You don’t have to have installed EDP-IDF first, the VS plugin is very good and can do it all for you.

Install Visual Studio Code

Install Python

Install ESP-IDF Visual Studio Code Extension from:

Visual Studio Code > Menu > View > Command Palette (CTRL+SHIFT+P) > type: configure esp-idf extension
Choose the ESP-IDF: Configure ESP-IDF extension option.

If you don’t have ESP-IDF installed, select “Express”

Select ESP-IDF version: Select the version you want to install (e.g. the newest release version)

For the paths, you can use the C:\Users\### default paths, but this can cause issues when moving projects to other people’s systems if you’ve got commands setup that use specific paths to tools. We prefer this fixed location approach:

Enter ESP-IDF container directory (IDF_PATH): C:\Espressif\esp

Enter ESP-IDF Tool directory (IDF_TOOLS_PATH): C:\Espressif\.espressif

If you have already installed ESP-IDF, select “Use existing setup”

Wait for the setup to complete

How to use

Where things are

Press the left toolbar Extensions button for the Espressif IDF plugin and its settings option.

Press F1 to open the command palette search box and type “esp”. You will see the list populate with all sorts of ESP options you can select.

We benefit hugely from resources on the web so we decided we should try and give back some of our knowledge and resources to the community by opening up many of our company’s internal notes and libraries through mini sites like this. We hope you find the site helpful.
Please feel free to comment if you can add help to this page or point out issues and solutions you have found, but please note that we do not provide support on this site. If you need help with a problem please use one of the many online forums.


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