Advanced Matter Kconfig options

After enabling the Matter protocol and testing some of the samples, you can enable additional options in Kconfig and start developing your own Matter application.

Defining path to project-specific Matter settings

You can use the CONFIG_CHIP_PROJECT_CONFIG Kconfig option to define the path to the configuration file that contains project-specific Matter settings in the form of C preprocessor macros. These macros cannot be altered using dedicated Kconfig options.

Bluetooth LE advertising

The Matter specification requires the accessory device to advertise Matter service over Bluetooth® Low Energy (LE) for commissioning purposes. By default, the Bluetooth LE advertising start has to be requested by the application (for example, as a result of a button press) and lasts for a maximum duration of 15 minutes. This is appropriate for a device with high security requirements that should not advertise its service without a direct trigger, for example a door lock.

You can configure when the device will start advertising and how long it will advertise with the following Kconfig options:

  • Set CONFIG_CHIP_ENABLE_PAIRING_AUTOSTART to y to open the commissioning window and start the Bluetooth LE advertising automatically at application boot, if the device is not already commissioned.

  • Set CONFIG_CHIP_BLE_EXT_ADVERTISING to y to enable Extended Announcement (also called Extended Beaconing), which allows a device to advertise for a duration of more than 15 minutes. The advertising duration can be extended to a maximum duration of 48 hours, however the set of advertised data is changed to increase the user privacy.

  • Set CONFIG_CHIP_BLE_ADVERTISING_DURATION to a value of time in minutes to specify how long the device will advertise Matter service over Bluetooth LE. It can not be set to values higher than 15 minutes unless the Extended Announcement feature is enabled.

Commissioning with NFC

You can configure the Matter protocol to use NFC tag for commissioning, instead of the default QR code.

To enable NFC for commissioning and share the onboarding payload in an NFC tag, set the CONFIG_CHIP_NFC_COMMISSIONING Kconfig option.

Persistent subscriptions

You can configure the Matter protocol to keep Matter subscriptions on the publisher node. This allows the device to save information about subscriptions and use it to re-establish the subscriptions immediately when coming back online after being offline for a longer time, for example due to a power outage. This is a much faster way than waiting for the subscriber node to notice that the publisher node is again available in the network.

To enable persistent subscriptions, set the CONFIG_CHIP_PERSISTENT_SUBSCRIPTIONS Kconfig option.

Logging configuration

Logging is handled with the CONFIG_LOG option. This option enables logging for both the stack and Zephyr’s Logging API.

Zephyr allows you to configure log levels of different software modules independently. To change the log level configuration for the Matter module, set one of the available options:


CONFIG_MATTER_LOG_LEVEL_WRN is not used in Matter.

Matter shell commands

You can enable the Matter shell library using the CONFIG_CHIP_LIB_SHELL Kconfig option. This option lets you use the Matter shell commands with Matter samples.

See Using CLI in nRF Connect examples in the Matter documentation for the list of available Matter shell commands.

Matter Settings shell commands

You can enable the Matter Settings shell commands to monitor the current usage of the Zephyr Settings NVS. These commands are useful for verifying that the settings partition has the proper size and meets the application requirements.

To enable the Matter Settings shell module, set the CONFIG_NCS_SAMPLE_MATTER_SETTINGS_SHELL Kconfig option to y.

You can use the following shell commands:

  • matter_settings peak - Read the maximum settings usage peak.

  • matter_settings reset - Reset the peak value.

  • matter_settings get_size <name> - Get the size of the specific entry.

  • matter_settings current - Get the size of the current settings usage.

  • matter_settings free - Get the size of the current free settings space.


The Matter Settings shell module is available only for the NVS Zephyr Settings backend.

Matter device identification

Matter has many ways to identify a specific device, both mandatory and optional. These can be used for various purposes, such as dividing devices into groups (by function, by vendor or by location), device commissioning or vendor-specific cases before the device was commissioned (for example, identifying factory software version or related features).

Some of these can be configured using the Kconfig options listed below:

  • CONFIG_CHIP_DEVICE_VENDOR_ID sets the device manufacturer identifier that is assigned by the Connectivity Standards Alliance.

  • CONFIG_CHIP_DEVICE_PRODUCT_ID sets the product identifier that is assigned by the product manufacturer.

  • CONFIG_CHIP_DEVICE_TYPE sets the type of the device using the Matter Device Type Identifier, for example Door Lock (0x000A) or Dimmable Light Bulb (0x0101).

  • CONFIG_CHIP_COMMISSIONABLE_DEVICE_TYPE enables including an optional device type subtype in the commissionable node discovery record. This allows filtering of the discovery results to find the nodes that match the device type.

  • CONFIG_CHIP_ROTATING_DEVICE_ID enables an optional rotating device identifier feature that provides an additional unique identifier for each device. This identifier is similar to the serial number, but it additionally changes at predefined times to protect against long-term tracking of the device.

Amazon Frustration-Free Setup support

Frustration-Free Setup (FFS) is Amazon’s proprietary technology that uses the user’s Amazon account and Alexa services to register an IoT device and provision it to a mesh network. It does not replace the default commissioning process, but uses the cloud-based Amazon Device Setup Service to provide commissioning information to the Matter network commissioner, instead of involving the user to provide it. FFS supports a variety of different network protocols, including Matter. For more information about how FFS works, see the Understanding Frustration-Free Setup page in the Amazon developer documentation.

