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Anjay LwM2M library

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With release of Anjay 3.0, the library's license terms have changed. Please make sure that you have reviewed it before updating to the new major release. Previous versions of Anjay remain with the old, Apache 2.0 license.

What is Anjay?

Anjay is a C library that aims to be the reference implementation of the OMA Lightweight Machine-to-Machine (LwM2M) device management protocol. It eases development of fully-featured LwM2M client applications by taking care of protocol details, allowing the user to focus on device-specific aspects.

The project has been created and is actively maintained by AVSystem.

Supported features

This version includes full support for OMA LwM2M TS 1.1 features. Some features, such as support for EST, SMS binding or HSM's are available commercially.

  • LwM2M Bootstrap Interface:

    • Request
    • Discover
    • Read
    • Write
    • Delete
    • Finish
  • LwM2M Client Registration Interface:

    • Register
    • Update
    • De-register
  • LwM2M Device Management and Service Enablement Interface:

    • Discover
    • Read
    • Read-Composite
    • Write
    • Write-Composite
    • Execute
    • Write-Attributes
    • Create
    • Delete
    • Send
  • LwM2M Information Reporting Interface:

    • Observe
    • Observe-Composite
    • Cancel Observation
    • Cancel Observation-Composite
    • Notify
  • LwM2M Security modes:

    • DTLS with Certificates (if supported by backend TLS library)
    • DTLS with PSK (if supported by backend TLS library)
    • NoSec mode
  • Supported TLS backends:

    • mbed TLS
    • OpenSSL
    • tinydtls
  • Supported platforms:

  • CoAP data formats:

    • Plain Text
    • Opaque
    • CBOR
    • TLV
    • SenML JSON
    • SenML CBOR
    • LwM2M JSON (output only)
  • CoAP BLOCK transfers (for transferring data that does not fit in a single UDP packet):

    • Block1 (sending / receiving requests)
    • Block2 (sending responses)
  • Pre-implemented LwM2M Objects:

    • Access Control
    • Security
    • Server
    • Firmware Update
    • IPSO single and three-axis sensor objects
  • Stream-oriented persistence API

About OMA LwM2M

OMA LwM2M is a remote device management and telemetry protocol designed to conserve network resources. It is especially suitable for constrained wireless devices, where network communication is a major factor affecting battery life. LwM2M features secure (DTLS-encrypted) methods of remote bootstrapping, configuration and notifications over UDP or SMS.

More details about OMA LwM2M: Brief introduction to LwM2M

Quickstart guide


  • C compiler with C99 support,
  • avs_commons - included in the repository as a subproject,
  • If DTLS support is enabled, at least one of:
  • Optional dependencies (required for tests):
  • Optional dependencies (required for building documentation - more information in "Contributing" section):

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS / Raspbian Buster or later

sudo apt-get install git build-essential cmake libmbedtls-dev zlib1g-dev

CentOS 7 or later

# EPEL is required for mbedtls-devel and cmake3
sudo yum install -y
sudo yum install -y which git make cmake3 mbedtls-devel gcc gcc-c++ zlib-devel

macOS Sierra or later, with Homebrew

brew install cmake mbedtls

Running the demo client

For initial development and testing of LwM2M clients, we recommend using the Coiote IoT Device Management where you can use the basic LwM2M server functionality for free.

After setting up an account and adding the device entry, you can compile Anjay demo client and connect it to the platform by running:

git clone \
    && cd Anjay \
    && git submodule update --init \
    && cmake . \
    && make -j \
    && ./output/bin/demo --endpoint-name $(hostname) --server-uri coap://

NOTE: On some older systems like CentOS 7, you may need to use cmake3 instead of cmake.

NOTE: We strongly recommend replacing $(hostname) with some actual unique hostname. Please see the documentation for information on preferred endpoint name formats. Note that with the Coiote IoT Device Management platform, you will need to enter the endpoint name into the server UI first.

Detailed compilation guide

First, make sure all necessary submodules are downloaded and up-to-date:

git submodule update --init

After that, you have several options to compile the library.

Building using CMake

The preferred way of building Anjay is to use CMake.

By default demo client compiles with DTLS enabled and uses mbedtls as a DTLS provider, but you may choose other DTLS backends currently supported by setting DTLS_BACKEND in a CMake invocation to one of the following DTLS backends: openssl, mbedtls or tinydtls:

cmake . -DDTLS_BACKEND="mbedtls" && make -j

Or, if a lack of security (not recommended) is what you need for some reason:

cmake . -DDTLS_BACKEND="" && make -j

Compiled executables, including demo client, can be found in output/bin subdirectory.

