Bridge

EMQ X Broker supports two bridging methods:

  • -RPC bridging: A bridge method that uses Erlang RPC protocol, only available between EMQ X Broker
  • MQTT Bridging: A bridge method that uses the MQTT protocol as a client to connect to a remote broker, and can bridge to other MQTT brokers and EMQ X Broker

The concept is shown in the following figure:

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Publishers can publish messages to remote brokers via bridging:

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EMQ X Broker distinguishes different bridges based on different names. Bridge can be added in etc/plugins/emqx_bridge_mqtt.conf :

bridge.mqtt.aws.address = 211.182.34.1:1883

bridge.mqtt.huawei.address = 54.33.120.8:1883

This configuration declares two bridges with the name of aws and huawei, which respectively point to the responding service address using MQTT bridging method.

If the value of this configuration is the node name of another EMQ X Broker, the RPC bridging method is used:

bridge.mqtt.emqx2.address = emqx2@57.122.76.34

To use the bridge function, you need to enable the emqx_bridge_mqtt plugin:

$ emqx_ctl plugins load emqx_bridge_mqtt

ok

Advantages and disadvantages of RPC bridging

The advantage of RPC bridging is that it does not involve the MQTT protocol codec and is more efficient than MQTT bridging.

The disadvantage of RPC bridging

  • RPC bridging can only bridge two EMQ X Brokers together (the version must be the same), and cannot bridge EMQ X Broker to other MQTT Brokers
  • RPC bridging can only forward local messages to remote bridge nodes, and cannot synchronize messages from remote bridge nodes to local nodes

RPC bridging example

Suppose there are two emqx nodes:

Name Node MQTT Port
emqx1 emqx1@192.168.1.1 1883
emqx2 emqx2@192.168.1.2 1883

Now, we are going to bridge emqx1 to emqx2. First we need to add the Bridge configuration in the configuration file etc/plugins/emqx_bridge_mqtt.conf of emqx1 and point to emqx2:

bridge.mqtt.emqx2.address = emqx2@192.168.1.2

Next, we will define the forwards rule, so that messages sent by this node to sensor1 / #andsensor2 / # will be forwarded to emqx2:

bridge.mqtt.emqx2.forwards = sensor1/#,sensor2/#

If you want to add specific prefix to the topics before forwarding the message to emqx2 , you can set the mount point:

bridge.mqtt.emqx2.mountpoint = bridge/emqx2/${node}/

The mount point is good for emqx2 to distinguish between bridged messages and local messages. For example, in the above configuration, the message with the original topic of sensor1/hello that will change into bridge/emqx2/emqx1@192.168.1.1/sensor1/hello after being forwarded to emqx2.

MQTT bridging example

For MQTT bridging, it makes EMQ X Broker connect as a MQTT client to a remote MQTT broker.

First you need to configure the MQTT client parameters:

Remote Broker Address:

bridge.mqtt.aws.address = 211.182.34.1:1883

MQTT protocol version, which can be one of mqttv3, mqttv4 or mqttv5:

bridge.mqtt.aws.proto_ver = mqttv4

The clientid of the MQTT client:

bridge.mqtt.aws.clientid = bridge_emq

The username field of the MQTT client:

bridge.mqtt.aws.username = user

The password field of the MQTT client:

bridge.mqtt.aws.password = passwd

Keepalive configuration:

bridge.mqtt.aws.keepalive = 60s

The client's clean_start field. Some IoT Hubs require that the clean_start (or clean_session) field must be true:

bridge.mqtt.aws.clean_start = true

The reconnection interval can be set:

bridge.mqtt.aws.reconnect_interval = 30s

If TLS connection is used, you can set bridge.mqtt.aws.ssl = on and set the TLS certificate:

bridge.mqtt.aws.ssl = off
bridge.mqtt.aws.cacertfile = etc/certs/cacert.pem
bridge.mqtt.aws.certfile = etc/certs/client-cert.pem
bridge.mqtt.aws.keyfile = etc/certs/client-key.pem
bridge.mqtt.aws.ciphers = ECDHE-ECDSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384,ECDHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384
bridge.mqtt.aws.tls_versions = tlsv1.2,tlsv1.1,tlsv1

Next, we define the forwards rule, so that messages sent by this node to sensor1/#and sensor2/#will be forwarded to the remote broker:

bridge.mqtt.aws.forwards = sensor1/#,sensor2/#

You can also specify the retry interval for QoS1 and QoS2 messages and the number of packet sent in bulk:

bridge.mqtt.aws.retry_interval = 20s
bridge.mqtt.aws.max_inflight_batches = 32

If you want to add a specific prefix to the topic forwarding the message to aws , you can set the mount point. For details, see the RPC Bridge Example section:

bridge.mqtt.aws.mountpoint = bridge/aws/${node}/

If you want your local broker to "pull" messages from remote brokers, you can subscribe to certain topics from remote brokers:

bridge.mqtt.aws.subscription.1.topic = cmd/topic1
bridge.mqtt.aws.subscription.1.qos = 1

EMQ X Broker's bridge cache configuration

EMQ X Broker's Bridge has a message cache mechanism. When the Bridge is disconnected, the message of the forwards topic is cached. When the bridge is restored, the message is re-forwarded to the remote node. The caching mechanism applies to both RPC and MQTT bridges.

Set the total cache queue size:

bridge.mqtt.aws.queue.max_total_size = 5GB

Cache messages to a certain path to the disk (Only cache to memory if not set):

bridge.mqtt.emqx2.queue.replayq_dir = data/emqx_emqx2_bridge/

Set the size of a single cache file. If it exceeds, a new file will be created to store the message queue:

bridge.mqtt.emqx2.queue.replayq_seg_bytes = 10MB

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