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This application represents the Cyface data collector software.

It is used to collect traffic data from Cyface measurement devices, such as our smartphone application.

Our smartphone SDK is available as GPL application for Android and iOS (or as Podspec) as well.

If you require this software under a closed source license for you own projects, please contact us.

Changes between versions are found in the Release Section.

The project uses Gradle as the build system.


.General information


A program which provides the ability to collect data, as e.g. sent by the Cyface SDKs.

The following sections explain how to run the Data Collector It starts with an explanation on how to set up all the required steps. This is a necessary prerequisite for all the following steps. So DO NOT skip it.

Thereafter, follows an explanation on how to run the Data Collector using either Docker or an IDE like IntelliJ or Eclipse.


To build the docker container running the API simply execute ./gradlew :clean :build :copyToDockerBuildFolder. This builds the jar file which is then packed into the Docker container which is build afterwards.

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This section describes how to execute the Cyface Data Collector.

It begins with an explanation on how to run the Cyface Data Collector from a Docker environment. This is the recommended variant if you do not need to change the collector itself, but only need to develop against its API.

The section continues with an explanation on the supported configuration parameters. If you are not using the Docker environment, you will probably have to set a few of them to the correct values, before running the Cyface Data Collector.

The last two sections provide explanations on how to run the software directly from the terminal or from within an IDE such as Eclipse or IntelliJ. For these execution variants you need the parameters explained in the preceding section.

Running from Docker

Configure logback or use the sample configuration: cp src/main/docker/logback.xml.template src/main/docker/logback.xml

The app is executed by a non-privileged user inside the Docker container. To allow this user to write data to logs and file-uploads you need to create two folders and then set the permissions for both folders to chmod o+w, see [DAT-797]: mkdir src/main/docker/logs src/main/docker/file-uploads && sudo chmod o+w src/main/docker/file-uploads src/main/docker/logs

Now build the system as described in the "Building" section above: ./gradlew :clean :build :copyToDockerBuildFolder

Then simply run docker-compose up inside build/docker: cd build/docker/ && docker-compose up -d

This calls docker to bring up a Mongo-database container and a container running the Cyface data collector API. The Collector API is by default available via port 8080. This means if you boot up everything using the default settings, the Collector API is accessible via http://localhost:8080/api/v4/.

ATTENTION: The docker setup should only be used for development purposes. It exposes the Cyface data collector as well as the ports of the Mongo database instance freely on the local network.

Use docker-compose ps to see which ports are mapped to which by Docker. For using such a setup in production, you may create your own Docker setup, based on our development one.

Running without Docker

Running the Cyface Data Collector without Docker, like for example from the terminal or from within your IDE is a little more complex. It requires a few set up steps and command knowledge as explained in the following paragraphs.

Running a Mongo Database for Data and User Storage

Before you can run the Cyface data collector you need to set up a Mongo database.

If you use the Docker environment as explained above, this is done for you. If you run the Cyface Data Collector on your own, you are responsible for providing a valid environment, including Mongo.

The database is used to store the collected data and information about valid user accounts. For information on how to install and run a Mongo database on your machine please follow the tutorial. If you take the default installation, the default settings of the Cyface data collector should be sufficient to connect to that instance. ATTENTION: However be aware this is not recommended as a production environment.

Running a Google Cloud Store for Data

As an alternative for storing data to a Mongo GridFS database, the Cyface Data Collector provides the possibility to use Google Cloud Storage for storing received data.

You may configure this as explained in the section about valid arguments. Notice however that a Mongo database is still required to store user data for authentication and authorization as explained above.

Development Environment

You can use your Google Admin Account to test the Google Cloud Storage locally.

  1. Install gcloud CLI a. Confirm with y to log in with your Google Cloud Admin Account b. Pick a Google Cloud Project, e.g. Object Storage Staging c. Use the default compute region and zone. d. The result of the previous step is a .boto file.
  2. Now log into your Account with the gcloud shell a. gcloud auth application-default login b. You may ignore if the following error occurs: RESOURCE_EXHAUSTED: Quota exceeded c. The result is ~/.config/gcloud/application_default_credentials.json
  3. Link the credentials file in the Collector a. Set credentialsFileLocation=/home/user/..._credentials.json
Production Environment

The production uses a Service Account to upload data to the Google Cloud Storage. The credentials are stored at the typical location under Development > Google Cloud. For more details about how to set up a Service Account, see Confluence > Google Object Storage.

  1. Link the private key from the service account json key in the Collector a. Set credentialsFileLocation=/home/.../object-storage-412713-***.json
  2. Test by executing the GoogleCloudStorageIT Test. a. Comment @Ignore out.

