I am working on GPIO external interrupt on LPC1769 board and having problems getting it to work. I have connected pin 2.11 to a push button and interrupt must be generated when the button is pushed. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.. Below is the code,

#define EINT0      0
void EINT0_IRQHandler(void)
  LPC_GPIOINT->IO2IntClr = (1 << 11);
int main(void) {

LPC_PINCON->PINSEL4 &= ~(3<<20);
LPC_PINCON->PINSEL4 |= (1<<20);

LPC_GPIO2->FIODIR &= ~(1<<10);
// LPC_GPIOINT->IO2IntEnF |= (0x01 <<10);




return 0 ;
  • \$\begingroup\$ Is the problem that it won't compile, because this: NVIC_EnableIRQ(EINT0_IRQn); looks like it should be something more like NVIC_EnableIRQ(EINT0_IRQHandler);... Can you define what "having problems" means? \$\endgroup\$
    – Ron Beyer
    Oct 20, 2017 at 3:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ The NVIC_EnableIRQ(EINT0_IRQn); line is correct for most LPC17xx CMSIS versions. Be sure to include the correct header file. \$\endgroup\$
    – Turbo J
    Mar 28, 2018 at 14:55

1 Answer 1


Your Interrupt handler is wrong, it should look like:

void EINT0_IRQHandler(void)
  LPC_SC->EXTINT = (1<<EINT0);
  //light LED here, do not try to use printf() inside interrupts

But the real culprit might be the GPIO pin 2.10 - which is also used to trigger the UART bootloader on startup when LOW. See in manual UM10360.pdf, chapter 32, describing ISP function.

I recommend using external Interrupt 1 on P2.11 instead, which does not have this restriction.


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