ESP8266WiFi.h: No such file

I try to start my first application with an Arduino Nano V3, combined with an ESP8266-01 with adapter.

Whatever I try, ESP8266WiFi.h will not be installed.
Where can I find this file?

My Program:

Name         ESP8266_2Lampen-01.ino
Version:     01
Author:      Electronics Forum
Created:     Unknown

Edited by:   xxxx
Modified:    2020-09-25

- The Arduino with ESP8266-01 can receive commands from your telephone via WIFI and do some actions (f.i. activating relays)

- Arduino Nano V3
- ESP8266 shield with ESP-01 adapter
- RX of ESP-shield connected to Arduino Nano pin RX
- TX of ESP-shield connected to Arduino Nano pin TX
- VCC of ESP-shield connected to Arduino Nano 5V
- GND of ESP-shield connected to Arduino Nano GND
- Mini USB program cable

IDE 1.8.13 and Arduino Nano V3


#include <ESP8266WiFi.h>                   // This library helps to provide the functions of the ESP8266 

const char* ssid = "xxxxxxxxx-gast";      // Declare your Wi-Fi name here within the double quotes
const char* password = "xxxxxxxxxx";         // Declare your Wi-Fi password here within the double quotes
WiFiServer server(80);                     // Create an instance of the server and specify the port to listen on as an argument

void setup() 
  Serial.begin(9600);                           // set baud rate 
  pinMode(4, OUTPUT);                           // set GPIO 4 as OUTPUT
  pinMode(5, OUTPUT);                           // set GPIO 5 as OUTPUT
  digitalWrite(4, 0);                           // initially set GPIO 4 as Low
  digitalWrite(5, 0);                           // initially set GPIO 5 as Low
  Serial.print("Connecting to ");               // Connect to WiFi network
  WiFi.begin(ssid, password);
  while (WiFi.status() != WL_CONNECTED) 
  Serial.println("WiFi connected"); 
  server.begin();                              // Start the server
  Serial.println("Server started");
  Serial.println(WiFi.localIP());              // Print the IP address

void loop() 
  WiFiClient client = server.available();       // Check if a client has connected
  if (!client) 
    return;                                     // Wait until the client sends some data
  Serial.println("new client");
    { delay(1);  }
  String req = client.readStringUntil('\r');   // Read the first line of the request
  int val1;
  int val2;
  if (req.indexOf("/gpio1/0") != -1)           // Match the request
    val1 = 1;
  else if (req.indexOf("/gpio1/1") != -1)
    val1 = 0;
  else if (req.indexOf("/gpio2/0") != -1)
    val2 = 1;
  else if (req.indexOf("/gpio2/1") != -1)
    val2 = 0;  
    Serial.println("invalid request");
  digitalWrite(2, val1);               // Set GPIO 2 according to the request
  digitalWrite(0, val2);               // Set GPIO 0 according to the request
  String s = "HTTP/1.1 200 OK\r\nContent-Type: text/html\r\n\r\n<!DOCTYPE HTML>\r\n<html>";        // Prepare the response
  s += "<body><h1>ESP8266 Smallest Home Automation</h1>\r\nGPIO1 is now ";
  s += (val1)?"high":"low";
  s += "\n GPIO2 is now ";
  s += (val2)?"high":"low";
  s += "</html>\n";
  client.print(s);                           // Send the response to the client
  Serial.println("Client disonnected");      // The client will actually be disconnected and when the function returns and 'client' object is detroyed

Error message:
Arduino: 1.8.13 (Windows Store (Windows 10), Board: “Arduino Nano, ATmega328P (Old Bootloader)”

ESP8266_2Lampen-01:31:10: fatal error: ESP8266WiFi.h: No such file or directory

#include <ESP8266WiFi.h> // This library helps to provide the functions of the ESP8266


compilation terminated.

exit status 1

ESP8266WiFi.h: No such file or directory

This report would have more information with “Show verbose output during compilation” option enabled in File → Preferences.

The codelines

  WiFi.begin(ssid, password);

indicates that this code is written to run on a STANDALONE ESP8266-board.

You have a different setup. You are using an Arduino with connected ESP8266-board.

If you want WiFi-connectivity invest 10-15 euro to buy a nodeMCU ESP32-board

The ESP32 is the better Arduino
programmable with Arduino-IDE
more memory
faster processor
10 ADC-channels with 10bit resolution
more IO-pins attachable to interrupts
3 serial interfaces
bluetooth onboard

best regards Stefan

You can't use the ESP8266WiFi library with your Nano. That library comes with the ESP8266 boards platform that is used to program standalone ESP8266 boards. The reason is that the library uses the hardware capabilities that only are available when you are directly programming an ESP8266 standalone board. Even if you managed to install the library by itself, the code still wouldn't compile for your Nano, so it would be a complete waste of time.

For your application of using an ESP8266 module as a WiFi adapter for a standard non-WiFi Arduino board, you can use this library:

Thank you Stefan and Pert for your well appreciated response.

You're welcome. I'm glad if I was able to be of assistance. Enjoy!