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    ioBroker MQTT

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    This adapter uses Sentry libraries to automatically report exceptions and code errors to the developers. For more details and for information how to disable the error reporting see Sentry-Plugin Documentation! Sentry reporting is used starting with js-controller 3.0.

    MQ Telemetry Transport for ioBroker (MQTT).

    MQTT (formerly Message Queue Telemetry Transport) is a publish-subscribe based "light weight" messaging protocol for use on top of the TCP/IP protocol. It is designed for connections with remote locations where a "small code footprint" is required and/or network bandwidth is limited. The Publish-Subscribe messaging pattern requires a message broker. The broker is responsible for distributing messages to interested clients based on the topic of a message. Historically, the 'MQ' in 'MQTT' came from IBM's MQ message queuing product line.

    This adapter uses the MQTT.js library from


    • Type - Select "Client" (If you want to receive and send messages to other broker) or "Server" if you want to create own MQTT broker.

    Server settings

    • WebSockets - if parallel to TCP Server, the WebSocket MQTT Server should run.
    • Port - Port where the server will run (Default 1883). WebSockets will always run on port+1 (Default 1884)
    • SSL - If TCP and WebSockets should run as secure server.
    • Authentication/Username - If authentication required, you can specify the username. It is suggested to always use SSL with authentication to not send passwords over unsecure connection.
    • Authentication/Password - Password for user.
    • Mask to publish own states - Pattern to filter ioBroker states, which will be sent to clients. You can use wildcards to specify group of messages, e.g ".memRss, mqtt.0.` to get all memory states of all adapters and all states of adapter mqtt.0
    • Publish only on change - New messages will be sent to client only if the state value changes. Every message sent by the client will be accepted, even if the value does not change.
    • Publish own states on connect - by every client connection the all known states will be sent to client (defined by the state mask), to tell him which states has the ioBroker.
    • Prefix for all topics - if set, every sent topic will be prepended with this prefix, e.g. if prefix iobroker/ all states will have names like **iobroker**/mqtt/0/connected
    • Trace output for every message - Debug outputs.
    • Send states (ack=true) too - Normally only the states/commands with ack=false will be sent to partner. If this flag is set every state independent of ack will be sent to partner.
    • Use different topic names for set and get - if active, so every state will have two topics: adapter/instance/stateName and adapter/instance/stateName/set. In this case topic with /set will be used to send non acknowledged commands (ack: false) and topic without /set to receive state updates (with ack: true). The client will receive sent messages back in this mode.
    • Interval before send topics by connection - Pause between connection and when all topics will be sent to client (if activated).
    • Send interval - Interval between packets by sending all topics (if activated). Used only by once after the connection establishment.
    • Force clean session - Overwrite the client settings and clear or keep session.
    • Publish messages without "retain" flag - Send messages to other clients without retain flag (read more in next paragraph)

    The ioBroker MQTT-Broker in server mode only simulates the behaviour of real MQTT-Broker (like Mosquitto), but it is not the same. Real MQTT-Broker normally does not save the values of the topics and just forwards the message to other subscribed clients.

    To force real MQTT-Broker to behave like ioBroker MQTT-Broker all messages must be sent with "retain" flag. In this case the values will be stored too.

    ioBroker MQTT-Broker saves always the values into the States-DB, so it can be processed by other adapters. Because of that the messages are always published with retain flag.

    If your client has problems with retained messages you can force ioBroker MQTT-Broker to send messages without retain flag with Publish messages without "retain" flag option. In this case the messages will be stored in States-DB anyway.

    If the option Send states (ack=true) too is not activated, so you can clear the value of the topic (state) with ack=true and the update will not bes sent to subscribed clients. And when the client connects next time it will not get the last command again.

