HowTo: Node Red – Perform action on Server-Start

Depending on how you configure your Node-Red installation, it may be convenient for you to be notified when Node-Red restarts.
For example, you will be notified of crashes and related errors in your Node-Red configuration.

How to set up such a status message is explained in the following article.

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Helpful Articles:
Of course NodeRed should already be installed so that you cango through this article.
How to prepare this and a RaspberryPi and then install NodeRed on it is described in the following articles.

RaspberryPi – Setting up for Nerdiys!
RaspberryPi – The first configuration
RaspberryPi – Controlling the RaspberryPi via SSH
NodeRed – Installing NodeRed on the RaspberryPi

Required tools:

Required material:

In the following list you will find all the parts you need to implement this article.

Log in to the NodeRed configuration interface

Before you can edit your NodeRed configuration you must - if activated - first log in to the NodeRed configuration interface.

View of the login screen. Here you have to enter the login details that you entered during the configuration of the login. Information about this can be found in the article NodeRed - User Login Setup.

Node code example

In principle, the server-start-message “only” consists of an injection node with a checkmark set to “Inject once after … seconds then …”. This causes – as described – that this inject node is executed after a reboot.

Here you can see the configuration of the inject node. The hook at “Inject after …” executes the node after restarting NodeRed. You can also set a delayed execution in the input field.

The following Node code outputs a message through the debug node after the server-restart. The following node code contains the complete configuration.


[{"id":"5c21935a.39e70c","type":"inject","z":"8c9f8f17.13eb78","name":"","topic":"","payload":"NodeRed wurd gerade gestartet!","payloadType":"str","repeat":"","crontab":"","once":true,"onceDelay":"","x":3530,"y":240,"wires":[["b3fff434.c1a8c8"]]},{"id":"b3fff434.c1a8c8","type":"debug","z":"8c9f8f17.13eb78","name":"","active":true,"console":"false","complete":"false","x":3710,"y":240,"wires":[]}]

Node code example with pushbullet message

A useful combination is to combine the inject node with a pushbullet node. So after a restart of Node-Red a pushbullet message is send to our phone or other devices.
On this way you get an immediately message as soon as your NodeRed installation may have been restarted.

You can find the Node code in this example.

[{"id":"a604fa0e.8c5138","type":"pushbullet","z":"8c9f8f17.13eb78","config":"5ab02a71.121594","pushtype":"note","title":"","chan":"","name":"","x":3470,"y":380,"wires":[]},{"id":"3017f8fc.bcd818","type":"inject","z":"8c9f8f17.13eb78","name":"","topic":"","payload":"NodeRed wurd gerade gestartet!","payloadType":"str","repeat":"","crontab":"","once":true,"onceDelay":"","x":3270,"y":380,"wires":[["a604fa0e.8c5138"]]},{"id":"5ab02a71.121594","type":"pushbullet-config","z":"","name":""}]

Have fun with the project

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