How to program NodeMCU using Arduino IDE

How to program NodeMCU using Arduino IDE

Introduction

In this tutorial, We are going to learn how to use Arduino IDE to program NodeMCU.

What is NodeMCU? NodeMCU is an open source IoT platform. It includes firmware which runs on the ESP8266 Wi-Fi SoC from Espressif Systems, and hardware which is based on the ESP-12 module. The term “NodeMCU” by default refers to the firmware rather than the development kits. The firmware uses the Lua scripting language. Wikipedia

 

Developer: ESP8266 Opensource Community

Type:Single-board microcontroller
Operating system:XTOS
Yes, by default NodeMCU uses Lua scripting language to program NodeMCU, here We are going to learn how to program NodeMCU using Arduino C++ language.


The above is a sample Lua script to blink an LED connected to the 7th pin ie GPIO 13 of NodeMCU.As you can see here the physical pin and the GPIO pin numbers are different in NodeMCU, below is a chart of the pin assignments,

NodeMCU V 1.0 Pinout

 

NodeMCU v0.9 Pinout

Coding in Arduino IDE

Note: When you use the NodeMCU with the Arduino IDE, it will write directly to the firmware, of NodeMCU erasing the original firmware, So if you want back the Lua SDK, use the “flasher” to re-install the firmware. You can download the flasher from their Github page https://github.com/nodemcu/nodemcu-flasher.
 
Step 1: Connect the NodeMCU with your PC or laptop with a micro USB cable.
Step 2: Download and install the drivers, You can download the driver for Mac, Linux or windows from this link https://github.com/nodemcu/nodemcu-devkit/tree/master/Drivers.
Step 3: Open Your Arduino IDE, then open preference from the file menu, then copy this link  http://arduino.esp8266.com/stable/package_esp8266com_index.json to additional board manager URLs, as shown below in the screenshot, then click ok.
 
 
Step 4: Installing Board, Open board manager from tools -> board -> board manager.
and search from “nodemcu”
 
 
Then select the latest version from the dropdown menu and click install and restart the Arduino IDE.
 
 
If everything is installed properly then you should be able to see the newly installed boards under tools -> board menu. As shown in the screenshot,
 

Testing

Now let’s test our setup by running a blink sketch in our NodeMCU.
 
Step 1:  Open the example blink program from the “example for NodeMCU 1.0” section  inside the example menu,

 

 
 
Step 2: Connect the NodeMCU with your computer using the micro USB cable.

 


Step 3: Select and Board and Port and upload the program, that’s it, now the builtin  LED should start blinking. 

 

Troubleshooting

If your program uploaded properly and the LED is still not blinking then in the blinking sketch change “LED_BUILTIN” to “D4“. like as shown below,
 

Video Tutorial

 
 

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  1. how to test it using phone wifi . after it worked well with pc port.

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