    The JS-Code should look like this:

    await setStateAsync('mqtt.0.valetudo.vale.BasicControlCapability.operation.set', 'cleanStart'); // ack=false
    await setStateAsync('mqtt.0.valetudo.vale.BasicControlCapability.operation.set', '', true); // ack=true to clear the command

    Client settings

    • URL - name or ip address of the broker/server. Like localhost.
    • Port - Port of the MQTT broker. By default, 1883
    • Secure - If secure (SSL) connection must be used.
    • User - if broker required authentication, define here the username.
    • Password - if the username is not empty the password must be set. It can be empty.
    • Password confirmation - repeat here the password.
    • Subscribe Patterns - Subscribe by the pattern. See chapter "Examples of using wildcards" to define the pattern. '#' to subscribe for all topics. 'mqtt/0/#,javascript/#' to subscribe for states of mqtt.0 and javascript
    • Publish only on change - Store incoming messages only if payload differs from actual stored.
    • Mask to publish own states - Mask for states, that must be published to broker. '' - to publish all states. 'io.yr.,*' to publish states of yr and hm-rpc adapter.
    • Publish all states at start - Publish all states (defined by the state mask) every time by connection establishment to announce own available states and their values.
    • Prefix for topics - The prefix can be defined for own states. Like /var/ioBroker/. Name of topics will be for example published with the name /var/ioBroker/ping/192-168-1-5.
    • Test connection - Press the button to check the connection to broker. Adapter must be enabled before.
    • Send states (ack=true) too - Normally only the states/commands with ack=false will be sent to partner. If this flag is set every state independent of ack will be sent to partner.
    • Use different topic names for set and get - if active, so every state will have two topics: adapter/instance/stateName and adapter/instance/stateName/set. In this case topic with /set will be used to send non acknowledged commands (ack: false) and topic without /set to receive state updates (with ack: true).
    • Send state object as mqtt message - The client sends the states as parsed string JSON objects to the broker (example parsed string JSON object: {"val":true,"ack":true,"ts":1584690242021,"q":0,"from":"system.adapter.deconz.0","user":"system.user.admin","lc":1584624242021,"expire":true}); if not the values states.val is sent as a single value (example state.val as single value: true)
    • Persistent Session - When checked the broker saves the session information of the adapter. This means it tracks which messages have been sent/received by the adapter (only QoS Level 1 and 2) and to which topics the adapter has subscribed. This information survives a disconnect and reconnect of the adapter.


    How to test mqtt client:

    • Set type to Client.
    • Leave port on 1883.
    • Set URL as
    • To get absolutely all topics(messages) set pattern to #.
    • To receive all topics for /4MS set pattern to /4MS/#
    • To receive all topics for /MS and /floorish set pattern to /4MS/#, /floorish/#

    Sending messages

    You may send / publish messages on topics using sendTo method from your adapter via MQTT adapter, e.g.:

     * @param {string}  MQTT instance     Specify MQTT instance to send message through (may be either server or client)
     * @param {string}  action            Action to use (always 'sendMessage2Client' for sending plain messages)
     * @param {object}  payload         
     * @param {string}  payload.topic     Topic to publish message on
     * @param {string}  payload.message   Message to be published on specified topic
    adapter.sendTo('mqtt.0', 'sendMessage2Client', {topic: '/your/topic/here', message: 'your message'});

    Examples of using wildcards

    The following examples on the use of wildcards, builds on the example provided in topic strings.

    • Sport
    • Sport/Tennis
    • Sport/Basketball
    • Sport/Swimming
    • Sport/Tennis/Finals
    • Sport/Basketball/Finals
    • Sport/Swimming/Finals

    If you want to subscribe to all Tennis topics, you can use the number sign '#', or the plus sign '+'.

    • Sport/Tennis/# (this will receive Sport/Tennis and Sport/Tennis/Finals)
    • Sport/Tennis/+ (this will receive Sport/Tennis/Finals but not Sport/Tennis)

    For JMS topics, if you want to subscribe to all Finals topics, you can use the number sign '#', or the plus sign '+'.

    • Sport/#/Finals
    • Sport/+/Finals

    For MQTT topics, if you want to subscribe to all Finals topics, you can use the plus sign '+' .


    Binary messages

    With version 4.x there is a possibility to send and receive binary messages. Send works only with js-controller@4.2 or newer.

    You can change manually the common.type of existing objects to file and they will be processed as binary states.

    Or you can set the options All new topics will be processed as binary* in the instance settings to force all new topics will have automatically common.type="file".


