ESPHome Core Configuration¶
Here you specify some core information that ESPHome needs to create firmwares. Most importantly, this is the section of the configuration where you specify the name of the node.
# Example configuration entry esphome: name: livingroom comment: Living room ESP32 controller area: Living Room esp32: board: nodemcu-32s
name (Required, string): This is the name of the node. It should always be unique in your ESPHome network. May only contain lowercase characters, digits and hyphens, and can be at most 24 characters long by default, or 31 characters long if
false. See Changing ESPHome Node Name.
friendly_name (Optional, string): This is the name sent to the frontend. It is used by Home Assistant as the integration name, device name, and is automatically prefixed to entities where necessary.
area (Optional, string): This is the area sent to the frontend. It is used by Home Assistant as the area / zone which the node belongs to.
build_path (Optional, string): Customize where ESPHome will store the build files for your node. By default, ESPHome puts the PlatformIO project it uses to build the firmware in the
.esphome/build/<NODE>directory, but you can customize this behavior using this option.
platformio_options (Optional, mapping): Additional options to pass over to PlatformIO in the platformio.ini file. See platformio_options.
includes (Optional, list of files): A list of C/C++ files to include in the main (auto-generated) sketch file for custom components. The paths in this list are relative to the directory where the YAML configuration file is in. See includes.
libraries (Optional, list of libraries): A list of libraries to include in the project. See libraries.
comment (Optional, string): Additional text information about this node. Only for display in UI.
name_add_mac_suffix (Optional, boolean): Appends the last 3 bytes of the mac address of the device to the name in the form
<name>-aabbcc. Defaults to
false. See Adding the MAC address as a suffix to the device name.
project (Optional): ESPHome Creator’s Project information. See Project information.
name (Required, string): Name of the project
version (Required, string): Version of the project
min_version (Optional, string): The minimum ESPHome version required to compile this configuration. See Minimum ESPHome version.
compile_process_limit (Optional, int): The maximum number of simultaneous compile processes to run. Defaults to the number of cores of the CPU which is also the maximum you can set.
platform (Required, string): The platform used, either
arduino_version (Optional, string): The version of the Arduino framework to compile the project against.
esp8266_restore_from_flash (Optional, boolean): For ESP8266s, whether to store some persistent preferences in flash memory.
This automation will be triggered when the ESP boots up. By default, it is executed after everything else
is already set up. You can however change this using the
esphome: # ... on_boot: priority: 600 # ... then: - switch.turn_off: switch_1
priority (Optional, float): The priority to execute your custom initialization code. A higher value means a high priority and thus also your code being executed earlier. Please note this is an ESPHome-internal value and any change will not be marked as a breaking change. Defaults to
600. Priorities (you can use any value between them too):
800.0: This is where all hardware initialization of vital components is executed. For example setting switches to their initial state.
600.0: This is where most sensors are set up.
250.0: At this priority, WiFi is initialized.
200.0: Network connections like MQTT/native API are set up at this priority.
-100.0: At this priority, pretty much everything should already be initialized.
This automation will be triggered when the ESP is about to shut down. Shutting down is usually caused by too many WiFi/MQTT connection attempts, Over-The-Air updates being applied or through the Deep Sleep Component.
It’s not guaranteed that all components are in a connected state when this automation is triggered. For
example, the MQTT client may have already disconnected. For use-cases that require specific shutdown ordering, look at the
esphome: # ... on_shutdown: priority: 700 then: - switch.turn_off: switch_1
priority (Optional, float): The priority to execute your custom shutdown code. A higher value means a high priority and in case of shutdown triggers that the code is executed later. Priority is used primarily for the initialization order of components. Shutdowns for these components are handled in reverse order, such that e.g. sensors (600) are shutdown before the hardware components (800) they depend on. Please note this is an ESPHome-internal value and any change will not be marked as a breaking change. Defaults to
600. For priority values refer to the list in the on_boot section.
This automation will be triggered on every
loop() iteration (usually around every 16 milliseconds).
esphome: # ... on_loop: then: # do something
PlatformIO supports a number of options in its
platformio.ini file. With the
parameter you can tell ESPHome what options to pass into the
env section of the PlatformIO file
(note you can also do this by editing the
platformio.ini file manually).
You can view a full list of PlatformIO options here: https://docs.platformio.org/en/latest/projectconf/section_env.html
# Example configuration entry esphome: # ... platformio_options: upload_speed: 115200 board_build.f_flash: 80000000L
includes you can include source files in the generated PlatformIO project.
