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1 Introduction

Livox SDK is the software development kit designed for all Livox products. It is developed based on C/C++ following Livox SDK Communication Protocol, and provides easy-to-use C style API. With Livox SDK, users can quickly connect to Livox products and receive point cloud data.

Livox SDK consists of Livox SDK communication protocol, Livox SDK core, Livox SDK API, Linux sample, and ROS demo.


  • Ubuntu 14.04/Ubuntu 16.04/Ubuntu 18.04, both x86 and ARM (Nvidia TX2)
  • Windows 7/10, Visual Studio 2015 Update3/2017/2019
  • C++11 compiler

2 Livox SDK Communication Protocol

Livox SDK communication protocol opens to all users. It is the communication protocol between user programs and Livox products. The protocol consists of control commands and data format. Please refer to the Livox SDK Communication Protocol for detailed information.

3 Livox SDK Core

Livox SDK provides the implementation of control commands and point cloud data transmission, as well as the C/C++ API. The basic structure of Livox SDK core is shown as below:

Livox SDK Architecture

User Datagram Protocol (UDP) is used for communication between Livox SDK and LiDAR sensors. Please refer to the Livox SDK Communication Protocol for further information. Point cloud data handler supports point cloud data transmission, while command handler receives and sends control commands. And the C/C++ API is based on command handler and point cloud data handler.

The Livox LiDAR sensors can be connected to host directly or through the Livox Hub. Livox SDK supports both connection methods. When LiDAR units are connected to host directly, the host will establish communication with each LiDAR unit individually. And if the LiDAR units connect to host through Hub, then the host only communicates with the Livox Hub while the Hub communicates with each LiDAR unit.

4 Livox SDK API

Livox SDK API provides a set of C style functions which can be conveniently integrated in C/C++ programs. Please refer to the Livox SDK API Reference for further information.

4.1 Installation

The installation procedures in Ubuntu 18.04/16.04/14.04 LTS and Windows 7/10 are shown here as examples. For Ubuntu 18.04/16.04/14.04 32-bit LTS and Mac, you can get it in Livox-SDK wiki.

4.1.1 Ubuntu 18.04/16.04/14.04 LTS


Livox SDK requires CMake 3.0.0+ as dependencies. You can install these packages using apt:

sudo apt install cmake

Compile Livox SDK

In the Livox SDK directory, run the following commands to compile the project:

git clone
cd Livox-SDK
cd build && cmake ..
sudo make install

4.1.2 Windows 7/10


Livox SDK supports Visual Studio 2015 Update3/2017/2019 and requires install CMake 3.0.0+ as dependencies.

In the Livox SDK directory, run the following commands to create the Visual Studio solution file. Generate the 32-bit project:

cd Livox-SDK/build

For Viusal Studio 2015 Update3/2017:

cmake ..
For Viusal Studio 2019:
cmake .. -G "Visual Studio 16 2019" -A Win32
Generate the 64-bit project:
cd Livox-SDK/build 
For Viusal Studio 2015 Update3:
cmake .. -G "Visual Studio 14 2015 Win64"
For Viusal Studio 2017:
cmake .. -G "Visual Studio 15 2017 Win64"
For Viusal Studio 2019:
cmake .. -G "Visual Studio 16 2019" -A x64

Compile Livox SDK

You can now compile the Livox SDK in Visual Studio.

4.1.3 ARM-Linux Cross Compile

The procedure of cross compile Livox-SDK in ARM-Linux are shown below.


Host machine requires install cmake. You can install these packages using apt:

sudo apt install cmake

Cross Compile Toolchain

If your ARM board vendor provides a cross compile toolchain, you can skip the following step of installing the toolchain and use the vendor-supplied cross compile toolchain instead.

The following commands will install C and C++ cross compiler toolchains for 32bit and 64bit ARM board. You need to install the correct toolchain for your ARM board. For 64bit SoC ARM board, only install 64bit toolchain, and for 32bit SoC ARM board, only install 32bit toolchain.

