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API Implementation of the ISO-TP Standard (ISO 15765-2)

ISO-TP (ISO 15765-2) is an international standard for the transfer of data packages via CAN. Above CAN (OSI layers 1 and 2), the protocol covers the OSI layers 3 (Network Layer) and 4 (Transport Layer). It can transmit data packages of up to 4095 bytes per CAN message. The data bytes are transmitted segmented with multiple CAN frames.

The PCAN-ISO-TP API implements the functionality of the standard on the basis of 10 functions. They are categorized in Allocation, Configuration, Address Mapping Configuration, Information, and Communication.

PCAN-ISO-TP uses the PCAN-Basic programming interface to access the CAN hardware in the computer. PCAN-Basic is supplied with each CAN interface of PEAK-System.

  • Implementation of the ISO-TP protocol (ISO 15765-2) for the transfer of data packages up to 4095 bytes via the CAN bus
  • Windows® DLLs for the development of 32-bit and 64-bit applications
  • Thread-safe API
  • Physical communication via CAN or CAN FD using a CAN interface of the PCAN series
  • Uses the PCAN-Basic programming interface to access the CAN hardware in the computer

System requirements

  • Windows® 10, 8.1 (32/64-bit)
  • At least 2 GB RAM and 1.5 GHz CPU
  • For the CAN bus connection: PC CAN interface from PEAK-System
  • PCAN-Basic API
  • Interface DLLs for Windows® (32/64-bit)
  • Examples and header files for all common programming languages
  • Documentation in PDF format


API for the transfer of data packages according to ISO-TP (ISO 15765-2) for Windows® 10, 8.1 (32/64-bit).


PCAN-ISO-TP API documentation



API for the development of applications with CAN and CAN FD connections for Windows® 10, 8.1 (32/64-bit).


Additional information on other pages:

PCAN-ISO-TP API version history
APIs for standardized protocols of the automotive sector
PEAK-System Forum: Section for the PCAN-ISO-TP API for questions and support