If you followed the Build a Home Automation System for $100 course prior to August 27 2016, you know that I’ve used Node-RED-Contrib-UI to build the user interface for the home automation system. But, sadly the guy that developed the Node-RED-Contrib-UI will no longer be able to update that package.
Luckily, the Node-RED team announced that Node-RED-Contribu-UI will continue to be developed under a new name: Node-RED-Dashboard.
You have two options
If you have the original course (before August 27 2016) and you have Node-RED-Contrib-UI on your Node-RED installation you have two options:
- Follow these next instructions to migrate from Node-RED-Contrib-UI to Node-RED-Dashboard
- Continue using Node-RED-Contrib-UI. It will continue to work, but will no longer be updated
Now, it’s up to you. Migrating all the nodes and update the Arduino code will take a couple of hours and you’ll have to follow the course since Module 5 Unit 2.
Exporting and backing up your Node-RED nodes
I encourage you to export/back up all your Node-RED nodes before you continue.
Migration from Node-RED-Contrib-UI
Node-RED-Contrib-UI MUST be uninstalled before installing node-red-dashboard.
pi@raspberry:~ $ sudo apt-get install npm pi@raspberry:~ $ sudo npm install -g firstname.lastname@example.org pi@raspberry:~ $ hash -r pi@raspberry:~ $ cd ~/.node-red pi@raspberry:~/.node-red $ sudo npm uninstall node-red-contrib-ui
Run these two commands to install Node-RED Dashboard and reboot your Pi:
pi@raspberry:~/.node-red $ sudo npm install node-red-dashboard pi@raspberry:~/.node-red $ sudo reboot
After rebooting you RPi, go to the Node-RED software. Your previous nodes will have errors:
I simply deleted every old Node-RED-Contrib-UI node and started from scratch. Here’s the new Dashboard nodes:
Note: the ui_radio_button node is no longer supported.
What do do next
You need to download the updated Build a Home Automation System for $100 course version that I’ve sent to all customers via email.
Go to Module 5 Unit 2 to continue the course and update the code ESP8266 and Arduino with the new features.
To be honest, the upgrade is well worth it and it has a new set of features that I bet you’ll find interesting.
Thank you for reading,
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