USB Sensors library ?

How can i connect usb sensors to node red? Is there some library?

What sort of usb sensors?

Digi xstick

Isnt this a usb zigbee transceiver? A possible way would be to use Openhab as they have a Zigbee binding that supports this stick and their is nodes to communicate with openhab.
But there is a big caveat. I know this would be a lot of overhead especially on a pi to install openhab just for this.

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I like the node-red, and i already work on some project, so i wish to continue work with it. I install some libraries from manage palette (zigbee, xbee, thingspeak, sql, etc.), but after i update the node-red, node.js i can't find some of the libraries i was already installed, any help?

What hardware and operating system are you running on.=?
How did you upgrade node-red and nodejs?
and post the startup log here.

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If you upgraded the version of nodejs itself (for example from v8 to v10 or v12) - then you will probably need to rebuild any nodes that have a binary component... which usb is highly likely to. go into your user directory - usually ~/.node-red and run npm rebuild - and report any errors you see there.

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OS-raspbian Hardware- raspberry pi 4
I upgrade node-red and nodejs, like in here:

After Run

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ node-red-stop

Stop Node-RED

Use node-red-start to start Node-RED again

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ node-red-start

Start Node-RED

Once Node-RED has started, point a browser at
On Pi Node-RED works better with the Firefox or Chrome browser

Use node-red-stop to stop Node-RED
Use node-red-start to start Node-RED again
Use node-red-log to view the recent log output
Use sudo systemctl enable nodered.service to autostart Node-RED at every boot
Use sudo systemctl disable nodered.service to disable autostart on boot

To find more nodes and example flows - go to http//

Starting as a systemd service.
17 Apr 15:10:59 - [info]
Welcome to Node-RED

17 Apr 15:10:59 - [info] Node-RED version: v1.0.5
17 Apr 15:10:59 - [info] Node.js version: v12.16.2
17 Apr 15:10:59 - [info] Linux 4.19.97-v7l+ arm LE
17 Apr 15:11:00 - [info] Loading palette nodes
17 Apr 15:11:04 - [info] Dashboard version 2.20.0 started at /ui
17 Apr 15:11:05 - [warn] ------------------------------------------------------
17 Apr 15:11:05 - [warn] [node-red-node-sqlite/sqlite] Error: Cannot find module '/home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/sqlite3/lib/binding/node-v72-linux-arm/node_sqlite3.node'
Require stack:

  • /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/sqlite3/lib/sqlite3.js
  • /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/node-red-node-sqlite/sqlite.js
  • /usr/lib/node_modules/node-red/node_modules/@node-red/registry/lib/loader.js
  • /usr/lib/node_modules/node-red/node_modules/@node-red/registry/lib/index.js
  • /usr/lib/node_modules/node-red/node_modules/@node-red/runtime/lib/nodes/index.js
  • /usr/lib/node_modules/node-red/node_modules/@node-red/runtime/lib/index.js
  • /usr/lib/node_modules/node-red/lib/red.js
  • /usr/lib/node_modules/node-red/red.js
    17 Apr 15:11:05 - [warn] [node-red-contrib-xbee/xbee] Error: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
    17 Apr 15:11:05 - [warn] ------------------------------------------------------
    17 Apr 15:11:05 - [info] Settings file : /home/pi/.node-red/settings.js
    17 Apr 15:11:05 - [info] Context store : 'default' [module=memory]
    17 Apr 15:11:05 - [info] User directory : /home/pi/.node-red
    17 Apr 15:11:05 - [warn] Projects disabled : editorTheme.projects.enabled=false
    17 Apr 15:11:05 - [info] Flows file : /home/pi/.node-red/flows_raspberrypi.json
    17 Apr 15:11:05 - [warn]

Your flow credentials file is encrypted using a system-generated key.
If the system-generated key is lost for any reason, your credentials
file will not be recoverable, you will have to delete it and re-enter
your credentials.
You should set your own key using the 'credentialSecret' option in
your settings file. Node-RED will then re-encrypt your credentials
file using your chosen key the next time you deploy a change.

17 Apr 15:11:05 - [info] Starting flows
17 Apr 15:11:05 - [info] Started flows
17 Apr 15:11:05 - [info] Server now running at http//

I run npm rebuild but nothing appear

It appears the sqlite node is not fully installed. In a terminal run

cd ~/.node-red
npm remove node-red-node-sqlite
npm install node-red-node-sqlite

The install may produce lots of output, but if at the end it says it has installed then you can ignore the rest. I don't know about the xbee error, but try removing and installing that too. Then restart node-red.