The support for FFS over Matter in the nRF Connect SDK allows Matter devices to be automatically commissioned to the Matter network using the Matter-enabled Amazon Echo device. To enable the FFS support, set the following configuration options to meet the Amazon FFS setup prerequisites:

Every Matter device must use a unique device identifier for rotating device identifier calculation purpose. By default, the identifier is set to a random value and stored in the factory data partition. You can choose your own unique identifier value instead by setting the CONFIG_CHIP_DEVICE_GENERATE_ROTATING_DEVICE_UID Kconfig option to n and using the CONFIG_CHIP_DEVICE_ROTATING_DEVICE_UID Kconfig option. When using your own identifier, the value can be stored in either firmware or factory data. For more information about the factory data generation, see the Matter Device Factory Provisioning page.

To read more about the FFS technology and its compatibility with Matter, see the following pages in the Amazon developer documentation:

Reaction to the last Matter fabric removal

When a Matter device is commissioned by the Matter controller, it then belongs to a specific Matter fabric. To ensure the interoperability of multiple applications and ecosystems, the device can join the Matter fabrics created by multiple ecosystems using the multi-fabric feature. As a result, the device can belong to multiple fabrics and can be managed by multiple Matter controllers.

To remove the device from a fabric, a Matter controller sends the leave request to it and then removes all information collected from the device. The device receives the leave request and removes all information about the fabric it is leaving.

When the device leaves the last fabric, one of several reactions can be set to happen.

To enable one of the reactions to the last fabric removal, set the corresponding Kconfig option to y:

  • CONFIG_CHIP_LAST_FABRIC_REMOVED_NONE - Do not react to the last fabric removal. The device will keep all saved data and network credentials, and will not reboot.

  • CONFIG_CHIP_LAST_FABRIC_REMOVED_ERASE_ONLY - Remove all saved network credentials. The device will remove all saved network credentials, keep application-specific non-volatile data, and will not reboot.

  • CONFIG_CHIP_LAST_FABRIC_REMOVED_ERASE_AND_PAIRING_START - Remove all saved network credentials and start Bluetooth LE advertising. The device will remove all saved network credentials, keep application-specific non-volatile data, and start advertising Bluetooth LE Matter service. After that, it will be ready for commissioning to Matter over Bluetooth LE.

  • CONFIG_CHIP_LAST_FABRIC_REMOVED_ERASE_AND_REBOOT - Remove all saved network credentials and reboot the device. This option is selected by default.

    When the CONFIG_CHIP_FACTORY_RESET_ERASE_NVS Kconfig option is also set to y, the device will also remove all non-volatile data stored on the device, including application-specific entries. This means the device is restored to the factory settings.

To create a delay between the chosen reaction and the last fabric being removed, set the CONFIG_CHIP_LAST_FABRIC_REMOVED_ACTION_DELAY Kconfig option to a specific time in milliseconds. By default this Kconfig option is set to 1 second.


The CONFIG_CHIP_FACTORY_RESET_ERASE_NVS Kconfig option is set to y by default. To disable removing application-specific non-volatile data when the CONFIG_CHIP_LAST_FABRIC_REMOVED_ERASE_AND_REBOOT Kconfig option is selected, set the CONFIG_CHIP_FACTORY_RESET_ERASE_NVS Kconfig option to n.

Read Client functionality

The Read Client functionality is used for reading attributes from another device in the Matter network. This functionality is disabled by default for Matter samples in the nRF Connect SDK, except for ones that need to read attributes from the bound devices, such as the Matter: Light switch and Matter: Thermostat samples, and the Matter bridge application. Enable the feature if your device needs to be able to access attributes from a different device within the Matter network using, for example, bindings.

Persistent storage

The persistent storage module allows for the application data and configuration to survive a device reboot. nRF Connect SDK Matter applications use one generic Persistent Storage API that can be enabled by the CONFIG_NCS_SAMPLE_MATTER_PERSISTENT_STORAGE Kconfig option. This API consists of methods with Secure and NonSecure prefixes, which handle secure (ARM Platform Security Architecture Persistent Storage) and non-secure (raw Zephyr settings) storage operations, respectively.

You can learn more details about the Persistent Storage API from the ncs/nrf/samples/matter/common/src/persistent_storage/persistent_storage.h header file.

The interface is implemented by two available backends. Both can be used simultaneously by controlling the following Kconfig options:

  • CONFIG_NCS_SAMPLE_MATTER_SETTINGS_STORAGE_BACKEND - Activates the implementation that takes advantage of the raw Zephyr settings. This backend implements NonSecure methods of the Persistent Storage API and returns PSErrorCode::NotSupported for Secure methods.

  • CONFIG_NCS_SAMPLE_MATTER_SECURE_STORAGE_BACKEND - Activates the module based on the ARM PSA Protected Storage API implementation from the Trusted storage nRF Connect SDK library. This backend implements Secure methods of the Persistent Storage API and returns PSErrorCode::NotSupported for NonSecure methods.

Both backends allow you to control the maximum length of a string-type key under which an asset can be stored. You can do this using the CONFIG_NCS_SAMPLE_MATTER_STORAGE_MAX_KEY_LEN Kconfig option.

If both backends are activated at the same time (CONFIG_NCS_SAMPLE_MATTER_SETTINGS_STORAGE_BACKEND and CONFIG_NCS_SAMPLE_MATTER_SECURE_STORAGE_BACKEND enabled) all methods of the generic interface are supported.

Similarly to the non-secure backend, the secure backend leverages the Zephyr Settings to interface with the FLASH memory.

Additionally, in case of the secure storage backend, the following Kconfig options control the storage limits:

  • CONFIG_NCS_SAMPLE_MATTER_SECURE_STORAGE_MAX_ENTRY_NUMBER - Defines the maximum number or assets that can be stored in the secure storage.

  • CONFIG_TRUSTED_STORAGE_BACKEND_AEAD_MAX_DATA_SIZE - Defines the maximum length of the secret that is stored.