PipeWire 1.0.3
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Exporting and loading a SPA device, using Core API.

/* PipeWire */
/* SPDX-FileCopyrightText: Copyright © 2019 Wim Taymans */
/* SPDX-License-Identifier: MIT */
Exporting and loading a SPA device, using \ref api_pw_core.
#include <stdio.h>
#include <sys/mman.h>
#include <signal.h>
#include <spa/param/video/format-utils.h>
#include <pipewire/impl.h>
struct data {
struct pw_main_loop *loop;
struct pw_context *context;
struct pw_core *core;
struct spa_hook core_listener;
struct pw_impl_device *device;
const char *library;
const char *factory;
const char *path;
static int make_device(struct data *data)
struct pw_impl_factory *factory;
struct pw_properties *props;
factory = pw_context_find_factory(data->context, "spa-device-factory");
if (factory == NULL)
return -1;
props = pw_properties_new(SPA_KEY_LIBRARY_NAME, data->library,
SPA_KEY_FACTORY_NAME, data->factory, NULL);
data->device = pw_impl_factory_create_object(factory,
return 0;
static void on_core_error(void *data, uint32_t id, int seq, int res, const char *message)
struct data *d = data;
pw_log_error("error id:%u seq:%d res:%d (%s): %s",
id, seq, res, spa_strerror(res), message);
if (id == PW_ID_CORE)
static const struct pw_core_events core_events = {
.error = on_core_error,
static void do_quit(void *data, int signal_number)
struct data *d = data;
int main(int argc, char *argv[])
struct data data = { 0, };
struct pw_loop *l;
pw_init(&argc, &argv);
if (argc < 3) {
fprintf(stderr, "usage: %s <library> <factory>\n\n"
"\texample: %s v4l2/libspa-v4l2 api.v4l2.device\n\n",
argv[0], argv[0]);
return -1;
data.loop = pw_main_loop_new(NULL);
l = pw_main_loop_get_loop(data.loop);
pw_loop_add_signal(l, SIGINT, do_quit, &data);
pw_loop_add_signal(l, SIGTERM, do_quit, &data);
data.context = pw_context_new(l, NULL, 0);
data.library = argv[1];
data.factory = argv[2];
pw_context_load_module(data.context, "libpipewire-module-spa-device-factory", NULL, NULL);
data.core = pw_context_connect(data.context, NULL, 0);
if (data.core == NULL) {
pw_log_error("can't connect %m");
return -1;
pw_core_add_listener(data.core, &data.core_listener, &core_events, &data);
if (make_device(&data) < 0) {
pw_log_error("can't make device");
return -1;
return 0;
void pw_context_destroy(struct pw_context *context)
destroy a context object, all resources except the main_loop will be destroyed
Definition context.c:387
struct pw_context * pw_context_new(struct pw_loop *main_loop, struct pw_properties *props, size_t user_data_size)
Make a new context object for a given main_loop.
Definition context.c:175
#define PW_ID_CORE
default ID for the core object after connect
Definition core.h:62
struct pw_core * pw_context_connect(struct pw_context *context, struct pw_properties *properties, size_t user_data_size)
Connect to a PipeWire instance.
Definition core.c:391
struct pw_proxy * pw_core_export(struct pw_core *core, const char *type, const struct spa_dict *props, void *object, size_t user_data_size)
Export an object into the PipeWire instance associated with core.
Definition core.c:266
#define pw_core_add_listener(c,...)
Definition core.h:364
Definition core.h:128
#define PW_TYPE_INTERFACE_Device
Definition device.h:31
Definition device.h:37
struct spa_device * pw_impl_device_get_implementation(struct pw_impl_device *device)
Get the device implementation.
Definition impl-device.c:879
void * pw_impl_factory_create_object(struct pw_impl_factory *factory, struct pw_resource *resource, const char *type, uint32_t version, struct pw_properties *properties, uint32_t new_id)
Definition impl-factory.c:247
struct pw_impl_factory * pw_context_find_factory(struct pw_context *context, const char *name)
Find a factory by name.
Definition impl-factory.c:273
struct pw_impl_module * pw_context_load_module(struct pw_context *context, const char *name, const char *args, struct pw_properties *properties)
Load a module.
Definition impl-module.c:138
#define pw_log_error(...)
Definition log.h:131
#define pw_loop_add_signal(l,...)
Definition loop.h:63
int pw_main_loop_quit(struct pw_main_loop *loop)
Quit a main loop.
Definition main-loop.c:106
void pw_main_loop_destroy(struct pw_main_loop *loop)
Destroy a loop.
Definition main-loop.c:71
int pw_main_loop_run(struct pw_main_loop *loop)
Run a main loop.
Definition main-loop.c:120
struct pw_main_loop * pw_main_loop_new(const struct spa_dict *props)
Create a new main loop.
Definition main-loop.c:61
struct pw_loop * pw_main_loop_get_loop(struct pw_main_loop *loop)
Get the loop implementation.
Definition main-loop.c:94
void pw_init(int *argc, char **argv[])
Initialize PipeWire.
Definition pipewire.c:556
struct pw_properties * pw_properties_new(const char *key,...)
Make a new properties object.
Definition properties.c:85
Definition device.h:36
the name of a factory
Definition plugin.h:202
the name of a library.
Definition plugin.h:211
#define spa_strerror(err)
Definition result.h:49
Definition defs.h:232
Core events.
Definition core.h:126
Definition loop.h:31
A main loop object.
Definition properties.h:33
A hook, contains the structure with functions and the data passed to the functions.
Definition hook.h:350