HowTo: Node Red – Send pushbullet messages at events

Pushbullet is a free and easy way to receive push messages on your smartphone or computer. You can use this free service (up to 500 messages/month) to send text information or images. I use this service e.g. to let me know as soon as my washing machine is finished or someone has rung the doorbell. The Pushbullet service always worked fast and very reliably.

The following article explains how your push bullet uses push messages to trigger events.

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Helpful Articles:
Of course NodeRed should already be installed so that you can take over this configuration. You should also have the Dashboard Node installed.
How to prepare 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
NodeRed – Install New Nodes
NodeRed – Import and export NodeCode
Register a Pushbullet API-Key

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.

Install pushbullet node

First, you need to install the appropriate node for Pushbullet.
To do this, you install the node “node-red-node-pushbullet”.
How to Install Nodes is described in this article:
NodeRed – install new nodes

Search the Pallete Manager for “node-red-node-pushbullet” and install this node.

Enter pushbullet node configuration

In order for the newly installed Pushbullet node to communicate with the Pushbullet service, you need to specify your Pushbullet API code. You can register this API code for free. How to do this is described in the article about Register a Pushbullet API-Key

To enter a new Pushbullet API code, under Config select “Add new pushbullet-config …” and click on the pencil icon to the right of the drop down field.
In the following window you can now insert a name for this configuration and your API code. So in the upper field carry any name such as “pushbulletConfig” and in the lower field your API code. Then you confirm this by clicking on “Add”.
Now you are back in the previous window. The newly created configuration has already been selected and you just have to click on “Done” to apply the changes.

Sample Node Code: Pushbullet message at virtual keystroke send

Here is a small example with which you can send Pushbullet messages at the touch of a button. Simply copy the following Node code into your configuration.

[{"id":"a604fa0e.8c5138","type":"pushbullet","z":"8c9f8f17.13eb78","config":"5ab02a71.121594","pushtype":"note","title":"","chan":"","name":"","x":3470,"y":320,"wires":[]},{"id":"2b75de82.354c02","type":"inject","z":"8c9f8f17.13eb78","name":"","topic":"","payload":"Hallo du Pushbullet-Nerd!","payloadType":"str","repeat":"","crontab":"","once":false,"onceDelay":0.1,"x":3250,"y":320,"wires":[["a604fa0e.8c5138"]]},{"id":"5ab02a71.121594","type":"pushbullet-config","z":"","name":""}]
So – or something like that – the Pushbullet message looks like on your smartphone.

Example: Send pushbullet message at server startup

Another example of how to issue a push bullet message when the NodeRed server is restarted can be found in the following article:

NodeRed – Execute action at ServerStart

Have fun with the project

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