The Internet of Things Bridge for REST developers

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Ponte is a multi-transport Internet of Things / Machine to Machine broker. As the current state it supports MQTT and REST APIs over HTTP and CoAP.

Ponte Architecture

Ponte is under active development, but it should work :). If you plan to use Ponte in production let us know, we'll be more than happy to help you getting started and solve any issue you'll find out.


Ponte is a node.js application, so it needs node.js to run.

$ npm install ponte bunyan -g
$ ponte -v | bunyan

Then you can connect to it with your preferred MQTT, CoAP or HTTP client.

Command Line Options

$ ./bin/ponte --help

  Usage: ponte [options]


    -h, --help           output usage information
    -V, --version        output the version number
    -m, --mqtt-port <n>  the mqtt port to listen to
    -p, --http-port <n>  the http port to listen to
    -a, --coap-port <n>  the coap port to listen to
    -d, --db <path>      the path were to store the database
    -c, --config <c>     the config file to use (override every other
    -v, --verbose        set the bunyan log to INFO
    --very-verbose       set the bunyan log to DEBUG

Usage Example

Start ponte:

$ ponte -v | bunyan

Publishing from HTTP to MQTT

Publish from HTTP:

$ curl -X PUT -d 'world' http://localhost:3000/resources/hello

The messages from HTTP are retained, which means that are sent to every new subscriber.

Subscribe using mosquitto_sub (mosquitto):

$ mosquitto_sub -t "hello" -v
hello world

Publishing from MQTT to HTTP

In order to publish a message that can be read from HTTP, a MQTT client needs to set the retain flag. This is how it is done using mosquitto_pub:

$ mosquitto_pub -t hello-from-mqtt -m "world" -r

Reading the published value is an HTTP GET away:

$ curl http://localhost:3000/resources/hello-from-mqtt

Publishing from CoAP to MQTT

You can send CoAP messages from the command line using coap-cli In the following example we do a CoAP PUT to a resource:

$ echo -n 'world' | coap put coap://localhost/r/hello

Subscribe using mosquitto_sub (mosquitto):

$ mosquitto_sub -t "hello" -v
hello world

Publishing MQTT to CoAP

In order to publish a message that can be read from CoAP, a MQTT client needs to set the retain flag. This is how it is done using mosquitto_pub:

$ mosquitto_pub -t hello-from-mqtt -m "world" -r

In order to receive the live updates with CoAP, we need to use the observe switch:

$ coap -o coap://localhost/r/hello-from-mqtt


Ponte can be run in embbedded mode, by listening to specific events:

var ponte = require("ponte");
var opts = {
  logger: {
    level: 'info'
  http: {
    port: 3000 // tcp
  mqtt: {
    port: 3001 // tcp
  coap: {
    port: 3000 // udp
  persistence: {
    type: 'level',
    path: './db'
var server = ponte(opts);

server.on("updated", function(resource, buffer) {
  console.log("Resource Updated", resource, buffer);

// Stop the server after 1 minute
setTimeout(function() {
  server.close(function() {
    console.log("server stopped");
}, 60 * 1000);



Pub/Sub Brokers

Ponte is based on Ascoltatori, so it supports the same backends:

  • RabbitMQ and all implementations of the AMQP protocol.
  • Redis, the fabulous key/value store by @antirez.
  • Mosquitto and all implementations of the MQTT protocol.
  • MongoDB, the documental NoSQL that is revolutioning how web apps are built.
  • ZeroMQ without a central broker, so Ascoltatori can also be used in a P2P fashion.


Ponte requires a persistent storage for HTTP syndication and MQTT support. At the current state, it uses Mosca persistence layer. Thus, it offers several persitence options:

All of them can be configured from the configuration file, under the persistence key. The only exception is LevelUp, which can be specified by using the --db option from the command line.

To do

These are the new features you should expect in the coming months:

  • [ ] Add Web Hooks support.
  • [ ] Document configuration options.
  • [ ] Add WebSocket and Server-Sent Events support.
  • [ ] Add a Web App for reading and writing.
  • [ ] Standalone persistence layer.

Any help is very welcome, so feel free to submit a pull-request.

Eclipse, QEST and Ponte

Ponte is a proposal at Eclipse, and this is a pure-JS rewrite of QEST in Javascript and on top of Mosca. You can find the Eclipse Project Proposal here: http://eclipse.org/proposals/technology.ponte/

Contributing to Ponte

  • Check out the latest master to make sure the feature hasn't been implemented or the bug hasn't been fixed yet
  • Check out the issue tracker to make sure someone already hasn't requested it and/or contributed it
  • Fork the project
  • Start a feature/bugfix branch
  • Commit and push until you are happy with your contribution
  • Make sure to add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.
  • Please try not to mess with the Makefile and package.json. If you want to have your own version, or is otherwise necessary, that is fine, but please isolate to its own commit so I can cherry-pick around it.


Ponte is dual licensed under the "Eclipse Public License - v 1.0" and the "Eclipse Distribution License - v 1.0".

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