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Apache PLC4X

Apache PLC4X is an effort to create a set of libraries for communicating with industrial grade programmable logic controllers (PLCs) in a uniform way.
We are planning on shipping libraries for usage in:

1) Java
2) Scala
3) C/C++
4) C# (.Net)
5) Python

As well as provide direct integration into other Apache projects, such as:

1) Apache Calcite
2) Apache Camel
3) Apache Edgent
4) Apache Kafka-Connect
5) Apache Karaf
6) Apache NiFi


Currently the project is configured to require the following software:

1) Java 8 JDK: For running Maven in general as well as compiling the Java and Scala modules `JAVA_HOME configured to point to that.
2) libpcap/WinPcap for raw socket tests in Java
3) (Optional) Graphwiz: For generating the graphs in the documentation (
4) Git (even when working on the source distribution)

With this setup you will be able to build the Java part of PLC4X excluding the "proxy" drivers and servers.
For a full build of PLC4X with all options the following has to be provided:


On a clean Ubuntu 18.04 the following software needs to be installed:

    sudo apt

If you're building a source-distribution and haven't installed git yet, be sure to do so:

    sudo get install git

In order to build the .Net version, please install the .Net package according to this guide:


Make sure `Homebrew` ist installed in order to update `Bison` to a newer version (the version 2.3 installed per default is too old)

    /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

Then update `Bison`:

    brew install bison
    brew link bison --force
    echo 'export PATH="/usr/local/opt/bison/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bash_profile

Install `Python 2.7`:

    brew install python@2

Be sure to re-open the command window or the changes will not apply.

If you're going to build the `with-dotnet` profile you also need to install DotNet.
Please download it from: and run the installer.


Some tools need to be installed before being able to build on Windows:

- WinBuilds (for `with-cpp`, `with-proxies` profiles)
- Bison (for `with-cpp` profiles)
- Flex (for `with-cpp` profiles)
- Python 2.7 (for `with-python`, `with-proxies` profiles)
- Dotnet (for `with-dotnet` profiles)

He have tested WinBuilds with the bundle of:
When running the installer, make sure to select the options:
- Native Windows
- x86_64
Not quite sure which elements are really needed, better just install all of them.

WARNING: If you don't use the installer version of the distribution. The build will probably fail and it will be pretty
impossible to see the problem. When manually executing the command, a popup will appear complaining about not being able
to find some DLL. So if you are having these problems, please try using the installer instead of the manually unpackable

For Bison, please download the Setup installer version from here: (When using the zip version the bison.exe couldn't find some DLL files)
It seems the official 2.4.1 version has issues when installed in a directory which's path contains spaces. Please make sure you replace the exe with a patched version form here:
(More infos on this issue here:

Please download the Flex compiler from here: (Ideally download the binary zip distribution)

You can get Python from here:

Make sure the `bin` directories of containing the executables `mingw32-make.exe`, `bison.exe` and `flex.exe` are all on your systems `PATH`.

If you're building a source-distribution and haven't installed git yet, be sure to do so.

Getting Started

You must have Java 8 installed on your system and connectivity to Maven Central
(for downloading external third party dependencies). Maven will be automatically
downloaded and installed by the maven wrapper `mvnw`.

Build PLC4X Java jars and install them in your local maven repository

$ ./mvnw install -P with-java  # add -DskipTests to omit running the tests

You can now construct Java applications that use PLC4X. The PLC4X samples
are a good place to start and are available inside the `examples`

If you want to also build the C++ libraries, this has to be enabled by activating

the `with-cpp` profile

$ ./mvnw -P with-cpp install  # add -DskipTests to omit running the tests

Same applies for the C# .Net implementation with `with-dotnet` profiles.

The Python implementation is currently in a somewhat unclean state and still needs refactoring.
In order to be able to build the Python module, you currently need to activate both the:
`with-python` and `with-proxies` profiles.

However both of these are in a pretty experimental state.

In order to build everything the following command should work:

& ./mvnw -P with-java,with-cpp,with-dotnet,with-python,with-proxies,with-sandbox install

Installing libpcap/WinPcap

Some parts of PLC4X, especially the raw socket support, require installed versions
of libpcap/WinPcap.

You can download the Mac/Linux version from:
The windows version can be found here:
(In order to read PCAPNG files we require a libpcap version 1.1.0 or greater. The default
Windows version is 1.0. At this location is a patched version based on libpcap 1.7.4)

Same applies for Python with the `with-python` and the C# .Net imeplemtation with `with-dotnet` profiles.
However both of these are in a pretty experimental state.

Building the C++ libraries

When building the C++ libraries we require an installed `gcc` compiler.
On Mac and Linux this is usually the case.
On a minimal Ubuntu Linux system the following modules needed to be installed

- gcc
- g++
- make

On Windows the required compiler is generally not available per default.
The build is optimized for using a gcc-port called MinGW, available from
Make sure the `bin` directory containing the executable `mingw32-make.exe`
is on your systems `PATH`.


Apache PLC4X is released under the Apache License Version 2.0.
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