BlinkStick Nano and node-red


Hello - just received my BlinkStick Nano in the mail today. I have it working properly with node.js in Ubuntu. However, I can’t get it to work with node-red. While the “connected” icon is green nothing happens. What is interesting is that even though I stop the flow… node-red does not release the device and running any of the example node.js programs do not work. I need to unplug it and replug it again to make it work with the examples.

Thanks in advance for your help.



How exactly did you install it?
Have you fullfilled all the requirements?

And what have you done (wired) to test it?


Hello p0ke - I followed the installation instructions for the pre-requisites. Here is what I have done and works:

  1. I plug the nano in an USB port.
  2. Install the pre-requisites
  3. Added the udev rule
  4. Rebooted
  5. Install the node-red-node-blinkstick package in ~/.node-red
  6. Successfully run info, blink, and pulse examples

In node-red as soon as deploy, the nano blinks white and then does not respond to anything anymore. I disable the flow… and none of the examples work anymore. I need to unplug and replug the nano to get the examples working again.

I have found a workaround with the exec node. I have node programs that work with behaviour I need. Good enough but would prefer the blinkstick node working.