node-red-contrib-mqtt-sparkplug-plus 2.1.7

MQTT-Sparkplug-Plus is a set of Node-Red nodes, that will enable Node-Red to communicate with a MQTT Server using the sparkplug b protocol.

npm install node-red-contrib-mqtt-sparkplug-plus

MQTT-Sparkplug-Plus is a set of Node-Red nodes, that will enable Node-Red to communicate with other client over MQTT using the sparkplug b protocol. The package contains the followings nodes:

mqtt sparkplug device

The mqtt sparkplug device act as a Sparkplug B complient EoN Node.

The node will connect to an MQTT broker (server) and act as an MQTT Edge of Network (EoN) Node.

The client will handle the following message types automatically:


The following message types can be implemented by the user:

  • DDATA (from node input)
  • DCMD (send as output to Node-Red)
  • DDEATH (set via a msg command)

The following sparkplug featues can also be handled by the node:

  • Buffering when primary SCADA is not available
  • Compression
  • Metric Alias


One or more metrics can be written to the mqtt sparkplug device by passing the metrics details to the input of the mqtt sparkplug device. The default behaviour is to wait for a value for each of the metrics before sending birth message. so make sure to pass all metrics on start up. This functionality can be disabled by selecting Send Birth Immediately on the advanted settings for the device.

A birth message will not be send before all metrics have been received at least once. so make sure to pass all metrics as soon as possible on start up.

The mqtt sparkplug device expects the metrics in the following input payload format. DataTypes can be added, but it will also be added automaticly by the node if omitted. if a metric does not have a value then a "is_null" attribute is added to the metric. Timestamps are optional per the specification. If timetamp to the metrics are not supplied, the the current time will still be added to the DBIRTH message (nothing will be added to the DDATA).

msg.payload = {
    "metrics": [
            "name": "testing/test1",
            "timestamp" : new Date(), // Timestamp  is optional.
            "value": 11
            "name": "testing/test2",
            "value": 12

Example sending DataSet:

msg.payload = {
    "metrics": [
            "name": "a",
            "value": {
                "numOfColumns": 2,
                "types": [
                "columns": [
                "rows": [

Dynamic metric definitions

Metrics definitions should normally be setup via the UI, but in some cases its beneficial to configure the metrics via code. This can be done by configuring the metrics using the msg.definition attribute.

The following example shows a message that also sets the definition. DO NOT include definition is each message, as it will trigger rebirth each time a valid msg.definition is processed by the node.

Setting metrics dynamicly also also allows you to set properties (like engineering units) for the metrics. This functionality is currently not supported when configuring metrics via the UI.

The example belows shows how to set definitions via code (payload is optional):

msg = {
    "definition" : {
        "TEST/TEST" : {
            "dataType" : "Int32",
            "properties": {
                "engUnits": {
                    "type": "String",
                    "value": "inHg"
    "payload" : {
        "metrics" : [
            "name" : "TEST/TEST",
            "value" : 5

If the definition set set after the NBIRTH has been sent, them a REBIRTH is issued to notify clients about the new definition.


Commands can be used to force REBIRTH or to send DDEATH to a device. Sending DDEATH is a good way to indicate that a connected device is offline. If a DDEANTH is send, a new birth message will be send on the next metric payload to the device or when a rebirth command is send.

Rebirth Example:

msg = {
    "command" : {
        "device" : {
            "rebirth" : true

Death Example:

msg = {
    "command" : {
        "device" : {
            "death" : true

Commands can also be used for dynamic configuration of the Devices and the EoN Nodes (MQTT Server Configuration).

A device can be renamed by setting the follow command. This is especially useful if you have a device with 0 metrics and dynamic metrics.

msg = {
    "command" : {
        "device" : {
            "set_name" : "NEW_NAME"

A EoN Node (MQTT Server) can also be renamed using the following command. If the EoN Node is configuration to manual connection, then the rename command can be combined with a connect command to set the name and connect to the Broker with the new name:

msg = {
    "command" : {
        "node" : {
            "set_name" : "NEW_NAME",
            "set_group" : "NEW_GROUP",
            "connect" : true

mqtt sparkplug in

The mqtt sparkplug in node makes it possible to subscribe to sparkplug b mqtt topics. The node is almost identical to the default node-red mqtt in node, but it will decode the sparkplug/protobuf messages and deliver them in json.

mqtt sparkplug out

The mqtt sparkplug in node makes it possible to publish sparkplug b mqtt messages. The node almost identical to the default node-red mqtt out node, but it will encode the sparkplug/protobuf payload before sending message.


npm install node-red-contrib-mqtt-sparkplug-plus


The easiest way to get started is to start with the example that is provided with the module.

From Example

  1. Open the Node-Red Export Dialog
  2. Select the Examples Tab
  3. Navigate to Node-red-contrib-mqtt-sparkplug-plus, and select the Simple Device Example
  4. Deploy changes to Node-Red
  5. Press the "Send Metrics" Inject node to write metrics to the new device (This will trigger a DBIRTH and NDATA first and pressed and a NDATA each time after that)

You'll need a MQTT broker running on your local computer

Manual Configuration

  1. Drag a mqtt sparkplug device to the Node-Red Runtime.
  2. Configure MQTT broker connection for the device
  3. Configure the name (this will be the name used in the messages) and the metrics
  4. Configure upstream node-red nodes to send metrics data to the mqtt sparkplug device
  5. Configure downstream node-red nodes to handle NCMDs (write commands)


Contributions are welcome. Please discuss new features before creating PR, and please try to add unit test for new features if possible.

Node Info

Version: 2.1.7
Updated 2 months, 1 week ago
License: ISC
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