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Ingest MQTT Data into TimescaleDB

TimescaleDB (Timescale) is a database specifically designed for storing and analyzing time-series data. Its exceptional data throughput and reliable performance make it an ideal choice for the Internet of Things (IoT) domain, providing efficient and scalable data storage and analysis solutions for IoT applications.



Quick Start Tutorial

This section introduces how to install Timescale and create a data table, create a rule and data bridge for forwarding data to Timescale, and test the rule and data bridge.

The instructions below assume that you run both EMQX and Timescale (if self-deployed) on the local machine. If you have Timescale and EMQX running remotely, adjust the settings accordingly.

Install Timescale and Create Data Table

EMQX supports integration with self-deployed TimescaleDB or Timescale Service on the cloud. You can use Timescale Service as a cloud service or deploy a TimescaleDB instance using Docker.

Create Rule and Data Bridge

  1. Go to EMQX Dashboard and click Integration -> Rules from the left navigation menu.

  2. Click + Create on the top right corner of the page.

  3. Input a rule ID my_rule. Input the following SQL rule in SQL Editor to save the MQTT message with the topic t/# to TimescaleDB:

      payload.temp as temp,
      payload.humidity as humidity,
      payload.location as location
  4. Click + Add Action. Select Forwarding with Data Bridge from the Action drop-down list. Click + beside the Data bridge dropdown to enter the Create Data Bridge pop-up page.

  5. Select Timescale from the Type of Data Bridge drop-down list. Input a name for the data bridge. The name should be a combination of upper/lower case letters and numbers.

  6. Input the connection information according to how the TimescaleDB is deployed. If it is deployed using Docker, input as Server Host, tsdb as Database Name, postgres as Username, and public as Password.

  7. Configure the SQL Template using the following SQL statement for data inserting.

    Note: This is a preprocessed SQL, so the fields should not be enclosed in quotation marks, and do not write a semicolon at the end of the statements.

     sensor_data (time, location, temperature, humidity)
       (NOW(), ${location}, ${temp}, ${humidity})
  8. Advanced settings (optional): Choose whether to use sync or async query mode as needed.

  9. Click Add to finish the data bridge creation and return to the Add Actions page. Click + Add to add the Timescale data bridge to the rule action.

  10. Click Create to finish the rule creation.

Now you have successfully created the data bridge to Timescale. You can click Integration -> Flows to view the topology. It can be seen that the messages under topic t/# are sent and saved to Timescale after parsing by the rule my_rule.

Test Data Bridge and Rule

Use MQTTX to send a message to topic t/1 and trigger an online/offline event at the same time:

mqttx pub -i emqx_c -t t/1 -m '{"temp":24,"humidity":30,"location":"hangzhou"}'

Check the running status of the data bridge, there should be one new Matched and one Sent Successfully message.

Verify the Timescale table sensor_data. New records should be inserted:

tsdb=# select * from sensor_data;
             time              | location | temperature | humidity 
 2023-07-10 08:28:48.813988+00 | hangzhou |          24 |       30
 2023-07-10 08:28:57.737768+00 | hangzhou |          24 |       30
 2023-07-10 08:28:58.599537+00 | hangzhou |          24 |       30
(3 rows)