The D_Bus/Ada library provides an Ada binding to the D-Bus message bus used for inter-process communication on most modern Linux desktop systems.


Copyright (C) 2011-2015 Reto Buerki <>. Free use of this
software is granted under the terms of the GNAT Modified General Public License


Release version

The current release version of D_Bus/Ada is available at

Verify a Release

To verify the integrity and authenticity of the distribution tarball, import the key and type the following command:

$ gpg --verify libdbusada-{version}.tar.bz2.sig

The key fingerprint of the public key (0xBB793815) is:

Key fingerprint = A2FB FF56 83FB 67D8 017B  C50C F8C5 F8B5 BB79 3815

Development version

The current development version of D_Bus/Ada is available through its git repository:

$ git clone

A browsable version of the repository is available here:


To compile D_Bus/Ada on your system, you need to have the following software installed:


Before you install D_Bus/Ada on your system, you might want to test the library and verify that everything works as expected. D_Bus/Ada contains an unit test suite which can be run by entering the following command:

$ make tests


To install D_Bus/Ada on your system, type the following:

$ make PREFIX=/usr/local install

If no PREFIX is specified, $(HOME)/libraries is used as install destination.


D_Bus/Ada provides example code to demonstrate the usage of the D_Bus/Ada API. To build all examples type the following:

$ make examples

You can start an example application like so: obj/examples/list_names.

The following code connects to the D-Bus session bus, calls the remote org.freedesktop.DBus.ListNames method and prints all the results:

--  D_Bus/Ada - An Ada binding to D-Bus
--  Copyright (C) 2011, 2012  Reto Buerki <>
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with Ada.Text_IO;

with D_Bus.Types;
with D_Bus.Arguments.Basic;
with D_Bus.Arguments.Containers;
with D_Bus.Connection;

pragma Unreferenced (D_Bus.Arguments.Basic);
pragma Unreferenced (D_Bus.Arguments.Containers);

procedure List_Names
   use D_Bus;
   use D_Bus.Arguments.Basic;
   use type D_Bus.Types.Obj_Path;

   --  Connect to the D-Bus session bus

   Conn   : constant Connection.Connection_Type := Connection.Connect;
   Result : Arguments.Argument_List_Type;

   procedure Print (Argument : Arguments.Argument_Type'Class);
   --  Print out an argument.

   procedure Print (Argument : Arguments.Argument_Type'Class)
      Ada.Text_IO.Set_Col (To => 1);
      Ada.Text_IO.Put ("(" & Argument.Get_Code'Img & " )");
      Ada.Text_IO.Set_Col (To => 10);
      Ada.Text_IO.Put_Line (Argument.To_String);
   end Print;


   --  Request a name on the bus

     (Connection => Conn,
      Name       => "dbus.ada.caller");

   --  Call a method on a remote object

   Result := Connection.Call_Blocking
     (Connection  => Conn,
      Destination => "org.freedesktop.DBus",
      Path        => +"/",
      Iface       => "org.freedesktop.DBus",
      Method      => "ListNames");
   Ada.Text_IO.Put_Line ("Method called successfully:");

   Arguments.Iterate (List    => Result,
                      Process => Print'Access);
end List_Names;