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VxWorks® 7 Client for AWS IoT Device SDK


This document provides a quick summary of how to build and run the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Internet of Things (IoT) device software development kit (SDK) for C that resides in VxWorks 7 on your device. The SDK is an embedded C client library for interacting with the AWS IoT platform. This client library is not provided in VxWorks 7 RPM packages or on the VxWorks 7 product DVDs. You need to manually install this library on VxWorks 7.

Release note: The version 1.0.0.x has been validated with VxWorks 7 SR0610.

Project License

The license for this project is the MIT license. Text of MIT license and other applicable license notices can be found in the LICENSE_NOTICES.txt file in the top level directory. Each source files should include a license notice that designates the licensing terms for the respective file.


You must have an AWS account to try the samples. To create a free account on AWS please visit and click the "Create a Free Account" button.

Before installing the SDK prepare the development environment.

  1. Install git and ensure it operates from the command line.

  2. Install cmake and ensure it operates from the command line.

  3. Ensure the VxWorks 7 DVD is installed.

  4. Ensure the AWS IoT device SDK for C source code is available from the following location:

Installing the SDK

  1. Download the VxWorks 7 AWS IoT SDK layer from the following location:

  2. Set WIND_LAYER_PATHS to point to the vxworks7-layer-for-aws-iot-sdk-c directory. Command-line users may set this directly using export on Linux or set on Windows. Developers working on a Microsoft Windows host may also set the system environment variables. On Microsoft Windows 10, these can be found in the Control Panel under View advanced system Settings. Click the "Advanced" tab to find the "Environment Variables" button. From here you may set WIND_LAYER_PATHS to point to the vxworks7-layers-for-aws-iot-sdk-c. Please refer to the VxWorks documentation for details on the WIND_LAYER_PATHS variable.

  3. Confirm the layer is present in your VxWorks 7 installation. In a VxWorks development shell, you may run "vxprj vsb listAll" and look for AWS_IOT_SDK_1_0_0_0 to confirm that the layer has been found.

Creating the VSB and VIP Using WrTool

Create the VxWorks 7 VxWorks source build (VSB) and VxWorks image project (VIP) using either the Wind River Workbench environment or the command line tool WrTool. This procedure uses the vxsim_linux board support package (BSP) as an example.

  1. Set the environment variable and change the directory.

     export WIND_WRTOOL_WORKSPACE=$HOME/WindRiver/workspace   
  2. Create the VSB using the WrTool.

     wrtool prj vsb create -force -bsp vxsim_linux myVSB -S
     cd myVSB
     wrtool prj vsb add AWS_IOT_SDK
     make -j[jobs]  <-- set the number of parallel build jobs, typically 2, 4, 8
     cd ..
  3. Create the VIP using the WrTool.

     wrtool prj vip create -force -vsb myVSB -profile PROFILE_STANDALONE_DEVELOPMENT vxsim_linux llvm myVIP
     cd myVIP
     wrtool prj vip parameter set DNSC_PRIMARY_NAME_SERVER   "\"\""
     wrtool prj vip parameter set DNSC_SECONDARY_NAME_SERVER "\"\""
     cd ..

The test sample is provided in the AWS IoT SDK as demos/source/iot_demo_mqtt.c. It can be used to connect your device to the AWS IoT cloud, publish telemetry to the cloud and to receive commands from the AWS IoT cloud. To enable this sample, you need to create an RTP project.

