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    Node-RED nodes to control a PiFace Digital add-on board for a Raspberry-Pi.

    Note: Some later versions of the PiFace relabelled the switch inputs to be 0 - 7 instead of 1 - 8 as on the original boards. We cannot automatically detect this so the user will have to apply some common sense.


    Run the following command in your Node-RED user directory - typically ~/.node-red

    npm install node-red-node-piface


    Device Tree must be turned off. To do this run

    sudo raspi-config

    then select the Advanced Options, then Device Tree, and finally select No and OK. You will then need to reboot.

    It also requires the WiringPi gpio command to be installed in order to work. See the WiringPi site for details on how to do this. The short version is...

    sudo apt-get install git-core
    git clone git://
    cd wiringPi
    git pull origin


    A pair of input and output Node-RED nodes for the Raspberry Pi PiFace Digital add-on board.


    The PiFace output node will set the selected relay, LED, or pin on or off depending on the value passed in. Expects a msg.payload with either a 1 or 0 (or true or false).

    Requires the WiringPi gpio command in order to work (see pre-reqs).


    The PiFace input node generates a msg.payload with either a 0 or 1 depending on the state of the input pin.

    You may also enable the input pullup resistor if required.

    The msg.topic is set to piface/{the pin number}

    Requires the WiringPi gpio command in order to work (see pre-reqs).

    Note: This node currently polls the pin every 250mS. This is not ideal as it loads the cpu.


    npm i node-red-node-piface

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