What is this?

A collection of CAN related tools developed at Czech Technical University in Prague. The development of these components started in frame of IST-2001 35102 OCERA European project. The components has been used all over the world in different academic and production environments and they are maintained mainly by members of Real-Time Systems group at DCE department of FEE faculty of CTU university. There is list of CAN related works - projects, CAN benchmarking and diploma thesis at Rtime CAN guidepost page.

The access to CAN bus requires supported hardware interface. The project provides CAN device driver for Linux and other embedded environments to gain access to the network. The driver is named LinCAN.

The common interface to access different CAN interfaces and library to build higher level layers is implemented in Virtual/Versatile CAN API library - libVCA.

Two GUI / Front End Tools for CAN bus monitoring and interaction are part of the project. The first is Java based CANmonitor with CAN/CANopen monitoring and device access capabilities. The other is Qt based CAN Bus Analyzer qCANanlyzer.

OrtCAN Build Instruction for Actual GIT Repository Sources

To obtain and build sources of the latest development version of former OCERA CAN components use

git clone git://git.code.sf.net/p/ortcan/ortcan-top
cd ortcan-top/
git submodule update --init
make default-config

The configuration options for the build can be specified in "config.omk" file. For x86_64 build line bellow has to be added into "config.omk" before final make command


to build loadable modules (shared libraries/DLLs) corectly. For possible build options of included submodules read build instructions for respective component - libVCA, LinCAN ... The options can and should be combined in "config.omk" file in toplevel directory.

The comprehensive documentation of the used build system (OCERA Make system) can be found on the homepage of OMK project.


  • 2012-06-24: The LinCAN GIT branch can-usb1 has been updated and contains Linux driver side and firmware for usbcan LPC1768 based converter (porting done by Jiri Vanek).

  • 2012-06-21: Java CANmonitor supports type conversion for OD access (enhancement by Petr Kubasta)

  • 2012-05-16: CANopen OD access for QCANalyzer contributed by Ivan Fridrich

  • 2010-09-06: New ikiwiki-based website.