All files declared with this option are copied to the project each time it is compiled.
You can always look at the generated PlatformIO project (
.esphome/build/<NODE>) to see what
is happening - and if you want you can even copy the include files directly into the
includes option is only a helper option that does that for you.
# Example configuration entry esphome: # ... includes: - my_switch.h
This option behaves differently depending on what the included file is pointing at:
If the include string is pointing at a directory, the entire directory tree is copied into the src/ folder.
If the include string points to a header file (.h, .hpp, .tcc), it is copied in the src/ folder AND included in the
main.cppfile. This way the lambda code can access it.
If the include string points to a regular source file (.c, .cpp), it is copied in the src/ folder AND compiled into the binary. This way implementation of classes and functions in header files can be provided.
libraries option it is possible to include libraries in the PlatformIO project. These libraries will then
be compiled into the resulting firmware, and can be used in code from lambdas and from
# Example configuration entry esphome: # ... libraries: # a library from PlatformIO - espressif/esp32-camera # a library bundled with Arduino - Wire # use the git version of a library used by a component - esphome/Improv=https://github.com/improv-wifi/sdk-cpp.git#v1.0.0
The most common usage of this option is to include third-party libraries that are available in the PlatformIO registry. They can be added by listing their name under this option. It is also possible to use specific versions, or to fetch libraries from a file or git repository. ESPHome accepts the same syntax as the pio lib install command.
<name>=<source> syntax, it is possible to override the version used for libraries that are automatically added
by one of ESPHome’s components. This can be useful during development to make ESPHome use a custom fork of a library.
By default, ESPHome does not include any libraries into the project. This means that libraries that are bundled with
Arduino, such as
EEPROM, aren’t available. If you need to use them, you should list them manually under
this option. If they are used by another library, they should be listed before the library that uses them.
Adjusting flash writes¶
# Example configuration entry preferences: flash_write_interval: 1min
flash_write_interval (Optional, Time): Customize the frequency in which data is flushed to the flash. This setting helps to prevent rapid changes to a component from being quickly written to the flash and wearing it out. Defaults to
As all devices have a limited number of flash write cycles, this setting helps to reduce the number of flash writes
due to quickly changing components. In the past, when components such as
were changed, the state was immediately committed to flash. The result of this was that the last state of these
components would always restore to its last state on power loss, however, this has the cost of potentially quickly
damaging the flash if these components are quickly changed.
A safety feature has thus been implemented to mitigate issues resulting from the limited number of flash write cycles,
the state is first stored in memory before being flushed to flash after the
flash_write_interval has passed. This
results in fewer flash writes, preserving the flash health.
This behavior can be disabled by setting
0s to immediately commit the state to flash,
however, be aware that this may lead to increased flash wearing and a shortened device lifespan!
restore_from_flash must also be set to
true for states to be written to flash.
Changing ESPHome Node Name¶
Trying to change the name of a node or its address in the network?
You can do so with the
use_address option of the WiFi configuration.
Change the device name or address in your YAML to the new value and additionally
use_address to point to the old address like so:
# Step 1. Changing name from test8266 to kitchen esphome: name: kitchen # ... wifi: # ... use_address: test8266.local
Now upload the updated config to the device. As a second step, you now need to remove the
use_address option from your configuration again so that subsequent uploads will work again
(otherwise it will try to upload to the old address).
# Step 2 esphome: name: kitchen # ... wifi: # ... # Remove or comment out use_address # use_address: test8266.local
The same procedure can be done for changing the static IP of a device.
Adding the MAC address as a suffix to the device name¶
name_add_mac_suffix allows creators to
provision multiple devices at the factory with a single firmware and still
have unique identification for customer installs.
End users will need to create an individual YAML config file if they want to OTA update the
devices in the future. Creators can facilitate this process by providing
for end users. This allows them to easily update their devices as new features are made available
This allows creators to add the project name and version to the compiled code. It is currently only
exposed via the logger, mDNS and the device_info response via the native API. The format of the name
# Example configuration esphome: ... project: name: "jesse.leds_party" version: "1.0.0"
Minimum ESPHome version¶
This allows YAML files to specify the minimum version of ESPHome required to compile. This is useful in the case of packages where a published package might use features only available in a newer version of ESPHome. This allows for a more friendly error message.