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uBus IPC/RPC System

uBus - IPC/RPC

uBus is the interconnect system used by most services running on a LEDE setup. Services can connect to the bus and provide methods that can be called by other services or clients.

There is a CLI that can be used to communicate with services on the bus.

root@lede:/# ubus
Usage: ubus [<options>] <command> [arguments...]
-s <socket>:            Set the unix domain socket to connect to
-t <timeout>:           Set the timeout (in seconds) for a command to complete
-S:                     Use simplified output (for scripts)
-v:                     More verbose output

- list [<path>]                 List objects
- call <path> <method> [<message>]      Call an object method
- listen [<path>...]                    Listen for events
- send <type> [<message>]               Send an event
- wait_for <object> [<object>...]       Wait for multiple objects to appear on ubus

To find out which services are currently running on the bus simply use the list command. This will show a complete list.

root@lede:/# ubus list

To find out which methods a specific service provides also use the list command but add a few more parameters to see a complete list

root@OpenWrt:/# ubus -v list system
'system' @6b093875

You can now call a remote method and receive a reply. A reply may be a simple integer return code or a more complete reply. Internally the bus uses a blob format, the CLI conveniently converts this to JSON.

root@lede:/# ubus call system board
        "kernel": "4.4.6",
        "hostname": "lede",
        "system": "MIPS Malta",
        "release": {
                "distribution": "LEDE",
                "version": "HEAD",
                "revision": "3",
                "codename": "designated_driver",
                "target": "malta\/le",
                "description": "LEDE Designated Driver 3"

You can call a method and pass it some parameters by simply appending a JSON structure to the CLI command.

root@lede:/# ubus call system signal '{ "pid": 123, "signum": 9 }'
root@lede:/# echo $?

Reference documentation for ubus

Path only contains the first context. E.g. network for network.interface.wan

path Description Package
dhcp dhcp server odhcpd
file file rpcd
hostapd acesspoints wpad/hostapd
iwinfo wireless informations rpcd iwinfo
log logging procd
mdns mdns avahi replacement mdnsd
network network netifd
service init/service procd
session Session management rpcd
system system misc procd
uci Unified Configuration Interface rpcd
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docs/guide-developer/ubus.txt · Last modified: 2018/10/28 13:56 by stokito