    The broker was tested with following clients:


    • Implement resend of QoS 2 messages after a while. Whenever a packet gets lost on the way, the sender is responsible for resending the last message after a reasonable amount of time. This is true when the sender is a MQTT client and also when a MQTT broker sends a message.

    • queue packets with QoS 1/2 for the offline clients with the persistent session. Read here


    4.0.7 (2022-06-28)

    • (Apollon77/kleinOr) Remove unneeded dependency

    4.0.6 (2022-06-19)

    • (bluefox) Corrected sentry issue

    4.0.4 (2022-05-30)

    • (Apollon77) lower loglevel for log messages about messages with unknown message IDs to info

    4.0.3 (2022-05-17)

    • (bluefox) Corrected publish states on start by client

    4.0.2 (2022-05-17)

    • (bluefox) Added possibility to publish own states as client, additionally to mqtt.x

    4.0.1 (2022-05-13)

    • (Apollon77) Fix Number detection for values

    4.0.0 (2022-05-12)

    • (bluefox) BREAKING CHANGE: in client mode only "mqtt.X.*" states will be subscribed
    • (bluefox) BREAKING CHANGE: in server mode by empty "publish" setting no states will be subscribed. Early all states were subscribed
    • (bluefox) Added new option: All new topics will be processed as binary

    3.0.6 (2022-04-25)

    • (Apollon77) Allows to use some special characters like # in client passwords
    • (Apollon77) Correct handing of QoS 2 messages
    • (Apollon77) Implement resend support of pubrec
    • (Apollon77) When resending a package set the dup flag as required by specs
    • (Apollon77) Add more debug for special debug mode

    3.0.5 (2022-04-07)

    • (bluefox) BREAKING CHANGE: password is now stored encrypted, and so must be set anew after update!

    2.7.4 (2022-03-18)

    • (Apollon77) Update MQTT library dependency

    2.7.3 (2022-03-11)

    • (Apollon77) Further optimization of automatic folder creation

    2.7.2 (2022-03-11)

    • (Apollon77) Optimize the automatic folder creation and allow to automatically overwrite these objects when needed

    2.7.0 (2022-03-09)

    • (Apollon77) Prevent Client or server to overwrite the own info.connection state
    • (Apollon77) replace # and + characters by _ when publishing a value because these characters are forbidden when publishing for most brokers

    2.6.2 (2022-03-03)

    • (Apollon77) If data types of objects change during an adapter run, adjust datatype of mqtt.X.* objects to "mixed" to prevent issues

    2.6.1 (2022-02-25)

    • (Apollon77) Fix object structure sync for server usage

    2.6.0 (2022-02-25)

    • (Apollon77) Update objects if data type changes also for "client" usage
    • (Apollon77) Update mqtt library
    • (Apollon77) Create a folder object structure if objects do not exist in the adapter namespace

    2.5.0 (2022-02-24)

    • (uwesimon/Apollon77) fix test connection with MQTTs
    • (uwesimon/Apollon77) ReconnectTimeout is now handled in seconds, so default is 10s instead of 10ms
    • (Apollon77) Correct info.connection object default values

    2.4.1 (2021-11-08)

    • (MichaelDvP) Added wildcard regex for "/#"

    2.4.0 (2021-05-09)

    • (Apollon77) only remember the last message per topic for offline clients that subscribed the topics when using persistent sessions
    • (Apollon77) only remember last wills for clients that subscribed the topics
    • (Apollon77) on "disconnect" message do not send last will as defined by specs
    • (Apollon77) set a new messageId when sending remembered messages
    • (Apollon77) Add small delay after subscribe before sending out topic values
    • (Apollon77) optimize for js-controller 3.3
    • (foxriver76) prevent errors in js-controller 3.3 and detect datatype changes for objects

    2.3.5 (2021-02-27)

    • (Apollon77) js-controller 2.0 is now required at least
    • (arteck) change default subscribe to mqtt.0.*

    2.3.4 (2021-01-25)

    • (Apollon77) Catch errors when setting states (Sentry IOBROKER-MQTT-1F)

    2.3.3 (2021-01-21)

