ssinfod ssinfod - 4 months ago 21x
Linux Question

Zigbee stack on Linux (mainline kernel)?

I'm planning to use Zigbee on a Linux embedded computer.

Is there such thing as a Zigbee Linux stack ? (similar to a TCP/IP stack)
Is it included in mainline kernel ?

Ideally, I would like to have a minimalist USB Zigbee RF (802.15.4) transceiver connected to an embedded computer and most of the work would be done in this Zigbee software stack.

Does such a thing exist ?


Yes, this is described at Documentation/networking/ieee802154.txt. What you are looking for is most likely this excerpt:

Socket API

int sd = socket(PF_IEEE802154, SOCK_DGRAM, 0);


The address family, socket addresses etc. are defined in the include/net/af_ieee802154.h header or in the special header in the userspace package (see either or the git tree at

One can use SOCK_RAW for passing raw data towards device xmit function. YMMV.

See also this question.