Python Mqtt

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Time series DBs and the MQTT protocol are widely used in IoT solutions and real-time applications. I will also create a simple python script which will send (publish) some financial data which will. The Python MQTT Client The core of the client library is the client class which provides all of the functions to publish messages and subscribe to topics. If you want to look at the code for this class you should find the code in the file in the mqtt directory. (windows machine). A Python MQTT client for Mosquito, AWS and Azure. Contribute to cushenst/MQTT development by creating an account on GitHub.

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MQTT client for MicroPython.

Project description

umqtt.simple2 is a MQTT client for MicroPython. (Note that it uses someMicroPython shortcuts and doesn’t work with CPython).

Support MQTT Version 3.1.1 only.

It certainly works with micropython ports: esp8266 and esp32. It should alsowork with other ports, but the library was not tested under other ports.

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There’s a separate umqtt.robust2 module which buildson umqtt.simple2 adds the ability to reconnect.It is able to send unsent messages itself. And many more…

Differences between umqtt.simple and umqtt.simple2

  • When sending messages from QoS=1, there is no problem with “suspending”the script while waiting for confirmation of message receipt by the server.
  • When subscribing to a channel, there is no problem with “suspending”the script while waiting for confirmation of the subscription by the server.
  • Information about receiving or failing to receive a message from QoS=1 or subscriptioncan only be received by registering a callback using the set_callback_status() method.
  • Currently, the module informs about errors in more detailed way. See the umqtt/ file.
  • The application should also not hang up when using check_msg()
  • The code compiled for MPY files, is about 30% larger than the original one.So this library has gained more functionality (maybe reliability),but this was done at the expense of the amount of code.

How and where to install this code?

You can install using the upip:


You can also clone this repository, and install it manually:

Manual installation gives you more possibilities:

  • You can compile this library into MPY files using the script.
  • You can remove comments from the code with the command: python minify
  • You can of course copy the code as it is, if you don’t mind.

Please note that the PyPi repositories contain optimized code (no comments).

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Design requirements

  • Memory efficiency.
  • Avoid infamous design anti-patterns like “callback hell”.
  • Support for both publishing and subscription via a single clientobject (another alternative would be to have separate client classesfor publishing and subscription).

API design

Based on the requirements above, there are following API traits:

  • All data related to MQTT messages is encoded as bytes. This includesboth message content AND topic names (even though MQTT spec statesthat topic name is UTF-8 encoded). The reason for this is simple:what is received over network socket is binary data (bytes) andit would require extra step to convert that to a string, spendingmemory on that. Note that this applies only to topic names (becausethey can be both sent and received). Other parameters specified byMQTT as UTF-8 encoded (e.g. ClientID) are accepted as strings.
  • Subscribed messages are delivered via a callback. This is to avoidusing a queue for subscribed messages, as otherwise they may bereceived at any time (including when client expects other typeof server response, so there’re 2 choices: either deliver themimmediately via a callback or queue up until an “expected” responsearrives). Note that lack of need for a queue is delusive: theruntime call stack forms an implicit queue in this case. And unlikeexplicit queue, it’s much harder to control. This design was chosenbecause in a common case of processing subscribed messages it’sthe most efficient. However, if in subscription callback, newmessages of QoS>0 are published, this may lead to deep, orinfinite recursion (the latter means an application will terminatewith RuntimeException).

API reference

Taking into account API traits described above, umqtt pretty closelyfollows MQTT control operations, and maps them to class methods:

  • connect(...) - Connect to a server. Returns True if this connectionuses persisten session stored on a server (this will be always False ifclean_session=True argument is used (default)).
  • disconnect() - Disconnect from a server, release resources.
  • ping() - Ping server (response is processed automatically by wait_msg()).
  • publish() - Publish a message.
  • subscribe() - Subscribe to a topic.
  • set_callback() - Set callback for received subscription messages. call(topic, msg, retained)
  • set_callback_status() - Set callback for received subscription messages. call(pid, status)
  • set_last_will() - Set MQTT “last will” message. Should be calledbefore connect().
  • wait_msg() - Wait for a server message. A subscription message will bedelivered to a callback set with set_callback(), any other messageswill be processed internally.
  • check_msg() - Check if there’s pending message from server. If yes,process the same way as wait_msg(), if not, return immediately.

wait_msg() and check_msg() are “main loop iteration” methods, blockingand non-blocking version. They should be called periodically in a loop,wait_msg() if you don’t have any other foreground tasks to perform(i.e. your app just reacts to subscribed MQTT messages), check_msg()if you process other foreground tasks too.

Note that you don’t need to call wait_msg()/check_msg() if you onlypublish messages with QoS0, never subscribe to them.

If you are using a subscription and/or sending QoS>0 messages, you must run one of thesecommands ( wait_msg() or check_msg() ).

For more detailed information about API please see the source code(which is quite short and easy to review) and provided examples.

Supported MQTT features

QoS 0 and 1 are supported for both publish and subscribe. QoS2 isn’tsupported to keep code size small. Besides ClientID, only “cleansession” parameter is supported for connect as of now.

Simple library testing

The current tests are not only to test the code, but also to check it in a real environment. Therefore, a good idea,before we use this library in our own project, is to test its operation with the MQTT broker.

To test if the library works well with your device and MQTT broker,use the TestMQTT class from the module.

If you don’t have your own MQTT broker yet, you can use the free MQTT test broker (

There is also a sample file`(`,In this file we add only network configuration. Upload this file to your device with umqtt.simple2library and module. Then reset the device and watch the results in the console.

Different problems

  • Wrong topic format during subscription - you’ll get OSError: [Errno 104] ECONNRESET in subscribe()or MQTTException: 1 in the wait_msg()/check_msg()

Additional resources

  • - Eclipse Mosquitto is an open source message broker that implements the MQTT protocol.
  • - MQTT test server
  • - MQTT 3.1.1 specyfication
  • - An open-source MQTT client tool for easy MQTT pub/sub, testing, and demonstration.
  • - Python MQTT client implementation(not for the micropython)
  • - Blog with explanation of MQTT specifications

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