boards Arduino Zero BBC micro bit Nordic nRF51DK Nordic nRF52840DK Nordic nRF52DK NXP FRDM-KW41Z ST B-L072Z-LRWAN1 ST B-L475E-IOT01A


The Zephyr Project, a Linux Foundation hosted Collaboration Project, is an open source collaborative effort uniting leaders from across the industry to build a best-in-breed small, scalable, real-time operating system (RTOS) optimized for resource-constrained devices, across multiple architectures.

See Zephyr Getting Started on the Zephyr project website.

Use Zephyr on IoT-LAB

IoT-LAB setup

1. Clone the iot-lab/iot-lab repository

We provide a way to clone Zephyr within the iot-lab/iot-lab repository. Use the following commands:

ssh <login>@saclay;.iot-lab.info
<login>@saclay~$ git clone https://github.com/iot-lab/iot-lab.git
Cloning into 'iot-lab'...
<login>@saclay~$ cd iot-lab

The make command then shows the available targets:

<login>@saclay:~/iot-lab$ make

  Welcome to the IoT-LAB development environment setup.



2. Clone Zephyr

<login>@saclay~$ make setup-zephyr
make setup-zephyr
git clone --depth https://github.com/zephyrproject-rtos/zephyr.git parts/zephyr
Cloning into 'parts/zephyr'...
<login>@saclay:~/iot-lab$ cd parts/zephyr

The Zephyr code is located in the ~/iot-lab/parts/zephyr directory.

3. Setup the Zephyr SDK

The Zephyr SDK, which is required to build the firmwares, is already installed on the SSH frontend of each IoT-LAB site. The SDK can be found in /opt/zephyr-sdk-<version>. Current version is 1.0.0.

You can activate it by simply running:

$ source /opt/zephyr.source

This command will also update your $PATH variable in order to include a very recent version of CMake (>= 3.13), which is required by the Zephyr build system.

Note: This command must be done in each new shell. To have the SDK setup everytime, the command above can be added at the end of your ~/.bashrc file.

4. Setup the ZEPHYR_BASE environment variable

<login>@saclay:~/iot-lab/parts/zephyr$ source zephyr-env.sh

Note: this command must also be run in each new shell. To have ZEPHYR_BASE correctly setup everytime, the command above can be added at the end of your ~/.bashrc file (use an absolute path to zephyr-env.sh).

Build a Zephyr firmware

Now that everything is in place, let’s build a hello_world firmware. This firmware is based on the sample provided in parts/zephyr/samples/hello_world. The sample will be built for the nRF52DK node, which corresponds to the board nrf52_pca10040 in Zephyr.

<login>@saclay:~/iot-lab/parts/zephyr$ cd samples/hello_world
<login>@saclay:~/iot-lab/parts/zephyr/samples/hello_world$ mkdir build-nrf52
<login>@saclay:~/iot-lab/parts/zephyr/samples/hello_world$ cd build-nrf52
<login>@saclay:~/iot-lab/parts/zephyr/samples/hello_world/build-nrf52$ cmake -DBOARD=nrf52_pca10040 ..
<login>@saclay:~/iot-lab/parts/zephyr/samples/hello_world/build-nrf52$ make

The generated firmware is located in the zephyr/samples/hello_world/build-nrf52/zephyr directory:

<login>@saclay:~/iot-lab/parts/zephyr/samples/hello_world/build-nrf52$ ls zephyr/zephyr.{hex,bin,elf}
zephyr/zephyr.bin  zephyr/zephyr.elf  zephyr/zephyr.hex

Use the *.elf file to flash the nodes using the IoT-LAB tools (webportal or cli-tools).

IoT-LAB/Zephyr board name mapping

Board name IoT-LAB ID Zephyr name
nRF52DK nrf52dk nrf52dk_pca10040
nRF52840DK nrf52840dk nrf52840_pca10056
nRF51DK nrf51dk nrf51_pca10028
BBC micro:bit microbit bbc_microbit
NXP FRDM-KW41Z frdm-kw41z frdm_kw41z
Arduino Zero arduino-zero arduino_zero
ST B-L072Z-LRWAN1 st-lrwan1 b_l072z_lrwan1
ST B-L475E-IOT01A st-iotnode disco_l475_iot1