Paho MQTT C Client - MQTT Client Library Encyclopedia (2022)

Paho MQTT C Client - MQTT Client Library Encyclopedia (1)

Written by Ian Craggs

Category: MQTT MQTT Client MQTT Client Library

Published: September 21, 2015

Short info

Paho MQTT C Client
LicenseEPL and EDL
API StyleBlocking and non-blocking


The Paho C client libraries started life back in 2007, when I first started writing a small MQTT server, RSMB (Really Small Message Broker). I thought I would reuse as much of the internal code of RSMB as I could, to save myself some time. As it turned out, I probably didn’t save as much time as I expected, because in some ways writing a client library for MQTT is more complex than writing a server. RSMB is single-threaded, which I mainly retained in the design of these client libraries, for better or worse.

I started writing RSMB in C++, but the template support in gcc at the time did not work well, so I switched to standard ANSI C. That’s why the client libraries are C too. It seemed to me at the time that Linux was likely to take over the world for embedded systems, with Windows CE maybe getting a look in. That’s why I wrote these libraries with Linux (and some other forms of Unix) and Windows in mind, rather than being any more portable. And that’s why the Paho embedded client libraries now exist - for all those other embedded operating systems that are now popular!

In 2008, there weren’t too many MQTT client libraries to learn from, so for the first steps I followed the IBM Java client of the time. I thought it was better to copy an existing model to make it easier for the MQTT application programmer to transfer knowledge from one to the other. As a result the synchronous client was born, just called MQTTClient. This has the following design points:

  1. threading: no background thread, or just one, regardless of how many connections are created
  2. blocking MQTT calls, to simplify application programming
  3. an inflight window for QoS 1 and 2 messages of 1 or 10 only, to limit the amount of damage that can be inflicted on a server
  4. internal tracing and memory tracking, for serviceability and elimination of memory leaks


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On Linux (or Unix) the simplest method is to clone the repo and install:

git clone makesudo make install

Pre-built libraries for MacOS and Windows are available on the Paho downloads page.

Unzip to a location of your choice.

First we have to include the header file.

#include "MQTTClient.h"

Now we can create a client object.

MQTTClient client;rc = MQTTClient_create(&client, url, clientid, MQTTCLIENT_PERSISTENCE_NONE, NULL);
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Where the url is of the form host:port, and clientid is a string. The fourth parameter specifies the disk persistence required. MQTTCLIENT_PERSISTENCE_NONE says that no persistence is required. MQTTCLIENT_PERSISTENCE_DEFAULT asks for the supplied, default disk persistence to be used. This stores all inflight message data to disk, and means that the application can end, restart, and recreate the client object with the same clientid and url. Any inflight message data will be read from disk and restored so that the application can continue where its previous incarnation left off.

Next we can optionally set some callback functions. At a minimum, we must have a messageArrived callback, which will be called whenever an MQTT publish message arrives.

rc = MQTTClient_setCallbacks(client, context, connectionLost, messageArrived, deliveryComplete);

There is also a connectionLost callback which will be called whenever the connection to the server has been broken unexpectedly. That is, we have called connect previously, it has succeeded, we have not called disconnect, and now the connection has been broken. Often we simply want to reconnect in the connectionLost callback. The final callback function is deliveryComplete, which is called when an MQTT publish exchange finishes. The MQTTClient_publish call blocks, but only until the publish packet is written to the socket. For QoS 0, this is the end of the story. For QoS 1 and 2, the MQTT packet exchange continues. When the final acknowledgement is received from the server, deliveryComplete is called. context is a pointer which is passed to the callbacks and can contain any useful information, such as the client object for which this callback is being made.

For this synchronous client, you do have the option of not setting any callbacks. In that case, no background thread will be started.Under these circumstances, the application, on a regular basis, must call

rc = MQTTClient_receive(client, topicName, topicLen, message, timeout);

to receive messages, or


to allow any necessary MQTT background processing to take place. This mode was intended specifically when the application wanted no threads to be created.

Application Setup - MQTTAsync

The application setup for the asynchronous client library is very similar to the synchronous library. Header file:

#include "MQTTAsync.h"

client object creation:

MQTTAsync client;rc = MQTTAsync_create(&client, url, clientid, MQTTCLIENT_PERSISTENCE_NONE, NULL);

and setting the callbacks:

rc = MQTTAsync_setCallbacks(client, context, connectionLost, MQTTAsync_messageArrived, MQTTAsync_deliveryComplete);
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There is no non-threaded mode for the async client, background threads will always be created and the arrival of MQTT publications will be notified by the messageArrived callback.


