Monday, October 5, 2015

Arduino Uno + RFID-RC522, MFRC522 library example DumpInfo

This post show how Arduino Uno + RFID-RC522 (RFID reader) to dump info of RFID key and RFID card, using Arduino RFID Library for MFRC522.

Arduino library for MFRC522 and other RFID RC522 based modules ( read and write different types of Radio-Frequency IDentification (RFID) cards on your Arduino using a RC522 based reader connected via the Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) interface.

Install MFRC522 library to Arduino IDE:

You can download ZIP file from the library web page, and it to Arduino library, read the video below. After library added, it will be in the folder your_Documents\Arduino\libraries\,

and fritzing parts is in your_Documents\Arduino\libraries\rfid-master\doc\fritzing\.

Connect Arduino Uno and RFID-RF522 module:

In Arduino IDE, Open Example of DumpInfo in MFRC522:

 * ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 * This is a MFRC522 library example; see
 * for further details and other examples.
 * NOTE: The library file MFRC522.h has a lot of useful info. Please read it.
 * Released into the public domain.
 * ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 * Example sketch/program showing how to read data from a PICC (that is: a RFID
 * Tag or Card) using a MFRC522 based RFID Reader on the Arduino SPI interface.
 * When the Arduino and the MFRC522 module are connected (see the pin layout
 * below), load this sketch into Arduino IDE then verify/compile and upload it.
 * To see the output: use Tools, Serial Monitor of the IDE (hit Ctrl+Shft+M).
 * When you present a PICC (that is: a RFID Tag or Card) at reading distance
 * of the MFRC522 Reader/PCD, the serial output will show the ID/UID, type and
 * any data blocks it can read. Note: you may see "Timeout in communication"
 * messages when removing the PICC from reading distance too early.
 * If your reader supports it, this sketch/program will read all the PICCs
 * presented (that is: multiple tag reading). So if you stack two or more
 * PICCs on top of each other and present them to the reader, it will first
 * output all details of the first and then the next PICC. Note that this
 * may take some time as all data blocks are dumped, so keep the PICCs at
 * reading distance until complete.
 * Typical pin layout used:
 * -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 *             MFRC522      Arduino       Arduino   Arduino    Arduino          Arduino
 *             Reader/PCD   Uno           Mega      Nano v3    Leonardo/Micro   Pro Micro
 * Signal      Pin          Pin           Pin       Pin        Pin              Pin
 * -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 * RST/Reset   RST          9             5         D9         RESET/ICSP-5     RST
 * SPI SS      SDA(SS)      10            53        D10        10               10
 * SPI MOSI    MOSI         11 / ICSP-4   51        D11        ICSP-4           16
 * SPI MISO    MISO         12 / ICSP-1   50        D12        ICSP-1           14
 * SPI SCK     SCK          13 / ICSP-3   52        D13        ICSP-3           15

#include <SPI.h>
#include <MFRC522.h>

#define RST_PIN     9       // 
#define SS_PIN      10      //

MFRC522 mfrc522(SS_PIN, RST_PIN);   // Create MFRC522 instance

void setup() {
    Serial.begin(9600);     // Initialize serial communications with the PC
    while (!Serial);        // Do nothing if no serial port is opened (added for Arduinos based on ATMEGA32U4)
    SPI.begin();            // Init SPI bus
    mfrc522.PCD_Init();     // Init MFRC522
    ShowReaderDetails();    // Show details of PCD - MFRC522 Card Reader details
    Serial.println(F("Scan PICC to see UID, type, and data blocks..."));

void loop() {
    // Look for new cards
    if ( ! mfrc522.PICC_IsNewCardPresent()) {

    // Select one of the cards
    if ( ! mfrc522.PICC_ReadCardSerial()) {

    // Dump debug info about the card; PICC_HaltA() is automatically called

void ShowReaderDetails() {
    // Get the MFRC522 software version
    byte v = mfrc522.PCD_ReadRegister(mfrc522.VersionReg);
    Serial.print(F("MFRC522 Software Version: 0x"));
    Serial.print(v, HEX);
    if (v == 0x91)
        Serial.print(F(" = v1.0"));
    else if (v == 0x92)
        Serial.print(F(" = v2.0"));
        Serial.print(F(" (unknown)"));
    // When 0x00 or 0xFF is returned, communication probably failed
    if ((v == 0x00) || (v == 0xFF)) {
        Serial.println(F("WARNING: Communication failure, is the MFRC522 properly connected?"));

- Similarly example run on Android: Android NFC: readBlock() for MifareClassic, to dump data in RFID tag
Step-by-step to make MFRC522-python work on Raspberry Pi 2/raspbian Jessie, read RFID tags using RFID Reader, RFID-RC522.
Raspberry Pi 2 + MFRC522-python - Dump RFID Tag data using mxgxw/MFRC522-python


  1. bro is there any difference between RFID card ready and your project?

  2. I'm always getting this error message when i am compiling the above code.

    exit status 1
    'class MFRC522' has no member named 'PCD_Init'

    Please reply as soon as possible.