Data Collector Arguments

The Cyface data collector requires a few parameters to fine tune the runtime. The parameters are provided using the typical Vertx -conf parameter with a value in JSON notation.

The following parameters are supported:

  • http.port: The port the API is available at.
  • The hostname under which the Cyface Data Collector is running. This can be something like localhost.
  • http.endpoint: The path to the endpoint the Cyface Data Collector. This defaults to /api/v4.
  • mongo.db: Settings for a Mongo database storing information about all the users capable of logging into the system and all data uploaded via the Cyface data collector. This defaults to a Mongo database available at mongodb:// The value of this should be a JSON object configured as described here.
  • metrics.enabled: Set to either true or false. If true the collector API publishes metrics using micrometer. These metrics are accessible by a Prometheus server (Which you need to set up yourself) at port 8081.
  • upload.expiration: The time an interrupted upload is stored for continuation in the future in milliseconds. If this time expires, the upload must start from the beginning.
  • measurement.payload.limit: The size of a measurement in bytes up to which it is accepted as a single upload. Larger measurements are transmitted in chunks.
  • storage-type: The type of storage to use for the uploaded data. Currently, either gridfs or google is supported. The following parameter are required:
    • gridfs
      • type: Must be gridfs in this case.
      • uploads-folder: The relative or absolute path to a folder, to store temporary not finished uploads on the local hard drive before upload of the complete data blob to GridFS upon completion.
    • google
      • type: Must be google in this case.
      • collection-name: The name of a Mongo collection to store uploads' metadata into.
      • project-identifier: A Google Cloud Storage project identifier to where the upload bucket is located.
      • bucket-name: The Google Cloud Storage bucket name to load the data into.
      • credentials-file: A credentials file used to authenticate with the Google Cloud Storage account used to upload the data to the Cloud.
  • auth-type: The type of authentication service to use. Currently, either mocked or oauth is supported. Defaults to oauth. Both require the following parameters:
    • oauth.callback: The callback URL you entered in your provider admin console. This defaults to http://localhost:8080/callback.
    • oauth.client: The name of the oauth client to contact. This defaults to collector.
    • oauth.secret: The secret of the oauth client to contact.
    • The Root URL for the provider without trailing slashes. This defaults to{tenant}.
    • oauth.tenant: The name of the oauth realm to contact. This defaults to rfr.

Running from Command Line

To launch your tests:

./gradlew clean test

To package your application:

./gradlew clean assemble

To run your application with the settings from conf.json:

./gradlew run --args="run de.cyface.collector.verticle.MainVerticle -conf conf.json"

Running from IDE

To run directly from within your IDE you need to use the de.cyface.collector.Application class, which is a subclass of the Vert.x launcher. Just specify it as the main class in your launch configuration with the program argument run de.cyface.collector.verticle.MainVerticle.

Mongo Database


The following is not strictly necessary but advised if you run in production or if you encounter strange problems related to data persistence. Consider reading the Mongo Database Administration Guide and follow the advice mentioned there.


To load files from the Mongo GridFS file storage use the Mongofiles tool.

  • Showing files: mongofiles --port 27019 -d cyface list
  • Downloading files: mongofiles --port 27019 -d cyface get f5823cbc-b8f5-4c80-a4b1-7bf28a3c7944
  • Unzipping files: printf "\x78\x9c" | cat - f5823cbc-b8f5-4c80-a4b1-7bf28a3c7944 | zlib-flate -uncompress > test2

Using the Cyface Data Collector

To provide data to the Cyface Data Collector, call the appropriate endpoints of the Data Collector REST API.

The available endpoints are documented as OpenAPI. The OpenAPI documentation is available under 'http://localhost:8080/api/v4/` if the collector runs under localhost.

The protocol for uploading data follows the Google data protocol.

Accessing the Docker Development Environment

In the Docker development environment, all containers communicate through the internal Docker networks.

Tokens issued to a client outside this network won't be valid within the network due to a mismatch in the issuer encoded into the token. For instance, it might use "localhost:8081" instead of the expected "authentication:8080" when requesting a token from outside. The rfr realm, which is initialized in this setup from ./src/main/docker/keycloak/data/import/rfr-realm.json, addresses this problem by setting the "frontendUrl" to "http://authentication:8080". If you add more realms, ensure you do the same.