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After npm rebuild
I'v got too much out put and cant put it here.

Here is a write up from Peter Scargill that might help

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I fix some of the problems, like sql. Thank you so much!. But i can't install some of this features:

Any help?

You said earlier that didn't do anything.
All we need to see, probably, is the last dozen lines.

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osenv@0.1.5 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/osenv

os-homedir@1.0.2 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/os-homedir

os-tmpdir@1.0.2 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/os-tmpdir

npm-packlist@1.4.8 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/npm-packlist

ignore-walk@3.0.3 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/ignore-walk

minimatch@3.0.4 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/minimatch

brace-expansion@1.1.11 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/brace-expansion

balanced-match@1.0.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/balanced-match

concat-map@0.0.1 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/concat-map

npm-bundled@1.1.1 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/npm-bundled

npm-normalize-package-bin@1.0.1 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/npm-normalize-package-bin

rimraf@2.7.1 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/rimraf

glob@7.1.6 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/glob

fs.realpath@1.0.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/fs.realpath

inflight@1.0.6 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/inflight

path-is-absolute@1.0.1 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/path-is-absolute

tar@4.4.13 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/tar

fs-minipass@1.2.7 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/fs-minipass

minipass@2.9.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/minipass

yallist@3.1.1 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/yallist

minizlib@1.3.3 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/minizlib

request@2.88.2 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/request

aws-sign2@0.7.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/aws-sign2

aws4@1.9.1 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/aws4

caseless@0.12.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/caseless

combined-stream@1.0.8 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/combined-stream

delayed-stream@1.0.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/delayed-stream

extend@3.0.2 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/extend

forever-agent@0.6.1 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/forever-agent

form-data@2.3.3 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/form-data

asynckit@0.4.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/asynckit

har-validator@5.1.3 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/har-validator

ajv@6.12.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/ajv

fast-deep-equal@3.1.1 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/fast-deep-equal

fast-json-stable-stringify@2.1.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/fast-json-stable-stringify

json-schema-traverse@0.4.1 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/json-schema-traverse

uri-js@4.2.2 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/uri-js

punycode@2.1.1 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/punycode

har-schema@2.0.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/har-schema

http-signature@1.2.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/http-signature

assert-plus@1.0.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/assert-plus

jsprim@1.4.1 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/jsprim

extsprintf@1.3.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/extsprintf

json-schema@0.2.3 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/json-schema

verror@1.10.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/verror

sshpk@1.16.1 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/sshpk

asn1@0.2.4 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/asn1

bcrypt-pbkdf@1.0.2 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/bcrypt-pbkdf

tweetnacl@0.14.5 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/tweetnacl

dashdash@1.14.1 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/dashdash

ecc-jsbn@0.1.2 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/ecc-jsbn

jsbn@0.1.1 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/jsbn

getpass@0.1.7 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/getpass

is-typedarray@1.0.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/is-typedarray

isstream@0.1.2 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/isstream

json-stringify-safe@5.0.1 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/json-stringify-safe

oauth-sign@0.9.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/oauth-sign

performance-now@2.1.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/performance-now

qs@6.5.2 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/qs

tough-cookie@2.5.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/tough-cookie

psl@1.8.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/psl

uuid@3.4.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/uuid

growly@1.3.0 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/growly

node-notifier@5.2.1 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/node-notifier

shellwords@0.1.1 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/shellwords

node-red-node-notify@0.1.1 /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/node-red-node-notify

pi@raspberrypi:~/.node-red $

No sign of any errors there.
What happened when you re-installed the two nodes? Did it fix the problem?

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pi@raspberrypi:~ cd ~/.node-red pi@raspberrypi:~/.node-red npm install node-red- contrib-xbee
npm ERR! code E404
npm ERR! 404 Not Found - GET - Not found
npm ERR! 404
npm ERR! 404 'node-red-@latest' is not in the npm registry.
npm ERR! 404 You should bug the author to publish it (or use the name yourself!)
npm ERR! 404
npm ERR! 404 Note that you can also install from a
npm ERR! 404 tarball, folder, http url, or git url.

npm ERR! A complete log of this run can be found in:
npm ERR! /home/pi/.npm/_logs/2020-04-17T15_59_53_935Z-debug.log
pi@raspberrypi:~/.node-red $

When using computers it is important to get the details right. If you look carefully at the command you entered you will see you have added a space in the middle of the node name. It is also worth looking at error messages to see if anything can be gleaned from them. In this case it cannot find a node called node-red- which immediately tells you where to look for the error.


