP with pinMode( ). It monitors the state of a switch by establishing serial communication between your Launchpad.

Hardware Required

  • MSP-EXP430G2 LaunchPad

  • Pushbutton [available already on-board as part of the LaunchPad]

  • LED [available already on-board as a part of the Launchpad]

  • Momentary button or switch

  • 10K ohm resistor

  • Breadboard

  • Hook-up wire

Relevant Groundwork

By Enabling the Pull up resistor connected to an input pin. The output goes HIGH when the input is LOW and the output goes LOW when the input is HIGH.


Button bb

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For on-board push button

No external circuitry is required.

For external push button

Connect three wires to the Launch pad board. The first two, red and black, connect to the two long vertical rows on the side of the breadboard to provide access to the 3 volt supply and ground. The third wire goes from digital pin p1.3 to one leg of the pushbutton. That same leg of the button connects through a pull-up resistor (here 10 K Ohms) to Vcc. The other leg of the button connects to the ground.


Button schem

Code Explanation

In the program, pin 14, which has green LED connected to it, is set up as output in the setup function.

pinMode(ledPin, OUTPUT);

Here the ledpin refers to the GREEN_LED which is set as output. The push button which is connected to pin 5 is set up as input. The pull-up resistor connected to this pin is enabled.

pinMode(buttonPin, INPUT_PULLUP);

Begin serial communications, at 9600 bits of data per second, between your Launchpad and your computer with the line.


In the main loop, the value of the push button is continuously read and printed on serial terminal. If the value of pin 5 to which pushbutton is attached, is HIGH, then a LOW is written to pin 14 to which green LED is attached. Likewise if pin 5 is LOW, then pin 14 is made HIGH.

if (buttonPushCounter % 4 == 0) {
    digitalWrite(ledPin, HIGH);
} else {
   digitalWrite(ledPin, LOW);


  Input Pullup Serial

  This example demonstrates the use of pinMode(INPUT_PULLUP). It reads a
  digital input on pin 5 and prints the results to the serial monitor.

  Unlike pinMode(INPUT), there is no pull-down resistor necessary. An internal
  resistor is pulled to 3.3V. This configuration causes the input to
  read HIGH when the switch is open, and LOW when it is closed.

  created 14 March 2012
  by Scott Fitzgerald
  modified 27 Apr 2012
  Robert Wessels

void setup(){
  //start serial connection
  //configure pin2 as an input and enable the internal pull-up resistor
  pinMode(5, INPUT_PULLUP);
  pinMode(14, OUTPUT);


void loop(){
  //read the pushbutton value into a variable
  int sensorVal = digitalRead(5);
  //print out the value of the pushbutton

  // Keep in mind the pullup means the pushbutton's
  // logic is inverted. It goes HIGH when it's open,
  // and LOW when it's pressed. Turn on pin 13 when the
  // button's pressed, and off when it's not:
  if (sensorVal == HIGH) {
    digitalWrite(14, LOW);
  else {
    digitalWrite(14, HIGH);

Working Video

Try it out

  • Use the button to print something in binary to the serial monitor.

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