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Commands are manually triggered actions (via the drop-down menu in the top-right).


To create a command:

  • Go to Settings -> Commands and press “+ Add”.
  • Give the command a name.
  • Type anything in the box that would work in the terminal (command prompt).
  • Save & reload the Makerverse page.

Usually, you’ll want to trigger some script which performs the action…


Restart Makerverse

If you used the web-server installation, you already have one command: “Restart Makerverse.”

This simple command runs pkill node, which terminates the web server. The Docker-based installation will automatically restart itself, and the server should come back up within a minute.

Raspberry Pi GPIO

The Raspberry Pi GPIO pins can be used to turn on/off switches/relays, lights, etc.

Let’s say you have a relay switch connected to GPIO pin #19, which turns your shop-vac on/off.

Note: if you are using the Raspberry Pi image, the first two steps below (“Enable GPIO” and “Create the Script”) have already been completed.

Enable GPIO

First, you would SSH into the Raspberry Pi and enable remote GPIO access. Type sudo raspi-config and choose Interfacing Options to enable Remote GPIO. Then, turn on the daemon:

sudo systemctl enable pigpiod
sudo systemctl start pigpiod

Create the Script

Next, it’s time to create the script. Assuming your makerverse project directory is located at $HOME/makerverse (see: scripts & widgets), you can just use tho following:

mkdir -p $HOME/makerverse/commands
nano $HOME/makerverse/commands/

Then, paste the following contents:


echo "w ${pin} ${flag}" > /dev/pigpio

Create the Command

To turn on the shopvac located at GPIO #19, create a new command and give it the contents:

bash /home/node/makerverse/commands/ 19 1

To create a second command to turn it off, replace the 1 with a 0 at the end. To target a different GPIO pin, replace the 19 with the desired pin number.