Enabling Newt Manager in Your Application

In order for your application to communicate with the newtmgr tool and process Newt Manager commands, you must enable Newt Manager device management and the support to process Newt Manager commands in your application. This tutorial explains how to add the support to your application.

This tutorial assumes that you have read the Device Management with Newt Manager guide and are familiar with the newtmgr and oicmgr frameworks and all the options that are available to customize your application.

This tutorial shows you how to configure your application to:

  • Use the newtmgr framework.
  • Use serial transport to communicate with the newtmgr tool.
  • Support all Newt Manager commands.

See Other Configuration Options on how to customize your application.


Ensure that you have met the following prerequisites before continuing with this tutorial:

  • Have Internet connectivity to fetch remote Mynewt components.
  • Have a cable to establish a serial USB connection between the board and the laptop.
  • Install the newt tool and toolchains (See Basic Setup).
  • Install the newtmgr tool.

Use an Existing Project

We assume that you have worked through at least some of the other tutorials and have an existing project. In this example, we modify the btshell app to enable Newt Manager support. We call our target myble. You can create the target using any name you choose.

Modify Package Dependencies and Configurations

Add the following packages to the pkg.deps parameter in your target or application pkg.yml file:

    - mgmt/newtmgr
    - mgmt/newtmgr/transport/nmgr_shell
    - mgmt/imgmgr
    - sys/log/full
    - sys/stats/full
    - sys/config
    - test/crash_test
    - test/runtest

Each package provides the following Newt Manager functionality:

  • mgmt/newtmgr: Supports the newtmgr framework and the Newt Manager echo, taskstat mpstat, datetime, and reset commands.
  • mgmt/newtmgr/transport/nmgr_shell: Supports serial transport.
  • mgmt/imgmgr: Supports the newtmgr image command
  • sys/log/full : Supports the newtmgr log command.
  • sys/stats/full: Supports the newtmgr stat command.
  • sys/config: Supports the newtmgr config command.
  • test/crash_test: Supports the newtmgr crash command.
  • test/runtest: Supports the newt run command.

Add the following configuration setting values to the syscfg.vals parameter in the target or application syscfg.yml file:


The first five configuration settings enable support for the Newt Manager log, stat, config, crash, and run commands. The SHELL_TASK setting enables the shell for serial transport. The SHELL_NEWTMGR setting enables newtmgr support in the shell.

Note that you may need to override additional configuration settings that are specific to each package to customize the package functionality.

Modify the Source

By default, the mgmt package uses the Mynewt default event queue to receive request events from the newtmgr tool. These events are processed in the context of the application main task.

You can specify a different event queue for the package to use. If you choose to use a dedicated event queue, you must create a task to process events from this event queue. The mgmt package executes and handles newtmgr request events in the context of this task. The mgmt package exports the mgmt_evq_set() function that allows you to specify an event queue.

This example uses the Mynewt default event queue and you do not need to modify your application source.

If you choose to use a different event queue, see Events and Event Queues for details on how to initialize an event queue and create a task to process the events. You will also need to modify your main.c to add the call to the mgmt_evq_set() function as follows:

Add the mgmt/mgmt.h header file:

#include <mgmt/mgmt.h>

Add the call to specify the event queue. In the main() function, scroll down to the while (1) loop and add the following statement above the loop:


where my_eventq is an event queue that you have initialized.

Build the Targets

Build the two targets as follows:

$ newt build nrf52_boot
App successfully built: ./bin/nrf52_boot/apps/boot/boot.elf
$ newt build myble
Compiling hci_common.c
Compiling util.c
Archiving nimble.a
Compiling os.c

Create the Application Image

Generate an application image for the myble target. You can use any version number you choose.

$ newt create-image myble 1.0.0
App image successfully generated: ./bin/makerbeacon/apps/btshell/btshell.img
Build manifest: ./bin/makerbeacon/apps/btshell/manifest.json

Load the Image

Ensure the USB connector is in place and the power LED on the board is lit. Turn the power switch on your board off, then back on to reset the board after loading the image.

$ newt load nrf52_boot
$ newt load myble

Set Up a Connection Profile

The newtmgr tool requires a connection profile in order to connect to your board. If you have not done so, follow the instructions for setting up your connection profile.

