ESP32-DevKitC Getting Started Guide

This user guide shows how to get started with ESP32-DevKitC development board.

What You Need

  • 1 × ESP32-DevKitC board
  • 1 × USB A / micro USB B cable
  • 1 × PC loaded with Windows, Linux or Mac OS

Overview

ESP32-DevKitC is a small-sized ESP32-based development board produced by Espressif. Most of the I/O pins are broken out to the pin headers on both sides for easy interfacing. Developers can connect these pins to peripherals as needed. Standard headers also make development easy and convenient when using a breadboard.

Functional Description

The following list and figure below describe key components, interfaces and controls of ESP32-DevKitC board.

ESP-WROOM-32
Standard ESP-WROOM-32 module soldered to the ESP32-DevKitC board.
EN
Reset button: pressing this button resets the system.
Boot
Download button: holding down the Boot button and pressing the EN button initiates the firmware download mode. Then user can download firmware through the serial port.
USB
USB interface. It functions as the power supply for the board and the communication interface between PC and ESP-WROOM-32.
I/O
Most of the pins on the ESP-WROOM-32 are broken out to the pin headers on the board. Users can program ESP32 to enable multiple functions such as PWM,ADC, DAC, I2C, I2S, SPI, etc.
ESP32-DevKitC board layout

ESP32-DevKitC board layout

Start Application Development

Before powering up the ESP32-DevKitC, please make sure that the board has been received in good condition with no obvious signs of damage.

To start development of applications, proceed to section Get Started, that will walk you through the following steps:

  • Setup Toolchain in your PC to develop applications for ESP32 in C language
  • Connect the module to the PC and verify if it is accessible
  • Build and Flash an example application to the ESP32
  • Monitor instantly what the application is doing