The MQTT job provides a way to continuously read messages from one or multiple topics in an MQTT broker. The messages are parsed as CSV, JSON or plain text and converted into series, property, and message commands in the Axibase Time Series Database.

Job Settings

MQTT job settings provide an additional MQTT Broker field to configure MQTT broker connection which in turn allows you to select a specific consumer to use.

MQTT job settings

Job Configuration

To configure a MQTT job, click Create Configuration. Set parameters as follows.

Field Description
Topic The topic to subscribe to, which can include wildcards
Payload Format Message payload format: CSV, JSON, TEXT

CSV Format

If CSV format is selected, the message payload is automatically split into lines and the expression in the Command Template field is applied to each line separately.


The following variables can be included in the command template and passed to functions:

Name Description
job Current job name.
configuration Current configuration Name.
topic Message source topic.
receiveTime Message delivery in Unix milliseconds.
host Broker host.
port Broker port.
text Message payload, the entire text consisting of all lines.
line Current line in the CSV document.


Name Description
cell(int n) n - column index, starts with 1 for the first column.
Returns the value of n-th cell in the current line by index.
Returns an empty string if the index is out of range.

Configuration Example

Sample message payload, consisting of two lines without a header:


Command template, applied to each line:

series d:${cell(2)} e:${cell(1)} t:topic=${topic} m:${cell(4)}=${cell(5)} m:${cell(6)}=${cell(7)}

Series commands produced by applying the template to each line:

series d:2019-04-16T11:16:59.189Z e:br-1116 t:topic=/test/bioreactor m:temperature=90.44 m:pressure=4.0
series d:2019-04-16T11:16:59.148Z e:br-1489 t:topic=/test/bioreactor m:temperature=30.31 m:pressure=4.6


JSON Format

If JSON format is selected, the payload is parsed as a JSON document and the ATSD series command fields are extracted from the named fields in the JSON document.

Entity Fields

Name Description
Entity Entity name, specified literally or extracted from the specific field in the document.
Entity Prefix Text added to the entity name. For example, if prefix is custom., and the entity field value is my-host, the resulting entity name is

Time Fields

Name Description
Time Default Literal time value specified if the JSON document contains no date field.
Time Field Name of the JSON field containing the event date.
Time Format Date pattern applied when parsing the date.
Time Zone Timezone applied if the parsed date is lacking timezone information, otherwise the Collector time zone is in effect.

Series Fields

Name Description
Metric Prefix Text added to the metric name. See Entity Name for reference.
Included Fields By default, all numeric fields from nested objects are included in the series command as metrics. To override, specify the list of included fields by name, separated by comma.
Excluded Fields List of particular field names excluded from the command. Applies when Included Fields is empty.
Annotation Fields List of field names whose values are saved as text annotation.

Configuration Example

MQTT Configuration Example

MQTT JSON mapping settings

TEXT Format

If TEXT format is selected, enter an expression in the Command Template field to convert message text to an ATSD network command.


All variables for CSV mode are available in TEXT mode as well except the line variable.

Configuration Example