I fix the above, but when i try to install some usb utilities via manage palette i've got this:
Failed to install: node-red-contrib-usb
Install failed
Any help?

I would have thought it was obvious, try it from the command line and see what the eror is. You know how to install from the command line, don't forget to go to the .node-red folder first.

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pi@raspberrypi:~ cd ~/.node-red pi@raspberrypi:~/.node-red npm install node-red-contrib-usb

usb@1.6.3 install /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/usb
prebuild-install --verbose || node-gyp rebuild

prebuild-install info begin Prebuild-install version 5.3.3
prebuild-install info looking for cached prebuild @ /home/pi/.npm/_prebuilds/470134-usb-v1.6.3-node-v72-linux-arm.tar.gz
prebuild-install http request GET
prebuild-install http 404
prebuild-install WARN install No prebuilt binaries found (target=12.16.2 runtime=node arch=arm libc= platform=linux)
make: Entering directory '/home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/usb/build'
CC(target) Release/
CC(target) Release/
CC(target) Release/
CC(target) Release/
CC(target) Release/
CC(target) Release/
CC(target) Release/
CC(target) Release/
CC(target) Release/
CC(target) Release/
../libusb/libusb/os/linux_udev.c:40:10: fatal error: libudev.h: No such file or directory
#include <libudev.h>
compilation terminated.
make: *** [ Release/] Error 1
make: Leaving directory '/home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/usb/build'
gyp ERR! build error
gyp ERR! stack Error: make failed with exit code: 2
gyp ERR! stack at ChildProcess.onExit (/usr/lib/node_modules/npm/node_modules/node-gyp/lib/build.js:194:23)
gyp ERR! stack at ChildProcess.emit (events.js:310:20)
gyp ERR! stack at Process.ChildProcess._handle.onexit (internal/child_process.js:275:12)
gyp ERR! System Linux 4.19.97-v7l+
gyp ERR! command "/usr/bin/node" "/usr/lib/node_modules/npm/node_modules/node-gyp/bin/node-gyp.js" "rebuild"
gyp ERR! cwd /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/usb
gyp ERR! node -v v12.16.2
gyp ERR! node-gyp -v v5.1.0
gyp ERR! not ok
npm WARN tsutils@3.17.1 requires a peer of typescript@>=2.8.0 || >= 3.2.0-dev || >= 3.3.0-dev || >= 3.4.0-dev || >= 3.5.0-dev || >= 3.6.0-dev || >= 3.6.0-beta || >= 3.7.0-dev || >= 3.7.0-beta but none is installed. You must install peer dependencies yourself.
npm WARN optional SKIPPING OPTIONAL DEPENDENCY: fsevents@2.1.2 (node_modules/zigbee-herdsman-converters/node_modules/fsevents):
npm WARN notsup SKIPPING OPTIONAL DEPENDENCY: Unsupported platform for fsevents@2.1.2: wanted {"os":"darwin","arch":"any"} (current: {"os":"linux","arch":"arm"})
npm WARN optional SKIPPING OPTIONAL DEPENDENCY: fsevents@2.1.2 (node_modules/zigbee-herdsman/node_modules/jest-haste-map/node_modules/fsevents):
npm WARN notsup SKIPPING OPTIONAL DEPENDENCY: Unsupported platform for fsevents@2.1.2: wanted {"os":"darwin","arch":"any"} (current: {"os":"linux","arch":"arm"})
npm WARN optional SKIPPING OPTIONAL DEPENDENCY: fsevents@1.2.11 (node_modules/zigbee-herdsman/node_modules/fsevents):
npm WARN notsup SKIPPING OPTIONAL DEPENDENCY: Unsupported platform for fsevents@1.2.11: wanted {"os":"darwin","arch":"any"} (current: {"os":"linux","arch":"arm"})

npm ERR! errno 1
npm ERR! usb@1.6.3 install: prebuild-install --verbose || node-gyp rebuild
npm ERR! Exit status 1
npm ERR!
npm ERR! Failed at the usb@1.6.3 install script.
npm ERR! This is probably not a problem with npm. There is likely additional logging output above.

npm ERR! A complete log of this run can be found in:
npm ERR! /home/pi/.npm/_logs/2020-04-17T16_44_27_808Z-debug.log