Getting started with ESP32 Module from Unboxing to Blinking an LED

This post describes quick steps for getting started with ESP32-WROOM Series module right from unboxing to loading and running your first LED Blinking project with C Programming Language and PlatformIO IDE. We describe four steps with source code on this same page.
(Rev. 16-May-2023)

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Step 1 of 4 - A first look at ESP32 Module

ESP32 module is provided by Espressif. Their website is

The module that we shall be using is ESP32-WROOM Series.

This module is available for less than $4.

The module can be connected to a PC with a micro-usb cable or a type C cable.

Please watch the following youtube video:

Step 2 of 4 - Installing VS Code and PlatformIO for Embedded Systems ESP32, etc.

First of install Visual Studio Code.

Then search for an extension called "PlatformIO IDE". Install it!

Please watch the following youtube video:

Step 3 of 4 - ESP32 Uploading and Running a C/C++ Project with PlatformIO IDE

Create a first project as explained in the video for step 3.

Attach your ESP32 module to the PC. If it is not detected, then you should install drivers from these USB-UART suppliers. In most cases the supplier is Silicon Labs. If that doesn't work, then try FTDI drivers.

Silicon Labs Driver =

FTDI Driver =

The platformio.ini file need to be modified to look like as shown below. The baudrate must be 115200 because ESP32 uses this baud rate.

// platformio.ini file 

; PlatformIO Project Configuration File
;   Build options: build flags, source filter
;   Upload options: custom upload port, speed and extra flags
;   Library options: dependencies, extra library storages
;   Advanced options: extra scripting
; Please visit documentation for the other options and examples

platform = espressif32
board = esp32dev
framework = espidf
monitor_speed = 115200
monitor_filters = direct, esp32_exception_decoder

Copy the hello_world_maingithub Espresso ESP32 project from

Ensure that you are able to run the project as explained in the linked video.

Step 4 of 4 - Blinking an LED with ESP32

Create a first project as explained in the video for step 3.

Replace the code with the following code.

// main.c file 

#include "freertos/FreeRTOS.h"
#include "freertos/task.h"
#include "driver/gpio.h"
#include "esp_log.h"

static const char *TAG = "tag:Blink";

static const int BLINK_GPIO = GPIO_NUM_22;

void app_main()
    ESP_LOGI(TAG, "Starting...");


    /* Set the GPIO as a push/pull output */
    gpio_set_direction(BLINK_GPIO, GPIO_MODE_OUTPUT);

    bool isOn = false;

    while (1)

        ESP_LOGI(TAG, "Turning the LED %s!", isOn ? "OFF" : "ON");

        gpio_set_level(BLINK_GPIO, isOn = !isOn);

        vTaskDelay(2000 / portTICK_PERIOD_MS);

Connect an LED between the GPIO22 and GND pin as shown in the linked video.

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