Google Cloud IoT Core Library

The Zerynth Google Cloud IoT Core Library can be used to ease the connection to Google Cloud IoT Core.

It allows to make your device act as a Google Cloud IoT Core Device which can be registered through Google Cloud tools or Google Cloud web dashboard.

The Device class

class Device(project_id, cloud_region, registry_id, device_id, pkey, timestamp_fn, token_lifetime=60)

Create a Device instance representing a Google Cloud IoT Core Device.

The Device object will contain an mqtt client instance pointing to Google Cloud IoT Core MQTT broker located at The client is configured with an MQTT id composed following Google Cloud IoT Core MQTT id standards


and is able to connect securely through TLS and authenticate through a JWT with a token_lifetime minutes lifespan. Valid tokens generation process needs current timestamp which will be obtained calling passed timestamp_fn. timestamp_fn has to be a Python function returning an integer timestamp.

A valid private key pkey is also needed. pkey must be an ECDSA private key in hex format. If a private key has been generated following Google Cloud IoT guidelines and is consequently stored as a pem file, the needed hex string can be extracted from the OCTET STRING field associated value obtained from

openssl asn1parse -in my_private.pem

command (since pem is a base64 encoded, plus header, DER).

The client is accessible through mqtt instance attribute and exposes all Zerynth MQTT Client methods so that it is possible, for example, to setup custom callbacks on MQTT commands. The only difference concerns mqtt.connect method which does not require broker url and ssl context, taking them from Device configuration:

def timestamp_fn():
    valid_timestamp = 1509001724
    return valid_timestamp

pkey = "73801C733697C81604A4A4F7BF36FB84227DA506194A26A864A55B6DE8FF98E0"
my_device = iot.Device('my-project', 'my-cloud-region', 'my-registry-id', 'my-device-id', pkey, timestamp_fn)

Publish a new event event. event must be a dictionary and will be sent as json string.


Publish a new state state. state must be a dictionary and will be sent as json string.


Set a callback to be called on config updates.

config_cbk callback will be called passing a dictionary containing requested config as the only parameter:

def config_callback(config):
    print('requested publish period:', config['publish_period'])
    return {'publish_period': config['publish_period']}


If the callback returns a dictionary, it will be immediately sent as updated device state.