NFC: Text record

The NFC Text record sample shows how to use the NFC tag to expose a text record to NFC polling devices. It uses the NFC Data Exchange Format (NDEF).


The sample supports the following development kits:

Hardware platforms


Board name

Build target

nRF5340 DK



nrf5340dk_nrf5340_cpuapp_ns nrf5340dk_nrf5340_cpuapp

nRF52 DK




nRF52840 DK




When built for an _ns build target, the sample is configured to compile and run as a non-secure application with Cortex-M Security Extensions enabled. Therefore, it automatically includes Trusted Firmware-M that prepares the required peripherals and secure services to be available for the application.

The sample also requires a smartphone or tablet.


When the sample starts, it initializes the NFC tag and generates an NDEF message with three text records that contain the text “Hello World!” in three languages. Then it sets up the NFC library to use the generated message and sense the external NFC field.

The only events handled by the application are the NFC events.

User interface

LED 1:

Indicates if an NFC field is present.

Building and running

This sample can be found under samples/nfc/record_text in the nRF Connect SDK folder structure.

When built as firmware image for the _ns build target, the sample has Cortex-M Security Extensions (CMSE) enabled and separates the firmware between Non-Secure Processing Environment (NSPE) and Secure Processing Environment (SPE). Because of this, it automatically includes the Trusted Firmware-M (TF-M). To read more about CMSE, see Processing environments.

To build the sample with Visual Studio Code, follow the steps listed on the How to build an application page in the nRF Connect for VS Code extension documentation. See Building and programming an application for other building and programming scenarios and Testing and debugging an application for general information about testing and debugging in the nRF Connect SDK.


If you are using debug messages in the NFCT driver, the driver might not be working properly if you have CONFIG_LOG_MODE_IMMEDIATE enabled. The NFCT driver is part of the nrfx driver package. For more information about this driver, see the NFCT driver page in the nrfx repository.


After programming the sample to your development kit, complete the following steps to test it:

  1. Touch the NFC antenna with the smartphone or tablet and observe that LED 1 is lit.

  2. Observe that the smartphone or tablet displays the encoded text (in the most suitable language).

  3. Move the smartphone or tablet away from the NFC antenna and observe that LED 1 turns off.


This sample uses the following nRF Connect SDK libraries:

In addition, it uses the Type 2 Tag library from sdk-nrfxlib:

It uses the following Zephyr libraries:

  • include/zephyr.h

  • include/device.h

  • include/power/reboot.h

  • GPIO Interface

The sample also uses the following secure firmware component: