$ npm install serialport
And it will work from there.
Compilation On Unsupported Systems
@serialport/bindings-cpp package uses
prebuildify-cross to build binaries for a number of platforms and C libraries. We ship these builds with the package and the appropriate one will be used. (See Supported Environments for more information.) If you need a binary for a different platform it will be compiled during the npm install via node-gyp v7 which requires Python 2.x, so please ensure you have it installed and in your path for your operating system.
This assumes you have everything on your system necessary to compile ANY native module for Node.js. If you don't, then please ensure the following are true for your system before filing a "Does not install" issue.
Installation Special Cases
Historically Electron which comes with its own version of the Node.js runtime. It was a huge headache and required a deep understanding of your build system. Since v10 we leverage N-API and the provided binaries for your platform should work without issue.
For an example Electron project, check out
NW.js is an app runtime based on Chromium and node.js.
Like Electron, NW.js also requires compilation against its own specific headers.
prebuild to build against the correct headers, place a file named
.prebuildrc on your package root with the following content:
<target_version> is the NW.js version you are building against (for example,
Raspberry Pi Linux
Follow the instructions for setting up a Raspberry pi for use with Johnny-Five and Raspi IO. These projects use Node Serialport under the hood.
|A, A+, B, B+||32-bit ARM1176JZF-S||ARMv6|
|Compute Module||32-bit ARM1176JZF-S||ARMv6|
|B2||32-bit ARM Cortex-A7||ARMv7|
|B3||32-bit ARM Cortex-A53||ARMv8|
To enable the serial port on Raspbian, you launch
raspi-config, then select
Interfacing Options, then
Serial. You will then be asked two questions:
- Would you like a login shell to be accessible over serial?
- Would you like the serial port hardware to be enabled?
You must answer No to question 1 and Yes to question 2. If the login shell is left active, you will experience hangs and or disconnects.
DietPi also has the ability to enable the serial port in
dietpi-config; however, it doens't have a way to disable the login shell that we know of.
sudo / root
If you're going to use
sudo or root to install Node-Serialport,
npm will require you to use the unsafe parameters flag.
sudo npm install serialport --unsafe-perm
Failure to use the flag results in an error like this:
root@rpi3:~# npm install -g serialport
/usr/bin/serialport-list -> /usr/lib/node_modules/serialport/bin/serialport-list.js
/usr/bin/serialport-term -> /usr/lib/node_modules/serialport/bin/serialport-terminal.js
> firstname.lastname@example.org install /Users/wizard/src/node-serialport
> prebuild-install || node-gyp rebuild
prebuild-install info begin Prebuild-install version 2.2.1
prebuild-install info install installing standalone, skipping download.
gyp WARN EACCES user "root" does not have permission to access the dev dir "/root/.node-gyp/6.9.1"
gyp WARN EACCES attempting to reinstall using temporary dev dir "/usr/lib/node_modules/serialport/.node-gyp"
make: Entering directory '/usr/lib/node_modules/serialport/build'
make: *** No rule to make target '../.node-gyp/6.9.1/include/node/common.gypi', needed by 'Makefile'. Stop.
make: Leaving directory '/usr/lib/node_modules/serialport/build'
gyp ERR! build error
gyp ERR! stack Error: `make` failed with exit code: 2
You'll need the package
build-essential to compile
serialport if the provided binaries don't work for your system.
Node-Serialport supports Windows 10+. Precompiled binaries are available, but if you want to build it from source you'll need to follow the node-gyp installation instructions. Once you've got things working, you can install Node-Serialport from source with:
npm install serialport
Node-gyp's documentation doesn't mention it, but it sometimes helps to create a C++ project in Visual Studio so that it will install any necessary components not already installed during the past two hours of setup. This will solve some instances of
Failed to locate: "CL.exe".