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MMPM - The MagicMirror Package Manager

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The MagicMirror Package Manager (mmpm) is a command line interface designed to simplify the installation, removal, and maintenance of MagicMirror modules.

(See for details of updates)

Consider this project to be in an Alpha state, as you most likely will discover some bugs I was unable to find. Additionally, the features are rather basic at the moment, with an eye on stability, followed by feature expansion. Again, do not consider this to be feature complete, but rather a step in right direction.

Currently, the supported features consist of five main categories:

1) Search
2) Installation
3) Removal
4) Checking for updates
5) Upgrading packages that have updates available

Prior State of Affairs

Prior to this project, the installation process of MagicMirror modules was rather tedious. First, you needed to navigate to the MagicMirror 3rd Party Modules page and scroll through a large list of available modules. Once you found the module(s) you wanted to install, you needed to clone each of the repos manually, then handle the updates all your own.

Future State of Affairs

Ideally, this project will become the official package manager of Magic Mirror (lofty, I know). However, I believe once you begin using this, you will find it's simplicity and convenience very inviting. Additionally, once this project is considered stable, I would like to make this available on PyPi, so the executable can be pip-installable.

Potential Problems

As it stands, this project is entirely dependent on the structure of the MagicMirror 3rd Party Modules page. The HTML is parsed, and the appropriate text of each module is extracted. If for some reason any of the information is not displayed correctly, it is most likely due to someone changing the structure of the page. Ideally, in the future, a database will be constructed, and things will be handeled in a more formal, predictable way. So, think of this currently as a shim, just to get the project going.

Installation of MMPM

System Dependency Installation
python3 sudo apt install python3
pip3 sudo apt install python3-pip
libgit2-dev sudo apt-get install libgit2-dev

The system requirements are listed above. If you are unsure as to whether or not you have pip3 installed, open a terminal, and execute which pip3. If the program exists within your $PATH, then the previous command will display something like /usr/bin/pip3. If nothing is printed, then you probably do not have it installed, and you can install it with sudo apt install python3-pip. To install python3, simply run sudo apt install python3, but it is most likely already installed (assuming your version of Raspbian is up to date).

Next, clone this repository anywhere you like, and execute make install from a terminal. The required Python3 packages will be installed, and the command line program will be placed in /usr/local/bin. Moving the executable to /usr/local/bin requires sudo permission, so depending on your system configuration you may or may not be prompted for the root password. From here, you'll be able to execute any of the mmpm commands described in the "Overview of Commands" section.

# check for python3 installation
$ which python3

# check for the installation of pip3
$ which pip3

# execute inside the mmpm cloned repository
$ make install

Full Installation:

$ git clone && cd mmpm && make install

Obviously, MagicMirror is required as well. If you do not have it installed, head over to Magic Mirror's home page for instructions. I intend to add an option to install MagicMirror from mmpm in the future.

After executing make install within the cloned repository, you may remove the folder for mmpm, since the executable will now be part of your $PATH.

Python3 Module Installation Issues

If any of the required Python3 modules fail to install initially, you can attempt to install them from the apt repository using the commands below. Note, they have intentionally been broken into separate commands because it is recommended you first try to install the modules using pip3. The reason for this is the pip3 versions are almost always more recent than the ones available in apt. This should be a last resort, if any of them fail to install initially.

$ sudo apt install python3-bs4 -y
$ sudo apt install python3-colorama -y
$ sudo apt install python3-tabulate -y


This JSON file will be placed in your home folder as a hidden file. mmpm takes snapshots of the MagicMirror 3rd Party Modules every six hours, unless you force a refresh manually. This is done to quicken the response time when searching for packages.

However, this is not a process that runs in the background. If a command is issued, and the snapshot is more than six hours old, a new one is taken. Conceivably, you could issue a search or installation command, wait two weeks until the next one, and the same snapshot would exist on your hard drive until another search or install command is issued.

Uninstall MMPM

If you decide to remove mmpm, you can execute make uninstall from within the cloned repository. This will remove the executable, and the magic_mirror_modules_snapshot.json from your home directory. However, the Python3 packages that were installed will still remain on your system.

# execute inside the mmpm cloned repository
$ make uninstall

Or, you can manually remove the executable, along with the magic_mirror_modules_snapshot.json file by executing the following:

$ sudo rm /usr/local/bin/mmpm
$ rm ~/.magic_mirror_modules_snapshot.json

Overview of Commands

-h or --help

Displays the help message.

$ mmpm -h


$ mmpm --help

-u or --update

This command line option takes no additional arguments. The master branches of all currently installed modules are queried to determine if any new commits have been made, and returns a message indicating which modules have available updates.

Example usage:

$ mmpm -u


$ mmpm --update

-U or --upgrade

This command line option may take one or more additional arguments. If no arguments are provided, all modules that have available updates will be upgraded. You may however upgrade specific modules by supplying the name of those modules as additional argument(s).

Example usage:

# upgrade every single currently installed module
$ mmpm -U

# upgrade specific modules
$ mmpm -U MMM-Simple-Swiper MMM-pages

$ mmpm --upgrade
$ mmpm --upgrade MMM-Simple-Swiper MMM-pages

-e or --enhance-mmpm

This command line option takes no additional arguments. The version available on the GitHub repo is checked against the one currently installed. If there is a newer version available, the user is prompted to install the newest version. If accepted, the repository is cloned, and the installation process is executed for the user.

