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no-std profirust

PROFIBUS-DP compatible communication stack in pure Rust

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A PROFIBUS-DP compatible communication stack written in Rust.

What's this?

profirust is a pure-Rust PROFIBUS-DP compatible communication stack. PROFIBUS is an industrial bus protocol used to communicate with field devices like remote I/O, transducers, valves, drives, etc.

If you want to learn more, I suggest reading my blog posts about profirust or my PROFIBUS Primer.

Project Status

profirust works well for the features it currently supports, however it has not proven itself in a real application yet. There are still some features missing which are needed for production use. Check the roadmap below.

At this time, profirust is developed as a spare time project. If you are interested in this project, help is gladly accepted in the following forms:

  • Code Contributions
  • Donation of PROFIBUS peripherals or other equipment for testing purposes
  • Funding of access to the needed IEC standards for improving compliance
  • Reporting any kinds of issues encountered while using profirust

Supported Hardware

profirust is designed to have as little hardware dependency as possible. All you need is a UART interface with an RS-485 transceiver. You can then write a matching implementation of ProfibusPhy. It is encouraged to submit such implementations for inclusion in profirust.

At the moment, the following implementations are available:

  • LinuxRs485Phy: Implementation for non-realtime Linux UART devices
  • Rp2040Phy: Implementation for RP2040 microcontrollers
  • Planned: Generic implementation for embedded-hal-supported microcontrollers


  • Single-master bus up to 6 Mbit/s
  • Cyclic communication with DP-V0 peripherals
  • Basic Diagnostics
  • Extended Diagnostics (DP-V0)
  • Multi-master bus
  • Bus error tracking
  • Bus discovery utilities
  • Reliable communication at 12 Mbit/s
  • Communication with DP-V1 peripherals
  • Equidistant bus cycle
  • Isochronous bus cycle

Getting Started

This is a short guide for getting communication up and running with your PROFIBUS peripheral:

  1. Find the GSD (generic station description) file for your peripheral. Usually, the manufacturer offers these for download somewhere.
  2. Run the gsdtool to set up the configuration and parameterization of your peripheral:
    cargo run -p gsdtool -- config-wizard path/to/peripheral.gsd
    The configuration wizard will walk you through all the settings you need to make. At this stage, you also need to setup the modules of your peripheral. The wizard will then give you Rust code for configuring the peripheral options to your selected values.
  3. Modify an example for your peripheral. Update the peripheral address. Then paste the PeripheralOptions block and I/O buffers that gsdtool emitted.
  4. Run the example, ideally with RUST_LOG=trace to see bus communication. Hopefully, you should now be able to establish cyclic communication with your peripheral.


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