Install ARM 32 bits cross compile toolchain

 sudo apt-get install gcc-arm-linux-gnueabi g++-arm-linux-gnueabi

Install ARM 64 bits cross compile toolchain

sudo apt-get install gcc-aarch64-linux-gnu g++-aarch64-linux-gnu

Cross Compile Livox-SDK

For ARM 32 bits toolchain,In the Livox SDK directory,run the following commands to cross compile the project:

cd Livox-SDK
cd build && \
cmake .. -DCMAKE_SYSTEM_NAME=Linux -DCMAKE_C_COMPILER=arm-linux-gnueabi-gcc -DCMAKE_CXX_COMPILER=arm-linux-gnueabi-g++

For ARM 64 bits toolchain,In the Livox SDK directory,run the following commands to cross compile the project:

cd Livox-SDK
cd build && \
cmake .. -DCMAKE_SYSTEM_NAME=Linux -DCMAKE_C_COMPILER=aarch64-linux-gnu-gcc -DCMAKE_CXX_COMPILER=aarch64-linux-gnu-g++


  • gcc cross compiler need to support C ++11 standard

4.2 Run Livox SDK Sample

Two samples are provided in Sample/Lidar and Sample/Hub, which demonstrate how to configure Livox LiDAR units and receive the point cloud data when directly connecting Livox SDK to LiDAR units or by using a Livox Hub, respectively. The sequence diagram is shown as below:

4.2.1 Ubuntu 18.04/16.04 /14.04 LTS

For Ubuntun 18.04/16.04/14.04 LTS, run the lidar_sample if connect with the LiDAR unit(s):

cd sample/lidar && ./lidar_sample
or run the hub_sample if connect with the hub unit(s):
cd sample/hub && ./hub_sample

4.2.2 Windows 7/10

After compiling the Livox SDK as shown in section 4.1.2, you can find

in the {Livox-SDK}\build\sample\hub\Debug or {Livox-SDK}\build\sample\lidar\Debug folder, respectively, which can be run directly.

Then you can see the information as below:

4.3 Connect to the specific LiDAR units

Samples we provided will connect all the broadcast device in you LAN in default.There are two ways to connect the specific units:

  • run sample with input options

  • edit the Broadcast Code list in source code


Each Livox LiDAR unit owns a unique Broadcast Code . The broadcast code consists of its serial number and an additional number (1,2, or 3). The serial number can be found on the body of the LiDAR unit (below the QR code).The Broadcast Code may be used when you want to connect to the specific LiDAR unit(s). The detailed format is shown as below:

Broadcast Code

4.3.1 Program Options

We provide the following program options for connecting the specific units and saving log file:

[-c]:Register LiDAR units by Broadcast Code. Connect the registered units ONLY. 
[-l]:Save the log file(In the executable file's directory).
[-h]:Show help.
Here is the example:
./lidar_sample_cc -c "00000000000002&00000000000003&00000000000004" -l
./hub_sample_cc -c "00000000000001" -l

4.3.2 Edit Broadcast Code List

Comment the following code section:

/** Connect all the broadcast device. */
int lidar_count = 0;
char broadcast_code_list[kMaxLidarCount][kBroadcastCodeSize];

Remove the comment of the following code section, set the BROADCASTCODELIST_SIZE and replace the broadcast code lists in the

for both LiDAR sample ({Livox-SDK}/sample/lidar/main.c) and Hub sample ({Livox-SDK}/sample/hub/main.c) with the broadcast code of your devices before building.
/** Connect the broadcast device in list, please input the broadcast code and modify the BROADCAST_CODE_LIST_SIZE. */
int lidar_count = BROADCAST_CODE_LIST_SIZE;
char broadcast_code_list[kMaxLidarCount][kBroadcastCodeSize] = {

4.4 Generate the lvx file

We provide the C++ sample to generate the lvx file for hub and LiDAR unit(s). You can use the same way in

to run them.

4.4.1 Program Options

You can alse use the program options in

to connect specific device and generate the log file, and we provide two new options for lvx file:
[-t] Time to save point cloud to the lvx file.(unit: s)
[-p] Get the extrinsic parameter from standard extrinsic.xml file(The same as viewer) in the executable file's directory.(Especially for LiDAR unit(s) as the hub will calculate the extrinsic parameter by itself)
Here is the example:
./lidar_lvx_sample -c "00000000000002&00000000000003&00000000000004" -l -t 10 -p
./hub_lvx_sample -c "00000000000001" -l -t 10

5 Support

You can get support from Livox with the following methods: * Send email to [email protected] with a clear description of your problem and your setup * Github Issues

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