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This project includes two programs:


This is a command line "wrapper" for the REST API, enabling you to test connectivity, activate a device, register time series and send observations all from the command line.


This is a "agent" program intended to run as a services. You can send a very simple message, such as:

{"n": "temp", "v": 26.9}

to a UDP socket on port 41234. The agent will add the security token, add a time stamp, convert "temp" to the component (time series) ID, and send a POST over SSL to the cloud server.

We have an Arduino library which can send this message to the agent, and you can write your own in other languages.

Getting Started

Here is a getting started document which walks you through this material:

Getting Started Presentation

If you are participating in a Intel-sponsored hackathon, the agent may be pre-installed on your Galileo or Edison. Try opening a shell on the board and running:

# iotkit-admin test

Installing using git

If the program is not installed, you can install it following these steps:

# git clone
# cd iotkit-agent
# npm install

Which version of the command line?

If the agent has been pre-installed on your Galileo or Edison board, you can run:

# iotkit-admin test

but if it isn't installed, you will need "cd" to the directory where you installed it and run it from the local directory (note the leading ./ and the trailing .js):

# ./iotkit-agent.js test

Setting up you board

1 Test the connection to the cloud

# iotkit-admin test
2014-10-05T22:05:12.055Z - info: Connected to
2014-10-05T22:05:12.055Z - info: Environment: PROD
2014-10-05T22:05:12.055Z - info: Build: 0.10.3

Note: For more information about iotkit-admin commands, go to section Notes about "admin" commands.

1.3 Configuring the agent

The iotkit-agent requires to be register at iotkit-dashboard. You will need and id (a.k.a Device Id) to register the Galileo in the iotkit-dashboard. In To get this Device Id, run the command:

iotkit-admin device-id

In the Dashboard enter both Id and Gateway as output by previous command.

Or, you can set a different Device Id with this command:

iotkit-admin set-device-id <device_id>

After the registration in the iotkit-dashboard, copy the activation code displayed in the My Account UI, tab Details (in Account menu) and activate the device by executing:

iotkit-admin activate <activation_code>

The device should be active system wide. To verify that, go back to your iotkit dashboard and verify the status of the device previously registered.

1.4 Starting the Agent

Once the device has been activated, the iotkit-agent has to be started. To do that simply execute the start script:

systemctl start iotkit-agent

2. Installing using npm

Follow these steps to install the iotkit-agent if you want to try in any Linux environment or if you got a Galileo without the iotkit-agent pre-installed.

To install the iotkit-agent using npm, just run:

npm install iotkit-agent 
mv node_modules/iotkit-agent ./

Once you have a copy of the iotkit-agent locally, you will need to install forever:

cd iotkit-agent
npm install forever

2.1 Testing the connection with iotkit-dashboard

Run the following command to find the enableiot dashboard:

./iotkit-admin.js test

Note: For more information about iotkit-admin commands, go to section Notes about "admin" commands.

2.2 Configuring and Activating the Agent

The steps to configure and activate the agent are almost the same as the scenario where the iotkit-agent has been pre-installed in the Galileo.

So, you will need to register the iotkit-agent at the iotkit-dashboard. To do that, you need to obtain the Device Id and Gateway Id by executing those commands :

./iotkit-admin.js device-id
./iotkit-admin.js gateway-id

If both Gateway Id and Device Id weren't set in the past, they will have the same value on the beginning.

In the Dashboard enter both Id and Gateway as output by previous commands.

Or, you can set a different Device Id with this command:

./iotkit-admin.js set-device-id <device_id>

You can also set a different Device name with this command:

./iotkit-admin.js set-device-name <device_name>

Or a different Gateway Id with this command:

./iotkit-admin.js set-gateway-id <gateway_id>

Once you get the Device Id and Gateway Id, use them to register the device id in your dashboard.

After the device registration, copy the activation code in My Account UI, tab Details (in Account menu) and execute the activation command:

./iotkit-admin.js activate <activation_code>     

The device should be active system wide. To verify that, go back to your iotkit dashboard and verify the status of the device previously registered.

2.3 Starting the Agent

To start the iotkit-agent service simply execute the start script:


2.4 Stopping the Agent

Yes, you guessed it, run the stop script:


3. Upgrading

Note: To avoid losing configuration settings on an activated device, special care must be taken when upgrading the agent.

