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uvscpd - Micro VSCP Daemon - is a minimalist open source implementation for a VSCP (Very Simple Control Protocol) Daemon targeting a SocketCAN device on a Linux host system. It basically bridges the TCP/IP interface as specified by VSCP to a single CAN bus on which VSCP nodes reside. The primary target is situations in which all high level decisions are made by other components. As such, uvscpd does not contain any automation or decision making. The implementation aims to be small & maintainable and avoids any dependencies.

Warning uvscpd is meant to be run locally and not on a public port. There are no provisions for security or encryption. The username/password option is only there to provide compatibility with other implementations of VSCP daemons.


More information on VSCP:

SocketCAN documentation:

Building & installing

After obtaining and exctracting the distribution package, run


To install the package, run './make install'.


uvscpd does not require any configuration file. All runtime configuration is entered through command line options.

The options are:

-h, --help: show help information
-v, --version: show version information
-s, --stay: don't daemonize
-U <usr>, --user=<usr>: set username to <usr>
-P <pwd>, --password=<pwd>: set password to <pwd>
-c <can>, --canbus=<can>: set socketcan interface to <can>, defaults to can0
-i <address>, --ip=<address>: bind to <address>, defaults to all interfaces
-p <N>, --port=<N>: set IP port number to <N>, defaults to 8598
-g <GUID>, --guid=<GUID>: set interface GUID to <GUID>, defaults to all 0's

Access Control

uvscpd provides the means to configure a username and password combination. This is not required, but when it is used, uvscpd checks that the supplied username and passwords in the commands are correct. However, uvscpd functions exactly the same with or without supplied username and password.

IP Address selection

By default, uvscpd binds to all available IP interfaces. Please consider using the loopback address ( to ensure that external access is not possible.


uvscpd implements the following commands:

  • noop: do nothing
  • quit: close the TCP/IP connection
  • user:
  • +: repeats the last command
  • user & pass: check supplied user and password but ignore them
  • send: send VSCP frames
  • retr: retrieve buffered VSCP frame, if argument is given, retrieve N frames
  • rcvloop: enter receive loop mode, forwarding frames as they come in on CAN
  • quitloop: leave receive loop mode
  • chdata: show how many frames are in the buffer
  • clra: flush the receive buffer
  • ggid or getguid: get the configured GUID
  • sgid or setguid: set the configured GUID
  • wcyd or whatcanyoudo: shows encoded "what can you do" information
  • vers or version: show version information
  • stat: show some statistics on RX and TX data for this interface
  • chid: show channel ID, always 0
  • interface list: show interface list

Please have a look at the VSCP Daemon specification (linked above) for the exact arguments to be passed to these commands.

Not implemented features:

uvscpd was kept simple by not implementing these commands:

  • smsk & setfilter: filtering at the daemon level is not supported
  • restart, shutdown
  • help
  • challenge
  • info
  • measurement
  • driver
  • file
  • udp
  • remote
  • interface close

Further more, uvscpd does not implement the Decision Matrix (DM), Variables (VAR) or Tables (TABLE) and all associated commands.

How it works

To guide you through the few source files, here's a bit how uvscpd is setup:

  • uvscpd.c: the starting point and home of main(). Responsible for all argument parsing, showing command line info, daemonizing and handling signals.
  • tcpserver.c: manages the threads and dispatching. uvscpd is configured to handle up to 5 simultaneous connections. For each of those, a worker thread is created. A dispatch thread opens the listening socket and dispatches incoming connections to available worker threads.
  • tcpserver_worker.c: the actual work done in a worker thread. Each thread works in its own context which is initialized upon each new connection. The worker threads block on a poll structure which is waiting for either CAN or TCP input and handles those accordingly. This allows for all data passing inside the thread to be synchronous.
  • tcpserver_commands.c: the implementation for the TCP/IP commands listed above. Conveniently uses cmd_interpreter.c to dispatch parsed commands in argc/argv-style.
  • vscp_buffer.c: implements a simple FIFO buffer for VSCP messages
  • cmd_interpreter.c: command parser and executor


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