DFU update of the STM32F405

This page explains how to flash bin files over the micro usb connection.

The DFU update mode should mainly be considered as a recovery mode in which you can load new firmware to the STM32F405 MCU. Do not use it if you do not know what it is

The OTA (Over The Air) update mode is much more convenient and save and it can also update the nRF51 MCU at the same time.

Linux (Ubuntu)

Install the dfu-util if you don't already have it with apt-get

apt-get install dfu-util

Now it is time to boot the STM32F405 in the DFU update mode

 1. Connect a micro-USB cable to you computer but not yet to the Crazyflie 2.0
 2. Disconnect the Crazyflie 2.0 battery if it is connected
 3. Now hold down the push button (on/off) while inserting the USB cable in the Crazyflie 2.0
 4. Hold down the button for about 5 seconds until you reach the second blink rate (1Hz). Then you can release the button.
 5. The STM32F405 is now in DFU mode

With the STM32F405 in DFU mode you should be able to find it with lsusb

Bus XXX Device XXX: ID 0483:df11 STMicroelectronics STM Device in DFU Mode

BIN firmware file DFU flashing

Now the STM32F405 can be updated. Currently we only build binary files .bin and not .dfu files so we need to specify more things to dfu-util. If the Crazyflie 2.X firmware was compiled with CLOAD=1 (default option) the binary should be flashed after the bootloader at address 0x08004000.

sudo dfu-util -d 0483:df11 -a 0 -s 0x08004000 -D cflie.bin

BIN bootloader recovery

If for some reason, the dfu-utils overflashed the bootloader by flashing the firmware on the wrong address, you can recover the bootloader by getting the latest release bootloader bin file. The bootloader can then be correctly flashed by typing this in the terminal.

sudo dfu-util -d 0483:df11 -a 0 -s 0x08000000 -D cf2loader-1.0.bin

DFU file

To flash with a .dfu file

sudo dfu-util -d 0483:df11 -a 0 -D file.dfu


It takes a couple of seconds and the output should look something like this

cf@bitcraze:~/projects/crazyflie-firmware$ sudo dfu-util -a 0 -s 0x08004000 -D cflie.bin
dfu-util 0.5

(C) 2005-2008 by Weston Schmidt, Harald Welte and OpenMoko Inc.
(C) 2010-2011 Tormod Volden (DfuSe support)
This program is Free Software and has ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY

dfu-util does currently only support DFU version 1.0

Opening DFU USB device... ID 0483:df11
Run-time device DFU version 011a
Found DFU: [0483:df11] devnum=0, cfg=1, intf=0, alt=0, name="@Internal Flash  /0x08000000/04*016Kg,01*064Kg,07*128Kg"
Claiming USB DFU Interface...
Setting Alternate Setting #0 ...
Determining device status: state = dfuERROR, status = 10
dfuERROR, clearing status
Determining device status: state = dfuIDLE, status = 0
dfuIDLE, continuing
DFU mode device DFU version 011a
Device returned transfer size 2048
No valid DFU suffix signature
Warning: File has no DFU suffix
DfuSe interface name: "Internal Flash  "

Now you can disconnect the USB, connect the battery, and you are ready to go. (Actually the only way to reset it is to disconnect the power, if e.g. the battery wasn't disconnected while entering DFU mode)