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PlatformIO Docker Build

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Run the PlatformIO command-line builder in a docker container. This image will take it from there and turn your PlatformIO project into a binary which you then can flash to the ESP8266.

Target audience

  • IoT application developers

    They just need a ready-made firmware.

  • Occasional firmware hackers

    They don't need full control over the complete tool chain and don't want to setup a Linux VM with the build environment.

This image has been created for purposes of the THiNX IoT management platform.


Install Docker

Follow the instructions at

Run this image with Docker

Start terminal and change to the your PlatformIO project directory. Then run:

docker run --rm -ti -v `pwd`:/opt/workspace suculent/platformio-docker-build

Depending on the performance of your system it takes 1-3min until the compilation finishes. The first time you run this it takes longer because Docker needs to download the image and create a container.

‼️ If you have previously pulled this Docker image (e.g. with the command above) you should update the image from time to time to pull in the latest bug fixes:

docker pull suculent/platformio-docker-build

Note for Windows users

(Docker on) Windows handles paths slightly differently. The command thus becomes (c equals C drive i.e. c:):

docker run --rm -it -v //c/Users/<user>/<workspace>:/opt/platformio-builder suculent/platformio-docker-build

If the Windows path contains spaces it would have to be wrapped in quotes as usual on Windows.

`docker run --rm -it -v "//c/Users/monster tune/"/opt/workspace suculent/platformio-docker-build``


The firmware file is created in the bin sub folder of your root directory. You will also find a mapfile in the bin folder with the same name as the firmware file but with a .map ending.


You can pass the following optional parameters to the Docker build like so docker run -e "<parameter>=value" -e ....

  • WORKDIR Just an parametrization example, will deprecate or be used for additional libraries.

You can use thinx.yml file to customize build options:

# Builder Selection and Options
  environment: esp8266-release
  target: env
# DevSec Built-in Credentials Encryption
  ckey: <my-devsec-cryptokey>
  ssid: <my-ssid>
  pass: <my-password>

  # File to inject per-device environment variables
  target: src/environment.h

Flashing the built binary

There are several tools to flash the firmware to the ESP8266. If you were to use esptool (like I do) you'd run: --port <USB-port-with-ESP8266> write_flash 0x00000 <workspace>/bin/firmware.bin

Pre-cached platforms

You may edit Dockerfile in order to pre-build image with your preferred platform. Initially, this image is configured to kick-start builds for ESP8266 and ESP32.


Don't leave comments on Docker Hub that are intended to be support requests. First, Docker Hub doesn't notify me when you write them, second I can't properly reply and third even if I could often it doesn't make much sense to keep them around forever and a day. Instead ask a question on StackOverflow and assign the platformio and docker tags.

For bugs and improvement suggestions create an issue at


Thanks to Marcel Stoer who inspired me with his NodeMCU firmware builder on


Matěj Sychra @ THiNX


Docker image to build a firmware from your project folder using PlatformIO




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