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Node.js OpenDMX USB Interface

This library lets you control DMX512 devices via the Enttec OpenDMX (or compatible) USB dongle.

Driver installation

To use this library you need to install the OpenDMX device driver first. Additional installation instructions can be found here and here.

Library installation

Use NPM to install the library using:

npm install --save node-opendmx


Create the OpenDMX controller interface:

let dmx = new OpenDMX();

Create a DMX device. In this example a simple RGB light (3 channels) is created. Pull requests for additional devices are welcome!

let light = new Devices.LEDRGB();

Add the device to the collection of devices along with a starting channel. Since the RGB light uses 3 channels, the channels 1-3 in this DMX universe are now occupied.

dmx.addDevice(light, 1);

Change the light to red color (just for example);

Render the DMX universe


Your LED light should now switch to red color.;

Your LED light should now be switched off.

Common driver related issues

Instructions below are for Debian / Ubuntu or Raspbian distributions.

The kernel driver can't be compiled

Make sure you have the necessary build tools installed.

sudo apt install git bc bison flex libssl-dev make

The USB dongle is recognized as /dev/ttyUSBx instead of /dev/dmx0

Most likely you did not blacklist the default serial driver. Check the section "Blacklist the other serial drivers" in the installation tutorial.

If for some reason blacklisting the serial driver doesn't work you can remove it from your system entirely using these steps:

  • Find your current system architecture using uname -a
  • Move the file ftdi_sio.ko from /lib/modules/<your_architecture>/kernel/drivers/usb/serial to a location where the system can't find it.
  • Move your DMX device driver dmx_usb.ko to the folder above
  • Run sudo depmod

The file /lib/modules/<your_architecture>/modules.alias should now contain some new entries similar to this:

alias usb:v0403p6006d[1-9]*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*in* dmx_usb
alias usb:v0403p6006d0[4-9]*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*in* dmx_usb
alias usb:v0403p6001d[1-9]*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*in* dmx_usb
alias usb:v0403p6001d0[4-9]*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*in* dmx_usb

The DMX device can only be opened as root user

You need to create a udev rule to automatically change device permissions once you plug in the dongle:

  • Find your dongle's vendor and device ID using lsusb. You will find both IDs as ID <vendor ID>:<device ID> in the output. If for example your output reads: Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0403:6001 Future Technology Devices International, Ltd FT232 Serial (UART) IC then 0403 is the vendor ID and 6001 is the device ID.
  • In /etc/udev/rules.d create a new file and name it 50-dmx.rules. Add the following content to the file:
ATTRS{idVendor}=="<vendor ID>", ATTRS{idProduct}=="<device ID>", SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ACTION=="add", MODE="0660", GROUP="plugdev"

Replace <vendor ID> and <device ID> with the values you found above. You can also adjust the GROUP value to match your requirements. Afterwards reboot your system, plug in the USB controller and it should have the requested permissions.

Current limitations

  • Only Linux is supported at the moment
  • Only one dongle at the same time is supported
  • No USB serial devices can be connected at the same time due to driver conflicts


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