Data Access Title: Data Access Description:

The original OPC Specification and its evolution from versions 1, 2.x, and 3.0, covering:


  • The concepts of OPC Client/Server technology and data definition
  • General activities which include defining an address space and browsing it, reading, writing, and subscribing for data update notifications
  • Detailed descriptions of interfaces, methods, parameters, and expected behaviors
  • Detailed descriptions of data types and structures
  • Sample code (OPC Server) containing interface definitions and error codes



License: OPC Specifications Agreement of Use


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VersionStatusDescriptionDate Posted
1.10ReleaseOPC Common Specifications2002-12-13 Icon
3.00ReleaseErrata Icon
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VersionStatusDescriptionDate Posted
1.00ReleaseOPC Common Specifications1998-10-27 Icon