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Valid for CommonAPI 3.1.3 and vsomeip 1.3.0

Step 1 & 2: Preparation / Prerequisites

The following description is based on CommonAPI 3.1.3 and assumes that you use a standard Linux distribution (I tested it with Xubuntu 14.04) and that you have installed git and (CMake >=2.8). If you didn't pass the instructions of the page "CommonAPI C++ D-Bus in 10 minutes" then do it now for step 2 in order to get and build the CommonAPI runtime library.

Step 3: Build the CommonAPI SOME/IP Runtime Library

Start again with cloning the source code of CommonAPI-SomeIP: 

Clone CommonAPI SOME/IP
x@ubuntu:~/work$ git clone

Cloning into 'cpp-someip-runtime'...
remote: Counting objects: 95, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (88/88), done.
remote: Total 95 (delta 17), reused 0 (delta 0)
Unpacking objects: 100% (95/95), done.
Checking connectivity... done.
x@ubuntu:~/work$ ls
common-api-runtime  cpp-someip-runtime

Just as CommonAPI C++ D-Bus requires the D-Bus library libdbus, the SOME/IP binding builds on the SOME/IP core library vsomeip. Fortunately. the source code of this library can be easily downloaded at Just clone the vsomeip repository:

Get vsomeip
x@ubuntu:~/work$ git clone 
x@ubuntu:~/work$ ls
common-api-runtime  cpp-someip-runtime  vSomeIP
  • At GENIVI there is another SOME/IP implementation in the repository someip.git. This implementation cannot be used together with cpp-someip-runtime. Make sure that you cloned the right repository.
  • CommonAPI 3.1.3  depends on vsomeip 1.3.0.

vsomeip uses the standard cross-platform C++ library Boost.Asio for the implementation of some core network functions. Before you can compile the vsomeip library make sure that Boost is installed on your system. You can follow the installation instructions at, but if you have an Ubuntu platform it is easier to install it with the package manager APT (see also

  • Ubuntu 14.04:

    • sudo apt-get install libboost-system1.54-dev libboost-thread1.54-dev    libboost-log1.54-dev

  • Ubuntu 12.04: a PPA is necessary to use version 1.54 of Boost:

When Boost has been successfuly installed, you can build vsomeip without further difficulty as usual:

Build vsomeip
x@ubuntu:~/work$ cd vSomeIP
x@ubuntu:~/work/vSomeIP$ mkdir build
x@ubuntu:~/work/vSomeIP$ cd build
x@ubuntu:~/work/vSomeIP/build$ cmake ..
x@ubuntu:~/work/vSomeIP/build$ make

On my system CMake prints out the following lines concerning Boost: 

-- Boost version: 1.54.0
-- Found the following Boost libraries:
--   system
--   thread
--   log 

Now it should be no problem to build the CommonAPI C++ SOME/IP runtime library:

Build CommonAPI C++ SOME/IP
x@ubuntu:~/work$ cd cpp-someip-runtime
x@ubuntu:~/work/cpp-someip-runtime$ mkdir build
x@ubuntu:~/work/cpp-someip-runtime$ cd build
x@ubuntu:~/work/cpp-someip-runtime/build$ cmake -DUSE_INSTALLED_COMMONAPI=OFF ..
x@ubuntu:~/work/cpp-someip-runtime/build$ make

 As with D-Bus we do not install the CommonAPI C++ SOME/IP library, the library is (should be!) just in the actual build directory.

Step 4: Write the Franca file and generate code

Now follow again the instructions of the page "CommonAPI C++ D-Bus in 10 minutes", Step 4:

  • Create a sub-directory project in your work directory and then the sub-directory fidl in the project directory. Change to this sub-directory.
  • Now create HelloWorld.fidl as described in the D-Bus tutorial. It's CommonAPI: concerning the interface definition in the fidl there is no difference.

But the SOME/IP specification additionally requires the definition of service and method identifiers. Franca IDL provides the possibility to provide this kind of IPC framework specific parameters by means of so-called Franca deployment files. These deployment files have the ending .fdepl and have a Franca-like syntax (deployment parameter file). The exact content (which deployment parameters must be provided) must be specified also in a fdepl-file (deployment specification file). The deployment specification file which is implemented by the CommonAPI C++ SOME/IP specification can be found in the SOME/IP code generator project. If you don't want to check out the complete tools project just have a look at;a=summary; you will find the file CommonAPI-SOMEIP_deployment_spec.fdepl in the directory org.genivi.commonapi.someip/deployment.

Based on this deployment specification it is possible to write the deployment parameter file; usually we call it like the fidl file, just with the ending fdepl. 

import "platform:/plugin/org.genivi.commonapi.someip/deployment/CommonAPI-SOMEIP_deployment_spec.fdepl"
import "HelloWorld.fidl"
define org.genivi.commonapi.someip.deployment for interface commonapi.HelloWorld {
    SomeIpServiceID = 4660
    method sayHello {
        SomeIpMethodID = 33000
define org.genivi.commonapi.someip.deployment for provider MyService {
    instance commonapi.HelloWorld {
        InstanceId = "test"
        SomeIpInstanceID = 22136

The SOME/IP deployment specification has some mandatory parameters; it imports the binding independent CommonAPI deployment specification. Therefore we find the parameter InstanceId in the instance deployment.

Now you need the SOME/IP code generator:

Get SOME/IP Code Generator
x@ubuntu:~/work/project/cgen$ wget
x@ubuntu:~/work/project/cgen$ unzip -d commonapi_someip_generator
x@ubuntu:~/work/project/cgen$ chmod +x ./commonapi_someip_generator/commonapi-someip-generator-linux-x86

 And generate code:

Generate SOME/IP Code
x@ubuntu:~/work/project/cgen$ cd ..
x@ubuntu:~/work/project$ ./cgen/commonapi_someip_generator/commonapi-someip-generator-linux-x86 -ll verbose ./fidl/HelloWorld.fdepl

Please note that there are some SOME/IP parameter mandatory. Therefore the input file for the code generator is the deployment parameter file; the fidl file itself cannot be used.

