3.5.12. Fast DDS-Gen for data types source code generation

eProsima Fast DDS comes with a built-in source code generation tool, Fast DDS-Gen, which eases the process of translating an IDL specification of a data type to a functional implementation. Thus, this tool automatically generates the source code of a data type defined using IDL. A basic use of the tool is described below. To learn about all the features that Fast DDS offers, please refer to Fast DDS-Gen section. Basic usage

Fast DDS can be executed by calling fastddsgen on Linux or fastddsgen.bat on Windows. The IDL file containing the data type definition is given with the <IDLfile> argument.


fastddsgen [<options>] <IDLfile> [<IDLfile> ...]


fastddsgen.bat [<options>] <IDLfile> [<IDLfile> ...]

Among the available arguments defined in Usage, the main Fast DDS-Gen options for data type source code generation are the following:

  • -replace: It replaces existing files in case the data type files have been previously generated.

  • -help: It lists the currently supported platforms and Visual Studio versions.

  • -typeobject: It builds additional files for TypeObject generation and management (see TypeObject).

  • -example: It generates a basic example of a DDS application and the files to build it for the given platform. Thus, Fast DDS-Gen tool can generate a sample application using the provided data type, together with a Makefile, to compile it on Linux distributions, and a Visual Studio project for Windows. To see an example of this please refer to tutorial Building a publish/subscribe application. Output files

Fast DDS-Gen outputs several files. Assuming the IDL file had the name “Mytype”, and none of the above options have been defined, these files are:

  • MyType.cxx/.h: Type definition.

  • MyTypePubSubType.cxx/.h: Serialization and deserialization source code for the data type. It also defines the getKey() member function of the MyTypePubSubType class in case the topic implements keys (see Data types with a key).

If the -typeobject argument was used, MyType.cxx is modified to register the TypeObject representation in the TypeObjectFactory, and these files will also be generated:

  • MyTypeTypeObject.cxx/.h: TypeObject representation for MyType IDL.