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MDNS for micropython with service discovery support

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Micropython MDNS

PyPi MIT licensed

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A pure Python implementation of MDNS and the Service Discovery protocol over MDNS for MicroPython.

Intended Audience

You should not use this library if you "just" require MDNS A record lookup and Host annoucement if there is already baked in support in your MicroPython distribution. This is for example the case with the default ESP32 MicroPython distribution since v1.12. This will be in all cases more resource efficient.

If you, however, require additional functionality like Service Discovery and Annoucement, you should use this library. It supports all functionality of existing basic MDNS implementations plus these features. You will not loose any functionality.


The library is available on PyPi and can be installed via upip.

import upip

Alternatively you can also use the new mip package manager:

import mip

For using this library, native C type implementations of MDNS which use the MDNS service port need to be disabled. For example, this project has been developed on the ESP32 which MicroPython implementation per default has a basic MDNS implementation available. This does only support local A record lookups and A record responding of its own host address.

The releases page on this project publishes a which is MicroPython 1.13 with MDNS disabled as well as a for MicroPython 1.15 in each release for easy usage. Both can also be built when having docker locally installed by running in the console the build command:

make build

Individually it is also possible to build the desired version via:

make compile-micropython-1-14
make compile-micropython-1-15
make compile-micropython-1-16
make compile-micropython-1-17
make compile-micropython-1-18
make compile-micropython-1-19
make compile-micropython-1-20

Refer to the config directory to see the configuration files when baking this into your own MicroPython ESP32 build.

Other MicroPython implementations might not require any changes inside of the firmware.


The library requires uasyncio to function. All handling is done asynchronously.

Examples on how to utilize the libraries can be found in the examples folder.


A basic API reference for the public API is inside of the


  • Depending on your MicroPython implementation, you must disable MDNS in the firmware.
  • Currently no support for IPv6 is implemented.
  • Depending how chatty the network is, service responders and discovery might require a lot of memory. If the memory is filled by the buffer of the underlying socket, the socket is closed and reopened which looses data. It, however, seems to work fine enough in tests on an ESP32 without external memory. Depending on the project size, a module with external RAM might be advisable.


The library is published under the MIT license.

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