Introduction: Arduino IDE for Building Compiling Environment of ESP32

Arduino IDE is simple!

There are many development platforms for ESP32 (ESP-WROOM-32). In some situations, using Linux or cygwin in Windows are quite intimidating for beginners. Using Arduino IDE is a more user-friendly approach.

Step 1: Add the Board URL to Arduino IDE

Open Arduino IDE (I am using version 1.8.0).

An installation tutorial for Arduino IDE can be found here.

Navigate to File > Preferences and click the circled button as shown below:

Step 2:

Enter the following URL in the new pop-up window.

https://git.oschina.net/dfrobot/FireBeetle-ESP32/r...

You should see this progress window:

Step 3:

After the input is completed, click OK.

Step 4: Update the Board List

After adding the mainboard URL of ESP32 (ESP-WROOM-32) to Arduino IDE, we need to update the board list, and use Arduino IDE to download ESP32 (ESP-WROOM-32) libraries.

Open Tools->Development board->Development board manager, as shown below:

Step 5:

After opening the development board manager, the board list will automatically be updated, as can be seen below:

Step 6:

Step 7: Install ESP32 (ESP-WROOM-32)

After completing the update, you should find FireFly-ESP32 Mainboard options which you can then edit.

Step 8:

Select “ESP32 (ESP-WROOM-32)” and click “Install”. The manager will automatically download the relevant libraries.

Step 9:

Step 10: Compiling a Blink Program

Now that our compilation environment is set up, we can upload a test program.

Open tools->development board,select Firefly-ESP32 mainboard, as shown in the following:

Step 11:

Navigate to Tools > Board and Select Firefly-ESP32 from the list.

Please Note: If you haven’t installed ESP32 (ESP-WROOM-32) mainboard you will not see the board in the list, so be sure you follow the steps above to install it first.

Open File->Example->Basics->Blink, as shown in the following:

Step 12:

Click the button to start compiling.

Step 13:

Done!

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