Go to the directory with the generated sources and have a look:

Generatet SOME/IP Code
x@ubuntu:~/work/project/cgen$ cd ../v1_0/commonapi
x@ubuntu:~/work/project/v1_0/commonapi$ ls
HelloWorld.hpp  HelloWorldSomeIPDeployment.cpp  HelloWorldSomeIPProxy.hpp  HelloWorldStubDefault.cpp  HelloWorldProxyBase.hpp  HelloWorldSomeIPDeployment.hpp  HelloWorldSomeIPStubAdapter.cpp  HelloWorldStubDefault.hpp  HelloWorldProxy.hpp  HelloWorldSomeIPProxy.cpp  HelloWorldSomeIPStubAdapter.hpp  HelloWorldStub.hpp 

Step 5: Write the client and the service application

It's CommonAPI C++! Just follow step 5 of "CommonAPI C++ D-Bus in 10 minutes (from scratch)". There is no difference.

Step 6: Build and run

We start with creating the file CMakeLists.txt. It is very similar to the CMakeLists.txt that we use with D-Bus. Note that we link to the vsomeip library instead of libdbus:

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 2.8)

set(CMAKE_CXX_FLAGS "${CMAKE_CXX_FLAGS} -pthread -std=c++0x")



target_link_libraries(HelloWorldClient CommonAPI CommonAPI-SomeIP vsomeip)

target_link_libraries(HelloWorldService CommonAPI CommonAPI-SomeIP vsomeip) 

Now you can call CMake and build everything as usual: 

Build everything
x@ubuntu:~/work/project$ cd build
x@ubuntu:~/work/project/build$ cmake ..
x@ubuntu:~/work/project/build$ make

Now we are on the verge to start the service and the client application. But vsomeip needs little more preparation (see Forst we need to create a configuration file in the json format (see Let's create an ASCII file vsomeip.json in the sub-directory fidl of the project directory:

    "unicast" : "local",
    "logging" :
        "level" : "debug",
        "console" : "true",
        "file" : { "enable" : "false" },
        "dlt" : "false"
    "applications" :
            "name" : "client-sample",
            "id" : "0x1343"
            "name" : "service-sample",
            "id" : "0x1277"
    "servicegroups" :
            "name" : "default",
            "unicast" : "local",
            "services" :
                    "service" : "0x1234",
                    "instance" : "0x5678",
                    "unreliable" : "31000"
    "routing" : "service-sample",
    "service-discovery" :
        "enable" : "false",
        "multicast" : "",
        "port" : "30490",
        "protocol" : "udp"

For a detailed description of all these entries in the configuration file please read the vsomeip user guide. At this point I only list some notes:

  • We communicate here only locally on the same machine. Therefore we do not have to configure a unicast address.
  • We log only to the console. Other possibilities are not considered.
  • For both applications (client and service) we have to define names and identifiers. There is no relationship to the deployment file of the SOME/IP binding.
  • Services belong to service groups. Here we have to enter the SomeIpServiceID and the SomeIpInstanceID of the deployment file.
  • After the key word "routing" we have to enter the application which contains the vsomeip routing manager. The routing manager must be instantiated by exactly one application on your machine.
  • We do not enable the service discovery.

Two more hints before we finally start client and service. We must set one environment variable in order to define the path of our json file:

x@ubuntu:~/work/project$ cd build
x@ubuntu:~/work/project/build$ export VSOMEIP_CONFIGURATION_FILE=../fidl/vsomeip.json

And we must set a second environment variable VSOMEIP_APPLICATION_NAME which is set to the name of the application. As we intend to start both applications in the same console window, we assign this variable together with the start of the application:

Call Service
x@ubuntu:~/work/project/build$ VSOMEIP_APPLICATION_NAME=service-sample ./HelloWorldService &
[1] 5049
x@ubuntu:~/work/project/build$ 2015-09-18 01:54:25.924662 [info] Using configuration file: ../fidl/vsomeip.json
2015-09-18 01:54:25.928805 [debug] Routing endpoint at /tmp/vsomeip-0
2015-09-18 01:54:25.929315 [info] Service Discovery disabled. Using static routing information.
2015-09-18 01:54:25.929443 [debug] Application(service-sample, 1277) is initialized (uses 0 dispatcher threads).
Successfully Registered Service! Waiting for calls... (Abort with CTRL+C)

 And we call the client:

Call Client
x@ubuntu:~/work/project/build$ VSOMEIP_APPLICATION_NAME=client-sample ./HelloWorldClient
2015-09-18 01:58:42.382432 [info] Using configuration file: ../fidl/vsomeip.json
2015-09-18 01:58:42.382750 [debug] Connecting to [0] at /tmp/vsomeip-0
2015-09-18 01:58:42.382969 [debug] Listening at /tmp/vsomeip-1343
2015-09-18 01:58:42.383024 [debug] Application(client-sample, 1343) is initialized (uses 0 dispatcher threads).
Checking availability!
2015-09-18 01:58:42.383918 [debug] Application/Client 1343 got registered!
sayHello('Bob'): 'Hello Bob!'
Got message: 'Hello Bob!'
2015-09-18 01:58:42.385127 [debug] Application/Client 1343 got deregistered!
2015-09-18 01:58:42.385230 [error] Local endpoint received message (Operation canceled) 

 The last error message appears at the moment because the client terminates after having called the sayHello function (there is no while loop in the main function).

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