# MAVLink通讯

MAVLink (opens new window) 是一个针对无人机生态系统设计的非常轻量化的消息传递协议。

PX4 使用 MAVLink 实现与 QGroundControl (或者其它地面站软件)的通讯交流,同时也将其用于整合飞控板与飞控板之外的无人机部件:伴随计算机、支持 MAVLink 的摄像头等。

该协议定义了许多用于交换数据的标准 消息 (opens new window)微型服务(microservices) (opens new window)(PX4 中用到了许多消息/服务,但不是全部)。

本教程介绍了如何为你自己新 "自定义" 的报文添加 PX4 支持。


The tutorial assumes you have a custom uORB ca_trajectory message in msg/ca_trajectory.msg and a custom MAVLink ca_trajectory message in mavlink/include/mavlink/v2.0/custom_messages/mavlink_msg_ca_trajectory.h.

The MAVLink developer guide explains how to define new messages and build them into new programming-specific libraries:

Your message needs to be generated as a C-library for MAVLink 2. Once you've installed MAVLink (opens new window) you can do this on the command line using the command:

python -m pymavlink.tools.mavgen --lang=C --wire-protocol=2.0 --output=generated/include/mavlink/v2.0 message_definitions/v1.0/custom_messages.xml

For your own use/testing you can just copy the generated headers into PX4-Autopilot/mavlink/include/mavlink/v2.0.

To make it easier for others to test your changes, a better approach is to add your generated headers to a fork of https://github.com/mavlink/c_library_v2. PX4 developers can then update the submodule to your fork in the PX4-Autopilot repo before building.

# 发送自定义MAVLink消息

Step1. 首先,在mavlink_messages.cpp (opens new window)中添加自定义MAVLink消息和uORB消息的头文件:

Step2. 然后,在mavlink_messages.cpp (opens new window)中新建一个消息流的类:

#include <uORB/topics/ca_trajectory.h>
#include <v2.0/custom_messages/mavlink.h>

Step3. 接下来,在mavlink_messages.cpp (opens new window)的文件末尾,将这个消息流的类追加到treams_list

class MavlinkStreamCaTrajectory : public MavlinkStream
    const char *get_name() const
        return MavlinkStreamCaTrajectory::get_name_static();
    static const char *get_name_static()
        return "CA_TRAJECTORY";
    uint16_t get_id_static()
    uint16_t get_id()
        return get_id_static();
    static MavlinkStream *new_instance(Mavlink *mavlink)
        return new MavlinkStreamCaTrajectory(mavlink);
    unsigned get_size()
    MavlinkOrbSubscription *_sub;
    uint64_t _ca_traj_time;
    /* do not allow top copying this class */
    MavlinkStreamCaTrajectory(MavlinkStreamCaTrajectory &);
    MavlinkStreamCaTrajectory& operator = (const MavlinkStreamCaTrajectory &);
    explicit MavlinkStreamCaTrajectory(Mavlink *mavlink) : MavlinkStream(mavlink),
        _sub(_mavlink->add_orb_subscription(ORB_ID(ca_trajectory))),  // make sure you enter the name of your uORB topic here
    bool send(const hrt_abstime t)
        struct ca_traj_struct_s _ca_trajectory;    //make sure ca_traj_struct_s is the definition of your uORB topic
        if (_sub->update(&_ca_traj_time, &_ca_trajectory)) {
            mavlink_ca_trajectory_t _msg_ca_trajectory;  //make sure mavlink_ca_trajectory_t is the definition of your custom MAVLink message
            _msg_ca_trajectory.timestamp = _ca_trajectory.timestamp;
            _msg_ca_trajectory.time_start_usec = _ca_trajectory.time_start_usec;
            _msg_ca_trajectory.time_stop_usec  = _ca_trajectory.time_stop_usec;
            _msg_ca_trajectory.coefficients =_ca_trajectory.coefficients;
            _msg_ca_trajectory.seq_id = _ca_trajectory.seq_id;
            mavlink_msg_ca_trajectory_send_struct(_mavlink->get_channel(), &_msg_ca_trajectory)
        return true;

