nRFConnect – a cross-platform tool that enables testing and development with Bluetooth

nRF Connect for desktop

Cross platform Bluetooth low energy development software


nRF Connect is a cross-platform tool that enables testing and development with Bluetooth® low energy (previously called Bluetooth Smart). It allows easy setup of connections with other devices and use these connections for reading and writing to the external nodes. It is supported on Windows, Ubuntu Linux and OSX, separate downloads for each platform.
nRF Connect is designed to be used in conjunction with the nRF51 DK, the nRF51 Dongle or the nRF52 DK running a specific connectivity application. nRF Connect will automatically detect which kit is connected and upload the needed FW if not programmed into the kit already.
Getting started guide can be found on infocenter.
nRF Connect for mobile is available for iOS and Android.


  • Easy-to-use cross platform application for Bluetooth low energy connectivity testing
  • Supports auto detection of connected Nordic kit and automatic FW uploading
  • Supports LE Security introduced in Bluetooth 4.2
  • Up to 8 concurrent Bluetooth low energy connections
    • Max 8 concurrent central connections
    • Max 1 peripheral connection
  • Scans for Bluetooth low energy devices
  • Parses advertisement data
  • Shows RSSI graph
  • Connects to any connectable Bluetooth low energy device
  • Discovers and parses services and characteristics
  • Allows read/write of characteristics
  • Allows enable/disable of notifications and indications
  • Parses values of known text based characteristics
  • GATT server configuration
  • Advertising
  • Simultaneous scanning, advertising and maintaining multiple connections


  • Windows, Ubuntu Linux, OSX application installers


Product Brief Description
nRF51822 Bluetooth low energy and 2.4GHz proprietary multiprotocol Soc
nRF51422 ANT and ANT/Bluetooth low energy multiprotocol SoC
nRF52832 Multiprotocol Bluetooth low energy/ANT/2.4GHz SoC
nRF51 DK Bluetooth low energy/ANT/2.4GHz Development kit
nRF51 Dongle Bluetooth low energy/ANT/2.4GHz Development dongle
nRF52 DK Development kit for nRF52832 SoC

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