ESP32 Thing Plus (USB-C) Hookup Guide

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Software Overview

CH340 Driver

Users will need to install the appropriate driver for their computer to recognize the serial-to-UART chip on their board/adapter. Most of the latest operating systems will recognize CH340C chip on the board and automatically install the required driver.

To manually install the CH340 driver on their computer, users can download it from the WCH website. For more information, check out our How to Install CH340 Drivers Tutorial.

How to Install CH340 Drivers

August 6, 2019

How to install CH340 drivers (if you need them) on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Arduino IDE

Note: For first-time users, who have never programmed before and are looking to use the Arduino IDE, we recommend beginning with the SparkFun Inventor's Kit (SIK), which includes a simpler board like the Arduino Uno or SparkFun RedBoard and is designed to help users get started programming with the Arduino IDE.

Most users may already be familiar with the Arduino IDE and it's use. However, for those of you who have never heard the name Arduino before, feel free to check out the Arduino website. To get started with using the Arduino IDE, check out our tutorials below:

Installing an Arduino Library

How do I install a custom Arduino library? It's easy! This tutorial will go over how to install an Arduino library using the Arduino Library Manager. For libraries not linked with the Arduino IDE, we will also go over manually installing an Arduino library.

What is an Arduino?

What is this 'Arduino' thing anyway? This tutorials dives into what an Arduino is and along with Arduino projects and widgets.

Installing Arduino IDE

A step-by-step guide to installing and testing the Arduino software on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Installing Board Definitions in the Arduino IDE

How do I install a custom Arduino board/core? It's easy! This tutorial will go over how to install an Arduino board definition using the Arduino Board Manager. We will also go over manually installing third-party cores, such as the board definitions required for many of the SparkFun development boards.

Install Board Definition

Install the latest ESP32 board definitions in the Arduino IDE.

Installing Board Definitions in the Arduino IDE

September 9, 2020

How do I install a custom Arduino board/core? It's easy! This tutorial will go over how to install an Arduino board definition using the Arduino Board Manager. We will also go over manually installing third-party cores, such as the board definitions required for many of the SparkFun development boards.

Note: For more instructions, users can follow this tutorial on Installing Additional Cores provided by Arduino. Users will also need the .json file for the Espressif Arduino core:

https://raw.githubusercontent.com/espressif/arduino-esp32/gh-pages/package_esp32_index.json

When selecting a board to program in the Arduino IDE, users should select the SparkFun ESP32 Thing Plus C from the Tools drop down menu (i.e. Tools > Board > ESP32 Arduino > SparkFun ESP32 Thing Plus C). Alternatively, users can also select the ESP32 Dev Module; however, they may loose some pin assignments (i.e. LED_BUILTIN).

Board Selection
Selecting the SparkFun ESP32 Thing Plus C from the Tools drop down menu in the Arduino IDE. (Click to enlarge)

Note: In the Arduino 2.0.x IDE users can also select the board from the Select Board drop down menu and search for the SparkFun ESP32 Thing Plus C:

Arduino 2.0.x
Selecting the SparkFun ESP32 Thing Plus C in the Arduino 2.0.x IDE. (Click to enlarge)