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Additional resources

This page collects cloud-related documentation and tools on other Nordic Semiconductor sites.

Additional nRF Cloud documentation

This section contains links to other documentation sets directly related to nRF Cloud.


nRF Cloud device message and shadow protocols

The nRF Cloud application-protocols project is an important reference if you want to know more about the JSON schemas for device messages and their shadows in nRF Cloud.

nRF Connect SDK

The nRF Connect SDK (product page | documentation) provides a firmware-focused complement to the nRF Cloud documentation:

nRF Connect SDK libraries for nRF Cloud

  • The nRF Cloud library is the primary nRF Connect SDK library for connecting devices to nRF Cloud. It sends sensor data to nRF Cloud, making it available for your application, supports FOTA, gets the configuration from nRF Cloud, and provides the device status to cloud. By default, the library uses MQTT.
  • nRF Cloud REST is an extension of the nRF Cloud library. It is a wrapper to assist in REST-based operations. This library does not support cloud-to-device messaging. All communication is initiated by the device.
  • nRF Cloud CoAP library that enables constrained devices to communicate with nRF Cloud over CoAP. It supports the connection ID, but does not support cloud-to-device messaging. All communication is initiated by the device.
  • nRF Cloud Alert and Log libraries that enable and integrate with the alerts and logs feature in nRF Cloud. They are used for sending operational alert messages and device logs to nRF Cloud and configuring the log level.
  • nRF Cloud Device provisioning library that enables devices to use the nRF Cloud Provisioning Service. This is an independent library that does not need nRF Cloud. It securely provisions cloud credentials and configuration. Supported only in devices compatible with the Identity Service, such as the nRF9161 DK.
  • Location Services libraries:
    • The Location library adds Location Services to your application, so you can more easily obtain location data. The location information can be sent to the device or kept in location history for your application.
    • The nRF Cloud location library enables applications to submit network information (cellular, nearby Wi-Fi, or both) to nRF Cloud over MQTT to obtain device location.
    • nRF Cloud A-GNSS library reduces time-to-first-fix by getting assistance data from nRF Cloud Location Services.
    • nRF Cloud P-GPS library allows a device to download prediction assistance data, enabling a faster time-to-first-fix after an offline period.


For a full list of samples for nRF91 Series devices, see Cellular samples.


This section contains links to documentation related to nRF Cloud-compatible hardware, as well as AT commands and supporting libraries.

nRF9160 Development Kit (DK) and Thingy:91

The nRF9160 DK is the recommended development hardware for working with nRF Cloud, especially when used with the nRF Connect SDK.

Getting started guides:

nRF9160 AT commands and supporting nRF Connect SDK libraries

The nRF9160 AT command documentation provides valuable information about security-related commands:

nRF9161 Development Kit (DK)

nRF70 Series


This sections contains links to various tools required for the guides in the nRF Cloud documentation.

nRF Connect for Desktop

The nRF Connect for Desktop framework includes apps to support development. The following apps are used in nRF Cloud guides:

nRF Connect for VS Code

nRF Connect for VS Code is the primary tool for installing the nRF Connect SDK and toolchain, as well as building and flashing samples and applications.

nRF Cloud Utilities

The nRF Cloud Utils project provides information on how to use AT commands, create device certificates, and more. It includes scripts to generate and inject device credentials, as well as to automate the device onboarding process.

nRF Cloud Utils are compatible with nRF91 Series devices.

nRF91 Device Simulator

If you do not have any hardware devices, you can use the nRF91 Device Simulator to create a software device and connect to nRF Cloud. The README for this public repository also has some helpful recipes for working with the REST API.

MQTT Bridge App using Mosquitto

See the open-source mqtt-bridge-mosquitto project to learn how you can set up an MQTT bridge between your own AWS account and the nRF Cloud IoT broker in order to store your device messages in real time. This solution uses special device certificate you can obtain for your account.

Phone apps

Apps for gateways

The nRF Cloud team provides an open-source nRF Cloud Gateway application (available for Android and iPhone). Using this app, you can create a gateway on your nRF Cloud account and connect Bluetooth® Low Energy peripherals.


nRF Connect for Mobile: Android | iPhone