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There are three ways to setup MQTT. 1/ Running a python script. 2/ Using Emonhub. 3/ Using rpict-mqtt

Using Python Script

In this setup the Raspberrypi hosts both the RPICT board and the MQTT broker. A script runs to convert the serial string from the RPICT into channel feed.

Setup Mosquito broker

Install Mosquitto using the commands below:

sudo apt install -y mosquitto mosquitto-clients

Start the service:

sudo systemctl start mosquitto.service

If you want the service to start at boot time also run this one:

sudo systemctl enable mosquitto.service

The mqtt script

First of all install the mqtt python module

sudo pip install paho-mqtt

If not installed already install pip first with sudo apt-get install python3-pip

A simple python script has been made for this. Download it with




Open the file with and edit the top five lines.


This is the content of the file below

MQTT_SERV = "localhost" MQTT_PATH = "RPICT7V1" MQTT_USER = "" MQTT_PASS = ""

CHANNELS = ["NodeID", "RP1", "RP2", "RP3", "RP4", "RP5", "RP6", "RP7", "Irms1", "Irms2", "Irms3", "Irms4", "Irms5", "Irms6", "Irms7", "Vrms"]

import paho.mqtt.client as mqtt import serial ser = serial.Serial('/dev/ttyAMA0', 38400)

client = mqtt.Client("P1") client.username_pw_set(MQTT_USER, MQTT_PASS) client.connect(MQTT_SERV)

try: while 1: # Read one line from the serial buffer line = ser.readline() # Remove the trailing carriage return line feed line = line[:-2] # Create an array of the data Z = line.split(' ') # Print it for debug print line # Publish to the MQTT broker for i in range(len(Z)): client.publish("%s/%s" % (MQTT_PATH, CHANNELS[i]), Z[i]) except KeyboardInterrupt: client.disconnect() ser.close()

Modify the five parameters MQTT_SERV, MQTT_PATH, MQTT_USER, MQTT_PASS and CHANNELS to your needs. We are using a default RPICT7V1 for our example here.

Save the file and launch it with the command


When running the above script all channels will be published as soon as data are sent by the RPICT board.

Test it

Test the channels by subscribing to one channel as below:

mosquitto_sub -h localhost -t RPICT7V1/Vrms -u "" -P ""

The value of Vrms will be printed on the terminal.

Using Emonhub

If the Emoncms image is used then MQTT is already setup. Simply use Emonhub.

Include the following config in the emonhub config.

[[/MQTT|MQTT]] Type = EmonHubMqttInterfacer [init_settings] mqtt_host = mqtt_port = 1883 mqtt_user = 'emonpi' mqtt_passwd = 'emonpimqtt2016'

[runtimesettings] pubchannels = ToRFM12, subchannels = ToEmonCMS,

# emonhub/rx/10/values format # Use with emoncms Nodes module node_format_enable = 1 node_format_basetopic = emonhub/

# emon/emontx/power1 format - use with Emoncms MQTT input # nodevar_format_enable = 1 nodevar_format_basetopic = emon/

Make sure the config also include the sensor config for the RPICT. For our RPICT7V1 example this is:

[[/11|11]] nodename = my_RPICT7V1 hardware = RPICT7V1 [[[rx]]] names = RP1, RP2, RP3, RP4, RP5, RP6, RP7, Irms1, Irms2, Irms3, Irms4, Irms5, Irms6, Irms7, Vrms datacode = 0 scales = 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1 units =W,W,W,W,W,W,W,mA,mA,mA,mA,mA,mA,mA,V

Test the final setup using the command below:

mosquitto_sub -h localhost -t emon/my_RPICT7V1/Vrms -u emonpi -P emonpimqtt2016

Using rpict-mqtt

There is package on github designed specifically to connect rpict units to MQTT. Credit to gtricot on Github for maintaining this tool.

Please note that we are not the maintainers of this project.