Zigbee: Template

This Zigbee sample is a minimal implementation of the Zigbee Router role.

You can use this sample as the starting point for developing your own Zigbee device.


The sample supports the following development kits:

Hardware platforms


Board name

Build target

nRF52840 DK




nRF52833 DK




nRF5340 DK




nRF21540 DK




You can use one or more of the development kits listed above and mix different development kits.

For this sample to work, the following samples also need to be programmed:


The Zigbee template sample takes the Zigbee Router role and implements two clusters (Basic and Identify) that used to be required by the Zigbee Home Automation profile. The Basic cluster provides attributes and commands for determining basic information about the node. The Identify cluster allows to put the device into the identification mode, which provides a way to locate the device.

User interface

LED 3:

Turns on when the device joins the network.

LED 4:

Blinks to indicate that the identification mode is on.

Button 4:

Toggles the identification mode on the device.

Building and running

Make sure to configure the Zigbee stack before building and testing this sample. See Configuring Zigbee in nRF Connect SDK for more information.

This sample can be found under samples/zigbee/template in the nRF Connect SDK folder structure.

See Building and programming an application for information about how to build and program the application.


After programming the sample to your development kit, test it by performing the following steps:

  1. Turn on the development kit that runs the network coordinator sample. When LED 3 turns on, this development kit has become the Coordinator of the Zigbee network and the network is established.

  2. Turn on the development kit that runs the template sample. When LED 3 turns on, the light bulb has become a Router inside the network.


    If LED 3 does not turn on, press Button 1 on the Coordinator to reopen the network.

The device running the template sample is now part of the Zigbee network as a Router. As a result, the network range is extended by the template application radio range.


This sample uses the following nRF Connect SDK libraries:

This sample uses the following sdk-nrfxlib libraries:

In addition, it uses the following Zephyr libraries:

  • include/zephyr.h

  • include/device.h

  • Logging