Finally append the stream class to the streams_list at the bottom of mavlink_messages.cpp (opens new window)

StreamListItem *streams_list[] = {
StreamListItem *streams_list[] = {
new StreamListItem(&MavlinkStreamCaTrajectory::new_instance, &MavlinkStreamCaTrajectory::get_name_static, &MavlinkStreamCaTrajectory::get_id_static),

Then make sure to enable the stream, for example by adding the following line to the startup script (e.g. /ROMFS/px4fmu_common/init.d-posix/rcS (opens new window) on NuttX or ROMFS/px4fmu_common/init.d-posix/rcS (opens new window)) on SITL. Note that -r configures the streaming rate and -u identifies the MAVLink channel on UDP port 14556).

mavlink stream -r 50 -s CA_TRAJECTORY -u 14556


You can use the uorb top [<message_name>] command to verify in real-time that your message is published and the rate (see uORB Messaging). This approach can also be used to test incoming messages that publish a uORB topic (for other messages you might use printf in your code and test in SITL).

To see the message on QGroundControl you will need to build it with your MAVLink library (opens new window), and then verify that the message is received using MAVLink Inspector Widget (opens new window) (or some other MAVLink tool).

# 接收自定义MAVLink消息

Step3. 在mavlink_receiver.h (opens new window)中,向类MavlinkReceiver中添加uORB发布者类型的成员变量:

Step4. 在mavlink_receiver.cpp (opens new window)中给出函数handle_message_ca_trajectory_msg的具体实现:

#include <uORB/topics/ca_trajectory.h>
#include <v2.0/custom_messages/mavlink_msg_ca_trajectory.h>

Step5. 最后,确保上述自定义函数在MavlinkReceiver::handle_message() (opens new window)中被调用:

void handle_message_ca_trajectory_msg(mavlink_message_t *msg);

有时候需要创建一个内容尚未完全定义的自定义 MAVlink 消息。

orb_advert_t _ca_traj_msg_pub;

Implement the handle_message_ca_trajectory_msg function in mavlink_receiver.cpp (opens new window)

void MavlinkReceiver::handle_message_ca_trajectory_msg(mavlink_message_t *msg)
    mavlink_ca_trajectory_t traj;
    mavlink_msg_ca_trajectory_decode(msg, &traj);
    struct ca_traj_struct_s f;
    memset(&f, 0, sizeof(f));
    f.timestamp = hrt_absolute_time();
    f.seq_id = traj.seq_id;
    f.time_start_usec = traj.time_start_usec;
    f.time_stop_usec = traj.time_stop_usec;
    for(int i=0;i<28;i++)
        f.coefficients[i] = traj.coefficients[i];
    if (_ca_traj_msg_pub == nullptr) {
        _ca_traj_msg_pub = orb_advertise(ORB_ID(ca_trajectory), &f);
    } else {
        orb_publish(ORB_ID(ca_trajectory), _ca_traj_msg_pub, &f);

and finally make sure it is called in MavlinkReceiver::handle_message() (opens new window)

MavlinkReceiver::handle_message(mavlink_message_t *msg)
    switch (msg->msgid) {

# 另一种自定义MAVlink消息的办法

Sometimes there is the need for a custom MAVLink message with content that is not fully defined.

You can get the port number with mavlink status which will output (amongst others) transport protocol: UDP (<port number>). An example would be: 一个例子是:

An alternative - and temporary - solution is to re-purpose debug messages. Instead of creating a custom MAVLink message CA_TRAJECTORY, you can send a message DEBUG_VECT with the string key CA_TRAJ and data in the x, y and z fields. See this tutorial. for an example usage of debug messages.


This solution is not efficient as it sends character string over the network and involves comparison of strings. It should be used for development only!

# 常规信息

# 设置流速率(streaming rate)

Sometimes it is useful to increase the streaming rate of individual topics (e.g. for inspection in QGC). This can be achieved by typing the following line in the shell:

mavlink stream -u <port number> -s <mavlink topic name> -r <rate>

You can get the port number with mavlink status which will output (amongst others) transport protocol: UDP (<port number>). An example would be:

mavlink stream -u 14556 -s OPTICAL_FLOW_RAD -r 300