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GSN is a software middleware designed to facilitate the deployment and programming of sensor networks.

Online Documentation

You can find the latest GSN documentation, including a deployment, installation, and programming guide, on the project wiki. This README file only contains basic setup instructions depending on your goal:

Running and deploying GSN

Quick demo with Vagrant

On any computer that can run VirtualBox (or any other supported virtual machine provider), install Vagrant, get the GSN git repository or just the file Vagrantfile and type vagrant up in your terminal (being in the same folder). Once the provisioning is done, open your browser at http://localhost:8000/ to see the GSN UI. You can login with the username [email protected] and password changeme.

Debian package

To make it even easier to test on Linux or deploy at large scale, we provide debian packages (see releases). It includes a systemd script to start the GSN server modules automatically at boot and manage it like any other service. Configuration files are in /etc/gsn-core/, /etc/gsn-services/ and /etc/gsn-webui/, the virtual sensors in /etc/gsn-core/virtual-sensors/ and the logs can be found at /var/log/gsn-core/, /var/log/gsn-services/ and /var/log/gsn-webui/. Starting and stopping GSN is performed with service gsn-core start/stop, service gsn-services start/stop and service gsn-webui start/stop. By default, the GSN web interface is then accessible at http://localhost and the API at http://localhost:9000, but you can change the ports in the configuration files.

Universal package

We provide a universal package for each release of the code. This package is the best way to easily try GSN features on non-Linux platforms.

The installer binaries for the latest release can be found at:

Once GSN is installed, you can start it, executing the batch file gsn-start.bat (Windows) or shell script (Linux).

Loading your first virtual sensor

To load a virtual sensor into GSN, you need to move its description file (.xml) into the virtual-sensors directory. This directory contains a set of samples that can be used.

You can start by loading the MultiFormatTemperatureHandler virtual sensor (virtual-sensors/samples/multiFormatSample.xml). This virtual sensor generates random values without the need of an actual physical sensor.

Developing new wrappers or Virtual Sensors

If you only need to write your own wrapper for a specific sensor communication protocol or processing class, you don't need to have the full building chain as in the next section. Just start an empty Java or Scala project and include a dependency to gsn-core (for example with maven):


Then you can package your code as a jar and put it in the lib folder of the installer (after you followed the steps of the previous section) and you are ready to load you own wrapper or virtual sensor. In the case of a new wrapper you will also need to register it on the file on your GSN installation.

Building from sources

First download the code from the git repository (using --depth 1 makes it a lot smaller if you don't need the 10 years history):

git clone --depth 1 [email protected]:LSIR/gsn.git

The GSN modules have the following requirements for building from the sources:

Then you can run the following tasks in sbt:

In the project core you can use re-start to launch gsn-core for development and debian:packageBin to build the debian package.

In the project services you can use run to start the web api in development mode and debian:packageBin to build the debian package.

In the project webui you can use startDjango to start the web interface in development mode and packageDjango to build the debian package.

Never use the development mode commands to run a production server !!