HowTo: Node Red – Restart, shut down and start remote Raspberry Pi

This article describes how to run commands from NodeRed on a remote Linux system and thus be able to reboot and shut down another system.

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Helpful Articles:
Of course NodeRed should already be installed so that you can take over this configuration.
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.

Set up login via SSH without password prompt

For this node code to work, you must first create a SSH key pair on the RaspberryPi from which you want to send the commands (in this case the RaspberryPi running on the NodeRed) and exchange this with the RaspberryPi you want to control (in this case, the RaspberryPi on the MagicMirror installation is running).
How to do this is explained in the article RaspberryPi – Login via SSH without password prompt.

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

The following NodeCode causes you to shut down or restart the remote system from the Dashboard of your NodeRed installation. After inserting the node code, do not forget to position the two buttons on your dashboard. You can find information about this in the article NodeRed – Create a User Interface with Dashboard Nodes.

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In this way, you can of course also execute other commands on the remote system.

Simply change the specified command between the quotation marks. This command will then be executed on the remote system.

Have fun with the project

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. 🙂

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