    • (Apollon77) Catch errors when setting states (Sentry IOBROKER-MQTT-1D)

    2.3.2 (2021-01-13)

    • (Apollon77) Check configured server port and reset to 1883 if invalid (Sentry IOBROKER-MQTT-1B)
    • (Apollon77) Catch error when server can not be started (Sentry IOBROKER-MQTT-1C)

    2.3.1 (2020-12-30)

    • (FunCyRanger) Add option to ignore SSL validation errors

    2.1.14 (2020-11-30)

    • (Apollon77) Prevent crash case (Sentry IOBROKER-MQTT-11)

    2.1.13 (2020-11-16)

    • (Apollon77) Prevent crash case (Sentry IOBROKER-MQTT-Q)

    2.1.12 (2020-11-08)

    • (Apollon77) Crash cases prevented (Sentry IOBROKER-MQTT-M)

    2.1.10 (2020-10-30)

    • (Apollon77) Crash cases prevented (Sentry IOBROKER-MQTT-G)
    • (Apollon77) prevent errors on MQTT connection test

    2.1.9 (2020-09-17)

    • (Apollon77) Crash cases prevented (Sentry IOBROKER-MQTT-E, IOBROKER-MQTT-F)

    2.1.8 (2020-08-24)

    • (Apollon77) Crash case prevented on unsubscribe (Sentry IOBROKER-MQTT-D)

    2.1.7 (2020-08-02)

    • (Apollon77) handle invalid mqtt server settings better (Sentry IOBROKER-MQTT-9)

    2.1.6 (2020-08-02)

    • (Apollon77) Try to prevent creation of objects with invalid IDs
    • (Apollon77) check that state is set before accessing it (Sentry IOBROKER-MQTT-2)
    • (Apollon77) Better handle disconnection cases (Sentry IOBROKER-MQTT-3, IOBROKER-MQTT-6)

    2.1.5 (2020-07-26)

    • (Apollon77) try to prevent crashes on not existing state values
    • (Apollon77) Sentry added for crash reporting with js-controller 3.x+

    2.1.4 (2020-06-20)

    • (Apollon77) websocket do not have setTimeout method
    • (NorbGH) prevent messageID overflow

    2.1.3 (2020- 05-17)

    • (bluefox) Caught some errors

    2.1.2 (2020-03-02)

    • (foxriver76) removed usage of getMessage
    • (mbecker) send states as object in client mode

    2.1.1 (2019-07-27)

    • (bluefox) Add option to overwrite the client "clean session" settings

    2.1.0 (2019-05-02)

    • (Zefau) Add option to send the message using messagebox
    • (Zefau) Fix error with logging on pubrec

    2.0.6 (2019-01-16)

    • (SchumyHao) Add Chinese support

    2.0.5 (2019-01-12)

    • (simatec) Support for Compact mode

    2.0.4 (2018-12-01)

    • (Apollon77) Subscribe to topics after connect

    2.0.3 (2018-08-11)

    • (bluefox) Prefix in the server was corrected

    2.0.2 (2018-08-09)

    • (bluefox) Behaviour of "set" topics was changed

    2.0.1 (2018-07-06)

    • (bluefox) Double prefix by the client was fixed

    2.0.0 (2018-03-05)

    • (bluefox) broke node.js 4 support
    • (bluefox) remove mqtt-stream-server
    • (bluefox) partial mqtt5 support

    1.5.0 (2018-03-05)

    • (bluefox) The patch for wifi-iot removed
    • (bluefox) the mqtt library updated
    • (bluefox) implement QoS>0

    1.4.2 (2018-01-30)

    • (bluefox) Admin3 settings are corrected

    1.4.1 (2018-01-13)

    • (bluefox) Convert error is caught
    • (bluefox) Ready for admin3

    1.3.3 (2017-10-15)

    • (bluefox) Fix sending of QOS=2 if server

    1.3.2 (2017-02-08)

    • (bluefox) Fix convert of UTF8 payloads
    • (bluefox) optional fix for chunking problem

    1.3.1 (2017-02-02)

    • (bluefox) Update mqtt packages
    • (bluefox) add Interval before send topics by connection and send interval settings
    • (bluefox) reorganise configuration dialog

