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Specification and Bindings for Swift Binary Protocol

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The Swift Navigation Binary Protocol (SBP) is a fast, simple, and minimal binary protocol for communicating with Swift devices. It is the native binary protocol used by the Piksi GPS receiver to transmit solutions, observations, status and debugging messages, as well as receive messages from the host operating system, such as differential corrections and the almanac.

This project provides language-agnostic specification and documentation for messages used with SBP, a compiler for generating message bindings, and client libraries in a variety of languages. This repository is organized into the following directory structure:

  • docs: Protocol documentation and message definitions.
  • spec: Machine readable protocol specification in YAML.
  • generator: Simple, template-based generator for different languages.
  • python: Python client and examples.
  • c: C client library and examples.
  • haskell: Haskell client and examples.
  • java: Java client library and examples.
  • javascript: JavaScript client library and examples.

Except for the generator, all of the above are generated and should not be modified directly.

Building / installing

Installing from package managers

Some bindings are available on package managers:

Installing from source

You can build one binding at a time or update all at once:

make python


make all

are both valid. To see a list of all valid targets, run make help.

SBP Protocol Specification

SBP consists of two pieces: (i) an over-the-wire message framing format and (ii) structured payload definitions. As of Version 1.0, the packet consists of a 6-byte binary header section, a variable-sized payload field, and a 16-bit CRC value. SBP uses the CCITT CRC16 (XMODEM implementation) for error detection.

Please see the docs for a full description of the packet structure and the message types. Developer documentatation for the language-specific sbp libraries is here. Please refer to the changelog for more information about the evolution of the library and its messages.


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