Installation Node red Platform

Installation of Node-Red Platform

For a long time I had wanted to try this platform called Node-red created by IBM, it was developed in nodejs, Node-RED is developed by Nick O’Leary and  Dave Conway-Jones thanks for your contributions.
But what is Node-Red?
It is an open source graphic tool based on connection of nodes that contain API’S and / or services for the communication and / or connection of devices for the Internet
of things, has a friendly web interface, contains a variety of basic and complex IoT functions, there is also an online version of Node-RED called IBM Bluemix .
There are a variety of tutorials to install Node-RED on a local server, but these tutorials, although very complete, did not work correctly for me, I have decided to compile the steps to install Node-RED on Linux, in this case Lubuntu ( (Ubuntu) I hope it will be Your liking this guide.



It is not required to be a great programmer to use Node-Red, although its native language is javascript, with a few tutorials it will be very easy to make applications on Arduino or ESP8266, ESP32 or other platforms.
Currently they install Node-RED in Raspberry pi, excellent, although since I will perform tests I decided to install it in Lubuntu (Linux) for hardware robustness.

Tutorial Installing lubuntu from scratch



I have updated this post, with a new method for the installation of Node-RED in linux operating systems, or installation of virtual machines with linux over virtualbox, This new method allows to obtain the new versions of nodejs and npm, additional facilitates the configuration of Node -RED as a service, automatic start.

For the realization of tests I have previously installed a virtual machine with lubuntu, through the SSH putty client equivalent to a command terminal.

Let’s start with the Nodejs and Node-red installation

Repositories update

Repositories update

install git

verify version of nodejs

verify version of npm

install curl

install de node js

install node js

Install Node-RED

Run node-red


Verify versions

  • Nodejs Version V6.12.0
  • npm Version 3.10.10
  • Node-RED Version V0.17.5


Ready to have fun …..

Full Test Video


Instalar Lubuntu – Install Lubuntu (Virtualbox)


Migration to Complete to Lubuntu



Install lubuntu (Ubuntu) from Scratch
Bluemix cloud

 Youtube Channel




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