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Golioth Client

The Golioth Client runs in its own thread and handles all communications with the Golioth Cloud. Your program must instantiate and start a Golioth Client, registering callbacks as needed.


#include "golioth.h"

Including the golioth.h header file makes the Golioth API functions available to your program.

Set up the Golioth Client

When creating a Golioth Client, you must pass your authentication information as a configuration struct. Here is an example of a configuration that uses PSK authentication:

const char* golioth_psk_id = "device@project";
const char* golioth_psk = "supersecret";

golioth_client_config_t client_config = {
.credentials = {
.psk = {
.psk_id = golioth_psk_id,
.psk_id_len = strlen(golioth_psk_id),
.psk = golioth_psk,
.psk_len = strlen(golioth_psk),

Creating the Golioth Client

Your program must create the Golioth Client by calling the golioth_client_create() function and passing the configuration as the only parameter.

int main(void) {
client = golioth_client_create(client_config);

Registering a Callback Function

It is often useful to run a function each time the Golioth Client connects (or reconnects) to the Golioth Cloud. The SDK provides a function for registering a callback for client events:

golioth_client_register_event_callback(client, on_client_event, NULL);

This registers an on_client_event() callback that runs each time the client connects or disconnects with Golioth. Here is an example callback that uses the Golioth logging system to print a log message following a connection event:

/* Define a tag to use for the logging system */

/* Callback registered using previous code example */
static void on_client_event(golioth_client_t client, golioth_client_event_t event, void* arg) {
bool is_connected = (event == GOLIOTH_CLIENT_EVENT_CONNECTED);
GLTH_LOGI(TAG, "Golioth client %s", is_connected ? "connected" : "disconnected");
Using a Semaphore to wait for a connection

It is a common pattern to use a semaphore to indicate when a connection is established. Program flow can wait for this semaphore, which should be given in the event callback when a connection to Golioth is successfully established.


  • The best demonstration of working with the Golioth Client is found in the examples/<your_OS>/golioth_basics example application. Navigate to the examples folder to locate it.
  • Further documentation for this SDK is available in the Golioth Firmware SDK Reference (Doxygen).