MQTT Topic Statistics
Brokers have extensive statistics in the $SYS topic, but not per-topic statistics.
This simple subscriber client displays per-topic statistics, eg. like mqtt-spy or mqtt-lens, but more. It uses GTK to present a GUI. This utility allows you to analyze quantitatively the published topics underneath a wildcard topic and answer such questions as "which topic generates the most messages?" and "which topic generates the most traffic?". You can sort by messages/second to get the most active topics.
Initially, it displays epoch-wide statistics about the number and bytes for each sub-topic of the specified topic. In the future we'll add time histograms of usage.
Installation / Requirements
This python package requires
- Python 2.7.9 or 3.x
- PyGTK https://python-gtk-3-tutorial.readthedocs.io/en/latest/
- Eclipse Paho MQTT client API 1.5 https://www.eclipse.org/paho/clients/python/docs/
Tested on both Linux and Windows.
./mqtt-stats.py --host mqtt.eclipse.org --topic '#' --qos 2
If you use File->New it zeros out the collected topics, and will display the active topics from now on. This is because the broker publishes received "will" messages on all topics first. Most of those topics may no longer be active.
File -> Save dumps the topic statistics to the file dump.lst.
The blog post at
illustrates usage of this tool to investigate topic statistics.
Check this video for how MQTT 5 shared subscriptions are handled