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Yocto Project reference

In this section we cover the topics that involve UpdateHub with Yocto Project such as adding UpdateHub layers, setting variables, access keys and glossary. review

Supported version

The UpdateHub offers a high quality integration for the Yocto Project and provides a ready to use support for a number of boards (RaspberryPi, Texas Instruments e Freescale). Every six months, a new version of Yocto Project is released.

The current version is the Yocto Project 3.0, codename Zeus, and its support is provided by the meta-updatehub layer. This layer provides all the infrastructure code to enable the use of Yocto Project together with the UpdateHub. The minimal set of layers to use the UpdateHub are:

Layer name Branch name
poky zeus
meta-openembedded/meta-oe zeus
meta-openembedded/meta-python zeus
meta-updatehub zeus

Besides the basic support, there are many boards with UpdateHub support, provided by extra BSP integration layers, as shown at the table below:

Board full name BSP layer name Machine name Branch name
BeagleBone Black meta-updatehub-ti beaglebone zeus
Raspberry Pi 3 meta-updatehub-raspberrypi raspberrypi3 zeus
NXP i.MX6QP/Q/DL SABRE Smart Device meta-updatehub-freescale imx6qdlsabresd zeus
Boundary Devices Nitrogen6X meta-updatehub-freescale nitrogen6x zeus
Boundary Devices i.MX6 SABRELite meta-updatehub-freescale nitrogen6x zeus
TechNexion i.MX7 PICO meta-updatehub-freescale imx7d-pico zeus
Toradex Apalis iMX6Q/D meta-updatehub-freescale apalis-imx6 zeus
WaRP7 meta-updatehub-freescale imx7s-warp zeus
Wandboard i.MX6 QuadPlus/Quad/Dual/Solo meta-updatehub-freescale wandboard zeus

If you need to use an earlier Yocto Project version, the UpdateHub is also supported. Currently, there is support for following previous Yocto Project versions:

  • Yocto Project 2.1, codename Krogoth
  • Yocto Project 2.2, codename Morty
  • Yocto Project 2.3, codename Pyro
  • Yocto Project 2.4, codename Rocko
  • Yocto Project 2.5, codename Sumo
  • Yocto Project 2.6, codename Thud
  • Yocto Project 2.7, codename Warrior
  • Yocto Project 3.0, codename Zeus

These earlier versions are actively supported by the UpdateHub, but features and compatible machines may vary among them.

Adding layer to your project

The first step is initialize the environment to build a Linux image using Yocto Project. To start working with Yocto Project we need to fetch all the needed layers, that includes the poky, meta-openembedded, meta-raspberrypi, meta-updatehub and meta-updatehub-raspberrypi layers.

The meta-updatehub is the layer that adds support to UpdateHub itself, and meta-updatehub-raspberrypi includes UpdateHub support for Raspberry Pi machines. In addition, we need to get the meta-openembedded layer, because UpdateHub has some dependencies, such as Python 3 packages to create the uhu utility used as UpdateHub package manager and will be covered in this guide.

Here we will show you two different approaches to download the necessary layers to support UpdateHub: one using a platform which will download the necessary layers and add them automatically to the project, the other approach is to manually download and add these layers.

Using UpdateHub Platform

To get a platform you need have Repo installed. Repo is a tool that helps manage many Git repositories, uploading to revision control systems and automating parts of the development workflow.

Install the repo utility:

mkdir ~/bin
curl > ~/bin/repo
chmod a+x ~/bin/repo

Download the platform source:

mkdir updatehub-platform
cd updatehub-platform
repo init -u -b zeus
repo sync

Setup the environment:

source ./setup-environment build

At the end of the commands you have every metadata you need to start working.

Adding the layers manually

To include the Updatehub Yocto layers in your build is easy just clone the meta-updatehub layer and the machine support layer to your sources directory following the commands below:

git clone -b zeus
git clone -b zeus

In /build folder of your project include:

bitbake-layers add-layer ../meta-openembedded/meta-oe
bitbake-layers add-layer ../meta-openembedded/meta-python
bitbake-layers add-layer ../meta-openembedded/meta-networking
bitbake-layers add-layer ../meta-updatehub

For Raspberry Pi 3, you can do that using:

git clone

In /build folder of your project include:

bitbake-layers add-layer ../meta-updatehub-raspberrypi/

For BeagleBone Black, you can use:

git clone

In /build folder of your project include:

bitbake-layers add-layer ../meta-updatehub-ti/

And for imx6qdlsabresd, use:

git clone

In /build folder of your project include:

bitbake-layers add-layer ../meta-updatehub-freescale/

Done! Now you have the UpdateHub layer in your project.

