Firmware Upgrades with Matter applications#

The Over The Air (OTA) Software Update functionality provides firmware upgrades within the matter environment.

Hardware Requirements#

Software Requirements#

Setting up OTA Environment#

  • To run OTA on Matter over Wi-Fi, Need to build two different application below:

    • OTA-A is a normal application with default or older software version. It acts as ota-requestor where it needs to update latest software version.

    • OTA-B is a normal application with updated software version.

    • Chip-tool is a controller for sending commands to ota-requestor to update the software version and receving commands from device.

    • OTA-Provider is the server who has the latest software version and from which ota-requestor will download the updated software.

Setting up Chip-tool Controller#

If you have not downloaded or cloned this repository, you can run the following commands on a Linux terminal running on either Linux machine, WSL or Virtual Machine to clone the repository and run bootstrap to prepare to build the sample application images.

  1. To download the SiliconLabs Matter codebase run the following commands.

     $ git clone
  2. Bootstrapping:

    $ cd matter
    $ ./scripts/ --shallow --recursive --platform efr32
    $ . scripts/
    # Create a directory where binaries will be updated/compiled called `out`
    $ mkdir out

In order to control the Wi-Fi Matter Accessory Device you will have to compile and run the chip-tool on either a Linux, Mac or Raspberry Pi. The chip-tool builds faster on the Mac and Linux machines so that is recommended, but if you have access to a Raspberry Pi that will work as well.

  1. Build the chip-tool

    $ ./scripts/examples/ examples/chip-tool out/standalone

This will build chip-tool in out/standalone.

Setting up OTA-Provider#

  • To Build OTA-Provider app in Linux Platform, Run below command in matter repository.

    scripts/examples/ examples/ota-provider-app/linux out/debug chip_config_network_layer_ble=false

Building OTA Images Using Simplicity Studio#

Executing OTA Scenario#

Generating the OTA image#

  1. Locate Simplicity Commander Path via Command Prompt Terminal.

  2. Create a bootable image file by running below command in commander terminal(using the Lighting application image as an example):

    commander gbl create chip-efr32-lighting-example.gbl --compress lzma --app chip-efr32-lighting-example.s37

Note:- Using LZMA compression when building the .gbl file ( passing --compress lzma parameter to the commander gbl create command) further reduces the downloaded image size.

  1. Create the Matter OTA file by running below command in ${WORKSPCAE_DIR}/matter path:

    ./src/app/ create -v 0xFFF1 -p 0x8005 -vn 2 -vs "2.0" -da sha256 chip-efr32-lighting-example.gbl chip-efr32-lighting-example.ota

Note: Modify -vn to CHIP_DEVICE_CONFIG_DEVICE_SOFTWARE_VERSION and -vs to CHIP_DEVICE_CONFIG_DEVICE_SOFTWARE_VERSION as per OTA-B applicaiton Building Step 10 in Build OTA Images

Running OTA Provider#

  • Locate ota-provider terminal start the Provider app passing to it the path to the Matter OTA file created in the previous step:

    rm -r /tmp/chip_*
    ./out/debug/chip-ota-provider-app -f chip-efr32-lighting-example.ota

Setting up OTA-Requestor#

  • Before running ota-requestor app flash the bootloader binary images for Silicon Labs Devices. Flash Bootloader Images

  • Bootloader binaries will be flashed using Simplicity Commander only. It will support EFR32 NCP Boards only.

  • Silicon Labs Devices will supports below Bootloader variants for EFR32 Boards.

    • Internal Storage Bootloader

    • External Storage Bootloader

  • To Flash the Bootloader Binary along with the application for Silicon Labs Device, refer Flashing Binaries

Running OTA-Requestor#

  1. In a separate terminal, locate the chip-tool and ota-requestor and run the chip-tool commands to provision the Provider:

    ./out/chip-tool pairing onnetwork 1 20202021
    ./out/chip-tool accesscontrol write acl '[{"fabricIndex": 1, "privilege": 5, "authMode": 2, "subjects": [112233], "targets": null}, {"fabricIndex": 1, "privilege": 3, "authMode": 2, "subjects": null, "targets": null}]' 1 0
  1. If the application device had been previously commissioned hold Button 0 for six seconds to factory-reset the device.

  2. In the chip-tool terminal, commission the Device by passing below command:

    ./out/chip-tool pairing ble-wifi "node_id" "SSID" "PSK" 20202021 3840

where SSID and PSK are AP username and password.

  1. Once the commissioning process completes in the same terminal, run below requestor command to start downloading the image:

    ./out/chip-tool otasoftwareupdaterequestor announce-ota-provider 1 0 0 0 2 0
  • The application device will connect to the Provider and start the image download. Once the image is downloaded the device will reboot into the downloaded image.