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IR Remote Receiver

The IR Remote receiver reads messages sent by common remote controls. Attach it to a robot or a few servos to make a remote-controlled project!



  1. Plug your IR Receiver module into your breadboard, with the “bubble” facing you, and the three legs in separate numbered rows on your board.

  2. Wire the left-most row to pin 11, the middle row to GND, and the right-most row to 5V.


  1. Download and install the IRremote library.

  2. Upload the following code to your Arduino:

     * IRrecv_with_LED - simple demo using an IR receiver part and an IR remote
     * IRremote: IRrecvDemo - demonstrates receiving IR codes with IRrecv
     * An IR detector/demodulator must be connected to the input RECV_PIN.
     * Version 0.1 July, 2009
     * Copyright 2009 Ken Shirriff
     * (original)
     * modified by Rolf W. for Workshop Weekend Arduino - Feb 2014
     * most IR remote controls should work.  I used a JVC remote from a CD player.
     * most IR receiver modules should work with the IRremote library.
     * this sketch was tested with a Vishay TSOP4838 IR receiver module.
     * this part has 3 pins.
     * with the part plugged into a breadboard and the "bubble" facing you,
     * the pins are (from left to right) OUT, GND, +5V.
     * Connect +5V and GND as youwould expect.  the "OUT" pin is connected to Arduino pin 11.
     * An LED is connected to pin 13 (through a resistor), and to GND.
     *  note: sketch modified to detect a specific button on an IR remote,
     *    and toggle and LED on each press.
    #include <IRremote.h>
    int RECV_PIN = 11;
    int LED_PIN = 13;
    IRrecv irrecv(RECV_PIN);
    decode_results results;
    byte toggle_led = 0;
    void setup()
      pinMode(LED_PIN, OUTPUT);
      irrecv.enableIRIn(); // Start the receiver
    void loop() {
      if (irrecv.decode(&results)) {
        //Serial.print(results.value, HEX);  // uncomment this line to see the actual value received
        if (results.value == 0xCD02) {    // this code indicates POWER button was pressed
          toggle_led = !toggle_led;
          if (toggle_led) {
            digitalWrite(LED_PIN, HIGH);
          } else {
            digitalWrite(LED_PIN, LOW);
        irrecv.resume(); // Receive the next value
  1. Open the Serial Monitor in the Arduino IDE.

  2. Point a remote at your receiver and press a button to see what gets output to the serial monitor.