How to Program an ESP32 in Arduino while using ESP-IDF functions

Mark Zachmann
Feb 13, 2018 · 3 min read

I’ve just started using an ESP32 chip and it’s awesome. There are two paths to program it, though.

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An ESP32-based Chip Computer



How to Program

Here’s an example of two code fragments. Arduino and ESP-IDF to initialize and enable the serial port:




/* Configure parameters of an UART driver,
* communication pins and install the driver */
uart_config_t uart_config = {
.baud_rate = 115200,
.data_bits = UART_DATA_8_BITS,
.stop_bits = UART_STOP_BITS_1,
uart_param_config(EX_UART_NUM, &uart_config);
//Set UART pins (using UART0 default pins ie no changes.)
//Install UART driver, and get the queue.
uart_driver_install(EX_UART_NUM, BUF_SIZE * 2, BUF_SIZE * 2, 20, &uart0_queue, 0);

Harder Tasks

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Working sniffer with lots of Arduino Code

Here’s how you set up the wifi port as a sniffer in Arduino:


You can’t.

Here’s my sample code to set up the wifi port as a sniffer in Arduino, while using ESP-IDF

#include "C:\msys32\home\Mark\esp\esp-idf\components\esp32\include\esp_wifi.h"// set up Wifi for promiscuous mode, random channel
void WifiInitialize()
wifi_init_config_t config = WIFI_INIT_CONFIG_DEFAULT();
// Promiscuous works only with station mode esp_wifi_set_mode(WIFI_MODE_STA);
// Set up promiscuous callback esp_wifi_set_promiscuous_rx_cb(promisc_cb);
esp_wifi_set_channel(1, WIFI_SECOND_CHAN_NONE );
// the callback function
void promisc_cb(void *buf, wifi_promiscuous_pkt_type_t ttype)
wifi_promiscuous_pkt_t* snifpak = (wifi_promiscuous_pkt_t*)buf;
wifi_pkt_rx_ctrl_t& snifctrl = snifpak->rx_ctrl; // the metadata
... more code

The Answer

In the above code I point to my location for the right header. You would normally just set an include folder. The include path I use is: C:/msys32/home/Mark/esp/esp-idf/components/esp32/include. The path is from following Espressif’s installation instructions for the IDF component.

Once the code is written, use Arduino to compile it, which it will happily do — and then run it. There are some limitations to this approach (the Espressif IDF is more current than the Arduino, for example) but for most libraries it works admirably.

Running Linux on Windows

Note: in the GIF above showing MAC addresses I’ve specifically edited my code to not show the right MAC addresses. Instead it’s a random hash based off the MAC address.

Home Wireless

Home automation in the wireless IOT era

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