ZentriOS SDK Quickstart
Follow the steps below to set up your ZentriOS SDK development environment and prepare your device for developing ZAPs (ZentriOS Apps).
- Download the ZentriOS SDK for Windows
- Install the SDK
- Set up your Device
When your device is set up, follow the steps below to develop and publish a ZAP.
- Create a ZentriOS Project
- Build, Download and Run your project
- Release it to the DMS
For details of supported devices, see Device Support.
The SDK supports the following devices:
Signing up for a Zentri DMS Account
Signing up for a Zentri DMS Account is quick, easy and best of all, completely free.
After sign up, your account is used to authenticate with the DMS from within the ZentriOS Development Environment.
If you need an account, sign up at https://dms.zentri.com/signup
Installing the ZentriOS SDK
In your web browser, download the ZentriOS SDK Installer from http://resources.zentri.com/zentrios_sdk/ZentriOS_SDK_Installer.exe.
Run the installer.
Provide your DMS credentials at the log in page. See Signing up for a Zentri DMS Account above.
If your development computer runs 64-bit Windows, and you are using a Zentri evaluation board, you can perform a full installation.
At the ZentriOS SDK Installer, Full or Custom Install page, choose
The SDK and IDE are installed as subdirectories of the installation directory you choose.
If your development computer runs 32-bit Windows, or you have an NXP evaluation board, you need to perform a custom installation.
At the Full or Custom Install page, choose
To complete the installation, see Custom SDK Installation.
After installation is complete, open the IDE.
The ZentriOS_SDK folder appears in the Project Explorer panel at the left of the IDE. A ZentriOS menu option now in the menu bar.
Manually Installing USB Drivers
USB drivers are supplied with the ZentriOS SDK, and install automatically. If for some reason the USB drivers do not install correctly, you can install them manually. See Manually Installing USB Drivers.
Setting Up the ZentriOS Device
Now that the ZentriOS development environment is installed, you need to set up the device on which your product will be developed.
The steps involved are:
- Connecting your device to the computer running the IDE
- Running the ZentriOS Setup Device wizard to set up your device
Note: If at any time you re-install device firmware with an OTA, you need to run
ZentriOS -> Setup Device again.
Connecting Your Device
The procedures for connecting the supported devices are listed below.
Running the ZentriOS Setup Device Wizard
In the IDE, choose the menu option
ZentriOS -> Setup Device and work through the following steps:
|Accept SDK License
|Read the license and click
Accept SDK License to confirm
|Supply the credentials you obtained on registering with the DMS. If you have already supplied DMS credentials, the DMS login completes automatically.
Setup Device wizard automatically discovers a device plugged in to a USB port.
|This step completes automatically. The wizard retrieves device information from the DMS, writes it to the device, and registers the device in the DMS.
|Choose the ZentriOS version to install on your device. The most recent is selected by default.
|The Setup Device wizard retrieves the appropriate firmware bundles from the DMS and programs the device.
|The SDK version must match the device firmware. If required, the SDK is updated to match the firmware programmed into the device.
|Your device has been successfully set up. You can now program ZentriOS applications on it. Click
Finish to exit the
Setup Device wizard.
Creating a ZentriOS Project
To create a new ZentriOS project, right click the ZentriOS SDK entry in the Project Explorer. From the context menu choose
Create New ZentriOS Project. Alternatively choose the menu option
File -> New -> ZentriOS Project.
ZentriOS SDK Project dialog appears.
Specify the project name. Click
Create Project to launch the ZentriOS SDK Create New Project wizard.
Here you select from your available device platforms, and if desired, choose an existing project to clone, from among the example applications.
If you choose
Do not clone SDK Project, the project starts with a generic hello world app.
The ZentriOS plugin suggests switching to the ZentriOS perspective. This is a convenient window setup for developing ZentriOS apps.
The new project appears in the Project Explorer panel.
Building, Downloading and Running a ZentriOS Project
Before running a project based on one the example apps, you can open a USB ZentriOS terminal to your device.
The example apps typically send output to the ZentriOS terminal.
See Getting Started with the ZentriOS Terminal in the ZentriOS Command API documentation.
To run a ZentriOS project, right click the project in the Project Explorer. From the context menu choose one of the build items in the
If you choose
Build / Download / Run, the app is built, downloaded to your device and run automatically.
The output from the build process appears in the IDE console panel.
After building the app binary, the build process logs into the DMS, encrypts the application, and then downloads the encrypted binary to the device.
It then automatically starts the application.
The hello world app simply displays 'Hello world!!' on the ZentriOS terminal console and exits:
> Hello world!!
After a ZentriOS application exits, the device reboots.
Viewing the Downloaded App and Version
On Zentri devices, such as AMW004 or AM106 modules, the application firmware is stored in the file system. Use the ls command to view the file. The result is similar to:
! # Size Version Filename
# 0 7873 3.0.0 .recovery.html
# 1 400 1.0.0 apps/external/testproj-debug.zap
Note that by default, the downloaded app is a debug build, indicated by
-debug appended to the filename. A debug build has additional symbols and information compiled into the app file to allow step-by-step debugging during the development phase. See Application Debugging. When the app is ready to be released, you can switch to a release build. See Releasing Apps to the DMS.
On some devices, such as the NXP-SCCK, the application firmware bundle is stored on flash outside the file system. The app and version stored on flash is obtained by issuing the version command.
ZENTRI-TestProj-220.127.116.11, Built:2015-11-28 00:35:53 for ZentriOS-WZ-18.104.22.168
Re-running the ZentriOS App
The ZAP runs by default on power-up or reboot.
For debugging purposes, you can temporarily disable the app from running on reboot. See variable zap.debug.auto_run.