5 open source tools for developing IoT applications

Utilizing these open source platforms you’ll find yourself tackling challenges and developing successful IoT applications in no time.

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The internet of things is growing at a staggeringly fast pace, and is quickly coming to revolutionize virtually every aspect of modern life. Aspiring developers hoping to hop on board and profit off the growing phenomenon are constantly looking for the right tools to use. So what are the open source tools best suited for working with the IoT, and where can developers find them?

A plethora of open source tools lay at the disposal of any would-be developer eager and wise enough to use them. By utilizing these five, you’ll find yourself tackling challenges and developing successful applications in no time.


An Arduino development kit stands out from the rest of the crowd by offering both software and hardware to would-be developers. The cloud-based system allows developers to easily send messages from one board to another, and includes its own Arduino programming language.

Arduino is well suited to anyone seeking to make an interactive application well-suited to the IoT economy. The software and hardware is designed for customers who don’t necessarily have a background in programming, and is thus a great option for beginners who want to break into the marketplace.

Home Assistant

Perfect for an aspirant with high-hopes to exploit the rising smart home market, Home Assistant is suited for developers looking to increase connectivity between people’s living spaces and the internet. Tailor-made for the internet of things, this platform, which runs on Python, is great for tracking and interacting with sensors and smart devices in your home.

While using Home Assistant is incredibly easy on a laptop or desktop, the tool lacks a cloud component, meaning it’s not the best for those looking for a constant internet connection. Nonetheless, this means Home Assistant is particularly useful during internet outages, and can be relied upon to keep your data secure at all times.


A fascinating, server-based platform, Zetta is perfect for taking devices from numerous brands and turning them into API. Built on Node.js and explicitly marketed toward pioneers of the internet of things, Zetta heavily relies on the cloud so that is can be run from virtually anywhere.

Often used in tandem with Arduino, Zetta expertly welds together the best parts of reactive programming and WebSockets, making it perfect for data-intensive IoT endeavors.

Device Hive

One of the most popular platforms for developing IoT applications, the AllJoyn-based Device Hive functions as a machine-to-machine communications framework that enables its users to “create, connect, and visualize” their applications easily. Device Hive has huge potential when used to tap into the budding automation market and, like Home Assistant, is regularly relied upon for the development of smart homes.

A cloud-based tool, Device Hive offers remote control over its operations while remaining relatively easy to use. Developers enjoy access to DataArt’s extensive user network, meaning they can find assistance easily when stumped. With a rich IoT gateway framework, Device Hive is perfect for developers who want to take part in the market of tomorrow while still relying on open source tools.


It’s often been said one should beware old men in a profession where most die young. While ThingSpeak is one of the oldest tools on our list, it’s remained relevant for years, and is highly regarded as being one of the most effective tools for making IoT applications.

ThingSpeak is designed to exploit the market’s sensor-frenzy driven by the IoT, and is perfect for tasks like location tracking. It can be used in web design applications and is widely hailed as one of the most efficient tools for crunching huge sums of data, ThingSpeak offers beautifully made and easy-to-read visualizations, and works with many other open source tools.

As more and more companies come to embrace the IoT as the way of the future, and more consumers around the globe plug in devices and connect their homes and cars to the internet, demand for new applications is only likely to grow. By using any or all of these open source tools, ambitious developers can easily make their IoT visions a reality.

The open source community’s commitment to free-to-use software and hardware served as the foundation for the internet of thing’s impressive growth. By exploiting these great pieces of software, any developer can soon become a part their favorite industry while still realizing their dreams.

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