How many bits does an I2C address have?

I2C addresses always have 7 bits.

This is because the first byte in any I2C communication consists of the 7 bit address plus the Read/Write bit. The Read/Write bit is 0 if the I2C master requests to write to a specific address and it’s 1 if the I2C master requests to read from an address.

The first byte of the I2C communication looks like this:

Interested in how we made this diagram? Check out our post onĀ How to visualize I2C first byte structure in TikZ