PubSub Connection Plugin APIΒΆ

The PubSub Connection API is the interface between concrete network implementations and the internal pubsub code.

The PubSub specification enables the creation of new connections on runtime. Wording: ‘Connection’ -> OPC UA standard ‘highlevel’ perspective, ‘Channel’ -> open62541 implementation ‘lowlevel’ perspective. A channel can be assigned with different network implementations like UDP, MQTT, AMQP. The channel provides basis services like send, regist, unregist, receive, close.

typedef enum {
} UA_PubSubChannelState;

struct UA_PubSubChannel;
typedef struct UA_PubSubChannel UA_PubSubChannel;

/* Interface structure between network plugin and internal implementation */
struct UA_PubSubChannel {
    UA_UInt32 publisherId; /* unique identifier */
    UA_PubSubChannelState state;
    UA_PubSubConnectionConfig *connectionConfig; /* link to parent connection config */
    UA_SOCKET sockfd;
    void *handle; /* implementation specific data */
    /*@info for handle: each network implementation should provide an structure
    * UA_PubSubChannelData[ImplementationName] This structure can be used by the
    * network implementation to store network implementation specific data.*/

    /* Sending out the content of the buf parameter */
    UA_StatusCode (*send)(UA_PubSubChannel *channel, UA_ExtensionObject *transportSettings,
                          const UA_ByteString *buf);

    /* Register to an specified message source, e.g. multicast group or topic. Callback is used for mqtt. */
    UA_StatusCode (*regist)(UA_PubSubChannel * channel, UA_ExtensionObject *transportSettings,
        void (*callback)(UA_ByteString *encodedBuffer, UA_ByteString *topic));

    /* Remove subscription to an specified message source, e.g. multicast group or topic */
    UA_StatusCode (*unregist)(UA_PubSubChannel * channel, UA_ExtensionObject *transportSettings);

    /* Receive messages. A regist to the message source is needed before. */
    UA_StatusCode (*receive)(UA_PubSubChannel * channel, UA_ByteString *,
                             UA_ExtensionObject *transportSettings, UA_UInt32 timeout);

    /* Closing the connection and implicit free of the channel structures. */
    UA_StatusCode (*close)(UA_PubSubChannel *channel);

    /* Giving the connection protocoll time to process inbound and outbound traffic. */
    UA_StatusCode (*yield)(UA_PubSubChannel *channel, UA_UInt16 timeout);

The UA_PubSubTransportLayer is used for the creation of new connections. Whenever on runtime a new connection is request, the internal PubSub implementation call * the ‘createPubSubChannel’ function. The ‘transportProfileUri’ contains the standard defined transport profile information and is used to identify the type of connections which can be created by the TransportLayer. The server config contains a list of UA_PubSubTransportLayer. Take a look in the tutorial_pubsub_connection to get informations about the TransportLayer handling.

typedef struct {
    UA_String transportProfileUri;
    UA_PubSubChannel *(*createPubSubChannel)(UA_PubSubConnectionConfig *connectionConfig);
} UA_PubSubTransportLayer;

The UA_ServerConfig_addPubSubTransportLayer is used to add a transport layer to the server configuration. The list memory is allocated and will be freed with UA_PubSubManager_delete.


If the UA_String transportProfileUri was dynamically allocated the memory has to be freed when no longer required.


This has to be done before the server is started with UA_Server_run.

UA_ServerConfig_addPubSubTransportLayer(UA_ServerConfig *config,
                                        UA_PubSubTransportLayer *pubsubTransportLayer);

#endif /* UA_ENABLE_PUBSUB */