    1.3.0 (2017-01-07)

    • (bluefox) Update mqtt packages
    • (bluefox) configurable client ID

    1.2.5 (2016-11-24)

    • (bluefox) Fix server publishing

    1.2.4 (2016-11-13)

    • (bluefox) additional debug output

    1.2.1 (2016-11-06)

    • (bluefox) fix publish on start

    1.2.0 (2016-09-27)

    • (bluefox) implementation of LWT for server
    • (bluefox) update mqtt package version

    1.1.2 (2016-09-13)

    • (bluefox) fix authentication in server

    1.1.1 (2016-09-12)

    • (bluefox) do not parse JSON states, that do not have the attribute val to support other systems

    1.1.0 (2016-07-23)

    • (bluefox) add new setting: Use different topic names for set and get

    1.0.4 (2016-07-19)

    • (bluefox) convert values like +58,890 into numbers too

    1.0.3 (2016-05-14)

    • (cdjm) change client protocolID

    1.0.2 (2016-04-26)

    • (bluefox) update mqtt module

    1.0.1 (2016-04-25)

    • (bluefox) Fix translations in admin

    1.0.0 (2016-04-22)

    • (bluefox) Fix error with direct publish in server

    0.5.0 (2016-03-15)

    • (bluefox) fix web sockets
    • (bluefox) fix SSL

    0.4.2 (2016-02-10)

    • (bluefox) create the object info.connection
    • (bluefox) add reconnection tests

    0.4.1 (2016-02-04)

    • (bluefox) fix error with states creation

    0.4.0 (2016-01-27)

    • (bluefox) add tests
    • (bluefox) client and server run

    0.3.1 (2016-01-14)

    • (bluefox) change creation of states by client

    0.3.0 (2016-01-13)

    • (bluefox) try to fix event emitter

    0.2.15 (2015-11-23)

    • (Pmant) fix publish on subscribe

    0.2.14 (2015-11-21)

    • (bluefox) fix error with wrong variable names

    0.2.13 (2015-11-20)

    • (Pmant) fix error with wrong variable name

    0.2.12 (2015-11-14)

    • (Pmant) send last known value on subscription (server)

    0.2.11 (2015-10-17)

    • (bluefox) set maximal length of topic name
    • (bluefox) convert true and false to boolean values

    0.2.10 (2015-09-16)

    • (bluefox) protect against empty topics

    0.2.8 (2015-05-17)

    • (bluefox) do not ty to parse JSON objects

    0.2.7 (2015-05-16)

    • (bluefox) fix test button

    0.2.6 (2015-05-16)

    • (bluefox) fix names if from mqtt adapter

    0.2.5 (2015-05-15)

    • (bluefox) subscribe to all states if no mask defined

    0.2.4 (2015-05-14)

    • (bluefox) add state clients to server with the list of clients

    0.2.3 (2015-05-14)

    • (bluefox) fix some errors

    0.2.2 (2015-05-13)

    • (bluefox) fix some errors with sendOnStart and fix flag sendAckToo

    0.2.0 (2015-05-13)

    • (bluefox) translations and rename config sendNoAck=>sendAckToo
    • (bluefox) lets create server not only on localhost

    0.1.8 (2015-05-13)

    • (bluefox) fix topic names in server mode
    • (bluefox) implement subscribe
    • (bluefox) update mqtt package

    0.1.7 (2015-03-24)

    • (bluefox) create objects if new state received
    • (bluefox) update mqtt library

    0.1.6 (2015-03-04)

    • (bluefox) just update index.html

    0.1.5 (2015-01-02)

    • (bluefox) fix error if state deleted

    0.1.4 (2015-01-02)

    • (bluefox) support of npm install

    0.1.2 (2014-11-28)

    • (bluefox) support of npm install

    0.1.1 (2014-11-22)

    • (bluefox) support of new naming concept

    0.1.0 (2014-10-23)

    • (bluefox) Update readme
    • (bluefox) Support of authentication for server and client
    • (bluefox) Support of prefix for own topics

    0.0.2 (2014-10-19)

    • (bluefox) support of server (actual no authentication)


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