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Magic Mirror Module: Buttons

This a module for Magic Mirror² to act based on button presses via GPIO. It is capable of connecting multiple buttons at once, which can be individually configured. It is basically a generalized version of the Button module, original idea comes from @PtrBld. However it only sends out notifications to other modules.

For example this can be used to send notifications to the following modules:


Clone this repository in your modules folder, and install dependencies:

cd ~/MagicMirror/modules # adapt directory if you are using a different one
git clone
cd MMM-Buttons
npm install # this can take a while


Add the module to your modules array in your config.js.

Below is a simple example (needs Remote Control installed), with two buttons conneted, on pins 24 and 25. One switches on the display on a short press, and switches it off on a long press. The other does not do anything on a short press, but shuts down the system after keeping it pressed for 3 seconds with an explanatory user alert.

    module: 'MMM-Buttons',
    config: {
        buttons: [
                pin: 25,
                name: "monitor_control",
                longPress: {
                    notification: "REMOTE_ACTION",
                    payload: {action: "MONITOROFF"}
                shortPress: {
                    notification: "REMOTE_ACTION",
                    payload: {action: "MONITORON"}
                pin: 24,
                name: "power",
                longPress: {
                    title: "Power off",
                    message: "Keep pressed for 3 seconds to shut down",
                    imageFA: "power-off",
                    notification: "REMOTE_ACTION",
                    payload: {action: "SHUTDOWN"}
                shortPress: undefined

Module Configuration

Here is full documentation of options for the modules configuration:

Option Description
buttons An array of button configurations. See Button Configuration below. Default is [] (no buttons registered).
minShortPressTime Minimum duration to trigger a short press in ms. Default is 0.
maxShortPressTime Maximum duration to trigger a short press in ms. Default is 500.
minLongPressTime Minimum time needed to trigger a long press in ms. Default is 3000. Any press duration between maxShortPressTime and minLongPressTime does not do anything.
bounceTimeout Duration to ignore bouncing (unintentional doubble press on the button).

Button Configuration

Each button configuration is an object with the following properties:

Property Description
pin Pin number of the button input (use BCM numbering).
name Name of the button for easier identification and log output.
longPress Choose what notification to send on a long press. See Notification Configuration below. Use undefined if nothing should trigger.
shortPress Choose what notification to send on a short press. See Notification Configuration below. Use undefined if nothing should trigger.

Notification Configuration

Each notification configuration is an object with the following properties:

Property Description
notification Notification name.
payload Notification payload. Can be anything, for example a string or an object.
title, message, and imageFA Optional (only for long press notifications): If you want to display a message before executing set its options here. See Alert documentation for their meaning.


The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright © 2016 Joseph Bethge

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