FogLAMP makes extensive use of plugin components to extend the base functionality of the platform. In particular, plugins are used to;

  • Extend the set of sensors and actuators that FogLAMP supports.

  • Extend the set of services to which FogLAMP will push accumulated data gathered from those sensors.

  • The mechanism by which FogLAMP buffers data internally.

  • Filter plugins may be used to augment, edit or remove data as it flows through FogLAMP.

  • Rule plugins extend the rules that may trigger the delivery of notifications at the edge.

  • Notification delivery plugins allow for new delivery mechanisms to be integrated into FogLAMP.

This chapter presents the plugins that are bundled with FogLAMP, how to write and use new plugins to support different sensors, protocols, historians and storage devices. It will guide you through the process and entry points that are required for the various different types of plugin.

There are also numerous plugins that are available as separate packages or in separate repositories that may be used with FogLAMP.


In this version of FogLAMP you have six types of plugins:

  • South Plugins - They are responsible for communication between FogLAMP and the sensors and actuators they support. Each instance of a FogLAMP South microservice will use a plugin for the actual communication to the sensors or actuators that that instance of the South microservice supports.

  • North Plugins - They are responsible for taking reading data passed to them from the South bound service and doing any necessary conversion to the data and providing the protocol to send that converted data to a north-side task.

  • Storage Plugins - They sit between the Storage microservice and the physical data storage mechanism that stores the FogLAMP configuration and readings data. Storage plugins differ from other plugins in that they are written exclusively in C/C++, however they share the same common attributes and entry points that the other filter must support.

  • Filter Plugins - Filter plugins are used to modify data as it flows through FogLAMP. Filter plugins may be combined into a set of ordered filters that are applied as a pipeline to either the south ingress service or the north egress task that sends data to external systems.

  • Notification Rule Plugins - These are used by the optional notification service in order to evaluate data that flows into the notification service to determine if a notification should be sent.

  • Notification Delivery Plugins - These plugins are used by the optional notification service to deliver a notification to a system when a notification rule has triggered. These plugins allow the mechanisms to deliver notifications to be extended.

Plugins in this version of FogLAMP

This version of FogLAMP provides the following plugins in the main repository:










SQLite storage
for data and metadata

Ubuntu: x86_64
Ubuntu Core: x86, ARM




PostgreSQL storage
for data and metadata

Ubuntu: x86_64
Ubuntu Core: x86, ARM




OSIsoft Message Format
sender to PI Connector
Relay OMF

Ubuntu: x86_64
Ubuntu Core: x86, ARM

It works with PI Connector
Relay OMF 1.2.X and 2.2. The plugin also works against EDS and OCS.

In addition to the plugins in the main repository, there are many other plugins available in separate repositories, a list of the available plugins is maintained within this document.

Installing New Plugins

As a general rule and unless the documentation states otherwise, plugins should be installed in two ways:

  • When the plugin is available as package, it should be installed when FogLAMP is running.
    This is the required method because the package executed pre and post-installation tasks that require FogLAMP to run.

  • When the plugin is available as source code, it should be installed when FogLAMP is either running or not.
    You will want to manually move the plugin code into the right location where FogLAMP is installed, add pre-requisites and execute the REST commands necessary to start the plugin after you have started FogLAMP if it is not running when you start this process.

For example, this is the command to use to install the OpenWeather South plugin:

$ sudo systemctl status foglamp.service
● foglamp.service - LSB: FogLAMP
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/foglamp; bad; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Wed 2018-05-16 01:32:25 BST; 4min 1s ago
     Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8)
   CGroup: /system.slice/foglamp.service
           ├─13741 python3 -m
           └─13746 /usr/local/foglamp/services/storage --address= --port=40138

May 16 01:36:09 ubuntu python3[13741]: FogLAMP[13741] INFO: scheduler: Process started: Schedule 'stats collection' process 'stats coll
                                       ['tasks/statistics', '--port=40138', '--address=', '--name=stats collector']
FogLAMP v1.3.1 running.
FogLAMP Uptime:  266 seconds.
FogLAMP records: 0 read, 0 sent, 0 purged.
FogLAMP does not require authentication.
=== FogLAMP services:
=== FogLAMP tasks:
$ sudo cp foglamp-south-openweathermap-1.2-x86_64.deb /var/cache/apt/archives/.
$ sudo apt install /var/cache/apt/archives/foglamp-south-openweathermap-1.2-x86_64.deb
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Note, selecting 'foglamp-south-openweathermap' instead of '/var/cache/apt/archives/foglamp-south-openweathermap-1.2-x86_64.deb'
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  linux-headers-4.4.0-109 linux-headers-4.4.0-109-generic linux-headers-4.4.0-119 linux-headers-4.4.0-119-generic linux-headers-4.4.0-121 linux-headers-4.4.0-121-generic
  linux-image-4.4.0-109-generic linux-image-4.4.0-119-generic linux-image-4.4.0-121-generic linux-image-extra-4.4.0-109-generic linux-image-extra-4.4.0-119-generic
Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them.
The following NEW packages will be installed
0 to upgrade, 1 to newly install, 0 to remove and 0 not to upgrade.
Need to get 0 B/3,404 B of archives.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
Selecting previously unselected package foglamp-south-openweathermap.
(Reading database ... 211747 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../foglamp-south-openweathermap-1.2-x86_64.deb ...
Unpacking foglamp-south-openweathermap (1.2) ...
Setting up foglamp-south-openweathermap (1.2) ...
openweathermap plugin installed.
$ foglamp status
FogLAMP v1.3.1 running.
FogLAMP Uptime:  271 seconds.
FogLAMP records: 36 read, 0 sent, 0 purged.
FogLAMP does not require authentication.
=== FogLAMP services: --port=42066 --address= --name=openweathermap
=== FogLAMP tasks:

You may also install new plugins directly from within the FogLAMP GUI, however you will need to have setup your Linux machine to include the FogLAMP package repository in the list of repositories the Linux package manager searches for new packages.