Downloading SDP files from an xNode

Updated by Bryan Jones


This document covers the steps required to download an SDP (Session Description Protocol) file from your xNode sources. This includes;

  • Analog xNode
  • AES3 xNode
  • Microphone xNode
  • Mixed Signal xNode
GPIO xNode has no audio so no SDP files are available from that device.


Many AES67 devices benefit from (or may even require) an SDP file that describes the audio format being received.

Here is some example text from an xNode SDP file;

o=- 1 1 IN IP4
s=AV Mix
c=IN IP4
t=0 0
m=audio 5004 RTP/AVP 96
a=rtpmap:96 L24/48000/2

Full SDP definitions are published by the IETF. As of this writing, the most recent specification was revised in 2021 as RFC 8866. For some light reading, you can see the full text of RFC 8866 here.

Downloading an SDP file

  1. Using a Web Browser, log in to the main web page of your xNode.
  2. Click on the Sources link from the left side menu.

Each Source on the xNode has its own SDP file.

  1. Click on the Download stream description (SDP) link for the Source

  1. Follow the prompts to save the SDP file to a location on your computer.

Reading the contents of the SDP file

SDP files are plain text files that can be opened (and edited) with any text editor. Here we show the downloaded file open in VSCode but any Text editor can be used.

Sublime Text and VS Code (not sponsors) are good, cross-platform, text editors if you need to create or modify these SDP files.

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