Pauses the program for the amount of time (in microseconds) specified as parameter. There are a thousand microseconds in a millisecond, and a million microseconds in a second.

Currently, the largest value that will produce an accurate delay is 16383. This could change in future Arduino releases. For delays longer than a few thousand microseconds, you should use delay() instead.




us: the number of microseconds to pause (unsigned int)



Example Code

The code configures pin number 8 to work as an output pin. It sends a train of pulses of approximately 100 microseconds period. The approximation is due to execution of the other instructions in the code.

int outPin = 8;                 // digital pin 8

void setup()
  pinMode(outPin, OUTPUT);      // sets the digital pin as output

void loop()
  digitalWrite(outPin, HIGH);   // sets the pin on
  delayMicroseconds(50);        // pauses for 50 microseconds
  digitalWrite(outPin, LOW);    // sets the pin off
  delayMicroseconds(50);        // pauses for 50 microseconds

Notes and Warnings

This function works very accurately in the range 3 microseconds and up. We cannot assure that delayMicroseconds will perform precisely for smaller delay-times.

As of Arduino 0018, delayMicroseconds() no longer disables interrupts.

  • LANGUAGE delay()

  • LANGUAGE micros()

  • LANGUAGE millis()