Hello MQTT Java


In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Java MQTT client with Cumulocity using pre-defined messages (called "static templates").


In order to follow this tutorial, check the following prerequisites:

  • You have a valid tenant, a user, and a password in order to access Cumulocity.
  • Verify that you have Maven 3 installed with Java 7:
  mvn -v
  Apache Maven 3.3.9 (bb52d8502b132ec0a5a3f4c09453c07478323dc5; 2015-11-10T17:41:47+01:00)
  Maven home: /home/schm/development/devtools/apache-maven-3.3.9
  Java version: 1.7.0_80, vendor: Oracle Corporation
  Java home: /usr/lib/jvm/java-7-oracle/jre
  Default locale: pl_PL, platform encoding: UTF-8
  OS name: "linux", version: "4.4.0-66-generic", arch: "amd64", family: "unix"

Maven can be downloaded from Maven.

Develop the "Hello, MQTT world!" client

To develop a very simple "Hello, world!" MQTT client for Cumulocity, you need to

  • Create a Maven project.
  • Add a dependency to the MQTT Java client library to the Maven pom.xml (in this example we will use Paho Java Client).
  • Create a Java application.
  • Build and run the Java application.

Create a Maven project

To create a plain Java project with Maven, run

mvn archetype:generate -DgroupId=c8y.example -DartifactId=hello-mqtt-java -DarchetypeArtifactId=maven-archetype-quickstart -DinteractiveMode=false

This will create a folder "hello-mqtt-java" in the current directory with a skeleton structure for your project.

Add MQTT Java client library

Edit the "pom.xml" in the "hello-mqtt-java" folder. Add a dependency to the MQTT Paho Java Client.


Create a Java application

Edit the "App.java" file in the folder "hello-mqtt-java/src/main/java/c8y/example" with the following content:

package c8y.example;

import org.eclipse.paho.client.mqttv3.*;
import java.util.concurrent.*;

public class App {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        final String clientId = "<<clientId>>";
        final String serverURI = "<<serverUrl>>";

        //configure MQTT connection
        final MqttConnectOptions options = new MqttConnectOptions();
        final MqttClient client = new MqttClient(serverURI, clientId, null);

        //connect to the Cumulocity

        //create device
        client.publish("s/us", "100,My MQTT device,c8y_MQTTDevice".getBytes(), 2, false);

        //set hardware information
        client.publish("s/us", "110,S123456789,MQTT test model,Rev0.1".getBytes(), 2, false);

        //listen for operation
        client.subscribe("s/ds", new IMqttMessageListener() {
            public void messageArrived(final String topic, final MqttMessage message) throws Exception {
                final String payload = new String(message.getPayload());
                System.out.println("Received operation " + payload);
                if (payload.startsWith("510")) {
                    System.out.println("Simulating device restart...");
                    client.publish("s/us", "501,c8y_Restart".getBytes(), 2, false);
                    client.publish("s/us", "503,c8y_Restart".getBytes(), 2, false);

        Executors.newSingleThreadScheduledExecutor().scheduleWithFixedDelay(new Runnable() {
            public void run() {
                try {
                    //send temperature measurement
                    client.publish("s/us", new MqttMessage("211,25".getBytes()));
                } catch (MqttException e) {
        }, 1, 3, TimeUnit.SECONDS);

Replace "<<clientId>>", "<<serverUrl>>", "<<tenant>>", "<<username>>", and "<<password>>" with your data.

Cumulocity MQTT protocol supports both unsecured TCP and also secured SSL connections (e.g. tcp://mqtt.cumulocity.com:1883 or ssl://mqtt.cumulocity.com:8883), so as the "<<serverUrl>>" you can pick the one which fits for you.

What does the code in "main" do?

  • Configure the MQTT connection.
  • Connect with Cumulocity via a MQTT protocol.
  • Create a new device with a My MQTT device name and a c8y_MQTTDevice type.
  • Update the device hardware information by putting a S123456789 serial, a MQTT test model model and a Rev0.1 revision.
  • Subscribe to the static operation templates for the device, print all received operations to the console and in case of a c8y_Restart operation simulate device restart.
  • Create a new thread which sends temperature measurement every 3 seconds.

Note that the subscription is established after the device creation, otherwise if there is no device for a given clientId the server will not accept it.

Build and run

To build:

cd hello-mqtt-java
mvn clean install
[INFO] --- maven-jar-plugin:2.4:jar (default-jar) @ hello-mqtt-java ---
[INFO] Building jar: /home/schm/Pulpit/hello-mqtt-java/target/hello-mqtt-java-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar
[INFO] --- maven-install-plugin:2.4:install (default-install) @ hello-mqtt-java ---
[INFO] Installing /home/schm/Pulpit/hello-mqtt-java/target/hello-mqtt-java-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar to /home/schm/.m2/repository/c8y/example/hello-mqtt-java/1.0-SNAPSHOT/hello-mqtt-java-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar
[INFO] Installing /home/schm/Pulpit/hello-mqtt-java/pom.xml to /home/schm/.m2/repository/c8y/example/hello-mqtt-java/1.0-SNAPSHOT/hello-mqtt-java-1.0-SNAPSHOT.pom
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time: 2.642 s
[INFO] Finished at: 2017-03-14T09:16:25+01:00
[INFO] Final Memory: 14M/301M
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------

To run:

mvn exec:java -Dexec.mainClass="c8y.example.App"
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Building hello-mqtt-java 1.0-SNAPSHOT
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] --- exec-maven-plugin:1.6.0:java (default-cli) @ hello-mqtt-java ---
Received operation 510,123456789

After starting the application you should see a new device in the Cumulocity application in the device list. Additionally if there will be a new operation created for this device, (for example c8y_Restart) information about it will be printed to the console.

Improve the agent

Now that you have done your first step, check out the Section Hello MQTT to learn more about Cumulocity MQTT and improve your application.