Hello MQTT Python


In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Python 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 Python installed:

    python --version
    Python 2.7.12

    Python can be downloaded from www.python.org

  • Install Paho client

    pip install paho-mqtt

Develop the "Hello, MQTT world!" client

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

  • Create python script
  • Run script

Create python script

Create a script file, for example "hello_mqtt.py" with the following content:

#!/usr/bin/env python
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
import paho.mqtt.client as mqtt
import time, threading, ssl

receivedMessages = []

def on_message(client, userdata, message):
  print("Received operation " + str(message.payload))
  if (message.payload.startswith("510")):
     print("Simulating device restart...")
     publish("s/us", "501,c8y_Restart");
     publish("s/us", "503,c8y_Restart");

def sendMeasurements():
    print("Sending temperature measurement")
    publish("s/us", "211,25");
    thread = threading.Timer(3, sendMeasurements)
    while True: time.sleep(100)
  except (KeyboardInterrupt, SystemExit):
    print 'Received keyboard interrupt, quitting ...'

def publish(topic, message, waitForAck = False):
  mid = client.publish(topic, message, 2)[1]
  if (waitForAck):
    while mid not in receivedMessages:

def on_publish(client, userdata, mid):

client = mqtt.Client(client_id="<<clientId>>")
client.username_pw_set("<<tenant>>/<<username>>", "<<password>>")
client.on_message = on_message
client.on_publish = on_publish

client.connect("<<serverHost>>", 1883)
publish("s/us", "100,Python MQTT,c8y_MQTTDevice", True)
publish("s/us", "110,S123456789,MQTT test model,Rev0.1")

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

Cumulocity MQTT protocol supports both unsecured TCP and also secured SSL connections, so when configuring a port please remember to use the correct one. No matter which connection type you choose your "<<serverHost>>" should stay the same. (like mqtt.cumulocity.com).

The above example uses a TCP connection, if you would like to use an SSL please remember the proper configuration in the Paho MQTT client, more information here.

What does the script do?

  • Configure a MQTT connection.
  • Register a on_message callback function which will print incoming messages and in case of a c8y_Restart operation it will simulate a device restart.
  • Register an on_publish callback function which will be called after a publish message has been delivered.
  • Connect with Cumulocity via the MQTT protocol.
  • Create a new device with a Python MQTT 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 - this will result in a on_message method call every time a new operation is created.
  • Call the sendMeasurements method which sends temperature measurement every 3 seconds.

What does the publish message do?

  • Publish a given message about the given topic via MQTT.
  • When publishing the message it uses QoS 2. So to be sure that the message was delivered it will wait for server ACK (until the on_publish method is called with the matching message id).

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.

Run script

To run the script just call:

python hello_mqtt.py 

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.

In the console you should see following output

Sending temperature measurement

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.