I'm working on a remote control code for ESP controller. Using ESPwebserver and Fastled. When I try to return a value of an uint8_t, as a POST response, i got strange result here is the relevant code:

uint8_t PaletteBrightness = 255; 

server.on("/Sync", HTTP_POST, []() {
String Sync = "PaletteBrightness:" + PaletteBrightness;
    Sync += ":end";
    server.send(200, "text/plain", Sync);

The code complies, and runs fine but the result of 'Sync' in both serial, and POST response is:


Why? What does even Phase mean?
What I want is:


Where the 255 is the value of 'uint8_t PaletteBrightness' Also, there will be more values, to add the 'Sync' string. Just trying to get one right.

1 Answer 1


You should convert your number uint8_t into it's ASCII representation before appending it to your string, otherwise you are appending just one character using it's byte representation.

To do so you can use a standard function itoa() which has a decent documentation available here.

So change line

 String Sync = "PaletteBrightness:" + PaletteBrightness;


 char buffer [4];
 String Sync = "PaletteBrightness:" + itoa(PaletteBrightness, buffer, 10);
  • I've ended up using String(PaletteBrightness); And it seems to do the trick. Would it be better to use itoa()?
    – Nah
    Sep 11, 2016 at 18:25
  • Avoid the use of String at all costs unless there absolutely no alternative. hackingmajenkoblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/…
    – Majenko
    Sep 11, 2016 at 18:44
  • Will read this trough. I need to send and receive data from client which is done in http post, effectively plain text. Don't think there is a way around strings there.
    – Nah
    Sep 11, 2016 at 22:54
  • Yes, there is at least another way: array of chars. And before you ask, strings are not just array of chars, remember you are dealing with C here, not Java or JavaScript. Also memory is a big constraint, anything that is dynamically allocated must be strictly controlled and memory fragmentation can quickly become an issue. Sep 12, 2016 at 0:38
  • Okay, I read up on String, and now i understand a bit better why are they bad. However, ESP8266WebServer.h Uses lots of Strings, and related String object functions. Isnt that also wrong? or I'm missing some key elements here.
    – Nah
    Sep 12, 2016 at 13:03

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