Creating the RTP Using WrTool

  1. Create an RTP project based on myVSB.

     wrtool prj rtp create -vsb myVSB myRTP
  2. Add the file for iot_demo_mqtt.

     wrtool prj file add $WIND_WRTOOL_WORKSPACE/myVSB/3pp/AWS_IOT_SDK/src/demos/source/iot_demo_mqtt.c
  3. Delete the sample rtp.c file

     wrtool prj file delete rtp.c
  4. Add additional sample source code files.

     wrtool prj file add $WIND_WRTOOL_WORKSPACE/myVSB/3pp/AWS_IOT_SDK/src/demos/app/posix/iot_demo_arguments_posix.c
     wrtool prj file add $WIND_WRTOOL_WORKSPACE/myVSB/3pp/AWS_IOT_SDK/src/demos/app/posix/iot_demo_posix.c
  5. Add the configuration header file.

     wrtool prj file add $WIND_WRTOOL_WORKSPACE/myVSB/3pp/AWS_IOT_SDK/src/demos/iot_config.h
  6. Add the include directories.

     wrtool prj include add '-I$(PRJ_ROOT_DIR)' myRTP
     wrtool prj include add '-I$(VSB_DIR)/share/h' myRTP
     wrtool prj include add '-I$(VSB_DIR)/3pp/AWS_IOT_SDK/demos/include' myRTP
     wrtool prj include add '-I$(VSB_DIR)/3pp/AWS_IOT_SDK/platform/include' myRTP
     wrtool prj include add '-I$(VSB_DIR)/3pp/AWS_IOT_SDK/lib/include' myRTP
  7. Add the usr/lib/common library directory.

     wrtool prj lib add '-L$(VSB_DIR)/usr/root/llvm/bin' myRTP
  8. Add the static library dependencies.

     wrtool prj lib add '-lunix' myRTP
     wrtool prj lib add '-lnet' myRTP
     wrtool prj lib add '-lOPENSSL' myRTP
     wrtool prj lib add '-lHASH' myRTP
     wrtool prj lib add '-lawsiotcommon' myRTP
     wrtool prj lib add '-liotbase' myRTP
     wrtool prj lib add '-liotmqtt' myRTP

    NOTE: For some examples you may also need to add some of the following: wrtool prj lib add '-lawsiotjobs' myRTP wrtool prj lib add '-lawsiotshadow' myRTP wrtool prj lib add '-lawsiotdefender' myRTP wrtool prj lib add '-liotserializer' myRTP

  9. Add the macro definitions.

     wrtool prj define add '-DRunDemo=RunMqttDemo' myRTP
     wrtool prj define add '-DIOT_SYSTEM_TYPES_FILE=\"posix/iot_platform_types_posix.h\"' myRTP
  10. Follow the instructions on the "Getting Started with AWS IoT" to set up the AWS IoT service.

  11. Open the iot_config.h file you copied into your RTP.

    To create a connection to a registered Thing, set the parameters in the file iot_config.h.

/* Server endpoints used for the demos. May be overridden with command line
 * options at runtime. */
#define IOT_DEMO_SECURED_CONNECTION    ( true ) /* Command line: -s (secured) or -u (unsecured) */
#define IOT_DEMO_SERVER                ""       /* Command line: -h */
#define IOT_DEMO_PORT                  ( 443 )  /* Command line: -p */

/* Credential paths. May be overridden with command line options at runtime. */
#define IOT_DEMO_ROOT_CA               "rootCA.crt" /* Command line: -r */
#define IOT_DEMO_CLIENT_CERT           "cert.pem" /* Command line: -c */
#define IOT_DEMO_PRIVATE_KEY           "privkey.pem" /* Command line: -k */
  1. Copy the AWS endpoint listed under the Interact page for your Thing.

  2. Paste the AWS endpoint into the IOT_DEMO_SERVER macro in iot_config.h

  3. Set IOT_DEMO_ROOT_CA, IOT_DEMO_CLIENT_CERT, and IOT_DEMO_PRIVATE_KEY to correspond to the files you downloaded when you created a certificate for your thing.

  4. Build the RTP

    wrtool prj build myRTP
  5. Deploy it to your target with the certificate files.

NOTE: The values of the the parameters must be consistent with the information of the Thing registered in the AWS IoT platform. Refer to the SDK guide to create your Thing, key pair and certificate files. Put those certificate files in the working directory where you execute the RTP.

Viewing the Device Information on the AWS IoT Dashboard

You can run your device image with the AWS IoT SDK and then view the device information dashboard at the AWS IoT website.

Legal Notices

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