nRF Connect for DesktopDesktop tool

Cross-platform development software for Bluetooth Low Energy and cIoT

nRF Connect for Desktop is a cross-platform tool that enables testing and development with Nordic’s products for Bluetooth® Low energy and cellular IoT. It allows easy setup of connections with other devices and uses these connections to read and write the external nodes.  

Separate downloads are provided for Windows, Linux and macOS.

nRF Connect is designed to be used in conjunction with the nRF51, nRF52 and nRF53 Series development kits and dongles, and nRF91 Series development kits. nRF Connect will automatically detect which kit is connected to your computer and upload the needed firmware. 



Bluetooth Low Energy

  • Easy-to-use cross platform application for Bluetooth LE 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 LE connections
  • Max 8 concurrent central connections
  • Max 1 peripheral connection
  • Scans for Bluetooth LE devices
  • Parses advertisement data
  • Shows RSSI value
  • Connects to any connectable Bluetooth LE device
  • Discovers and parses services and characteristics

Cellular IoT with LTE-M and NB-IoT

  • Easy-to-use cross platform application for connectivity testing using LTE-M and NB-IoT
  • Getting started assistant for installing the development tools and SDK for nRF9160 SiP
  • Supports auto detection of connected Nordic kit
  • LTE Link Monitor for use of AT commands with the nRF9160 SiP
  • Shows connection status with cellular network
  • Shows RSSI values
Key features
Update Engine
connected hardware
8 Concurrent
GATT server
Secure DFU
Windows 32/64

Related cellular IoT products

nRF Connect for Desktop automatically detects the following hardware

nRF9160 DK

The nRF9160 DK is an LTE-M, NB-IoT, GPS and Bluetooth LE development kit for the nRF9160 SiP.

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