A collection of DMX512 examples

DMX/sACN Intro Arduino:
Arduino DMX
Arduino sACN

This project is maintained by tigoe


Node-dmx is a library for controlling DMX-512 fixtures from node.js. To use it, you install the library using the node package manager (npm), then use it to communicate through a compatible DMX driver module. As of Jan 2020, the library supports the driver modules listed at this link.

There are several examples for node-dmx in this repository:

Usage Notes

In most of these examples, you’ll see a section that handles quit messages, something like this:

// this section makes sure the script turns everything off
// before quitting:
function quit(error) {
  if (error) {
      console.log('Uncaught Exception: ');
  for (c = 0; c < 256; c++) {
      var channel = { [c]: 0 };       // make an object
      universe.update(channel);     // set channel to 0
  // after 0.5 second, quit 
  // (allows plenty of time for sending final blackout data):
  setTimeout(process.exit, 500);

//Stop the script from quitting before you clean up:
process.on('SIGINT', quit);             // catch ctrl+c:
process.on('uncaughtException', quit);  //catch uncaught exceptions
process.on('beforeExit', quit);         // catch the beforeExit message

This is helpful because if you don’t turn off all the channels before you quit your script, your DMX fixtures will stay on. This set of functions cleans up by sending a 0 value to all channels in the DMX universe that the script creates. The listeners at the end catch control-C; any uncaught exceptions that might cause your script to quit; and the beforeExit() message.