My notes on Node-red

Update to new versions

sudo npm install -g --unsafe-perm node-red
sudo systemctl restart nodered


sudo journalctl -f -u node-red -o cat

Per generare messaggi nel log da node-red:

node.log("Something happened");
node.warn("Something happened you should know about");
node.error("Oh no, something bad happened");

Visibilità delle variabili (scope)

// initialise the counter to 0 if it doesn't exist already
var count = context.get('count')||0;
count += 1;
// store the value back
// make it part of the outgoing msg object
msg.count = count;

Scope types:

  • context Static data at node level
  • flow Static data at flow level
  • global Static data at global level


Change the node status

node.status({text:"Just text status"});
node.status({});   // to clear the status



curl -sL | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
sudo npm install -g --unsafe-perm node-red

Rasbian Stretch Lite 2018-03-13

Type at command line prompt:

bash <(curl -sL

Enable the systemd service by typing:

sudo systemctl enable nodered.service

Then start it:

sudo systemctl start nodered.service

Get the access to the NodeRED IDE:

Enabling NodeRED projects

Install git by typing:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install git

Enable the project feature editing the file setting.js:

sudo nano .node-red/settings.js

Add these lines inside the module.exports session:

module.exports = {

    editorTheme: {
       projects: {
           enabled: true


Restart NodeRED:

sudo systemctl restart node-red.service

Check for any errors at NodeRED startup:

sudo journalctl -f -u node-red -o cat


Install node-red-admin

sudo npm install -g node-red-admin

Create a password hash by typing:

node-red-admin hash-pw

Add these lines in .node-red/settings.js inside the module.exports session:

module.exports = {
    adminAuth: {
        type: "credentials",
        users: [{
            username: "admin",
            password: "$2a$08$zZWtXTja0fB1pzD4sHCMyOCMYz2Z6dNbM6tl8sJogENOMcxWV9DN.",
            permissions: "*"

Restart NodeRED:

sudo systemctl restart nodered.service

Check for any errors at NodeRED startup:

sudo journalctl -f -u node-red -o cat


Sergio Tanzilli (Autore - Progettista hw & sw - Imprenditore - Musicista dilettante, classe 1964)
Fondatore di Area SX srl, Acme Systems srl e del TanzoLab, si occupa dal 1974 di elettronica digitale, dal 1978 di microprocessori, dal 1992 di microcontroller, dal 1995 di Linux e pubblicazioni su Web, dal 2005 di progettazione, produzione e commercializzazione di schede Linux Embedded. - - -