OTA Update Component

With the OTA (Over The Air) update component you can upload your firmware binaries to your node without having to use an USB cable for uploads. ESPHome natively supports this through its run and upload helper scripts.

ESPHome also has an “OTA safe mode”. If for some reason your node gets into a boot loop, ESPHome will automatically try to detect this and will go over into a safe mode after 10 unsuccessful boot attempts. In that mode, all components are disabled and only Serial Logging+WiFi+OTA are initialized, so that you can upload a new binary.

# Example configuration entry
  safe_mode: True
  password: VERYSECURE

Configuration variables:

  • safe_mode (Optional, boolean): Whether to enable safe mode. Defaults to True.
  • password (Optional, string): The password to use for updates.
  • port (Optional, int): The port to use for OTA updates. Defaults to 3232 for the ESP32 and 8266 for the ESP8266.
  • id (Optional, ID): Manually specify the ID used for code generation.


Please be aware that ESP8266 modules must be reset after a serial upload before OTA can work. When you are trying to conduct an OTA update and receive an error message Bad Answer: ERR: ERROR[11]: Invalid bootstrapping the reason is very likely that power-cycling the ESP module is required once after the serial upload.

Updating the password:

Since the password is used both for compiling and uploading the regular esphome <file> run won’t work of course. This issue can be worked around by executing the operations separately through a on_boot trigger:

    - lambda: |-
        id(ota).set_auth_password("New password");
  password: "Old password"
  id: ota