To obtain an authentication token from outside the Docker network, you can use the following command:

$ curl -d 'client_id=ios-app' -d '' -d 'password=test' -d 'grant_type=password' 'http://localhost:8081/realms/rfr/protocol/openid-connect/token'

The output will look similar to this:

  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
  0     0    0     0    0     0      0      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--     0{"access_token":"eyJhbGciOiJSUzI1NiIsInR5cCIgOiAiSldUIiwia2lkIiA6ICJDSnNhZ0ZnbGNGRnpDWTU1Z3ZYb2xhMnRMWFlDMzNDQmtUU05tMU1DbkdnIn0.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.jhppkwSJCwYlbje_jU-7SQXJPrUYyjiXp29xoh2Vg6lga_hWtPOttF95D96z6IbNPFc42GyjRq_PFRqtt5M2K0yPYL36HeAHLpIYCV6SJEA4do10P90o07tFKkJReWGEgswSsA6x-79Y3sVjhADEJCJozXWZ-Wb7tUtWdCvqUZecmLaVquDPcRdDXfo98K4qQe2p65_QPR2lMzz86EIp2a3-xUwLWmc62_mZfZ1wUtvHFty1IXLZC_L1pD9p99DdLy7Rb8UKpMBH0a646jBs9CPOY481_sOMOSnbyrughRrlJiV7oRl7rZxZhP0djMRj29nB8L_Z5NWc21XJcWp9VA","expires_in":300,"refresh_expires_in":86313600,"refresh_token":"eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCIgOiAiSldUIiwia2lkIiA6ICJlMDEwYzQ2NS04YTRjLTQ3NzItODY2MS01NThkNWZhNGZmYTEifQ.eyJleHAiOjE3Nzk3MTA5MTcsImlhdCI6MTY5MzM5NzMxNywianRpIjoiMGY0NTBkMzQtMjk3Zi00NjJiLWJmY2MtMTFlNmM2MWUxMGI3IiwiaXNzIjoiaHR0cDovL2F1dGhlbnRpY2F0aW9uOjgwODAvcmVhbG1zL3JmciIsImF1ZCI6Imh0dHA6Ly9hdXRoZW50aWNhdGlvbjo4MDgwL3JlYWxtcy9yZnIiLCJzdWIiOiIyYzAyZjI4ZS0wMGI4LTQyMWEtOTIxZi1iZTY3MGI5ZDkzMzAiLCJ0eXAiOiJSZWZyZXNoIiwiYXpwIjoiaW9zLWFwcCIsInNlc3Npb25fc3RhdGUiOiJhNWZlNmEyYy1hNDAyLTRhZTMtYWQ1MS1jMzU5ZDkxMWU3ZGEiLCJzY29wZSI6InByb2ZpbGUgZW1haWwiLCJzaWQiOiJhNWZlNmEyYy1hNDAyLTRhZTMtYWQ1MS1jMzU5ZDkxMWU3ZGEifQ.Bp7f5ycWPC0bgHx4_gBBMOM1uKJLqLD3100  2293  100  2218  100    75   8837    298 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--  91356a2c-a402-4ae3-ad51-c359d911e7da","scope":"profile email"}

From this it is possible to copy the access token and start the upload process.

Release a new Version

To release a new version:

  • versions in root build.gradle and src/main/resources/webroot/*/openapi.yml are automatically set by the CI
  • Just tag the new release version on the main branch. Follow the guidelines from "Keep a Changelog" in your tag description
  • Push the release tag to GitHub. The artifacts are automatically published when a new version is tagged and pushed by our GitHub Actions to the GitHub Registry.
  • The CI workflow automatically marks the release on Github

Publishing artifacts to GitHub Packages manually

The artifacts produced by this project are distributed via GitHubPackages. Before you can publish artifacts you need to rename to and enter your GitHub credentials. How to obtain these credentials is described here.

To publish a new version of an artifact you need to:

  1. Increase the version number of the subproject within the build.gradle file
  2. Call ./gradlew publish

This will upload a new artifact to GitHub packages with the new version. GitHub Packages will not accept to overwrite an existing version or to upload a lower version. This project uses semantic versioning.

To Do

  • Setup Cluster
    • Vertx
    • MongoDb


Copyright 2018-2023 Cyface GmbH

This file is part of the Cyface Data Collector.

The Cyface Data Collector is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

The Cyface Data Collector is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with the Cyface Data Collector. If not, see

Package de.cyface.collector.handler

This package contains the Vert.x handler classes used to handle various

  • events during the runtime of the application. Usually those handlers react to
  • events triggered by clients calling API endpoints.

Package de.cyface.collector.model

Contains all the data model files required by the Cyface Data Collector.


Contains the interface to store data in Cyface and several implementations for that interface.

Those implementations provide support for storing data in GridFS, on the local file system and in Google Cloud storage.

The following image shows an overview of the interface and how it is embedded in the Cyface data collector.


Package de.cyface.collector

This package contains the top level classes used by the Cyface Data Collector. Most important is the class

  • [de.cyface.collector.Application], which starts the whole application and the
  • [de.cyface.collector.verticle.CollectorApiVerticle] that initializes the server.