  1. Make note of your current agent version:
    iotkit-admin -V

  2. If your agent version is older than 1.6.0 you will need to backup and migrate your configuration settings. See the migration instructions below. Otherwise, backup/export configuration data to a permanent location (if you have not already done so):
    iotkit-agent move-data-directory <data_directory>

  3. Update agent
    If you installed the Agent globally using NPM or if it came pre-installed
    npm update -g iotkit-agent
    If you installed locally using NPM
    npm update iotkit-agent (from within your local node_modules directory)
    If you initially installed locally using Git

    git stash
    git pull
    npm -d install
  4. Point new agent to previous configuration data folder
    iotkit-admin set-data-directory <data_directory>

  5. Run the migration script if upgrading from an agent older than 1.6.0

  6. Restart agent process (for pre-installed agents):
    systemctl restart iotkit-agent

  7. Agent logs can be checked for errors: /tmp/agent.log

Migrating from Agent 1.6.4 to 1.6.5

  1. Perform steps 1-3 of Upgrading guide
  2. Make a copy of user.js file in data directory
  3. Replace old user.js file with new version from data/user.js
  4. Reapply all configuration changes using commands or by copy pasting part under Example usage comment.

### Migrating from Agents before 1.6.0

  1. Make note of your current agent version:
    iotkit-admin -V
  2. Backup the following 3 agent configuration files to a single location outside of the iotkit-agent folder:
    Pre-installed Agent on Edison boards
  • /etc/iotkit-agent/config.json
  • /usr/share/iotkit-agent/certs/token.json
  • /usr/share/iotkit-agent/data/sensor-list.json

Globally-installed Agent

  • /usr/lib/node_modules/iotkit-agent/config/config.json
  • /usr/lib/node_modules/iotkit-agent/data/sensor-list.json
  • /usr/lib/node_modules/iotkit-agent/cert/token.json

Locally-installed Agent

  • ./iotkit-agent/config/config.json
  • ./iotkit-agent/data/sensor-list.json
  • ./iotkit-agent/cert/token.json
  1. Upgrade your agent
  2. Run migration script to import old settings into new agent configuration. Use 'migrate.js' in the iotkit-agent install folder.
    migrate.js <backup_directory>
  3. Resume upgrade procedure (steps 4-7)

4. Usage

For instructions how to use the iotkit-agent please see the iotkit-samples repo.

5. Test

The iotkit-agent project uses gruntjs mocha as its test framework. To run all tests:

Install all dev-dependencies, running:

npm install 

6. Notes about "admin" commands

The iotkit-agent provides a set of commands (and basic options) to perform configuration over the device, as well as, some basic actions, like activation, initialization, etc.

If you run them from a Galileo with a pre-installed agent, just run iotkit-admin.

On the other hand, if you are installing the iotkit-agent using npm, run ./iotkit-admin.js.

The following is the list of commands and options:


  • test Tries to reach the server (using the current protocol).

  • activate <activation_code> Activates the device.

  • register <comp_name> <catalogid> Registers a component in the device.

  • reset-components Clears the component list.

  • observation <comp_name> <value> Sends an observation for the device, for the specific component.

  • catalog Displays the Catalog from the device's account.

  • components Displays components registered for this device.

  • initialize Resets both the token and the component's list.

  • update Send update device request to dashboard

  • protocol <protocol> Set the protocol to 'mqtt' or 'rest'

  • host <host> [<port>] Sets the cloud hostname for the current protocol.

  • device-id Displays the device id.

  • set-device-id <id> Overrides the device id.

  • clear-device-id Reverts to using the default device id.

  • save-code <activation_code> Adds the activation code to the device.

  • reset-code Clears the activation code of the device.

  • proxy <host> <port> Sets proxy For REST protocol.

  • reset-proxy Clears proxy For REST protocol.

  • set-logger-level <level> Set the logger level to 'debug', 'info', 'warn', 'error'

  • set-data-directory <path> Sets path of directory that contains sensor data.

  • reset-data-directory Resets to default the path of directory that contains sensor data.

  • move-data-directory <path> Change directory where data will be stored

  • `gateway-id Displays the geteway id.

  • `set-gateway-id Overrides the geteway id.

  • `set-device-name Change device name

  • `reset-device-name Resets to default device name.

  • `set-udp-port <udp_port> Overrides the port UDP listener binds to


    -h, --help output usage information -V, --version output the version number -C, --config [path] Set the config file path

7. General notes

  • The iotkit-agent default protocol is REST. To change it to MQTT, use command 'protocol'.
  • The device id is obtained from the MAC Address of the Galileo. Get it with the command 'device-id'.
  • The 'catalog' command shows the list of components associated with the account where the device is active.
  • In order to define the host, you don't need to specify the protocol (https/http).

8. Actuator Request Processing

Components can be configured to be controlled from the cloud. Actuator requests to these devices are generated using either the iotkit-dashboard or the REST API. These actuation requests are sent to the device via MQTT protocol so the agent must be configured to uses the MQTT protocol. The agent processes incoming actuation requests, reformats them as JSON messages and sends them to local UDP port 41235. This port is configurable. The user must provide the software to listen to this port, handle requests and perform the desired action based on the parameter value (turn LED on/off, set motor speed, etc.) Example scripts can be found in the iotkit-samples repo.

