How to compute Ethernet CRC32 on ESP32 (0x04C11DB7)

The ESP32 ROM provides functionality for calculating CRC8, CRC16 & CRC32 checksums, but that functionality is poorly documented.

By educated trial and error and comparing with Arduino_CRC32 (which implements the Ethernet CRC32 algorithm with polynomial 0x04C11DB7 based on the pyCRC library) I found out how to compute the CRC32 checksum using the Ethernet polynomial.

First, include crc.h:

#include <esp32/rom/crc.h>

Now given a buffer with length length, use this code:

uint32_t romCRC = (~crc32_le((uint32_t)~(0xffffffff), (const uint8_t*)buffer, length))^0xffffffff;

Complete example code

This PlatformIO/Arduino code compares the result of the ESP32 ROM CRC32 functiolity by printing out both results on the serial port.

#include <Arduino.h>
#include <esp32/rom/crc.h>
#include <Arduino_CRC32.h>

void setup() {

void loop() {
    const char* data = "ABCDEFGHIJ";
    // Compute using ESP32 ROM CRC library
    uint32_t romCRC = (~crc32_le((uint32_t)~(0xffffffff), (const uint8_t*)data, 8))^0xffffffFF;

    // Compute using Arduino_CRC32 library (based on pyCRC)
    Arduino_CRC32 crc32;
    uint32_t libCRC = crc32.calc((uint8_t const *)data, 8);

    // Print out btoh v
    char crcBytes[4];
    memcpy(crcBytes, &romCRC, sizeof(uint32_t));
    Serial.printf("ROM CRC: %02X %02X %02X %02X\n", crcBytes[0], crcBytes[1], crcBytes[2], crcBytes[3]);

    memcpy(crcBytes, &libCRC, sizeof(uint32_t));
    Serial.printf("Lib CRC: %02X %02X %02X %02X\n", crcBytes[0], crcBytes[1], crcBytes[2], crcBytes[3]);
platform = espressif32
platform_packages = framework-arduinoespressif32 @
board = esp32dev
framework = arduino
monitor_speed = 115200
lib_deps =
    arduino-libraries/[email protected]^1.0.0

Example output:

ROM CRC: 1C B6 DC 68
Lib CRC: 1C B6 DC 68