0.2.11 • Public • Published


Nodejs C++ plugin, allowing to easily read data from raspberryPi's sensors.

Supported sensors

For now, those sensors are supported :

  • DHT22(or DHT21) (GPIO)
  • DHT11 (GPIO)
  • PIR (GPIO)
  • BMP180 (i2c)
  • TLS2561 (i2c)


Nodejs, npm and node-gyp are required. This actual version uses the 4.2.1 version of Nodejs, and may or may not be compatible with newer or older versions (but should be with newer versions).

i2c sensors

To use i2c sensors, the i2c driver should be loaded, usually using raspi-config. The file (usually /dev/i2c-1) used to communicate with the bus will be asked during the installation.

GPIO sensors

If you wish to use GPIO sensors, an existing installation of wiringPi is required. The shared library of wiringPi should be generated, and present in the default location, i.e. /usr/local/lib.


Finally, node-gyp, g++/gcc 4.8.2 and Make are also needed to compile and generate the plugin. You can install node-gyp with npm, and g++/gcc and Make with your favorite package manager.

You should also look at the tests files (located in the test sub directory) and modify the pins and addresses according to your own configuration, using WiringPi own notation form GPIO sensors. If any sensor isn't connected, feel free to comment its initialization.

Building the plugin

With npm

npm will run the install.sh script during the installation of the plugin. If all the requierments are met, all should go seamless and be ready to use right after!

Whitout npm

Note : this is only for manual installation, npm users are not concerned.

Once everything is installed, simply run :

# To use i2c sensors 
node-gyp configure --gpio=false
node-gyp build --release
# To use i2c and gpio sensors 
node-gyp configure
node-gyp build--release

You should now be able to run the sensor test 'test.js' :

sudo node test/test_i2c.js  # Test some i2c sensors 
sudo node test/test_gpio.js # Test a GPIO sensor 
sudo node test/test_all.js  # Test both GPIO and i2c sensors 

If your configuration is correct, you'll see some data from your sensors.

You can also build the plugin using the provided shell script :



Contrary to existing WiringPi binding to Nodejs, we aimed to provide the easiest way to use common GPIO and i2c sensors. First, you'll need to load the plugin :

var RaspiSensors = require('raspi-sensors');

Creating a sensor object is also pretty straight forward. The only needed informations are the sensor's type, and either its address (for i2c sensors) or its pin address (for GPIO sensors) :

var TSL2561 = new RaspiSensors.Sensor({
    type    : "TSL2561",
    address : 0X39
}, "light_sensor");  // An additional name can be provided after the sensor's configuration

Once your sensor is created, you'll be able to asynchronously fetch data from it :

BMP180.fetch(function(err, data) {
    if(err) {
        console.error("An error occured!");
    // Log the values

The data will always have this structure :

  type: 'Light',                                    // The type of the value of the sensor
  unit: 'Lux',                                      // The unit used
  unit_display: 'Lux',                              // The displayable unit
  value: 819,                                       // The raw value, exprimed in the specified unit
  date: 'Sun Feb 14 2016 15:22:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)',  // The js date of the fetch
  timestamp: 1455463320449,                         // The timestamp of the previous date
  sensor_name: 'light_sensor',                      // The name of the sensor (so you can use the same callback for multiple sensors)
  sensor_type: 'TSL2561'                            // The type of the sensor

You can also bind a callback to fetch data at a provided interval :

BMP180.fetchInterval(function(err, data) {
    if(err) {
        console.error("An error occured!");
    // Log the values
}, 5); // Fetch data every 5 seconds

Intervals can be cleaned with the fetchClear method.

Sensors types and returned values

Sensor name Sensor type Value type
TSL2561 TSL2561 Light intensity
BMP180 BMP180 Temperature
DHT22/21/11 DHT22/21/11 Temperature
PIR Motion Sensor PIR Boolean
Value type Value unit Value unit display
Light intensity Lux Lux
Temperature Celsius Degree °C
Pressure Pascal Pa
Humidity Percent %
Boolean Boolean Boolean


A working project using this plugin can be found here : https://github.com/Vuzi/MeteoNode

This project provides a web interface to monitor any raspberry pi sensor used, and stores data in a mongoDB database.


Note that, for now, root credentials are needed for any GPIO sensors because wiringPi needs it to access the GPIO bus, and because we need to access the i2c located in /dev.


Every library used is the property of their respective owners and/or collaborators.

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