Shutting down Pi from NR


I was wondering if there's a way to issue system commands from NR (Raspbian).

Basically, I need to shut it down based on certain condition (reading an MQTT message, GPIO state, etc.)


Here is an example flow that will give you 5 seconds to confirm the shutdown, You should be able to modify it to your needs.

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Thank you @zenofmud! I wish I had known there was an Exec node :face_with_hand_over_mouth:

I've been working with @zenofmud on a couple of projects.
Here's the shutdown routine extended to shutdown a group of RPi(es) at my IoT club.

I'm using the Pi at IP address as the master.
It can issue a global shutdown to all the Pi(es) or selectively to just one.
I use these flows at the end of each session of the club so all the Pi(es) are shut down correctly - rather than some students trying to be helpful by pulling the power leads out !!!!!!

The flow for the master uses 'node-red-configurable-ping' to ping all the Pi(es) at the club and report the status of each one. Obviously you can remove this part if you're not interested in it.

I've attached two flows: one for the master and one for a slave (e.g.

Hope you find the flows useful.

global_shutdown.json (7.3 KB)

node_140.json (4.3 KB)


Thank you so much @dynamicdave!

I plan on using this on a custom made "HAT" with an UPS. Based on the state of an IO pin (external PSU will set a pin high). When no electricity, that pin will be low, then it will initialize the shut down sequence.

Hi Zen and Dave, I cant seem to import the flows. Copy and paste in import clipboard and import, but bank?

Hi all,
Sorry for that, red hearing, fingers trouble, all good.

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