MQTT Cloudlet quickstart

The MQTT cloudlet quickstart can be used as a base for the fat-jar MQTT microservices.

Creating and running the MQTT cloudlet project

In order to create the MQTT cloudlet project execute the following commands:

git clone
cp -r quickstarts/cloudlets/mqtt mqtt
cd mqtt
mvn install

To start the MQTT cloudlet execute the following command:

java -jar target/rhiot-cloudlets-mqtt-1.0.0-SNAPSHOT.jar

You can also build and run it as a Docker image (we love Docker and recommend this approach):

mvn install docker:build docker:push${TARGET_IMAGE}
docker run -it ${TARGET_IMAGE}

MQTT broker

By default MQTT cloudlet quickstart starts embedded ActiveMQ MQTT broker (on 1883 port). If you would like to connect your cloudlet application to the external ActiveMQ broker (instead of starting the embedded one), run the cloudlet with the BROKER_URL environment variable or system property, for example:

java -DBROKER_URL=tcp:// -jar target/rhiot-cloudlets-mqtt-1.0.0-SNAPSHOT.jar


docker run -e BROKER_URL=tcp:// -it yourUsername/rhiot-cloudlets-mqtt

Sample chat application

The MQTT cloudlet quickstart is in fact a simple chat application. Clients can send the messages to the chat channel by subscribing to the broker and sending the messages to the chat MQTT topic. To send some messages to the chat you can use the standalone MQTT.js client:

mqtt pub -t 'chat' -h 'localhost' -m 'Hello, this is the IoT device!'
mqtt pub -t 'chat' -h 'localhost' -m 'I just wanted to say hello!'
mqtt pub -t 'chat' -h 'localhost' -m 'Hello, IoT device. Nice to meet you!'

The clients can subscribe to the chat updates by listening on the chat-updates MQTT topic - whenever the new message has been sent to the chat, the clients registered to the chat-updates will receive the updated chat history.

The quickstart also exposed the simple REST API that can be used to read the chat history using the HTTP GET request:

$ curl http://localhost:8181/chat
Hello, this is the IoT device!
I just wanted to say hello!
Hello, IoT device. Nice to meet you!

Architectural overview

When MQTT cloudlet is started with the embedded ActiveMQ broker, the architecture of the example is the following:

When you connect to the external ActiveMQ broker (using BROKER_URL option), the architecture of the example becomes more like the following diagram:

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