ESP32 - Solenoid Lock

The Solenoid Lock is also known as the Electric Strike Lock. It can be use to lock/unlock cabinet, drawer, door. This tutorial instructs you how to use ESP32 to control the solenoid lock.

An alternative to the Solenoid Lock is Electromagnetic Lock. You can learn more in ESP32 - Electromagnetic Lock tutorial

Hardware Used In This Tutorial

1×ESP-WROOM-32 Dev Module
1×Micro USB Cable
1×Solenoid Lock
1×12V Power Adapter
1×DC Power Jack
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Introduction to Solenoid Lock


Solenoid Lock includes two wires:

  • Positive (+) wire (red): needs to be connected to 12V of DC power supply
  • Negative (-) wire (black): needs to be connected to GND of DC power supply
  • Solenoid Lock Pinout

How It Works

  • When the Solenoid Lock is powered, the lock tongue (strike) pulls back (retract) ⇒ the door is unlocked
  • When the Solenoid Lock is NOT powered, the lock tongue (strike) extends ⇒ the door is locked


The solenoid lock usually uses 12V, 24V or 48V power supply. Therefore, we CANNOT connect the solenoid lock directly to ESP32 pin. We have to connect it to ESP32 pin via a relay

If we connect the solenoid lock to a relay (normally open mode):

  • When relay is open, door is locked
  • When relay is closed, door is unlocked

By connecting ESP32 to the relay, we can program for ESP32 to control the solenoid lock. Learn more about relay in ESP32 - Relay tutorial.

Wiring Diagram

wiring diagram between esp32 solenoid lock

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ESP32 Code

The below code lock/unlock the door every 5 seconds

/* * This ESP32 code is created by * * This ESP32 code is released in the public domain * * For more detail (instruction and wiring diagram), visit */ #define RELAY_PIN 16 // ESP32 pin GIOP16, which connects to the IN pin of relay // the code in setup function runs only one time when ESP32 starts void setup() { // initialize digital pin as an output. pinMode(RELAY_PIN, OUTPUT); } // the code in loop function is executed repeatedly infinitely void loop() { digitalWrite(RELAY_PIN, HIGH); // unlock the door delay(5000); digitalWrite(RELAY_PIN, LOW); // lock the door delay(5000); }

Quick Instructions

  • Copy the above code and paste it to Arduino IDE
  • Compile and upload code to ESP32 board by clicking Upload button on Arduino IDE
  • See the the lock tongue's state


In the above code, we used the delay function. Therefore, we do not need to debouncing for button. However, We still provide the code with debouncing just in case you want to do more tasks without using delay function. See How to use millis() instead of delay()

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