Renz Christian Bagaporo and projectgus cmake: make main a component again
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In Bluetooth classic (BR/EDR) systems, a Serial Port Profile (SPP) is an adopted profile defined by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) used to emulate a serial port connection over a Bluetooth wireless connection. For BLE systems, an adopted SPP profile over BLE is not defined, thus emulation of a serial port must be implemented as a vendor-specific custom profile.

This reference design consists of two Demos, the ble spp server and ble spp client that run on their respective endpoints. These devices connect and exchange data wirelessly with each other. This capability creates a virtual serial link over the air. Each byte input can be sent and received by both the server and client. The spp server is implemented as the ble_spp_server demo while the spp client is implemented as the ble_spp_client demo. Espressif designed the BLE SPP applications to use the UART transport layer but you could adapt this design to work with other serial protocols, such as SPI.

This vendor-specific custom profile is implemented in spp_client_demo.c and spp_server_demo.c.

Using Examples


Both the server and client will first initialize the uart and ble. The server demo will set up the serial port service with standard GATT and GAP services in the attribute server. The client demo will scan the ble broadcast over the air to find the spp server.

Event Processing

The spp server has two main event processing functions for BLE event:

  void gap_event_handler(esp_gap_ble_cb_event_t event, esp_ble_gap_cb_param_t * param);
  void gatts_profile_event_handler(esp_gatts_cb_event_t event, esp_gatt_if_t gatts_if, esp_ble_gatts_cb_param_t * param);

The spp client has two main event processing functions for BLE event:

  esp_gap_cb(esp_gap_ble_cb_event_t event, esp_ble_gap_cb_param_t * param);
  void gattc_profile_event_handler(esp_gattc_cb_event_t event, esp_gatt_if_t gattc_if, esp_ble_gattc_cb_param_t * param);

These are some queues and tasks used by SPP application:


  • spp_uart_queue - Uart data messages received from the Uart
  • cmd_cmd_queue - commands received from the client
  • cmd_heartbeat_queue - heartbeat received, if supported


  • uart_task - process Uart
  • spp_cmd_task - process command messages, the commands and processing were defined by customer
  • spp_heartbeat_task - if heartbeat is supported, the task will send a heatbeat packet to the remote device

Packet Structure

After the Uart received data, the data will be posted to Uart task. Then, in the UART_DATA event, the raw data may be retrieved. The max length is 120 bytes every time. If you run the ble spp demo with two ESP32 chips, the MTU size will be exchanged for 200 bytes after the ble connection is established, so every packet can be send directly. If you only run the ble_spp_server demo, and it was connected by a phone, the MTU size may be less than 123 bytes. In such a case the data will be split into fragments and send in turn. In every packet, we add 4 bytes to indicate that this is a fragment packet. The first two bytes contain "##" if this is a fragment packet, the third byte is the total number of the packets, the fourth byte is the current number of this packet. The phone APP need to check the structure of the packet if it want to communicate with the ble_spp_server demo.

Sending Data Wirelessly

The client will be sending WriteNoRsp packets to the server. The server side sends data through notifications. When the Uart receives data, the Uart task places it in the buffer. If the size of the data is larger than (MTU size - 3), the data will be split into packets and send in turn.

Receiving Data Wirelessly

The server will receive this data in the ESP_GATTS_WRITE_EVT event and send data to the Uart terminal by uart_wrire_bytes function. For example:

    if(res == SPP_IDX_SPP_DATA_RECV_VAL){
        uart_write_bytes(UART_NUM_0, (char *)(p_data->write.value), p_data->write.len);

GATT Server Attribute Table

charactertistic UUID Permissions

Build and Flash

Build each project and flash it to the board, then run monitor tool to view serial output:

make -j4 flash monitor

(To exit the serial monitor, type Ctrl-].)

See the Getting Started Guide for full steps to configure and use ESP-IDF to build projects.

Example Output

The spp cilent will auto connect to the spp server, do service search, exchange MTU size and register notification.


I (2894) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: ESP_GATTC_CONNECT_EVT: conn_id=0, gatt_if = 3
I (2904) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: 00 00 00 00 00 00 
I (2904) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: EVT 2, gattc if 3
I (3414) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: EVT 7, gattc if 3
I (3414) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: ESP_GATTC_SEARCH_RES_EVT: start_handle = 40, end_handle = 65535, UUID:0xabf0
I (3424) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: EVT 6, gattc if 3
I (3424) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: SEARCH_CMPL: conn_id = 0, status 0
I (3464) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: EVT 18, gattc if 3
I (3464) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: +MTU:200

I (3464) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: attr_type = PRIMARY_SERVICE,attribute_handle=40,start_handle=40,end_handle=65535,properties=0x0,uuid=0xabf0
I (3474) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: attr_type = CHARACTERISTIC,attribute_handle=42,start_handle=0,end_handle=0,properties=0x6,uuid=0xabf1
I (3484) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: attr_type = CHARACTERISTIC,attribute_handle=44,start_handle=0,end_handle=0,properties=0x12,uuid=0xabf2
I (3494) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: attr_type = DESCRIPTOR,attribute_handle=45,start_handle=0,end_handle=0,properties=0x0,uuid=0x2902
I (3504) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: attr_type = CHARACTERISTIC,attribute_handle=47,start_handle=0,end_handle=0,properties=0x6,uuid=0xabf3
I (3524) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: attr_type = CHARACTERISTIC,attribute_handle=49,start_handle=0,end_handle=0,properties=0x12,uuid=0xabf4
I (3534) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: attr_type = DESCRIPTOR,attribute_handle=50,start_handle=0,end_handle=0,properties=0x0,uuid=0x2902
I (3544) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: Index = 2,UUID = 0xabf2, handle = 44 
I (3554) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: EVT 38, gattc if 3
I (3554) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: Index = 2,status = 0,handle = 44
I (3594) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: EVT 9, gattc if 3
I (3594) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: ESP_GATTC_WRITE_DESCR_EVT: status =0,handle = 45 
I (3654) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: Index = 5,UUID = 0xabf4, handle = 49 
I (3654) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: EVT 38, gattc if 3
I (3654) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: Index = 5,status = 0,handle = 49
I (3684) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: EVT 9, gattc if 3
I (3684) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: ESP_GATTC_WRITE_DESCR_EVT: status =0,handle = 50 
I (16904) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: EVT 10, gattc if 3
I (16904) GATTC_SPP_DEMO: +NOTIFY:handle = 44,length = 22


I (4452) GATTS_SPP_DEMO: EVT 14, gatts if 3
I (4452) GATTS_SPP_DEMO: event = e
I (5022) GATTS_SPP_DEMO: EVT 4, gatts if 3
I (5022) GATTS_SPP_DEMO: event = 4
I (5152) GATTS_SPP_DEMO: EVT 2, gatts if 3
I (5152) GATTS_SPP_DEMO: event = 2
I (5242) GATTS_SPP_DEMO: EVT 2, gatts if 3
I (5242) GATTS_SPP_DEMO: event = 2
I (5242) GATTS_SPP_DEMO: ESP_GATTS_WRITE_EVT : handle = 10
I (18462) GATTS_SPP_DEMO: EVT 5, gatts if 3
I (18462) GATTS_SPP_DEMO: event = 5
I (27652) GATTS_SPP_DEMO: EVT 2, gatts if 3
I (27652) GATTS_SPP_DEMO: event = 2
I (27652) GATTS_SPP_DEMO: ESP_GATTS_WRITE_EVT : handle = 2

if you input data to the Uart terminal, it will be printed in the remote device Uart terminal.