Below is an example of the processed JSON message sent to local UDP port 41235 by the agent.

    "component": "led1",
    "command": "LED.v1.0",
    "argv": [{
        "name": "LED",
        "value": "1"

In this example, the request is for component "led1". The "command" field, "LED.v1.0", is a string that was defined in the component type for this component and may or may not have significance to the user. The "LED" parameter name and value can be used to determine what pins to turn on/off.

Note: Actuation support requires iotkit-agent version 1.5.2 or later.

9. Certificates

Do not use the default certificates in production.

The IoT Kit Agent includes default certificates to provide "out of the box" connectivity. These are fine for public data submissions but should not be used for production deployments.

What's new in version 1.8.1

DP-4299 – Add connecting to WS server in iotkit-admin test command

  • Test command of agent should also try to connect to WS server.

DP-4279 – Print connection closed reason for WS protocol

  • Upgrade websocket dependency package and print connection closed reason for websocket protocol.

DP-4247 – Implement ping-pong in websocket protocol of iotkit-agent

DP-3998 – IoT Kit Agent CP Header update to BSD-2

  • We need to update CP Headers for IoT Kit Agent repo - Intel headers should be BSD-2 instead of BSD-3 accordingly.

DP-3944 – Change order of options in help message of iotkit-admin

  • Group similar options so that order will be logical.

DP-3931 – Add command in agent to synchronize time.

  • Time in Galileo devices can be wrong because there is no battery to maintain internal clock. Add a command in agent to set Galileo time using that route. If user synchronize time with dashboard and send observation, it should be visible in last 10 minutes chart regardless of his time zone.

DP-3792 – Handling agent disconnect exception

  • Handle disconnect exception, add logging meaningful message in case of connection close.

DP-3781 – Add command to agent that shows current data directory

  • Add command to agent that shows current data directory: iotkit-admin.js data-directory

DP-3742 – Read proxy from HTTP_PROXY environment variable

  • If proxy is not configured (false), environment variable HTTP_PROXY should be checked. If proxy is specified in user config, this configuration should be used instead of globally configured proxy.

DP-3596 – During activation process connection to MQTT broker has been unnecessary closed

  • When agent is connected through MQTT, invoking iotkit-admin.js activate process ends with several disconnections with broker.

DP-3588 – Removing 'filterBy' function that duplicates build-in 'filter'

DP-3587 – Changing unnecessary newTimeStamp function for build-in

  • 'newTimeStamp' function will be removed since it is doing the same as function but with unnecessary operations.

DP-4689 – Fix for WS connection without proxy

  • When system proxy not set, WS connector throws error

What's new in version 1.7.1

DP-4247 – Improved detection of connection loss for WebSocket protocol

  • Agent exchange messages with Web Socket Server on regular basis and try to reconnect in case of no response from the server.

DP-4299 – Testing WS connection in test command

  • When rest+ws protocol is used in agent, test command checks both REST API availability and WebSocket connection. Agent tries to connect to WebSocket Server up to 3 times.

DP-4249 – Print WebSocket connection closed reason

  • Updated version of used websocket library. Printing connection closed reason.

DP-3587 – Changed execution of a custom function to create date to built-in

  • Using built-in function instead of custom one.

DP-3588 – Removed custom filterBy function that duplicates built-in filter

  • Using built-in function instead of custom one.

DP-3596 – During activation process connection to MQTT broker has been unnecessarily closed

  • Removed forced disconnection from activation.

DP-3792 – Catch error during MQTT connection and log warning

  • Logging problems with MQTT connection when error occur.

DP-3781 – Added command for displaying current data directory

  • New command data-directory is available in iotkit-admin.

DP-3944 – Changed order of iotkit-admin commands in help message

  • Related commands are in groups.

DP-3931 – Added command for setting actual time on Galileo

  • Intel Edison has built-in system time synchronization and this command is not needed. However, on devices with wrong date which do not use systemd-timesyncd command set-time can be used to set actual UTC time used in IoT Cloud on your device.

What's new in version 1.7.0

DP-3864 – Support for actuations via websocket protocol.

  • Changed default connector to rest+ws. Permanent connection to server can be established using WebSocket for receiving actuations while other commands use REST protocol. Both can work with proxy

DP-3604 – Implement HTTP pull actuations command in Agent.

  • Added new command for REST protocol to pull actuations from last time this command was executed or last 24h if command was never used. Actuations are then executed.

DP-3690 – Proxy port is set as a number, not string.

