ESP-IDF vs ESP-MDF

Gardin
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ESP-IDF vs ESP-MDF

Postby Gardin » Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:20 pm

So I started to study esp wifi mesh capabilities and found that there is an specific idf called ESP-MDF to build mesh applications.

What are the main differences between esp-idf and esp-mdf?
I know that esp-mdf is based on top of the esp-idf v3.2.2-42-g4a9f33944 but why not use an newer version of esp-idf?
Isn't it possible to build mesh applications with the bleeding version of esp-idf since there is an example folder for that?

For those wondering why I just don't use the older version of esp-idf that comes with esp-mdf is it because there are some new timers api that are not available in those...

mpetersen
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Re: ESP-IDF vs ESP-MDF

Postby mpetersen » Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:44 pm

@Gardin,

Have you learned anything since this posting?

I am wondering the same thing as I consider an ESP32-based Mesh application.

Out of curiosity which platform have you chosen to use for your Mesh eval?
I'm looking at the devKit-C as well as the M5Stack (a well integrated ESP32-based platform - in a box).

Thanks,
Mike

Gardin
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Re: ESP-IDF vs ESP-MDF

Postby Gardin » Sat Mar 07, 2020 4:55 pm

Hi Mike,

I did not studied/learn nothing theoretical about these. But due to the presence of the examples and the name of the framework, using esp-mdf was the obvious choice. (But I'm still curious about the differences, just didn't had the time play around...)

As the platform I'm using a common DevKit-C development board.

RichPiano
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Re: ESP-IDF vs ESP-MDF

Postby RichPiano » Sat May 01, 2021 7:22 am

Even though this question is one year old, I have exactly the same question as OP. Did you two learn something new already? I'm having trouble getting esp-mdf to compile, probably because I'm using the master branch of esp-idf. But I don't even know if its worth the trouble downgrading?

Would be nice if an ESP official could say something about it.

mpetersen
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Re: ESP-IDF vs ESP-MDF

Postby mpetersen » Mon May 03, 2021 3:55 pm

I second that comment, "would be nice to have an official response" and/or build-tip for sample mesh application.

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