To connect to a server, we create a connect options structure and call connect:

MQTTClient_connectOptions conn_opts = MQTTClient_connectOptions_initializer;conn_opts.keepAliveInterval = 10;conn_opts.cleansession = 1;rc = MQTTClient_connect(client, conn_opts);

which will block until the MQTT connect is complete, or has failed. Similarly, for the async client:

MQTTAsync_connectOptions conn_opts = MQTTAsync_connectOptions_initializer;conn_opts.keepAliveInterval = 10;conn_opts.cleansession = 1;conn_opts.onSuccess = onConnect;conn_opts.onFailure = onConnectFailure;conn_opts.context = client;rc = MQTTAsync_connect(client, &conn_opts);

except that we add two pointers to callback functions. The connect call will not block, success or failure will be notified by the invocation of one or other of the callback functions. For the other connect examples, I’ll just show the synchronous client, but the pattern is the same for the async client. A typical pattern for the async client is to make all MQTT calls in callback functions: a subscribe or publish call can be made in the success callback for connect, for instance.

Connect with LWT

MQTTClient_willOptions will_opts = MQTTClient_willOptions_initializer;MQTTClient_connectOptions conn_opts = MQTTClient_connectOptions_initializer;conn_opts.keepAliveInterval = 10;conn_opts.cleansession = 1;conn_opts.will = will_opts;will_opts.topicName = "will topic";will_opts.message = "will message";rc = MQTTClient_connect(client, conn_opts);

Connect with Username and Password

MQTTClient_connectOptions conn_opts = MQTTClient_connectOptions_initializer;conn_opts.keepAliveInterval = 10;conn_opts.cleansession = 1;conn_opts.username = "username";conn_opts.password = "password";rc = MQTTClient_connect(client, conn_opts);


Publish looks like the following, for the synchronous client:

char* payload = "a payload";int payloadlen = strlen(payload);int qos = 1;int retained = 0;MQTTClient_deliveryToken dt;rc = MQTTClient_publish(client, topicName, payloadlen, payload, qos, retained, &dt);

There is also another version of the call which takes a message structure:

MQTTClient_message msg = MQTTClient_message_initializer;msg.payload = "a payload";msg.payloadlen = strlen(payload);msg.qos = 1;msg.retained = 0;MQTTClient_deliveryToken dt;rc = MQTTClient_publishMessage(client, topicName, msg, &dt);
The delivery token can be used in a waitForCompletion call, to synchronize on the completion of the MQTT packet exchange. The async calls for publish look very similar, except I renamed publish to send, and topic to destination. This was to be compatible with the JavaScript Paho client, because the asynchronous programming models are very similar. It seemedlike a good idea at the time!
MQTTAsync_responseOptions response;response.onSuccess = onPublish;response.onFailure = onPublishFailure;response.context = client;rc = MQTTAsync_sendMessage(client, destinationName, msg, &response);
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Again, the biggest change is the addition of the success and failure callbacks.


The subscribe call is straightforward:

const char* topic = "mytopic";int qos = 2;rc = MQTTClient_subscribe(client, topic, qos);

and for the async client:

MQTTAsync_responseOptions opts = MQTTAsync_responseOptions_initializer;opts.onSuccess = onSubscribe;opts.onFailure = onSubscribeFailure;opts.context = client;rc = MQTTAsync_subscribe(client, topic, qos, &opts);


The unsubscribe call is also straightforward:

const char* topic = "mytopic";rc = MQTTClient_unsubscribe(client, topic);

and for the async client:

MQTTAsync_responseOptions opts = MQTTAsync_responseOptions_initializer;opts.onSuccess = onUnsubscribe;opts.onFailure = onUnsubscribeFailure;opts.context = client;rc = MQTTAsync_unsubscribe(client, topic, &opts);


There is a timeout parameter in milliseconds on the disconnect call, which allows outstanding MQTT packet exchanges to complete.

int timeout = 100;MQTTClient_disconnect(client, timeout);


When you’ve finished with a client object, call destroy to free up the memory:

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Receiving Messages

A typical message arrived callback function might look like this:

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int messageArrived(void *context, char *topicName, int topicLen, MQTTClient_message *message){ printf("Message arrived\n"); printf(" topic: %s\n", topicName); printf(" message: .*s\n", message.payloadlen, message.payload); MQTTClient_freeMessage(&message); MQTTClient_free(topicName); return 1;}

Note the calls to free memory, and the return value: 1 means that the message was received properly, 0 means it wasn’t. The messageArrived callback will be invoked again for the same message if you return 0.

