What we’re doing

Set up your ESP-32 running FreeRTOS to subscribe and publish events to AWS IoT via MQTT

Install the development environment (I use a Mac)

I used this excellent guide from Espressive

Get started with the example code

Read the post by Espressive here and use the code here. I don’t have the WROOM-32Se, so I skipped the instructions for “Using an ATECC608A with the ESP-AWS-IoT” and embedded the creds in code.

Using ‘idf.py menuconfig’:

  • Set up your Wifi SSID and password
  • Set up to embed the AWS certs into the binary

wifi

  • Set up AWS IoT endpoint

aws

Copy your credentials

Get started on the AWS side by creating, activating, and downloading your credentials as described in my previous post. The demo comes with the AWS CA in the cert directory (main/certs), so you need to only copy your certificate and private key to the same place.

Compile, flash, monitor

Use idf.py flash monitor --port /dev/cu.usbserial-0001, substituting your connection port accordingly.

You’ll see the trace output in your terminal:

I (75682) subpub: test_topic/esp32	Hello from ESP32 (QOS0) : 112
I (75712) subpub: Subscribe callback
I (75712) subpub: test_topic/esp32	Hello from ESP32 (QOS1) : 113
I (75802) subpub: Stack remaining for task 'aws_iot_task' is 3544 bytes
  I (76862) subpub: Subscribe callback
  I (76862) subpub: test_topic/esp32	{
      "message": "Hello from AWS IoT console"
    }
  I (76882) subpub: Subscribe callback
  I (76882) subpub: test_topic/esp32	Hello from ESP32 (QOS0) : 114
  I (76912) subpub: Subscribe callback
  I (76912) subpub: test_topic/esp32	Hello from ESP32 (QOS1) : 115
  I (77002) subpub: Stack remaining for task 'aws_iot_task' is 3544 bytes
    I (78062) subpub: Subscribe callback

Note that ‘Hello from AWS IoT console’ trace above is the result of going to the AWS console and publishing to the topic. The demo program subscribes and publishes to the topic, so anything coming from the simulaor on that topic will be picked up and displayed.

You can see the messages sent to AWS:

console

Next step

Publish meaningful events from sensors? Have a second ESP32 communicate with this one?