Time to write something about esptool2, as I’ve been using it in the last few posts. The SDK way of creating rom images is a mess involving a shell script / batch file and Makefile. I did find a windows version of esptool by mamalala, but it didn’t create the newer rom format used by the SDK boot loader. So I wrote my own. I used a simpler design and command line compared to the version by mamalala (which I think is designed to be a drop in replacement with compatible command line interface). Although I prefer it this way I didn’t call it esptool2 to imply it was better or a replacement and I hadn’t originally intended to release it.
- Create old style rom images, e.g. eagle.flash.bin & eagle.irom0text.bin (for use without a boot loader).
- Create rom images for the first type SDK boot loader.
- Create rom images for the newer (v1.2+) SDK boot loader.
- Create rom images for rBoot (because it uses the same format as as SDK v1.2 roms).
- Export elf sections as bytes in a C header file (used when building rBoot itself).
- Single output file per command, perfect for use in a Makefile.
- Open source.
- Compiles under Visual Studio on Windows and GCC on Linux.
It doesn’t flash though, so you’ll need something else to do that, sorry. Never done any serial programming in C and I suspect it’s probably difficult to do in a nice platform independent way. If you can do this please get in touch.
Get the source from github: https://github.com/raburton/esptool2 Or get the compiled version for windows: https://www.dropbox.com/s/03ci9orf9ccr9ya/esptool2.exe?dl=0
Run it to see full usage instructions or look at the rBoot sample project for usage examples.
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…the dropbox link to the precompiled esptool is broken…
Thanks, I’ve re-uploaded it and updated the link.