The PubSub Subscriber API is currently not finished. This Tutorial will be continuously extended during the next PubSub batches. More details about the PubSub extension and corresponding open62541 API are located here: PubSub.

Subscribing FieldsΒΆ

The PubSub subscribe example demonstrates the simplest way to receive information over two transport layers such as UDP and Ethernet, that are published by tutorial_pubsub_publish example and update values in the TargetVariables of Subscriber Information Model.

Run step of the application is as mentioned below:


Connection handling

PubSubConnections can be created and deleted on runtime. More details about the system preconfiguration and connection can be found in tutorial_pubsub_connection.c.

#include <open62541/plugin/log_stdout.h>
#include <open62541/plugin/pubsub_udp.h>
#include <open62541/server.h>
#include <open62541/server_config_default.h>
#include <open62541/types_generated.h>

#include "ua_pubsub.h"

#include <open62541/plugin/pubsub_ethernet.h>

#include <stdio.h>
#include <signal.h>
#include <stdlib.h>

UA_NodeId connectionIdentifier;
UA_NodeId readerGroupIdentifier;
UA_NodeId readerIdentifier;

UA_DataSetReaderConfig readerConfig;

static void fillTestDataSetMetaData(UA_DataSetMetaDataType *pMetaData);

/* Add new connection to the server */
static UA_StatusCode
addPubSubConnection(UA_Server *server, UA_String *transportProfile,
                    UA_NetworkAddressUrlDataType *networkAddressUrl) {
    if((server == NULL) || (transportProfile == NULL) ||
        (networkAddressUrl == NULL)) {

    UA_StatusCode retval = UA_STATUSCODE_GOOD;
    /* Configuration creation for the connection */
    UA_PubSubConnectionConfig connectionConfig;
    memset (&connectionConfig, 0, sizeof(UA_PubSubConnectionConfig)); = UA_STRING("UDPMC Connection 1");
    connectionConfig.transportProfileUri = *transportProfile;
    connectionConfig.enabled = UA_TRUE;
    UA_Variant_setScalar(&connectionConfig.address, networkAddressUrl,
    connectionConfig.publisherIdType = UA_PUBLISHERIDTYPE_UINT32;
    connectionConfig.publisherId.uint32 = UA_UInt32_random();
    retval |= UA_Server_addPubSubConnection (server, &connectionConfig, &connectionIdentifier);
    if (retval != UA_STATUSCODE_GOOD) {
        return retval;

    return retval;


ReaderGroup is used to group a list of DataSetReaders. All ReaderGroups are created within a PubSubConnection and automatically deleted if the connection is removed. All network message related filters are only available in the DataSetReader.

/* Add ReaderGroup to the created connection */
static UA_StatusCode
addReaderGroup(UA_Server *server) {
    if(server == NULL) {

    UA_StatusCode retval = UA_STATUSCODE_GOOD;
    UA_ReaderGroupConfig readerGroupConfig;
    memset (&readerGroupConfig, 0, sizeof(UA_ReaderGroupConfig)); = UA_STRING("ReaderGroup1");
    retval |= UA_Server_addReaderGroup(server, connectionIdentifier, &readerGroupConfig,
    UA_Server_setReaderGroupOperational(server, readerGroupIdentifier);
    return retval;


DataSetReader can receive NetworkMessages with the DataSetMessage of interest sent by the Publisher. DataSetReader provides the configuration necessary to receive and process DataSetMessages on the Subscriber side. DataSetReader must be linked with a SubscribedDataSet and be contained within a ReaderGroup.

/* Add DataSetReader to the ReaderGroup */
static UA_StatusCode
addDataSetReader(UA_Server *server) {
    if(server == NULL) {

    UA_StatusCode retval = UA_STATUSCODE_GOOD;
    memset (&readerConfig, 0, sizeof(UA_DataSetReaderConfig)); = UA_STRING("DataSet Reader 1");
    /* Parameters to filter which DataSetMessage has to be processed
     * by the DataSetReader */
    /* The following parameters are used to show that the data published by
     * tutorial_pubsub_publish.c is being subscribed and is being updated in
     * the information model */
    UA_UInt16 publisherIdentifier = 2234;
    readerConfig.publisherId.type = &UA_TYPES[UA_TYPES_UINT16]; = &publisherIdentifier;
    readerConfig.writerGroupId    = 100;
    readerConfig.dataSetWriterId  = 62541;

    /* Setting up Meta data configuration in DataSetReader */

    retval |= UA_Server_addDataSetReader(server, readerGroupIdentifier, &readerConfig,
    return retval;


Set SubscribedDataSet type to TargetVariables data type. Add subscribedvariables to the DataSetReader

static UA_StatusCode
addSubscribedVariables (UA_Server *server, UA_NodeId dataSetReaderId) {
    if(server == NULL)

    UA_StatusCode retval = UA_STATUSCODE_GOOD;
    UA_NodeId folderId;
    UA_String folderName =;
    UA_ObjectAttributes oAttr = UA_ObjectAttributes_default;
    UA_QualifiedName folderBrowseName;
    if(folderName.length > 0) {
        oAttr.displayName.locale = UA_STRING ("en-US");
        oAttr.displayName.text = folderName;
        folderBrowseName.namespaceIndex = 1; = folderName;
    else {
        oAttr.displayName = UA_LOCALIZEDTEXT ("en-US", "Subscribed Variables");
        folderBrowseName = UA_QUALIFIEDNAME (1, "Subscribed Variables");

