To enable rapid connectivity, experimentation / prototyping, or re-use of existing integrations Node-RED may be deployed alongside Engine.

Access to Node-RED web interface

By default, the Node-RED web interface is exposed locally only on the machine that is running Engine, at If accessing the Node-RED web interface from a remote client, use methods such as SSH port forwarding to securely mirror the Engine server's to your machine's

Installing nodes

Additional Node-RED nodes can be installed by running the below command on the machine running Engine:

docker exec -it node-red npm install <package-name>

For example, to install the connector for Azure IOT Hub, run:

docker exec -it node-red npm install node-red-contrib-azure-iot-hub

Connecting Engine to Node-RED

Node-RED Websocket output

Engine connects to Node-RED via Node-RED's websockets modules (one for input and one for output). Drag an output websocket module into the Flow, double-click it and set the Type to Listen on and the Path to /ws/.

Node-RED Websocket output module

Engine websocket input

  • On the Drivers page of Backoffice, import the Node-RED Websocket driver by searching for it and clicking "Import".

  • Now in any System, add a module of that driver and set:

    • IP: node-red

    • Port: 1880

After creating the module, start it and then monitor the debug messages.

Messages coming out of the Node-RED websocket output should appear as console log output when debugging the Engine "Node-RED Websocket" module. The status variable "message_received" will also update to show the last string recieved. Simple strings may be used as inputs for Triggers.

The "Node-RED Websocket" driver can be used as a template for creating new drivers that take actions upon receiving messages from Node-RED, or send websocket messages to a Node-RED Websocket Input module. One example of this is the Pressac desk sensor driver, which uses Node-RED to subscribe to real time updates from Azure IOT Hub.