Communicate with Your Application

Once you have a connection profile set up, you can connect to your device with newtmgr -c myconn <command> to run commands in your application.

Issue the echo command to ensure that your application is communicating with the newtmgr tool:

  $ newtmgr -c myconn echo hello

Test your application to ensure that it can process a Newt Manager

command that is supported by a different package. Issue the stat command to see the BLE stats.

stat group: ble_att
         0 error_rsp_rx
         0 error_rsp_tx
         0 exec_write_req_rx
         0 exec_write_req_tx
         0 exec_write_rsp_rx
         0 exec_write_rsp_tx
         0 find_info_req_rx
         0 find_info_req_tx
         0 find_info_rsp_rx
         0 find_info_rsp_tx
         0 find_type_value_req_rx


         0 read_type_req_tx
         0 read_type_rsp_rx
         0 read_type_rsp_tx
         0 write_cmd_rx
         0 write_cmd_tx
         0 write_req_rx
         0 write_req_tx
         0 write_rsp_rx
         0 write_rsp_tx

Your application is now able to communicate with the newtmgr tool.

Other Configuration Options

This section explains how to customize your application to use other Newt Manager protocol options.

Newtmgr Framework Transport Protocol Options

The newtmgr framework currently supports BLE and serial transport protocols. To configure the transport protocols that are supported, modify the pkg.yml and syscfg.yml files as follows:

  • Add the mgmt/newtmgr/transport/ble package to the pkg.deps parameter to enable BLE transport.
  • Add the mgmt/newtmgr/transport/nmgr_shell package to the pkg.deps parameter, and add SHELL_TASK: 1 and SHELL_NEWTMGR to the syscfg.vals parameter to enable serial transport when your application also uses the Shell.
  • Add the mgmt/newtmgr/transport/nmgr_uart package to the pkg.deps parameter to enable serial transport over a UART port. You can use this package instead of the nmgr_shell package when your application does not use the Shell or you want to use a dedicated UART port to communicate with newtmgr. You can change the NMGR_UART and NMGR_URART_SPEED sysconfig values to specify a different port.

Oicmgr Framework Options

To use the oicmgr framework instead of the newtmgr framework, modify the pkg.yml and syscfg.yml files as follows:

  • Add the mgmt/oicmgr package (instead of the mgmt/newtmgr and mgmt/newtmgr/transport packages as described previously) to the pkg.deps parameter.
  • Add OC_SERVER: 1 to the syscfg.vals parameter.

Oicmgr supports the IP, serial, and BLE transport protocols. To configure the transport protocols that are supported, set the configuration setting values in the syscfg.vals parameter as follows:

  • Add OC_TRANSPORT_IP: 1 to enable IP transport.
  • Add OC_TRANSPORT_GATT: 1 to enable BLE transport.
  • Add OC_TRANSPORT_SERIAL: 1, SHELL_TASK: 1, SHELL_NEWTMGR:1 to enable serial transport.

Customize the Newt Manager Commands that Your Application Supports

We recommend that you only enable support for the Newt Manager commands that your application uses to reduce your application code size. To configure the commands that are supported, set the configuration setting values in the syscfg.vals parameter as follows:

  • Add LOG_NEWTMGR: 1 to enable support for the newtmgr log command.
  • Add STATS_NEWTMGR: 1 to enable support for the newtmgr stat command.
  • Add CONFIG_NEWTMGR: 1 to enable support for the newtmgr config command.
  • Add CRASH_TEST_NEWTMGR: 1 to enable support for the newtmgr crash command.
  • Add RUNTEST_NEWTMGR: 1 to enable support for the newtmgr crash command.


  • When you enable Newt Manager support, using either the newtmgr or oicmgr framework, your application automatically supports the Newt Manager echo, taskstat, mpstat, datetime, and reset commands. These commands cannot be configured individually.
  • The mgmt/imgmgr package does not provide a configuration setting to enable or disable support for the newtmgr image command. Do not specify the package in the pkg.deps parameter if your device has limited flash memory and cannot support Over-The-Air (OTA) firmware upgrades.