Flashing an ESP8266

Erase Flash

It’s a good  idea to erase the existing flash memory first. To do this use esptool.py. First determine the COM port the ESP8266 module is on. Use Device Manager in Windows to find the COM port to use then, at a command prompt, type…

esptool.py --port [COMport] erase_flash

(where [COMport] is the COM port concerned, e.g. COM6, COM12, etc)

Flash the new firmware

First download the firmware you need.

Use esptools.py at the command prompt type…

esptool.py --port [COMport] --baud 115200 write_flash --flash_size=detect 0 [firmwareFileName]

(where [COMport] is the COM port concerned, e.g. COM6, COM12 etc, and [firmwareFileName] is the location and name of the firmware file you just downloaded, e.g. C:\temp\esp8266-20180511-v1.9.4.bin)

If you are flashing an Adafruit Feather Huzzah then the flash process will go ahead automatically but most other ESP8266 modules require you to hold down the Reset (RST)  button then press the FLASH button as well then release the Reset button and finally release the FLASH button. This puts the module into flash mode and the process should then proceed as normal.