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Other Docs and Tools

In addition to the documentation on this site, you will also find cloud-related documentation and tools elsewhere on Nordic Semiconductor sites. This contains the most important external documentation and tools you should know about.



Our public REST API provides additional extensive documentation on all endpoints.

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, as expected by nRF Cloud.

nRF Connect SDK#

The nRF Connect SDK (Info | Documentation) provides an important firmware-focused complement to the more cloud-specific documentation you will find here.

These nRF Connect SDK docs are especially relevant to nRF Cloud:

nRF91 AT Commands and Supporting nRF Connect SDK Libraries#

The nRF91 AT Commands documentation provides valuable information about security-related commands you will most likely need, especially:

Getting Started Guides for Nordic Semiconductor Hardware Devices#


nRF9160 Developer Kit (DK)#

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

nRF Connect for Desktop w/ Link Monitor#

The nRF Connect for Desktop tool, especially when used with the Link Monitor modem client application, is an invaluable tool to know about. It is especially useful for viewing and sending AT commands and managing device credentials.

nRF Cloud Utilities#

See also our nRF Cloud Utils project, which provides more information on how to use AT commands, create device certificates, and more.

nRF91 Device Simulator#

If you do not have any hardware devices you can use the nRF91 Device Simulator to quickly 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 our open-source mqtt-bridge-mosquitto project to learn how you can easily 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#


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.