ESPHome - working from the command line


Install the python3-pip package (if not installed):

sudo apt install python3-pip

It is recommended to install ESPHome in the user’s home directory. To install ESPHome just execute the command:

pip3 install --user esphome

The ESPHome project will be installed in the directory $HOME/.local/.

You must add the path to the executable files ESPHome to the environment variable $PATH:

export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/.local/bin

To avoid setting the environment variable $PATH every time you reboot your computer, run

echo 'export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/.local/bin' >> $HOME/.bashrc

Creating configuration files

To build ESPHome projects, create a separate directory in which to build the firmware, for example:

mkdir ~/esphome
cd ~/esphome

You can use a step-by-step command to create a new configuration file, for example:

esphome e1-test.yaml wizard

Specify nodemcu-32s as the platform name for the controllers JetHub E1 . After executing this command the configuration file e1-test.yaml will be created which will be used to compile the firmware for the ESP32 microcontroller.


You can also create a configuration file in a text editor.

An example of a minimum ESPHome configuration file for an E1-CPU processor module:


Enter the correct ssid and password to connect the controller to the Wi-Fi network.

  name: e1-test
  platform: ESP32
  board: nodemcu-32s

  ssid: "***"
  password: "***"

  # Enable fallback hotspot (captive portal) in case wifi connection fails
    ssid: "E1-Test Fallback Hotspot"
    password: "wDZE2YhcmW89"


# Enable logging

# Enable Home Assistant API


This example will configure the connection of the controller via Wi-Fi (section wifi), integration with Home Assistant (section api) and configured the firmware update over the network (section ota).


Note the name field in the esphome section. It specifies the name of the controller, is displayed on the network, and must be unique.

In this example, the controller name is e1-test.

Firmware Recording

Connect the controller with a MicroUSB cable to the computer before flashing.

Assembly and firmware can be done with a single command:

esphome e1-test.yaml run

When flashing, the controller will automatically be put into software download mode, you do not need to press the button on the housing. When selecting the software flashing method, select the serial port that corresponds to the connected controller, e.g: Serial port /dev/ttyUSB0.

It is necessary to rebuild and write the firmware after changes have been made to the configuration file.

Possible problems during flashing

No access to the serial port


The user under which the work is done (controller firmware) must be a member of the group dialout.

To add the current user to the dialout group run the command:

sudo usermod -a -G dialout $USER

After that, you need to log in again.

Problem on Ubuntu 22.04

On Ubuntu 22.04 there may be a problem accessing the port because of a conflict with BRLTTY (support for Braille displays).

One solution is to remove this package from the system:

sudo apt remove brltty

After that it is necessary to reboot the system.