A MagicMirror consists next to the obvious mirror&screen of an important part of software. There are some good software packages for this purpose. But the best in my opinion is that of Michael Teeuw.
The software he developed for his MagicMirror is available as open source package and over the time it has developed to a rather extensive MagicMirror ecosystem.
The basic software offers the possibility to extend the basic functions with plugins.
Meanwhile there are all sorts of plugins with which you can personalize your own MagicMirror even further and adapt it to your own needs.
The software can be found at: https://github.com/MichMich/MagicMirror.
How to install them and what to look for is described in the following article.
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Before you start with this article, you should have prepared the RaspberryPi on which you want to run your MagicMirror that it can be reached via the network and controlled by SSH.
In the following list you will find all the parts you need to implement this article.
Log in via SSH on the RaspberryPi
To get started, you first need to log in to RasPi with SSH on Putty. How to do it is described in the article RaspberryPi - Controlling the RaspberryPi via SSH.
Update package management
The package management in Linux is a "central point" over which various software packages can be installed. For this to work reliably, the lists and sources of package management should be updated before installing any new packages.
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
Installing the MagicMirror software
The installation of the required software runs almost automatically on the RaspberryPi thanks to a provided installation script. To start this, simply copy and execute the following command in your console window. The installation then takes about five minutes.
bash -c "$(curl -sL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/sdetweil/MagicMirror_scripts/master/raspberry.sh)"
Start and test the MagicMirror software
To start the software you have to enter the following command.
DISPLAY=:0 nohup npm start &
If you have not yet connected a screen to your RaspberryPi you can also test the output via VNC. How you look at the screen output of your RaspberryPI via VNC is described in the following article:
RaspberryPi – Control the RaspberryPi via VNC
There is also the possibility to view the interface in your own web browser. This is very convenient for debugging. How to do that I will describe in another article.
I hope everything worked as described. If not or you have any other questions or suggestions, please let me know in the comments. Also, ideas for new projects are always welcome. 🙂
P.S. Many of these projects - especially the hardware projects - cost a lot of time and money. Of course I do this because I enjoy it, but if you appreciate it that I share these information with you, I would be happy about a small donation to the coffee box. 🙂