  • Additionally, port range is checked.

DP-3703 – Proxy commands in agent set both REST and WS proxies

  • proxy and reset-proxy commands edit both REST and WS proxy configuration

DP-3627 – Improve logs in Agent

  • Added log rotation and max size of log file.

DP-3718 – Make a counter of failed reconnection attempts and increase interval before next try

  • Time to reconnection to WebSocket server is doubled every time up to 10 minutes. It is reset after successful connection.

What's new in version 1.6.5

DP-3645 – Fixed problem with config location when using symlink.

What's new in version 1.6.1

DP-3463 – Added script for migration from iotkit-agent versions 1.5.6 and below.

What's new in version 1.6.0

DP-3122 – Change config loading strategy

  • We introduce new config strategy in this release. Three different configuration files are used: global, user and device. Global config is managed by developers of iotkit-agent. Device config contains all information connected with activated device. User config can be edited manually by user or by iotkit-admin commands. Setting from user configuration file will override the ones from global configuration file.

DP-3115 – Agent should have --config parameter to provide configuration file location

  • Agent can be run with parameter to specify folder where user config file is placed. Other configurations are taken from configs in data folder (which can be moved to other location).

DP-2775 – Create agent command that sets UDP port & address for receiving actuations

  • UDP port and address can be set using iotkit-admin commands.

DP-3182 – Add command to move data directory with user config

  • User can move device and user configuration files to different directory, outside agent folder.

DP-3265 – Add command to set device name using iotkit-admin

  • Added command to set device name, not only ID.

DP-3433 – Prepare example user config

  • Example user config is provided to help users interact with configuration file syntax and available settings.

DP-3282 – Make agent reconnect to MQTT

  • Agent try to reconnect to MQTT broker if connection is dropped or lost.

DP-2558 – iotkit-agent (and -admin) change the device-id with another MAC

  • Device id is set after activation even if it did not have value before activation.

DP-2961 – Agent accepts remote UDP messages

  • Agent no longer accept UDP messages from remote machines. It listens for observations only locally.

DP-3309 – Agent should send empty strings as credentials if no credentials provided

  • If device is not activated, it sends empty strings as credentials which allow test and activate calls.

DP-3310 – Device is not sending device ID and token

  • Available credentials are used in every call, in both REST and MQTT.

DP-3181 – Agent should not require existence of empty or default configuration files.

  • There are no longer empty configuration files with token and sensor lists which existence was required.

DP-2970 – iotkit-admin crashes if observation command does not provide enough arguments

  • Added additional checking for required arguments before use.

What's new in version 1.5.4

DP-3127 Using only local configuration files, not system ones.

What's new in version 1.5.2

DP-2199 – Unable to send observations with value lower than 0

  • Negative values can be send using command line.

DP-2208 – iotkit-admin.js does not work on Windows

  • Correct system temporary folder is used in Windows and Linux operating systems.

DP-2282 – Add commands to agent to modify gateway id

  • Gateway id can be updated separately using command set-gateway-id.

DP-2344 – Timeouts and connection attempts

  • Time limits for MQTT were increased and number of retries lowered.

DP-2351 – When registering a component with short (<4 characters) name, component is not saved and no error is displayed

  • Added validation on client side for too short component name during registration.

DP-2521 – Investigate actuation fails

  • Some problems were found and fixed.

DP-2652 DP-2657 – Sending measurements should not update device every time

  • Device is no longer updated when sending observation so less data is sent.
  • It’s updated when activating device, registering components or manually by executing update command.

DP-1642 – Several iotkit-admin commands do not check arguments

  • Added message about next required parameter when not provided.

DP-2969 – Sending data by iotkit-agent with value 0 fails

  • Zero is accepted as measurement value.

DP-3029 – Device activation intermittent failures over REST API

  • Timeout for REST calls was increased.

DP-1977 – mqtt.createSecureClient does not pass key options

  • Strict validation of SSL certificates on dashboard and broker enabled by default.

DP-3106 Script for submitting data to local agent using UDP

  • Script for submitting data to local agent using UDP was added to root folder. It can be used by Windows users who do not have nc program in their OS.

DP-3107 Getting Started guide in pdf has been added

  • Getting Started guide in pdf format is available in root folder.

What's new in version 0.8.5

  • Besides MQTT connection, now it's possible to connect with the Iot Kit Cloud through REST protocol.
  • MQTT and REST listeners were deprecated in favor of TCP and UDP protocols.
  • Added Administrator commands to leverage agent configuration.
  • Supports two different type of components: sensors and actuators.

Known limitations

  • You will need to switch to MQTT protocol to exercise the Actuation functionality.
  • Components registered through the IotKit Cloud API will not be known by the iotkit-agent.


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