Set up of Toolchain for Mac OS¶
Step 0: Prerequisites¶
sudo easy_install pip
sudo pip install pyserial
Step 1: Download binary toolchain for the ESP32¶
ESP32 toolchain for macOS is available for download from Espressif website:
Download this file, then extract it to the location you prefer, for example:
mkdir -p ~/esp cd ~/esp tar -xzf ~/Downloads/xtensa-esp32-elf-osx-1.22.0-61-gab8375a-5.2.0.tar.gz
The toolchain will be extracted into
To use it, you will need to update your
PATH environment variable in
~/.profile file. To make
xtensa-esp32-elf available for all terminal sessions, add the following line to your
Alternatively, you may create an alias for the above command. This way you can get the toolchain only when you need it. To do this, add different line to your
alias get_esp32="export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/esp/xtensa-esp32-elf/bin"
Then when you need the toolchain you can type
get_esp32 on the command line and the toolchain will be added to your
Alternative Step 1: Compile the toolchain from source using crosstool-NG¶
Instead of downloading binary toolchain from Espressif website (Step 1 above) you may build the toolchain yourself.
If you can’t think of a reason why you need to build it yourself, then probably it’s better to stick with the binary version. However, here are some of the reasons why you might want to compile it from source:
- if you want to customize toolchain build configuration
- if you want to use a different GCC version (such as 4.8.5)
- if you want to hack gcc or newlib or libstdc++
- if you are curious and/or have time to spare
- if you don’t trust binaries downloaded from the Internet
In any case, here are the steps to compile the toolchain yourself.
sudo port install gsed gawk binutils gperf grep gettext wget libtool autoconf automake
brew install gnu-sed gawk binutils gperftools gettext wget help2man libtool autoconf automake
Create a case-sensitive filesystem image:
hdiutil create ~/esp/crosstool.dmg -volname "ctng" -size 10g -fs "Case-sensitive HFS+"
hdiutil mount ~/esp/crosstool.dmg
Create a symlink to your work directory:
cd ~/esp ln -s /Volumes/ctng crosstool-NG
crosstool-NG and build it:
cd ~/esp git clone -b xtensa-1.22.x https://github.com/espressif/crosstool-NG.git cd crosstool-NG ./bootstrap && ./configure --enable-local && make install
Build the toolchain:
./ct-ng xtensa-esp32-elf ./ct-ng build chmod -R u+w builds/xtensa-esp32-elf
Toolchain will be built in
~/esp/crosstool-NG/builds/xtensa-esp32-elf. Follow instructions given in the previous section to add the toolchain to your
Step 2: Getting ESP-IDF from github¶
Open Terminal.app, navigate to the directory you want to clone ESP-IDF and clone it using
git clone command:
cd ~/esp git clone --recursive https://github.com/espressif/esp-idf.git
ESP-IDF will be downloaded into
--recursive option! If you have already cloned ESP-IDF without this option, run another command to get all the submodules:
cd ~/esp/esp-idf git submodule update --init
Step 3: Starting a project¶
ESP-IDF by itself does not build a binary to run on the ESP32. The binary “app” comes from a project in a different directory. Multiple projects can share the same ESP-IDF directory.
The easiest way to start a project is to download the template project from GitHub:
cd ~/esp git clone https://github.com/espressif/esp-idf-template.git myapp
This will download
esp-idf-template project into
IMPORTANT: The esp-idf build system does not support spaces in paths to esp-idf or to projects.
Step 4: Building and flashing the application¶
In Terminal.app, go to the application directory which was obtained on the previous step:
Type a command like this to set the path to ESP-IDF directory:
At this point you may configure the serial port to be used for uploading. Run:
Then navigate to “Serial flasher config” submenu and change value of “Default serial port” to match the serial port you will use. Also take a moment to explore other options which are configurable in
If you don’t know device name for the serial port of your development board, run this command two times, first with the board unplugged, then with the board plugged in. The port which appears the second time is the one you need:
Now you can build and flash the application. Run:
This will compile the application and all the ESP-IDF components, generate bootloader, partition table, and application binaries, and flash these binaries to your development board.
If you’d like to use the Eclipse IDE instead of running
make, check out the Eclipse setup guide in this directory.