Building the Unify Matter Bridge#

This build guide cross-compiles for arm64 architecture to be run on Unify's reference platform, a Raspberry Pi 4 (RPi4) with the 64-bit version of Debian Bullseye.

Note: In the following subsections the commands should either be run on your local development machine or inside a running Docker container, as distinguished by the structure of the example.

  • some-command should be executed on your local machine.

    • dev-machine:~$ some-command

  • some-other-command should be executed inside the Docker container.

    • root@docker:/<dir>$ some-other-command

Check Out Submodules#

🔴 Assuming you have cloned the matter repo in ~/matter:

Check out the necessary submodules with the following command.

dev-machine:~/matter$ ./scripts/ --platform linux

Clone and Stage the Unify SDK Repository#

🔴 Assuming you have cloned the matter repo in ~/matter:

dev-machine:~/matter$ git clone --depth 1 --recursive ../uic-matter

Build the Docker Container (arm64 compilation)#

dev-machine:~/matter$ docker build -t unify-matter silabs_examples/unify-matter-bridge/docker/

Run the Docker Container (arm64 compilation)#

🔴 Make sure the directory structure is like follows where Unify repo uic-matter/ and matter repo matter/ are at same directory level.

├── matter
└── uic-matter

Start the docker from matter/ directory where you cloned the matter repo: Here we asuume matter/ is in ~

dev-machine:~$ cd matter/
dev-machine:~/matter$ docker run -it -v $PWD:/matter -v $PWD/../uic-matter:/uic unify-matter

Build libunify#

The Unify Matter Bridge depends on the libunify library from the Unify project.

This library must first be compiled for the target system, by changing directory to the /uic directory and running the following:

root@docker:/uic$ cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=$PWD/stage -GNinja -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=../cmake/arm64_debian.cmake  -B build_unify_arm64/ -S components -DBUILD_TESTING=OFF
root@docker:/uic$ cmake --build build_unify_arm64
root@docker:/uic$ cmake --install build_unify_arm64 --prefix $PWD/stage

After cross-compiling the Unify library, set two paths in the PKG_CONFIG_PATH. The first path is for the staged Unify library and the second is for cross compiling to arm64.

root@docker:/uic$ export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=$PKG_CONFIG_PATH:$PWD/stage/share/pkgconfig
root@docker:/uic$ export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=$PKG_CONFIG_PATH:/usr/lib/aarch64-linux-gnu/pkgconfig

If you want to be able to use Zap to generate code from Unify XML files you need to export UCL_XML_PATH as well.

root@docker:/uic$ export UCL_XML_PATH=$PWD/stage/share/uic/ucl

Run Activate in Matter#

Once you have all the necessary submodules, source the Matter environment with the following command. This loads a number of build tools and makes sure the correct toolchains and compilers are used for compiling the Unify Matter Bridge.

Make sure you are in matter/ directory

root@docker:/matter$ source ./scripts/

Compile the Unify Bridge#

root@docker:/matter$ cd silabs_examples/unify-matter-bridge/linux/

root@docker:/matter/silabs_examples/unify-matter-bridge/linux$ gn gen out/arm64 --args='target_cpu="arm64"'

root@docker:/matter/silabs_examples/unify-matter-bridge/linux$ ninja -C out/arm64

🔴 After building, the unify-matter-bridge binary is located at /matter/silabs_examples/unify-matter-bridge/linux/out/arm64/obj/bin/unify-matter-bridge.

Compile the chip-tool#

The chip-tool is a CLI tool that can be used to commission the bridge and to control end devices.

root@docker:/matter$ cd examples/chip-tool

root@docker:/matter/examples/chip-tool$ gn gen out/arm64 --args='target_cpu="arm64"'

root@docker:/matter/examples/chip-tool$ ninja -C out/arm64

🔴 After building, the chip-tool binary is located at /matter/examples/chip-tool/out/arm64/obj/bin/chip-tool.

Unit Testing#

Unit testing is always a good idea for quality software. Documentation on writing unit tests for the Matter Unify Bridge is in the in the linux/src/tests folder.


  1. If you do not source the matter/scripts/ as described above, gn and other common build tools will not be found.

  2. If you do not export the pkgconfig for the aarch64-linux-gnu toolchain as described above in Build libunify, you will get errors such as G_STATIC_ASSERT(sizeof (unsigned long long) == sizeof (guint64));.

  3. If you are compiling unit tests, do not try to compile the Unify Matter Bridge at the same time. This will not work as when compiling unit tests you are also compiling unit tests for all other subcomponents.

  4. If you encounter errors linking to libunify, try redoing the libunify compile steps.

  5. Encountering problems with the submodules can be due to trying to check out the submodules inside the docker container.

  6. If the Unify Matter Bridge gets stuck while booting. Try to pass --args="chip_config_network_layer_ble=false" to gn gen command while building.