$ mmpm -e

MMPM has an upgrade available. Would you like to upgrade now? [yes/no | y/n] yes
Cloning into 'mmpm'...
remote: Enumerating objects: 54, done.
remote: Counting objects: 100% (54/54), done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (38/38), done.
remote: Total 54 (delta 28), reused 34 (delta 14), pack-reused 0
Unpacking objects: 100% (54/54), done.
chmod +x && sudo cp /usr/local/bin/mmpm
[sudo] password for bpm:
Newly cloned MMPM repository in ~/Downloads.
Feel free to remove the directory.

$ mmpm --enhance-mmpm

# same output

-a or --all

This command line option takes no arguments, and displays the category, title, repository link, author, and description of each module currently available. For any field that does not have valid information, a string of N/A is displayed.

Example usage:

# to view every single module available

$ mmpm -a

# or

$ mmpm --all

Example output:


Category: Entertainment / Misc
Title: MMM-Scrobbler
Author: PtrBld
Description: Display the current playing song from Spotify, ITunes and Co.

Category: Entertainment / Misc
Title: MMM-Snow
Author: MichMich
Description: More realistic snow plugin to improve your winter experience


-f or --force-refresh

This comamnd line option takes no arguments, and retrieves a new snapshot of the MagicMirror 3rd Party Modules. Once the new snapshot is retrieved, the function associated with displaying the snapshot details is called, and the timestamp and module count is displayed to the user.

$ mmpm -f

Most recent snapshot of MagicMirror Modules taken @ 2019-05-19 13:03:53.
The next snapshot will be taken on or after 2019-05-19 19:03:53.

Module Categories: 10
Modules Available: 509

To forcibly refresh the snapshot, run 'mmpm -f' or 'mmpm --force-refresh'

$ mmpm --force-refresh
# … same output as previous

-c or --categories

This command line option takes no arguments, and lists all category names found on MagicMirror 3rd Party Modules.

$ mmpm -c

MagicMirror Module Categories

1) Development / Core MagicMirror
2) Finance
3) News / Religion / Information
4) Transport / Travel
5) Voice Control
6) Weather
7) Sports
8) Utility / IOT / 3rd Party / Integration
9) Entertainment / Misc
10) Health

$ mmpm --categories
# … same output as previous

-s or --search

This command line option requires at least one argument. Without reading this section, the search functionality may seem slightly odd when first used. However, the actions are intentional.

When a query is entered, first, an attempt to match the query to a category name is made. The search in this instance is case-sensitive. If no category name matches the query exactly, the search becomes non-case-sensitive, and attempts to match text within the title, author, or description are made. If any one of those fields contains matching text, that module is returned as a search result. For any search query that contains more than one word, surround the text in quotation marks. This was done intentionally to prevent bombarding the user with large numbers of search results.

When searching for a category name that is lengthy, it is best to list the categories using mmpm -c first, then copy and paste the exact category name into terminal. See the examples below:

Example usage:

# this search will return all modules within the "Finance" category
$ mmpm -s Finance

# however, this search will return only modules that contain the term "finance" within the title, author, or description
# which may return far fewer results than anticipated
$ mmpm -s finance

# when searching for modules within a category with a lengthy category name
$ mmpm -s "Utility / IOT / 3rd Party / Integration"

# searching for modules that contain the term "facial recognition"
$ mmpm -s "facial recognition"

# this will return the same results as the previous example
$ mmpm --search "FACIAL RECOGNITION"

-d or --snapshot-details

This command line option takes no arguments, and displays the details of the most recent MagicMirror 3rd Party Modules snapshot. The snapshot may be forcibly refreshed by executing mmpm -f or mmpm --force-refresh (see above).

$ mmpm -d

Most recent snapshot of MagicMirror Modules taken @ 2019-05-19 12:53:51.
The next snapshot will be taken on or after 2019-05-19 18:53:51.

Module Categories: 10
Modules Available: 509

To forcibly refresh the snapshot, run 'mmpm -f' or 'mmpm --force-refresh'

$ mmpm --snapshot-details
# … same output as previous

-i or --install

This command line option requires at least one argument. The spelling of the modules is case-sensitive, and each of the module names must be separated by at least one space. If any module name(s) contain a space, surround the name of the module in quotation marks.

# install a single package
$ mmpm -i MMM-Facial-Recognition

# or install multiple packages at once
$ mmpm -i MMM-Simple-Swiper MMM-pages MMM-soccer

$ mmpm --install MMM-Facial-Recognition
$ mmpm --install MMM-Simple-Swiper MMM-pages MMM-soccer

Following the installation, there may be additional manual steps required. For example, resolving package version conflicts, running make within the module directory, etc. In the future, I plan on doing my best to automate the entire process, but again, baby steps.

-r or --remove

This command line option requires at least one argument, but may take more than one. The directories associated with the specified modules are removed from the ~/MagicMirror/modules directory.

# remove one module at a time
$ mmpm -r MMM-soccer

The following modules were successfully deleted:

# or remove multiple modules at once
$ mmpm -r MMM-pages MMM-Simple-Swiper MMM-Facial-Recognition

The following modules were successfully deleted:
MMM-pages MMM-Simple-Swiper MMM-Facial-Recognition

$ mmpm -r MMM-soccer
$ mmpm --remove MMM-pages MMM-Simple-Swiper MMM-Facial-Recognition

-L or --list-installed

This command line option takes no arguments, and lists all the modules you currently have installed within the ~/MagicMirror/modules directory.

$ mmpm -L

Module(s) Installed:



$ mmpm --list-installed
You can’t perform that action at this time.