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Version: 1.1.1

Custom Fragments supports update custom fragments (also known as properties) on the device's digital twin representation in Cumulocity IoT.

Default fragments

By default, the device will send the following information to Cumulocity IoT. The information makes it easy to identify devices which are using in your fleet.

"type": "",
"c8y_Agent": {
"name": "",
"url": "",
"version": "1.0.0"

The default value for the type property can be changed using the tedge config command as follows:

sudo tedge config set device.type VALUE

For example, you can set the type property to edge_gateway using:

sudo tedge config set device.type edge_gateway

Custom fragments

Additional fragments can be added to the device by either publishing to a give MQTT topic, or via a file based method. Each section describes what data and when to use it.

MQTT Dynamic Fragments offers an MQTT topic which can be used to publish data to custom fragments for a device, child devices or services.

  • Values which change over time
  • Update values without having to restart any services

The following shows an example of publishing the name and version of the Operating System to the os_Version fragment for the main device.

tedge mqtt pub 'te/device/main///twin/os_Version' '{
"name": "Poky (Yocto Project Reference Distro)",
"version": "4.0.15 (kirkstone)"

The example above will result in the following fragment being added to the device's digital twin (e.g. Managed Object) in Cumulocity IoT.

// ... other fragments are left out for simplicity
"os_Version": {
"name": "Poky (Yocto Project Reference Distro)",
"version": "4.0.15 (kirkstone)"

File-based Static Fragments

The file based approach is intended for static information, e.g. build date, or a custom image type assigned to the device. The values are only published on startup of the tedge-mapper-c8y service.

If you wish to add more fragments to Cumulocity, you can do so by populating /etc/tedge/device/inventory.json.

An example inventory.json looks something like this:

file: /etc/tedge/device/inventory.json
"c8y_RequiredAvailability": {
"responseInterval": 5
"c8y_Hardware": {
"model": "BCM2708",
"revision": "000e",
"serialNumber": "00000000e2f5ad4d"

To see the changes you need to restart the tedge-mapper. If you're using systemctl you can do:

sudo systemctl restart tedge-mapper-c8y

In the Cumulocity UI this will looks something like this:

Cumulocity custom fragments

For information on which fragments Cumulocity supports please see the Cumulocity API docs.