For a detailed guide on configuring and compiling the project (including cross-compiling), see Compiling client applications.

To start the demo client:

# uses plain CoAP
./output/bin/demo --endpoint-name $(hostname) --server-uri coap://

# uses DTLS in PSK mode, with PSK identity "foo" and secret key "bar" (hex-encoded)
./output/bin/demo --endpoint-name $(hostname) --server-uri coaps:// --security-mode psk --identity 666f6f --key 626172

NOTE: When establishing a DTLS connection, the URI MUST use "coaps://". In NoSec mode (default), the URI MUST use "coap://".

Alternative build systems

Alternatively, you may use any other build system. You will need to:

  • Prepare your avs_commons_config.h, avs_coap_config.h and anjay_config.h files.
  • Configure your build system so that:
    • At least all *.c and *.h files from src, include_public, deps/avs_coap/src, deps/avs_coap/include_public, deps/avs_commons/src and deps/avs_commons/include_public directories are preserved, with the directory structure intact.
      • It is also safe to merge contents of all include_public directories into one. Merging src directories should be safe, too, but is not explicitly supported.
    • All *.c files inside src, deps/avs_coap/src, deps/avs_commons/src, or any of their direct or indirect subdirectories are compiled.
    • deps/avs_commons/src and deps/avs_commons/include_public directories are included in the header search path when compiling avs_commons.
    • deps/avs_coap/src, deps/avs_coap/include_public and deps/avs_commons/include_public directories are included in the header search path when compiling avs_coap.
    • src, include_public, deps/avs_coap/include_public and deps/avs_commons/include_public directories are included in the header search path when compiling Anjay.
    • include_public, deps/avs_coap/include_public and deps/avs_commons/include_public directories, or copies of them (possibly merged into one directory) are included in the header search path when compiling dependent application code.

Below is an example of a simplistic build process, that builds all of avs_commons, avs_coap and Anjay from a Unix-like shell:

# configuration
cp -r example_configs/linux_lwm2m10 config
# you may want to edit the files in the "config" directory before continuing

# compilation
cc -Iconfig -Iinclude_public -Ideps/avs_coap/include_public -Ideps/avs_commons/include_public -Isrc -Ideps/avs_coap/src -Ideps/avs_commons/src -c $(find src deps/avs_coap/src deps/avs_commons/src -name '*.c')
ar rcs libanjay.a *.o

# installation
cp libanjay.a /usr/local/lib/
cp -r include_public/avsystem /usr/local/include/
cp -r deps/avs_coap/include_public/avsystem /usr/local/include/
cp -r deps/avs_commons/include_public/avsystem /usr/local/include/
cp -r config/* /usr/local/include/

Use a Dockerfile

For some cases you may find it comfortable to use Docker image. In this case, the only dependency is Docker, which you can install with your favorite package manager. If Docker is already installed, you can clone the repo and build the Docker image:

git clone --recurse-submodules
cd Anjay
docker build --no-cache --tag anjay .

Then, you can launch the built image and run the demo client:

docker run -it anjay
./output/bin/demo -e $(hostname) -u coap://

Embedded operating systems ports

If you want to use Anjay on Mbed OS, Zephyr OS, FreeRTOS or ESP-IDF check our demo applications available in other repositories:

Raspberry Pi client

LwM2M Client for Raspberry Pi, with a feature allowing for implementing LwM2M Objects in Python, is available in Svetovid-raspberry-client repository.

Java bindings

Maven Central repository contains anjay-java and anjay-android artifacts which allow to use Anjay in Java applications.

In case of using anjay-java, check Anjay-java repository for details how to compile the native library. This step isn't required if you want to use anjay-android in your Android application.


See LICENSE file.

Commercial support

Anjay LwM2M library comes with the option of full commercial support, provided by AVSystem.

The list of features available commercially is available here.

If you're interested in LwM2M Server, be sure to check out the Coiote IoT Device Management platform by AVSystem. It also includes the interoperability test module that you can use to test your LwM2M client implementation. Our automated tests and testing scenarios enable you to quickly check how interoperable your device is with LwM2M.


Contributions are welcome! See our contributing guide.

Building documentation

Make sure, both Doxygen and Sphinx are installed on your system, then type:

cmake . && make doc

the documentation will be available under output/doc/doxygen and output/doc/sphinx.