MQTT.fx - HiveMQ MQTT Toolbox

MQTT.fx - HiveMQ MQTT Toolbox

author Jens Deters

Written by Jens Deters

Category: MQTT Toolbox MQTT

Published: February 3, 2016

Short Profile

Attribute MQTTBox
Type Graphical user interface, JavaFX-based
License Apache 2.0 license
Operating Systems Mac OSX, Windows and Linux

General Information

MQTT.fx aims to be an quick and easy to use desktop tool for MQTT debugging and testing. Since about 2 years it is continuously extended (and bug-fixed) by Jens Deters.

Recently version 1.0.0 was released, including:

  • Connection Profiles for different setup of MQTT broker connections
  • ad-hoc connections
  • publish / subscribe
  • username/password authentication
  • SSL/TLS support
  • clipboard for predefined messages
  • $SYS-Topics / Broker Status (HiveMQ & mosquitto)
  • proxy-support
  • stored history of last used topics (per profile)
  • Scripting support via Nashorn Engine
  • logging console
  • bundled installers for all platforms
  • update check
  • Free! (Apache 2.0 license)

MQTT.fx is the recommended tool for Amazon Web Services IoT quickstart.

Furthermore there is a tutorial by Lady Ada to use MQTT.fx as Desktop MQTT Client for


Twitter: @mqtt_fx

Main Window

At the top of the main window you find the options to edit the broker connection profiles and to connect / disconnect to a broker based on the chooses method (ad-hoc or via profile).


Each major use case has its own tab: Publish, Subscribe, Scripts, Broker Status, Log. The Tabs are detachable so each tab content can be separated in a window. So a „publish“ windows can be placed next to „subscribe/receive“. If you close such a window it is moving back as a tab at the former position.


Connection Profiles

Different setups for re-usable broker connections can be defined (and stored). E. g. you can easily setup up different profiles for the same broker connection either with or without security settings. Profiles can be edited and are identified by a unique chosen name. The profile editor can be opened either via the menu entry „Extras/Connection Profiles“, via keyboard shortcut ( or the gears icon in the main window:


All kind of settings for broker connections can be defined here: „broker address“ and „broker port“, client id and common values like „clean session“ and the MQTT protocol version…


Broker Connection

To connect to a broker there are basically two options: ad-hoc or via the profile. The ad-hoc connection allows to establish a broker connection by the entered host address and port to connect via profile the connection is made based on the chosen profile.

mqttfx_connect_profile mqttfx_connect_ad-hoc


Messages are published via the „Publish“ tab. Once the broker connection is established, the topic to publish can simply be entered in the drop-down field. The big text area contains the message body a click in „Submit“ sends the message to the broker.


Messages can also be stored by name on a clipboard for re-usage. A stored message is then send my just a click on the named button.

Intro Clip



Topic subscriptions can be made via the „Subscribe“ tab. Like in the „Publish“ context, the wanted topics is to be entered in the drop-down-field and subscription is done via the „Subscribe“ button.

Subscribed topics are stored in the application configuration for later usage and can me chosen from the drop-dow list. Registered topics are listed on the left in the „Subscribe“ tab and can be unsubscribed by click on the „-“ icon (or by being selected and a click on „Unsubscribe“). For better identification a color can be set for each topic. Received messages are colored according to the chosen topic color.



MQTT.fx has a scripting interfaces to allow programmed MQTT message handling via the Java8 Nashorn JavaScript Engine. The scripting is dedicated to e.g. simulate published sensor data. The current API of the provided „mqttManager“ supports publish(), subscribe(), unsubscribe(), Logging and output to the console.

mqttfx_scripting_3 mqttfx_scripting_2 mqttfx_scripting_1

Broker Status

Some brokers are supporting sending messages to a certain topic hierarchy stating with „$SYS“ to provide internal status information like via „$SYS/broker/version“ the broker version can be get or the broker uptime is provided via „$SYS/broker/timestamp“. Currently MQTT.fx supports HiveMQ and mosquitto.



The „Log“ tab shows the logging console. The same information is also written to the mqttfx.log file located in the application configuration folder.


Download and Installation

Bundled installation packages for Mac OSX, Windows and Linux are available at


“Bundled” means, the Java Runtime Environment to run the application is already included by the Installer, so no pre-installed JRE is needed. The bundles JRE is used only to run MQTT.fx. It is not installed on the System.



The application is checking for available updates during start-up and prompting the user:


Loadable packages are listed, loaded and installed via the download dialog:

author Jens Deters

About Jens Deters

Jens Deters has held various roles in IT and telecommunications over the past 22 years: software developer, IT trainer, project manager, product manager, consultant and branch manager. Today Jens leads the Professional Services Team at HiveMQ. As a long-time expert in MQTT and IIoT and developer of the popular GUI tool MQTT.fx, he and his team support HiveMQ customers every day in implementing the world’s most exciting (I)IoT UseCases at leading brands and enterprises.

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