On Data Packet Received

Run part of a program when the micro:bit receives a number or string over radio.

radio.onDataPacketReceived(({receivedNumber, receivedString, time, serial, signal}) => { });

To add or remove the parts of the packet from the block, try clicking the blue gear in the corner!

Callback Parameters

  • packet - the packet that was received by the radio. The packet has the following properties:
    • receivedNumber - The number that was sent in this packet or 0 if this packet did not contain a number. See send number and send value
    • receivedString - The string that was sent in this packet or the empty string if this packet did not contain a string. See send string and send value
    • time - The system time of the micro:bit that sent this packet at the time the packet was sent.
    • serial - The serial number of the micro:bit that sent this packet or 0 if the micro:bit did not include its serial number.
    • signal - How strong the radio signal is from -128 (weak) to -42 (strong).


This program keeps sending numbers that says how fast the micro:bit is slowing down or speeding up. It also receives numbers for the same thing from nearby micro:bits. It shows these numbers as a bar graph.

basic.forever(() => {
radio.onDataPacketReceived(({ receivedNumber }) => {
    led.plotBarGraph(receivedNumber, 1023);


This program uses the signal strength from received packets to graph the approximate distance between two micro:bits.

basic.forever(() => {
radio.onDataPacketReceived(({ signal, receivedNumber }) => {
        Math.abs(signal + 42),
        128 - 42


The on radio data event can only be created once, due to the hardware restrictions.

The radio set group might need to be set, synchronized , before the radio events will function.

See also

send number, send string, send value, set group