Configurating UpdateHub variables

You should now to include UpdateHub system variables in conf/local.conf. The variables below are the basics for the correct configuration. More details and options see Glossary of variables.

UPDATEHUB_PRODUCT_UID - identifies the product id in use and this is used by rollouts. It is generate in create process ends or you get this code in UpdateHub Dashboard, in Product page.

UPDATEHUB_ACCESS_ID and UPDATEHUB_ACCESS_SECRET - They can be generate in Settings available in right top of screen and are necessary for server connection.

UPDATEHUB_PACKAGE_VERSION_SUFFIX - added optionally, is advised for version organization.

Finally the final of your local.conf file should seem like this.

UPDATEHUB_PRODUCT_UID = "05344b71c3e9f8..."
UPDATEHUB_ACCESS_SECRET = "9b1fcee96795fa5dea5cd04cb1d2..."

Cases of adding layers manually

If you have used the platform, the process below is not necessary, because the platform already has updatehub-image class configured.

In case you are not using the platform, in addition to the variable configuration specified above, you will need to add update-image class of UpdateHub in your project recipe for to use the setting available. For this you must include "inherit updatehub-image" in myproject/../ or just to add "updatehub-image" in inherit if this exists.

The your new image with UpdateHub support layer is ready.


RSA keys are asymmetric encryption keys that serve to provide greater security in communications.

The UpdateHub verifies the authenticity of every Package update prior applying it. To do so, it uses a RSA key that to check if the Package has not been modified or corrupted by any means. Each device will contain the public key, public_key.pem, included on the device image, which will validate any received Package before unpacking, which must have been signed with the private key, private_key.pem, when generating the update package.

Although these keys are not mandatory on UpdateHub, we advise their use as an additional data protection mechanism.

In this session we will cover:

Generating a RSA Key

The generation of the RSA keys requires the openssl utility. The private RSA key is generated using the command below:

mkdir -p ~/updatehub-keys
openssl genpkey -algorithm RSA -out ~/updatehub-keys/private_key.pem -pkeyopt rsa_keygen_bits:4096

Next we need to extract the public RSA key from the private key. Use the following command:

openssl rsa -pubout -in ~/updatehub-keys/private_key.pem -out ~/updatehub-keys/public_key.pem

Setting up RSA Key

The keys need to be enabled inside your Yocto Project build configuration, so UpdateHub can deploy the public key inside the generated image and use the private key to sign the update package. You must set the UPDATEHUB_UHUPKG_PRIVATE_KEY and UPDATEHUB_UHUPKG_PRIVATE_KEY variables inside your conf/local.conf file as seen next:

UPDATEHUB_UHUPKG_PRIVATE_KEY = "~/updatehub-keys/private_key.pem"
UPDATEHUB_UHUPKG_PUBLIC_KEY = "~/updatehub-keys/public_key.pem"

Keep save your RSA keys

Once a device is deployed using a RSA key, the same key is used to validate every update package send to this device. It is important to keep the RSA keys safe or you'll not be able to send updates for those devices.

Pushing an update package

The UpdateHub works with upkg format for update package, and this is generated by the uhu. Update Utilities or uhu is an interactive prompt and a command line utility to manage update packages for UpdateHub agent and will provide you few new BitBake tasks, like this:

uhupush: sends the update package to the UpdateHub Cloud. The generation of an update package is very simple. After the integration of the UpdateHub with your Yocto Project build is complete, the Bitbake tool can be used to generate and upload the update package. The following command does all the needed work in order to push the packages to the UpdateHub Cloud:

bitbake <image> -c uhupush

After running this, the UpdateHub Cloud will display that there is a new Package to update the Devices and you may start a Rollout through the interface.

For more details or uhu install access UpdateHub Utilities.