How to loop a program with a button

Hi, I'm trying to launch a program just by pushing a button once. So when the button is pressed, the program must be run all the time until the button is pressed again. My problem is that i must hold the button in all the time to the program wil work.

int sensorM = 9;
int LED = 8;
int buttonstate = 0;
int buttonpin; //akt knapp
void setup() {
buttonpin = 7;
pinMode(LED, OUTPUT); //LED
pinMode(sensorM, INPUT); // Sensor
pinMode(buttonpin, INPUT); //knapp akt


void loop(){

buttonstate = digitalRead(buttonpin);

if (buttonstate == HIGH) {

//Hvis settning for bevegelse
long sensor = digitalRead(sensorM);
if (sensor==HIGH)
digitalWrite (LED, HIGH);
digitalWrite (LED, LOW);



Use a flag variable, which is a global boolean.

bool pressed = false;

void loop() {

  if (buttonstate == HIGH) {
    pressed = true;

  if ((sensor == HIGH) && (pressed == true)) {
   // do what ever

At some point you will need to make "pressed" false again. Also, for robust code, you need "button state detection." A good tutorial is here:

Instead of "pressed = true" try with "pressed = !pressed" :slight_smile:

Instead of "pressed = true" try with "pressed = !pressed" :slight_smile:

Without state detection that probably won't yield the result the OP wants. It's going to flipping back and forth while the button is held down. Which is going to be many times in the time it takes a human to press and release a button.

True, but combined with the info you posted a link to in #1 it’s gonna work splendid! :slight_smile:

I suggest you use selector switch or study on examples below.

  State change detection (edge detection)

 Often, you don't need to know the state of a digital input all the time,
 but you just need to know when the input changes from one state to another.
 For example, you want to know when a button goes from OFF to ON.  This is called
 state change detection, or edge detection.

 This example shows how to detect when a button or button changes from off to on
 and on to off.

 The circuit:
 * pushbutton attached to pin 2 from +5V
 * 10K resistor attached to pin 2 from ground
 * LED attached from pin 13 to ground (or use the built-in LED on
   most Arduino boards)

 created  27 Sep 2005
 modified 30 Aug 2011
 by Tom Igoe

This example code is in the public domain.


// this constant won't change:
const int  buttonPin = 2;    // the pin that the pushbutton is attached to
const int ledPin = 13;       // the pin that the LED is attached to

// Variables will change:
int buttonPushCounter = 0;   // counter for the number of button presses
int buttonState = 0;         // current state of the button
int lastButtonState = 0;     // previous state of the button

void setup() {
  // initialize the button pin as a input:
  pinMode(buttonPin, INPUT);
  // initialize the LED as an output:
  pinMode(ledPin, OUTPUT);
  // initialize serial communication:

void loop() {
  // read the pushbutton input pin:
  buttonState = digitalRead(buttonPin);

  // compare the buttonState to its previous state
  if (buttonState != lastButtonState) {
    // if the state has changed, increment the counter
    if (buttonState == HIGH) {
      // if the current state is HIGH then the button
      // wend from off to on:
      Serial.print("number of button pushes:  ");
    } else {
      // if the current state is LOW then the button
      // wend from on to off:
    // Delay a little bit to avoid bouncing
  // save the current state as the last state,
  //for next time through the loop
  lastButtonState = buttonState;

  // turns on the LED every four button pushes by
  // checking the modulo of the button push counter.
  // the modulo function gives you the remainder of
  // the division of two numbers:
  if (buttonPushCounter % 4 == 0) {
    digitalWrite(ledPin, HIGH);
  } else {
    digitalWrite(ledPin, LOW);


 Each time the input pin goes from LOW to HIGH (e.g. because of a push-button
 press), the output pin is toggled from LOW to HIGH or HIGH to LOW.  There's
 a minimum delay between toggles to debounce the circuit (i.e. to ignore

 The circuit:
 * LED attached from pin 13 to ground
 * pushbutton attached from pin 2 to +5V
 * 10K resistor attached from pin 2 to ground

 * Note: On most Arduino boards, there is already an LED on the board
 connected to pin 13, so you don't need any extra components for this example.

 created 21 November 2006
 by David A. Mellis
 modified 30 Aug 2011
 by Limor Fried
 modified 28 Dec 2012
 by Mike Walters

 This example code is in the public domain.

// constants won't change. They're used here to
// set pin numbers:
const int buttonPin = 2;    // the number of the pushbutton pin
const int ledPin = 13;      // the number of the LED pin

// Variables will change:
int ledState = HIGH;         // the current state of the output pin
int buttonState;             // the current reading from the input pin
int lastButtonState = LOW;   // the previous reading from the input pin

// the following variables are long's because the time, measured in miliseconds,
// will quickly become a bigger number than can be stored in an int.
long lastDebounceTime = 0;  // the last time the output pin was toggled
long debounceDelay = 50;    // the debounce time; increase if the output flickers

void setup() {
  pinMode(buttonPin, INPUT);
  pinMode(ledPin, OUTPUT);

  // set initial LED state
  digitalWrite(ledPin, ledState);

void loop() {
  // read the state of the switch into a local variable:
  int reading = digitalRead(buttonPin);

  // check to see if you just pressed the button
  // (i.e. the input went from LOW to HIGH),  and you've waited
  // long enough since the last press to ignore any noise:

  // If the switch changed, due to noise or pressing:
  if (reading != lastButtonState) {
    // reset the debouncing timer
    lastDebounceTime = millis();

  if ((millis() - lastDebounceTime) > debounceDelay) {
    // whatever the reading is at, it's been there for longer
    // than the debounce delay, so take it as the actual current state:

    // if the button state has changed:
    if (reading != buttonState) {
      buttonState = reading;

      // only toggle the LED if the new button state is HIGH
      if (buttonState == HIGH) {
        ledState = !ledState;

  // set the LED:
  digitalWrite(ledPin, ledState);

  // save the reading.  Next time through the loop,
  // it'll be the lastButtonState:
  lastButtonState = reading;