Using TLS / SSL

To use TLS, you need to add the SSL options data to the connect options:

MQTTClient_SSLOptions ssl_opts = MQTTClient_SSLOptions_initializer;ssl_opts.enableServerCertAuth = 0;conn_opts.ssl = &ssl_opts;

The TLS implementation uses OpenSSL, so the configuration parameters are the same:

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/** The file in PEM format containing the public digital certificates trusted by the client. */const char* trustStore;/** The file in PEM format containing the public certificate chain of the client. It may also include* the client's private key. */const char* keyStore;/** If not included in the sslKeyStore, this setting points to the file in PEM format containing* the client's private key.*/const char* privateKey;/** The password to load the client's privateKey if encrypted. */const char* privateKeyPassword; /*** The list of cipher suites that the client will present to the server during the SSL handshake. For a * full explanation of the cipher list format, please see the OpenSSL on-line documentation:** If this setting is ommitted, its default value will be "ALL", that is, all the cipher suites -excluding* those offering no encryption- will be considered.* This setting can be used to set an SSL anonymous connection ("aNULL" string value, for instance).*/const char* enabledCipherSuites;/** True/False option to enable verification of the server certificate **/int enableServerCertAuth;

Example application

Sample application for the Paho C clients are in the samples directory of the github repositoryand in the download packages.

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About Ian Craggs

Thanks for this guest blog post by Ian Craggs | IBM

Ian Craggs works for IBM, and has been involved with MQTT for more than 10 years. He wrote the IBM MQTT server Really Small Message Broker which became the inspiration for the Eclipse Mosquitto project. He contributed C client libraries to the Eclipse Paho project at its onset and is now the project leader.

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Why MQTT is used in IoT? ›

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Is MQTT same as HTTP? ›

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The main reason why is MQTT's open-source design and lightweight stature make it well suited to connect disparate devices to supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems as well as other industrial networks.

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Is MQTT open source? ›

MQTT goes open source

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Is MQTT good for IoT? ›

MQTT is a flexible and easy-to-use technology that provides effective communication within an IoT system. So, no wonder there are many popular IoT applications which use MQTT protocol.

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The Eclipse Paho project provides open source, mainly client side, implementations of MQTT and MQTT-SN in a variety of programming languages.

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How do I publish with PAHO MQTT? ›

To publish a messages you use the publish method of the Paho MQTT Class object.
Publishing a Message
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  2. Create a client connection.
  3. publish the message.
  4. Examine the return code of the publish request.
  5. Examine the publish acknowledgement using the on_publish callback.
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Is MQTT best for IoT? ›

MQTT is an OASIS standard messaging protocol for the Internet of Things (IoT). It is designed as an extremely lightweight publish/subscribe messaging transport that is ideal for connecting remote devices with a small code footprint and minimal network bandwidth.

Why MQTT is best for IoT? ›

MQTT is a communication protocol with features specifically targeted at IoT solutions: Uses TCP connections, for reliability (assured delivery and packet error checking), fragmentation and ordering. Aims to minimize data overhead of each MQTT packet.

What is the difference between MQTT and Mosquitto? ›

Mosquitto is lightweight and is suitable for use on all devices from low power single board computers to full servers. The MQTT protocol provides a lightweight method of carrying out messaging using a publish/subscribe model.

Is Mosquitto broker free? ›

Our Public HiveMQ MQTT broker is open for anyone to use. Feel free to write an MQTT client that connects with this broker. We have a dashboard so you can see the amount of traffic on this broker. We also keep a list of MQTT client libraries that can be used to connect to HiveMQ.

How do I transfer data to MQTT broker? ›

As mentioned in the introduction, MQTT is a publish/subcribe messaging protocol. Clients will connect to the network, which can subscribe or publish to a topic. When a client publishes to a topic, the data is sent to the broker, which then is distributed to all the clients that are subscribed to that topic.

Does MQTT work over WiFi? ›

MQTT allows the complete line of NCD WiFi sensors to communicate via the internet to any MQTT Broker service using a WiFi connection. It only requires network connection credentials, connection information about the MQTT Host Broker, and authentication information for the MQTT connection if applicable.

Can you send images via MQTT? ›

That said, it is possible for devices to send files in the MQTT message as a big block of binary data. While I was playing around with a WiFi security camera, it was able to send pictures and videos over MQTT when motion was detected.


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