esp32 — functionality specific to the ESP32

The esp32 module contains functions and classes specifically aimed at controlling ESP32 modules.



Configure whether or not a touch will wake the device from sleep. wake should be a boolean value.

esp32.wake_on_ext0(pin, level)

Configure how EXT0 wakes the device from sleep. pin can be None or a valid Pin object. level should be esp32.WAKEUP_ALL_LOW or esp32.WAKEUP_ANY_HIGH.

esp32.wake_on_ext1(pins, level)

Configure how EXT1 wakes the device from sleep. pins can be None or a tuple/list of valid Pin objects. level should be esp32.WAKEUP_ALL_LOW or esp32.WAKEUP_ANY_HIGH.


Read the raw value of the internal temperature sensor, returning an integer.


Read the raw value of the internal Hall sensor, returning an integer.


Returns information about the ESP-IDF heap memory regions. One of them contains the MicroPython heap and the others are used by ESP-IDF, e.g., for network buffers and other data. This data is useful to get a sense of how much memory is available to ESP-IDF and the networking stack in particular. It may shed some light on situations where ESP-IDF operations fail due to allocation failures. The information returned is not useful to troubleshoot Python allocation failures, use micropython.mem_info() instead.

The capabilities parameter corresponds to ESP-IDF’s MALLOC_CAP_XXX values but the two most useful ones are predefined as esp32.HEAP_DATA for data heap regions and esp32.HEAP_EXEC for executable regions as used by the native code emitter.

The return value is a list of 4-tuples, where each 4-tuple corresponds to one heap and contains: the total bytes, the free bytes, the largest free block, and the minimum free seen over time.

Example after booting:

>>> import esp32; esp32.idf_heap_info(esp32.HEAP_DATA)
[(240, 0, 0, 0), (7288, 0, 0, 0), (16648, 4, 4, 4), (79912, 35712, 35512, 35108),
 (15072, 15036, 15036, 15036), (113840, 0, 0, 0)]

Flash partitions

This class gives access to the partitions in the device’s flash memory and includes methods to enable over-the-air (OTA) updates.

class esp32.Partition(id)

Create an object representing a partition. id can be a string which is the label of the partition to retrieve, or one of the constants: BOOT or RUNNING.

classmethod Partition.find(type=TYPE_APP, subtype=0xff, label=None)

Find a partition specified by type, subtype and label. Returns a (possibly empty) list of Partition objects. Note: subtype=0xff matches any subtype and label=None matches any label.

Returns a 6-tuple (type, subtype, addr, size, label, encrypted).

Partition.readblocks(block_num, buf)
Partition.readblocks(block_num, buf, offset)
Partition.writeblocks(block_num, buf)
Partition.writeblocks(block_num, buf, offset)
Partition.ioctl(cmd, arg)

These methods implement the simple and extended block protocol defined by uos.AbstractBlockDev.


Sets the partition as the boot partition.


Gets the next update partition after this one, and returns a new Partition object. Typical usage is Partition(Partition.RUNNING).get_next_update() which returns the next partition to update given the current running one.

classmethod Partition.mark_app_valid_cancel_rollback()

Signals that the current boot is considered successful. Calling mark_app_valid_cancel_rollback is required on the first boot of a new partition to avoid an automatic rollback at the next boot. This uses the ESP-IDF “app rollback” feature with “CONFIG_BOOTLOADER_APP_ROLLBACK_ENABLE” and an OSError(-261) is raised if called on firmware that doesn’t have the feature enabled. It is OK to call mark_app_valid_cancel_rollback on every boot and it is not necessary when booting firmare that was loaded using esptool.



Used in the Partition constructor to fetch various partitions: BOOT is the partition that will be booted at the next reset and RUNNING is the currently running partition.


Used in Partition.find to specify the partition type: APP is for bootable firmware partitions (typically labelled factory, ota_0, ota_1), and DATA is for other partitions, e.g. nvs, otadata, phy_init, vfs.


Used in idf_heap_info.


