Can ESP32 Run Web Server?


Heather Bennett

Can ESP32 Run Web Server?

The ESP32 is a powerful microcontroller that offers built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. One of the many exciting features of the ESP32 is its ability to run a web server. This means you can create a web interface to control and monitor your ESP32 projects from a browser on any device connected to the same network.

Setting up the Web Server

To run a web server on your ESP32, you’ll need to install the necessary libraries. Start by including the WiFi.h and ESPAsyncWebServer.h libraries in your Arduino sketch. These libraries provide functions and classes for setting up and managing a web server.

Here’s an example code snippet:

#include <WiFi.h>
#include <ESPAsyncWebServer.h>

const char* ssid = "YourNetworkSSID";
const char* password = "YourNetworkPassword";

AsyncWebServer server(80);

void setup() {
  WiFi.begin(ssid, password);
  while (WiFi.status() != WL_CONNECTED) {
    Serial.println("Connecting to WiFi..");
  if (WiFi.status() == WL_CONNECTED) {
    Serial.println("Connected to WiFi");
    Serial.print("IP address: ");

  server.on("/", HTTP_GET, [](AsyncWebServerRequest *request){
    request->send(200, "text/plain", "Hello from ESP32!");


void loop() {


  • #include <WiFi.h> – This library allows the ESP32 to connect to Wi-Fi networks.
  • #include <ESPAsyncWebServer.h> – This library provides the necessary functions and classes to set up and manage a web server.
  • const char* ssid and const char* password – These variables store your network’s SSID and password. Replace “YourNetworkSSID” and “YourNetworkPassword” with your actual network credentials.
  • AsyncWebServer server(80) – This creates an instance of the web server on port 80 (the default HTTP port).
  • WiFi.begin(ssid, password) – This connects the ESP32 to your Wi-Fi network using the provided SSID and password.
  • server.on(“/”, HTTP_GET, [](AsyncWebServerRequest *request){.}) – This sets up a handler for the root path (“/”) that responds with a plain text message (“Hello from ESP32!”).begin() – This starts the web server.

Accessing the Web Server

To access the web server running on your ESP32, you need to know its IP address. Once connected to your Wi-Fi network, open a web browser on any device connected to the same network and enter the IP address of your ESP32 in the address bar.

You should see the “Hello from ESP32!” message displayed in plain text.

You can further customize the web server by adding additional routes and handling different HTTP methods like POST and PUT. The ESPAsyncWebServer library provides various functions to handle different types of requests and perform actions based on them.

Now that you know the ESP32 can run a web server, you can explore the possibilities of controlling your projects remotely through a web interface. Whether it’s turning on lights, reading sensor data, or controlling motors, the ESP32’s web server capabilities open up endless opportunities.


In this article, we explored the ESP32’s ability to run a web server. We learned how to set up a basic web server using the ESPAsyncWebServer library and how to access it from a browser. The ESP32’s built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities make it an excellent choice for projects that require remote control and monitoring through a web interface.

Remember to experiment with different features of the ESPAsyncWebServer library to create more advanced and interactive web interfaces for your ESP32 projects. Enjoy exploring the possibilities!

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