    UA_Server_addObjectNode (server, UA_NODEID_NULL,
                             UA_NODEID_NUMERIC (0, UA_NS0ID_OBJECTSFOLDER),
                             UA_NODEID_NUMERIC (0, UA_NS0ID_ORGANIZES),
                             folderBrowseName, UA_NODEID_NUMERIC (0,
                             UA_NS0ID_BASEOBJECTTYPE), oAttr, NULL, &folderId);


The SubscribedDataSet option TargetVariables defines a list of Variable mappings between received DataSet fields and target Variables in the Subscriber AddressSpace. The values subscribed from the Publisher are updated in the value field of these variables

    /* Create the TargetVariables with respect to DataSetMetaData fields */
    UA_FieldTargetVariable *targetVars = (UA_FieldTargetVariable *)
            UA_calloc(readerConfig.dataSetMetaData.fieldsSize, sizeof(UA_FieldTargetVariable));
    for(size_t i = 0; i < readerConfig.dataSetMetaData.fieldsSize; i++) {
        /* Variable to subscribe data */
        UA_VariableAttributes vAttr = UA_VariableAttributes_default;
        vAttr.displayName.locale = UA_STRING("en-US");
        vAttr.displayName.text = readerConfig.dataSetMetaData.fields[i].name;
        vAttr.dataType = readerConfig.dataSetMetaData.fields[i].dataType;

        UA_NodeId newNode;
        retval |= UA_Server_addVariableNode(server, UA_NODEID_NUMERIC(1, (UA_UInt32)i + 50000),
                                           UA_NODEID_NUMERIC(0, UA_NS0ID_HASCOMPONENT),
                                           UA_QUALIFIEDNAME(1, (char *)readerConfig.dataSetMetaData.fields[i],
                                           UA_NODEID_NUMERIC(0, UA_NS0ID_BASEDATAVARIABLETYPE),
                                           vAttr, NULL, &newNode);

        /* For creating Targetvariables */
        targetVars[i].targetVariable.attributeId  = UA_ATTRIBUTEID_VALUE;
        targetVars[i].targetVariable.targetNodeId = newNode;

    retval = UA_Server_DataSetReader_createTargetVariables(server, dataSetReaderId,
                                                           readerConfig.dataSetMetaData.fieldsSize, targetVars);
    for(size_t i = 0; i < readerConfig.dataSetMetaData.fieldsSize; i++)

    return retval;


The DataSetMetaData describes the content of a DataSet. It provides the information necessary to decode DataSetMessages on the Subscriber side. DataSetMessages received from the Publisher are decoded into DataSet and each field is updated in the Subscriber based on datatype match of TargetVariable fields of Subscriber and PublishedDataSetFields of Publisher

/* Define MetaData for TargetVariables */
static void fillTestDataSetMetaData(UA_DataSetMetaDataType *pMetaData) {
    if(pMetaData == NULL) {

    UA_DataSetMetaDataType_init (pMetaData);
    pMetaData->name = UA_STRING ("DataSet 1");

    /* Static definition of number of fields size to 4 to create four different
     * targetVariables of distinct datatype
     * Currently the publisher sends only DateTime data type */
    pMetaData->fieldsSize = 4;
    pMetaData->fields = (UA_FieldMetaData*)UA_Array_new (pMetaData->fieldsSize,

    /* DateTime DataType */
    UA_FieldMetaData_init (&pMetaData->fields[0]);
    UA_NodeId_copy (&UA_TYPES[UA_TYPES_DATETIME].typeId,
    pMetaData->fields[0].builtInType = UA_NS0ID_DATETIME;
    pMetaData->fields[0].name =  UA_STRING ("DateTime");
    pMetaData->fields[0].valueRank = -1; /* scalar */

    /* Int32 DataType */
    UA_FieldMetaData_init (&pMetaData->fields[1]);
    pMetaData->fields[1].builtInType = UA_NS0ID_INT32;
    pMetaData->fields[1].name =  UA_STRING ("Int32");
    pMetaData->fields[1].valueRank = -1; /* scalar */

    /* Int64 DataType */
    UA_FieldMetaData_init (&pMetaData->fields[2]);
    pMetaData->fields[2].builtInType = UA_NS0ID_INT64;
    pMetaData->fields[2].name =  UA_STRING ("Int64");
    pMetaData->fields[2].valueRank = -1; /* scalar */

    /* Boolean DataType */
    UA_FieldMetaData_init (&pMetaData->fields[3]);
    UA_NodeId_copy (&UA_TYPES[UA_TYPES_BOOLEAN].typeId,
    pMetaData->fields[3].builtInType = UA_NS0ID_BOOLEAN;
    pMetaData->fields[3].name =  UA_STRING ("BoolToggle");
    pMetaData->fields[3].valueRank = -1; /* scalar */

Followed by the main server code, making use of the above definitions

UA_Boolean running = true;
static void stopHandler(int sign) {
    UA_LOG_INFO(UA_Log_Stdout, UA_LOGCATEGORY_SERVER, "received ctrl-c");
    running = false;

static int
run(UA_String *transportProfile, UA_NetworkAddressUrlDataType *networkAddressUrl) {
    signal(SIGINT, stopHandler);
    signal(SIGTERM, stopHandler);
    /* Return value initialized to Status Good */
    UA_StatusCode retval = UA_STATUSCODE_GOOD;
    UA_Server *server = UA_Server_new();
    UA_ServerConfig *config = UA_Server_getConfig(server);
    UA_ServerConfig_setMinimal(config, 4801, NULL);

    /* Add the PubSub network layer implementation to the server config.
     * The TransportLayer is acting as factory to create new connections
     * on runtime. Details about the PubSubTransportLayer can be found inside the
     * tutorial_pubsub_connection */
    UA_ServerConfig_addPubSubTransportLayer(config, UA_PubSubTransportLayerUDPMP());