The RMT (Remote Control) module, specific to the ESP32, was originally designed to send and receive infrared remote control signals. However, due to a flexible design and very accurate (as low as 12.5ns) pulse generation, it can also be used to transmit or receive many other types of digital signals:

import esp32
from machine import Pin

r = esp32.RMT(0, pin=Pin(18), clock_div=8)
r  # RMT(channel=0, pin=18, source_freq=80000000, clock_div=8)

# To use carrier frequency
r = esp32.RMT(0, pin=Pin(18), clock_div=8, carrier_freq=38000)
r  # RMT(channel=0, pin=18, source_freq=80000000, clock_div=8, carrier_freq=38000, carrier_duty_percent=50)

# The channel resolution is 100ns (1/(source_freq/clock_div)).
r.write_pulses((1, 20, 2, 40), start=0)  # Send 0 for 100ns, 1 for 2000ns, 0 for 200ns, 1 for 4000ns

The input to the RMT module is an 80MHz clock (in the future it may be able to configure the input clock but, for now, it’s fixed). clock_div divides the clock input which determines the resolution of the RMT channel. The numbers specificed in write_pulses are multiplied by the resolution to define the pulses.

clock_div is an 8-bit divider (0-255) and each pulse can be defined by multiplying the resolution by a 15-bit (0-32,768) number. There are eight channels (0-7) and each can have a different clock divider.

To enable the carrier frequency feature of the esp32 hardware, specify the carrier_freq as something like 38000, a typical IR carrier frequency.

So, in the example above, the 80MHz clock is divided by 8. Thus the resolution is (1/(80Mhz/8)) 100ns. Since the start level is 0 and toggles with each number, the bitstream is 0101 with durations of [100ns, 2000ns, 100ns, 4000ns].

For more details see Espressif’s ESP-IDF RMT documentation..


The current MicroPython RMT implementation lacks some features, most notably receiving pulses. RMT should be considered a beta feature and the interface may change in the future.

class esp32.RMT(channel, *, pin=None, clock_div=8, carrier_freq=0, carrier_duty_percent=50)

This class provides access to one of the eight RMT channels. channel is required and identifies which RMT channel (0-7) will be configured. pin, also required, configures which Pin is bound to the RMT channel. clock_div is an 8-bit clock divider that divides the source clock (80MHz) to the RMT channel allowing the resolution to be specified. carrier_freq is used to enable the carrier feature and specify its frequency, default value is 0 (not enabled). To enable, specify a positive integer. carrier_duty_percent defaults to 50.


Returns the source clock frequency. Currently the source clock is not configurable so this will always return 80MHz.


Return the clock divider. Note that the channel resolution is 1 / (source_freq / clock_div).


Returns True if the channel is currently transmitting a stream of pulses started with a call to RMT.write_pulses.

If timeout (defined in ticks of source_freq / clock_div) is specified the method will wait for timeout or until transmission is complete, returning False if the channel continues to transmit. If looping is enabled with RMT.loop and a stream has started, then this method will always (wait and) return False.


Configure looping on the channel. enable_loop is bool, set to True to enable looping on the next call to RMT.write_pulses. If called with False while a looping stream is currently being transmitted then the current set of pulses will be completed before transmission stops.

RMT.write_pulses(pulses, start)

Begin sending pulses, a list or tuple defining the stream of pulses. The length of each pulse is defined by a number to be multiplied by the channel resolution (1 / (source_freq / clock_div)). start defines whether the stream starts at 0 or 1.

If transmission of a stream is currently in progress then this method will block until transmission of that stream has ended before beginning sending pulses.

If looping is enabled with RMT.loop, the stream of pulses will be repeated indefinitely. Further calls to RMT.write_pulses will end the previous stream - blocking until the last set of pulses has been transmitted - before starting the next stream.

Ultra-Low-Power co-processor

class esp32.ULP

This class provides access to the Ultra-Low-Power co-processor.

ULP.set_wakeup_period(period_index, period_us)

Set the wake-up period.

ULP.load_binary(load_addr, program_binary)

Load a program_binary into the ULP at the given load_addr.

Start the ULP running at the given entry_point.



Selects the wake level for pins.