I've an array of type uint8_t* const with 6 items, defined like this

uint8_t* const neighbourSet[] = {PEER1, PEER2, PEER3, PEER4, PEER5, PEER6};

Whereas each element in this array is static uint8_t defined like this

static uint8_t PEER1[] {0x86, 0xF3, 0xEB, 0x7A, 0xE8, 0x3B};
static uint8_t PEER2[] {0x86, 0xF3, 0xEB, 0x7A, 0xA1, 0x09};
static uint8_t PEER3[] {0x84, 0x0D, 0x8E, 0x03, 0x95, 0xED};
static uint8_t PEER4[] {0x84, 0x0D, 0x8E, 0x03, 0x99, 0xD5};
static uint8_t PEER5[] {0x80, 0x7D, 0x3A, 0xC5, 0x2B, 0x79};
static uint8_t PEER6[] {0x84, 0x0D, 0x8E, 0x03, 0x95, 0x1D};

When I do


I get size:24. I am expecting the size to be 6. could someone explain ? I don't want to hardcode the total number of PEER in a separate integer variable. I want my for loop to run through each element till the total size of array.

    for (int i = 0; i < sizeof(neighbourSet); i++) {
         //do something for each PEER. 
  • uint8_t* is a pointer. on AVR it is 2 bytes. on 32bit architectures 4 bytes
    – Juraj
    Feb 2, 2019 at 14:33
  • you want const uint8_t* const neighbourSet?
    – Juraj
    Feb 2, 2019 at 14:39
  • 3
    Hint: sizeof() gives the number of bytes. You are looking for membersof(). It is often defined as #define membersof(x) (sizeof(x) / sizeof(x[0])). Feb 2, 2019 at 15:07
  • int totalPeers = (sizeof(neighbourSet) / sizeof(neighbourSet[0])); worked. Thanks Mikael ! Feb 2, 2019 at 16:54
  • @MikaelPatel you should post that as an answer. I was going to post the same, but then I saw your comment.
    – RubberDuck
    Feb 3, 2019 at 10:43

1 Answer 1


sizeof() gives the number of bytes. You are looking for membersof(). It is often defined as:

#define membersof(x) (sizeof(x) / sizeof(x[0]))

And in the example above:

for (int i = 0; i < membersof(neighbourSet); i++) {
     //do something for each PEER. 

For more practical C/C++ macro and type extensions please see the Cosa Types.h file.

  • Sizeof doesn't work for pointers
    – Pararera
    Feb 4, 2019 at 11:37

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