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This is my implementation of the RouterOS api protocol, described at

The other C implementations seemed either over complicated, or too simple.

This example logs into a router and lists all interfaces available on the remote device.

Example code:

	struct ros_result *res;


	res = ros_send_command_wait(sock, "/interface/print", "=stats", ".tag=kake", NULL);
	while (res && res->re) {

		printf("  %20s  %20s  %20s  %20s\n", ros_get(res, "=name"), ros_get(res, "=type"), ros_get(res, "=rx-byte"), ros_get(res, "=tx-byte"));

		res = ros_read_packet(sock);

More examples:

This library is tested and proved working on

  • Linux
  • Mac OSX (llvm/gcc)
  • Apple iPhone IOS (llvm/gcc)
  • Windows XP
  • Windows CE 6.0
  • Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC


Licensed under GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL)

Library Documentation

NOTE Library function names and parameters are subject to change. (still alpha stage)

Several usage options

Simple blocking library usage

Use the following functions:

  • ros_connect
  • ros_login
  • ros_send_*_wait
  • ros_read_packet
  • ros_get
  • ros_result_free
  • ros_disconnect

More advanced non-blocking usage

Use the following functions:

  • ros_connect
  • ros_login
  • ros_set_type
  • ros_sentence_new
  • ros_sentence_add
  • ros_sentence_free
  • ros_send_*_cb
  • ros_cancel
  • ros_get
  • ros_result_free
  • ros_disconnect
  • ros_runloop_once

Different methods to send commands (sentences)

You can either use the variable argument way, if you have a fixed amount of words in your sentences, or the sentence building way. (read about words and sentences in the Mikrotik API documentation)

Using variable arguments

  • Sending commands (either)
    • ros_send_command_wait
    • ros_send_command_cb

Using dynamically added words

  • Building sentence
    • ros_sentence_new
    • ros_sentence_add
    • ros_sentence_free
  • Sending commands (either)
    • ros_send_sentence_wait
    • ros_send_sentence_cb

You choose ros_send_wait if you want to use blocking functions, and you choose ros_send_cb functions if you are using non-blocking functions. (remember to set the mode you want with ros_set_type)

Function documentation

struct ros_connection *ros_connect(char *address, int port);

A wrapper around socket() and connect() functions. Returns socket file descriptor handle. Port is usually ROS_PORT (8729).

int ros_disconect(struct ros_connection *connection)

A wrapper around close(). Please use this, in case there will be any automatic cleanup in the future.

int ros_login(struct ros_connection *connection, char *username, char *password);

Before sending any commands, you should log in using ros_login(conn, "user", "password"). The function returns with a true value on success. False on failure.

struct ros_result *ros_send_command_wait(struct ros_connection *connection, char *command, ...)

Send a RouterOS API "sentence" and waits for a response. The first argument after the connection handle is the command. For example "/interface/print". You can have as many "words" (parameters) as you like.

If the result is only one row; result->done will be 1. If it is a list, result->re will be 1 until the last row which will have result->done set to 1.

Server-side problems are reported with ->trap or ->fatal to 1. Problems sending the packet are reported with a NULL pointer.

NOTE The last argument MUST always be NULL.

int ros_send_command_cb(struct ros_connection *connection, void (*callback)(struct ros_result *result), char *command, ...)

Send a RouterOS API "sentence" and immidiatly return. The first argument after the callback identifier is the command. For example "/interface/print". You can have as many "words" (parameters) as you like. The callback should be defined as void callback(struct ros_result *result). For this callback to be fired, you have to pass NULL to the callback parameter in ros_runloop_once().

NOTE The last argument MUST always be NULL.

struct ros_result *ros_read_packet(struct ros_connection *connection);

If the result was result->re you can use ros_read_packet() to get the next row. Use multiple times until result->done is 1.

char *ros_get(struct ros_result *result, char *key);

Retrieve a parameter from the result. For example, if you want to get the name of the interface in a "/interface/print" command. You should call ros_get(result, "=name"); The pointer returned by this function is invalid after ros_free_result().

void ros_free_result(struct ros_result *result);

You should always free a result after usage, or you will experience memory leak.

Event based usage


Look at test3.c for a example of automatic event dispatching using .tags (tags are internally chosen by librouteros).

int ros_send_command(struct ros_connection *conn, char *command, ...);

Works exactly as ros_send_command_wait() except that it does not wait for an answer. You should alwas set a .tag= word if you are awaiting several answers. Returns 1 on success and 0 on failure.

void ros_set_type(struct ros_connection *conn, int type);

Use this to enter "event" mode. (nonblocking sockets) Usage: ros_set_type(conn, ROS_EVENT);

int ros_cancel(struct ros_connection *conn, int id);

Use this to cancel a running tag. (You get the id from ros_send_*_cb commands)

void ros_runloop_once(struct ros_connection *conn, void (*callback)(struct ros_result *result));

Use select/epoll/poll to check for data on conn->socket. When you know there is data present, run the runloop_once() command with a callback function to handle the result. The callback function should be defined as: void callbackname(struct ros_result result); If you want the library to handle the callbacks internally, and spawn the correct callbacks defined in the ros_send__cb functions, you should give NULL as the callback parameter here.

Look at test2.c for a select() example.


C API library for Mikrotik RouterOS devices



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