RPC over Websockets

RPC over WebSockets

Import programRPC_Wifly_HelloWorld

RPC hello world using the Wifly Interface

Import programRPC_Ethernet_HelloWorld

RPC hello world over Ethernet

Remote Procedure Call over Websockets


Imagine that you have several Mbeds and you want to trigger the execution of a specific procedure or method on a specific Mbed from another one. How can you do that ?
The Remote Procedure Call (RPC) mechanism is a solution.

The RPC WebSocket server

In this tutorial, we will be using a public server provided by mbed for testing purposes.

So you just have to program your mbed!

If you want more information regarding the server side code, see the mbed RPC server

This tutorial is divided into two parts:

  • Part 1 - Control your mbed over WiFi
  • Part 2 - Control your mbed over Ethernet

At the end of this tutorial, you will be able to control the LEDs of you mbed from a webpage.

1 - Hello World over Wifi

I will use in this example the WiflyInterface library. You may wish to take a look at the Wifly webpage.

1.1 - Code

#include "mbed.h"
#include "WiflyInterface.h"
#include "Websocket.h"
#include "MbedJSONRpc.h"

BusOut l(LED1, LED2, LED3, LED4);

/* wifly interface:
*     - p9 and p10 are for the serial communication
*     - p19 is for the reset pin
*     - p26 is for the connection status
*     - "mbed" is the ssid of the network
*     - "password" is the password
*     - WPA is the security
WiflyInterface wifly(p9, p10, p19, p26, "mbed", "password", WPA);

//websocket: configuration with sub-network = demo and mbed_id = mbed_led 
Websocket ws("ws://sockets.mbed.org/rpc/demo/mbed_led");

//RPC object attached to the websocket server
MbedJSONRpc rpc(&ws);

//Test class
class Test {
    Test() {};
    void led(MbedJSONValue& in, MbedJSONValue& out) {
        int id = in[0].get<int>();
        l = (1 << (id - 1));
        l = 0;

Test test;

int main() {

    wifly.init(); //Use DHCP
    printf("IP Address is %s\n\r", wifly.getIPAddress());
    RPC_TYPE t;

    //------------register led---------------//
    if((t = rpc.registerMethod("led", &test, &Test::led)) == REGISTER_OK)
        printf("led is registered\r\n");
    //wait for incoming CALL requests

Import programRPC_Wifly_HelloWorld

RPC hello world using the Wifly Interface

subnetwork and mbed_id

Don't forget to adapt your subnetwork and your mbed_id in the program:

Websocket ws("ws://sockets.mbed.org/rpc/<your_subnetwork>/<your_mbed_id>");

1.2 - You should be ready!

  • You can now download this program into your mbed


You should be able to control the LEDs of your mbed just by visiting:


If everything has been setted up correctly, you should see in a terminal:


1.3 Demo

In the rpc webpage, adapt the subnetwork and mbed_id fields to yours and click connect.

For instance:


You should now see 3 LEDs buttons to control your leds!

2 - Hello World over Ethernet

All steps are the same as for the WiflyInterface. Just grab this program instead:

Import programRPC_Ethernet_HelloWorld

RPC hello world over Ethernet


You are now able to call every registered functions on your sub-network from an Mbed connected to the RPC Websocket server on the same sub-network.

You can control everything from everywhere !