MQTT or Message Queuing Telemetry Transport, is an ISO standard (ISO/IEC PRF 20922) publish-subscribe-based messaging protocol.
Mosquitto by Eclipse is an open source implementation of an MQTT message broker. It currently implements MQTT protocol versions 5.0, 3.1.1 and 3.1. It’s lightweight and suitable for use on all devices from low power single board computers to full servers.
Installation is very easy considering that it is provided by apt:
# apt install mosquitto
After installation Mosquitto should be running as a service. You can use these commands to check the status, or start and stop:
# service mosquitto status # service mosquitto start # service mosquitto stop
Or the systemctl version:
# systemctl status mosquitto # systemctl start mosquitto # systemctl stop mosquitto
Testing your installation
To test our new installation we need to install a few extra packages:
# apt install mosquitto-clients
To subscribe to topic1 subtopic2 we use the following command:
# mosquitto_sub -v -t "/topic1/subtopic1"
In an other console session you can then enter following command to publish a message to this subtopic:
# mosquitto_pub -m "test message" -t "/topic1/subtopic1"
If the message is received in your first session your MQTT installation is working as intended. By default mosquitto listens on all interface. To only allow traffic from localhost add “bind_address localhost” to “/etc/mosquitto/mosquitto.conf” and restart the service.