Receive Events and Messages

This section follows the process of setting up a flow which subscribes and listens to the events and messages that are being published by the MQTT Server.

Configure MQTT In Node

Place the mqtt in node on the dashboard. Double-click on the node to configure its properties.

In the Server dropdown menu, select Add new mqtt-broker and click on the button besides to edit it.

In the Connection tab, under Server, provide the MQTT Server address from The Things Stack Console.

Note: in this example, TLS-secured connection is to be established, so the Port value is set to 8883. In this case you should also check the Enable secure (SSL/TLS) connection box.

Configuring MQTT Server connection information

In the Security tab, enter the Username and Password according to the values in The Things Stack Console.

Configuring MQTT Server credentials

Go back to Properties and set the Topic value to # (to subscribe to all topics).

Note: a full list of topics that you can subscribe to is mentioned in MQTT Server guide.

Select the QoS value from the listed options and set Output parameter to a parsed JSON object.

Configure Debug Nodes

Add two debug nodes and connect both to the mqtt in node. One debug node will listen to the events, while the other will listen to published messages.

Note: you can also subscribe to v3/{application_id}/devices/{device_id}/up to only listen to uplink messages coming from end devices, as mentioned in MQTT Server guide.

Set the Output parameters of these nodes to complete msg object and msg.payload.


Click on Deploy in the upper right corner. If the setup is correct, connected status will be reported below the mqtt in node.

Click on debug icon in the upper right corner to see the published event messages and their payloads in JSON format.

Final flow scheme