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What is M5Burner and Why You Need It for Your M5Stack Projects


How to Download and Use M5Burner: A Firmware Burning Tool for M5Stack Devices




If you are interested in IoT development, you may have heard of M5Stack, a modular, stackable, scalable, and portable device powered by an ESP32 core. M5Stack devices are compatible with various development platforms and programming languages, such as Arduino, UIFlow, MicroPython, etc. However, before you can start programming your M5Stack device, you need to burn the right firmware to it. This is where M5Burner comes in handy.




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M5Burner is a firmware burning tool for M5Stack devices that allows you to easily select, download, and burn the official firmware released by M5Stack, as well as add your own custom firmware. It supports Windows, MacOS, and Linux operating systems, and has a simple and user-friendly interface. With M5Burner, you can quickly and conveniently update your M5Stack device with the latest features and functions.


In this article, we will show you how to download and use M5Burner to burn firmware to your M5Stack device. We will also introduce some alternatives to M5Burner in case you prefer a different tool. By the end of this article, you should be able to set up your M5Stack device for IoT development.


Prerequisites




Before you can use M5Burner, you need the following items:


  • An M5Stack device (with 16MB Flash Memory), such as Basic, Grey, Fire, Core2, etc.



  • A micro SD card formatted in FAT32. This micro SD card will be used to store your configuration files and other firmwares.



  • A PC under Windows, Linux, or MacOS, with the USB drivers installed and the M5Burner application downloaded.



You can download the USB drivers and the M5Burner application from the M5Stack download page. Note that there are different versions of USB drivers for different models of M5Stack devices. You can also find the USB drivers on the M5Stack documentation page.


How to Use M5Burner




Once you have all the prerequisites ready, you can follow these steps to use M5Burner:


Step 1: Install M5Burner and USB Drivers




Unzip the downloaded files of M5Burner and USB drivers. Depending on your operating system, double-click or run the installer or executable file of M5Burner and USB drivers. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.


Step 2: Connect M5Stack Device to PC




Connect your M5Stack device to your PC using a Type-C data cable. Make sure your device is powered on by pressing the power button on the left side. You should see a green LED indicator on your device.


Step 3: Select and Download Firmware




Launch the M5Burner application on your PC. You should see a list of firmware versions on the left side of the tool. Click on the download arrow next to the firmware version you want to burn. The firmware file will be downloaded to your micro SD card. You can also browse and select a firmware file from your local folder by clicking on the folder icon on the top right corner of the tool.


Step 4: Burn Firmware to M5Stack Device




After downloading the firmware file, you need to burn it to your M5Stack device. To do this, you need to select the correct COM port and baud rate for your device. You can find the COM port number in the Device Manager on Windows, or in the Terminal on Linux or MacOS. The baud rate is usually 115200 or 921600. You can also click on the refresh icon next to the COM port to scan for available ports.


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Once you have selected the COM port and baud rate, click on the burn button on the bottom right corner of the tool. You should see a progress bar and a log window showing the burning process. Wait until the process is completed and you see a message saying "Burn Successfully".


Step 5: Add Custom Firmware




If you want to add your own custom firmware to M5Burner, you can do so by clicking on the plus icon on the top left corner of the tool. You will be prompted to enter a name and a description for your firmware, and select a firmware file from your local folder. You can also choose an icon for your firmware from the predefined icons or upload your own icon. After adding your custom firmware, you can burn it to your M5Stack device as described in Step 4.


Alternatives to M5Burner




M5Burner is not the only tool that can burn firmware to M5Stack devices. There are some other tools that you can use as alternatives, such as ESPTool, which is a command-line tool for flashing ESP32-based devices. Here is how you can use ESPTool to burn firmware to your M5Stack device:


Step 1: Install ESPTool




You can install ESPTool using pip, which is a package manager for Python. To do this, open a terminal window and type the following command:


pip install esptool


You may need to use sudo or administrator privileges depending on your operating system.


Step 2: Download Firmware




You can download the firmware file from the M5Stack download page or from other sources. Make sure you save the firmware file in a folder that you can access easily from the terminal.


Step 3: Connect M5Stack Device to PC




Connect your M5Stack device to your PC using a Type-C data cable. Make sure your device is powered on by pressing the power button on the left side. You should see a green LED indicator on your device.


Step 4: Burn Firmware to M5Stack Device




In the terminal window, navigate to the folder where you saved the firmware file. Then type the following command:


esptool.py --chip esp32 --port COMx --baud y erase_flash


Replace COMx with your COM port number and y with your baud rate. This command will erase the flash memory of your device.


Next, type the following command:


esptool.py --chip esp32 --port COMx --baud y write_flash -z 0x1000 firmware.bin


Replace COMx with your COM port number, y with your baud rate, and firmware.bin with your firmware file name. This command will write the firmware file to your device.


Wait until the process is completed and you see a message saying "Leaving...". You can then disconnect your device and restart it.


Conclusion




In this article, we have shown you how to download and use M5Burner, a firmware burning tool for M5Stack devices. We have also introduced some alternatives to M5Burner, such as ESPTool, which is a command-line tool for flashing ESP32-based devices. With these tools, you can easily update your M5Stack device with the latest firmware and start developing IoT applications.


We hope you have found this article helpful and informative. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to leave a comment below. We would love to hear from you!


Frequently Asked Questions




  • Q: What is M5Stack?



  • A: M5Stack is a modular, stackable, scalable, and portable device powered by an ESP32 core. It is compatible with various development platforms and programming languages, such as Arduino, UIFlow, MicroPython, etc. It is ideal for IoT development and prototyping.



  • Q: What is M5Burner?



  • A: M5Burner is a firmware burning tool for M5Stack devices that allows you to easily select, download, and burn the official firmware released by M5Stack, as well as add your own custom firmware. It supports Windows, MacOS, and Linux operating systems, and has a simple and user-friendly interface.



  • Q: What is firmware?



  • A: Firmware is a software program that controls the hardware of a device. It provides the basic functions and features of the device, such as booting, communication, display, etc. Firmware can be updated to fix bugs, improve performance, or add new functions.



  • Q: How do I know which firmware version to use for my M5Stack device?



  • A: You can check the firmware version of your M5Stack device by pressing the button A on the left side of the device. You should see a screen showing the firmware information, such as name, version, date, etc. You can also check the M5Stack firmware page for the latest firmware versions and their compatibility with different models of M5Stack devices.



  • Q: How do I reset my M5Stack device to factory settings?



  • A: If you want to reset your M5Stack device to factory settings, you can use the erase_flash command in ESPTool or M5Burner. This will erase all the data and firmware on your device. You can then burn a new firmware to your device using ESPTool or M5Burner.





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