OpenDDS is an open source C++ implementation of the Object Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Service (DDS). OpenDDS also supports Java bindings through JNI.
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OpenDDS is an open-source C++ implementation of the Object Management Group's specification "Data Distribution Service for Real-time Systems". Although OpenDDS is itself developed in C++, Java and JMS bindings are provided so that Java applications can use OpenDDS.

OpenDDS is built on the ACE abstraction layer to provide platform portability. OpenDDS also leverages capabilities of TAO, such as its IDL compiler and as the basis of the OpenDDS DCPS Information Repository (DCPSInfoRepo).

The primary development of OpenDDS was done by Object Computing, Incorporated in St. Louis and Phoenix. It is released under the same generous license terms as ACE, TAO and MPC. See the LICENSE file for details.


The OpenDDS Developer's Guide is freely downloadable at:

The TAO Developer's Guide book set may also be purchased from:


If you encounter any problems with this release please fill out the PROBLEM-REPORT-FORM file found in this directory and use it when posting to the mailing list or creating a GitHub Issue.

For commercial support please see


This release of OpenDDS is based on the DDS Specification formal/2015-04-10 (version 1.4). It features the following transport protocols:

  • TCP/IP
  • UDP/IP
  • IP multicast
  • RTPS over UDP/IP (unicast and multicast)

RTPS (Interoperability) features are based on the DDS-RTPS Specification formal/2014-09-01 (version 2.2). See the OpenDDS Developer's Guide and the file docs/design/RTPS for more details on RTPS.

See the Developer's Guide for information on OpenDDS compliance with the DDS specification. If you would like to contribute a feature or sponsor the developers to add a feature please see the Support section above for contact information.



OpenDDS requires TAO for both IDL compilation as well as interaction with the DCPSInfoRepo. If you will be using the "configure" script for OpenDDS (see the INSTALL file for details), you do not need to download TAO first -- the "configure" script will download it for you.

Use one of the following versions when building OpenDDS:

  • TAO 2.2a patch 12
  • TAO 2.4.4 (DOC Group)

Note that the 2.2a release is from OCI and can be obtained from The DOC Group releases can be obtained from

GNU Make

GNU Make 3.80+ was used for automating the compiling and linking of OpenDDS on Unix and Linux systems.


Perl is used for running the automated tests and examples included in this source tree and generating Makefiles or Visual Studio project files. On Windows we recommend the use of ActiveState Perl. The configure script also uses Perl.

Operating Systems

This release of OpenDDS has been tested under the following platforms:

Linux family:

  • Red Hat EL 5 and 5.3, x86_64
  • Red Hat EL and CentOS 6.6 and 6.8, x86_64
  • Red Hat EL and CentOS 7.2 and 7.3, x86_64
  • Fedora Core 6, x86
  • Fedora 24 and 26, x86_64
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, x86_64
  • openSUSE 42.1, and 42.2, x86_64

Windows family:

  • Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
  • Windows 10 (64-bit)


  • SunOS 5.10 (Solaris 10) (SPARC)
  • Mac OSX 10.11 (El Capitan)


  • LynxOS-178 (OpenDDS Safety Profile)
  • VxWorks 6.9 and 7 (see below)
  • Linux on Raspberry Pi and Intel Edison
  • Android NDK r12b (ARM)

We have built OpenDDS for VxWorks 6.9 and 7 and have run basic system and performance tests (but not the entire regression test suite). Please contact or for more information on support for ACE, TAO, and OpenDDS on VxWorks. OCI's packages for ACE, TAO, and OpenDDS can be obtained on the Wind River Marketplace at:


This release of OpenDDS has been tested using the following compilers:

  • Microsoft Visual C++ 9 with SP1 (Visual Studio 2008)
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 10 with SP1 (Visual Studio 2010)
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 11 (Visual Studio 2012) - Update 4
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 12 (Visual Studio 2013) - Update 5
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 14 (Visual Studio 2015) - Update 3
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 14.1 (Visual Studio 2017) - Update 3
  • gcc 4.1.x
  • gcc 4.4.x
  • gcc 4.8.x
  • gcc 4.9.x
  • gcc 5.4
  • gcc 6.2
  • gcc 7.2
  • Clang 4.0 ( and 7.3 (Apple)
  • Sun C++ 5.9 SunOS_sparc Patch 124863-01 2007/07/25

Building and Installing

For building and installation instructions see the INSTALL file in this directory.

Quick Start with Docker

Docker images containing a pre-built OpenDDS are available on DockerHub. An image corresponding to a particular release has a tag of the form release-DDS-X.xx, e.g., release-DDS-3.12.

  1. Check for prerequisites

     docker --version
     docker-compose --version
  2. Enter a container

     docker run --rm -ti -v "$PWD:/opt/workspace" objectcomputing/opendds
  3. Copy the Messenger directory which contains an example from the Developer's Guide

     cp -R /opt/OpenDDS/DevGuideExamples/DCPS/Messenger Messenger
     cd Messenger
  4. Configure and build the Messenger example -type gnuace
  5. Exit the container

  6. Enter the Messenger directory

     cd Messenger
  7. Create an rtps.ini file to control discovery with the following content

  8. Run the Messenger example with RTPS

     docker-compose up
  9. Run the Messenger example with InfoRepo

     docker-compose -f docker-compose-inforepo.yml up
     # Use Control-C to kill the InfoRepo process

OpenDDS Compliance with the DDS Specification

See and the OpenDDS Developer's Guide at: