Installation Prerequisites

This part is only useful if you plan to install the package from source.

If you aren’t planning to build it from source, add the redpesk@ repository to your package manager. To set up your build host please follow this section.

From source

We advise you to use the local builder for from source installation. The local builder comes with everything setup to build redpesk@ projects. Some of the dependencies below will still be needed, like lua for example.

Here is the local builder documentation.

Else install the building tools

  • git
  • cmake
  • make
  • G++, Clang++ or any C++11 compliant compiler

Then the following dependencies:

  • json-c
  • libsystemd >= 222
  • afb-binding
  • afb-libhelpers
  • afb-libcontroller
  • lua >= 5.3


dnf install git cmake make gcc-c++ afb-cmake-modules afb-binding-devel json-c-devel lua-devel afb-libhelpers-devel afb-libcontroller-devel


apt install git cmake make g++ afb-cmake-modules libsystemd-dev afb-binding-dev libjson-c-dev liblua5.3-dev afb-libhelpers-dev afb-libcontroller-dev

Getting started

Easy installation

If you are on redpesk@ or if you have installed the required repositories simply install “canbus-binding” with you package manager.

Example for redpesk@ distro, Fedora or Opensuse:

dnf install canbus-binding

For Ubuntu:

sudo apt install canbus-binding-bin

Compile and install the binding

git clone
cd canbus-binding
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..
make -j
sudo make install

J1939 installation

Minimum kernel version : 4.19

Compilation of kernel j1939

Clone linux-can-next repository on
git clone
Checkout on j1939 branch
git checkout j1939
Add the compilation of the j1939
make menuconfig
	- Networking Support
		- Can bus subsystem support
			- <M> SAE J1939
			- [*] 	debug SAE J1939
make modules_install
make install
Update grub
CentOS/RHEL/Oracle/Scientific and Fedora Linux
grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg
grubby --set-default /boot/vmlinuz-...
Debian/Ubuntu Linux
Check if the installation is correct
modprobe can-j1939

If no errors are generated you have successfully installed a kernel with j1939 module.

You can have a problem with header file, to check that go in the file /usr/include/linux/can.h

vi /usr/include/linux/can.h

If in the struct sockaddr_can you don’t see j1939, the headers are not upgraded.

So you need to do this manually, go to your linux-can-next repository and do the following command:

cp include/uapi/linux/can.h /usr/include/linux/can.h
cp include/uapi/linux/can/j1939.h /usr/include/linux/can/

ISOTP installation

Compilation and installation of module kernel isotp

Clone repository Linux Kernel Module for ISO 15765-2:2016 CAN transport protocol
git clone
Move into the new repository
cd can-isotp
Install packages to build
sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)
sudo make modules_install
Load module
modprobe can
modprobe vcan
sudo insmod ./net/can/can-isotp.ko

Include headers files

sudo cp include/uapi/linux/can/isotp.h /usr/include/linux/can/