Install mosquitto MQTT broker on Raspberry Pi running Arch Linux


It is also working well, when you install mosquitto from the AUR. Just install Yaourt and install mosquitto. yaourt -S mosquitto.

For my bachelor thesis I needed a MQTT broker to realize a lightweight communication between my Raspberry Pi, my Android phone and a Java component.
Because the Raspberry Pi was always running during my testing I chose to install it there. Here are the steps.


Download, unzip, make and install the actual version. For me it was Version # 1.2.3.

tar xzf mosquitto-1.2.3.tar.gz
cd mosquitto-1.2.3
sudo make install

Running mosquitto in it's default configuration results in this output

[cygairko@archpi ~]$ mosquitto
1393424318: mosquitto version 1.2.3 (build date 2014-02-25 17:29:26-0700) starting
1393424318: Using default config.
1393424318: Opening ipv4 listen socket on port 1883.
1393424318: Opening ipv6 listen socket on port 1883.
1393424318: Warning: Address family not supported by protocol

When you enable IPv6 the last line will disappear and your broker is also listening to IPv6 requests.

Configuration and startup script

To configure mosquitto we need to have a config file

sudo cp /etc/mosquitto/mosquitto.conf.example /etc/mosquitto/mosquitto.conf

Adjust some parameters in /etc/mosquitto/mosquitto.conf.

pid_file /var/run/
user user_name

Now we want our mosquitto broker to start at boot. For this Arch Linux has systemd.
Create a .service file /etc/systemd/system/mosquitto.service with this content

Description=Mosquitto MQTT Broker daemon

ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/rm -f /var/run/
ExecStart=/usr/local/sbin/mosquitto -c /etc/mosquitto/mosquitto.conf -d
ExecReload=/bin/kill -HUP $MAINPID

Enable and start
<pre><code>sudo systemctl enable mosquitto
sudo systemctl start mosquitto
systemctl status mosquitto

The last command will print an green active (running) if mosquitto started successfully.

Mosquitto is now running and usable directly after boot.