cant get magicmirror to show up on screen



  • Hey there,

    i have completed all the steps in order to configure the rasp pi to run magicmirror but after running “pm2 start mm.sh” as on the guideline, the only thing I get is a terminal message approving that mm is running but it does not boot up.

    Thanks in advance


  • Module Developer

    Are you, by any chance, using a Raspberry Pi 1?



  • No, i am not. I am using the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.


  • Module Developer

    Alright. What happens when you open a browser window on your Pi and go to http://localhost:8080?



  • I get the “this site cant be reached” error


  • Module Developer

    What information comes up when you enter “pm2 logs mm” in the terminal window?



  • I get a whole bunch of errors, but the output tells me that I either have wrong versions of nodejs or npm or the magicmirror package itself is the one to blame. After that comes the message that electron js/electron.js fails
    Here is the log file that need to be submitted according to the log output:

    0 info it worked if it ends with ok
    1 verbose cli [ ‘/usr/bin/nodejs’, ‘/usr/bin/npm’, ‘start’ ]
    2 info using npm@3.10.3
    3 info using node@v6.5.0
    4 verbose run-script [ ‘prestart’, ‘start’, ‘poststart’ ]
    5 info lifecycle magicmirror@2.0.0~prestart: magicmirror@2.0.0
    6 silly lifecycle magicmirror@2.0.0~prestart: no script for prestart, continuing
    7 info lifecycle magicmirror@2.0.0~start: magicmirror@2.0.0
    8 verbose lifecycle magicmirror@2.0.0~start: unsafe-perm in lifecycle true
    9 verbose lifecycle magicmirror@2.0.0~start: PATH: /usr/lib/node_modules/npm/bin/node-gyp-bin:/home/pi/MagicMirror/node_modules/.bin:/usr/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/local/games:/usr/games
    10 verbose lifecycle magicmirror@2.0.0~start: CWD: /home/pi/MagicMirror
    11 silly lifecycle magicmirror@2.0.0~start: Args: [ ‘-c’, ‘electron js/electron.js’ ]
    12 info lifecycle magicmirror@2.0.0~start: Failed to exec start script
    13 verbose stack Error: magicmirror@2.0.0 start: electron js/electron.js
    13 verbose stack spawn ENOENT
    13 verbose stack at ChildProcess. (/usr/lib/node_modules/npm/lib/utils/spawn.js:33:16)
    13 verbose stack at emitTwo (events.js:106:13)
    13 verbose stack at ChildProcess.emit (events.js:191:7)
    13 verbose stack at maybeClose (internal/child_process.js:877:16)
    13 verbose stack at Process.ChildProcess._handle.onexit (internal/child_process.js:226:5)
    14 verbose pkgid magicmirror@2.0.0
    15 verbose cwd /home/pi/MagicMirror
    16 error Linux 4.4.13-v7+
    17 error argv “/usr/bin/nodejs” “/usr/bin/npm” "start"
    18 error node v6.5.0
    19 error npm v3.10.3
    20 error file sh
    21 error code ELIFECYCLE
    22 error errno ENOENT
    23 error syscall spawn
    24 error magicmirror@2.0.0 start: electron js/electron.js
    24 error spawn ENOENT
    25 error Failed at the magicmirror@2.0.0 start script ‘electron js/electron.js’.
    25 error Make sure you have the latest version of node.js and npm installed.
    25 error If you do, this is most likely a problem with the magicmirror package,
    25 error not with npm itself.
    25 error Tell the author that this fails on your system:
    25 error electron js/electron.js
    25 error You can get information on how to open an issue for this project with:
    25 error npm bugs magicmirror
    25 error Or if that isn’t available, you can get their info via:
    25 error npm owner ls magicmirror
    25 error There is likely additional logging output above.
    26 verbose exit [ 1, true ]


  • Module Developer

    Ok, there might be a problem with your electron installation.
    Can you go into your MagicMirror folder and type “node serveronly”?

    Then, go back to your browser window and type in “localhost:8080”



  • Ok it is now working.
    I will now try to enable kioskmode.


  • Module Developer

    This would mean that there seems to be a problem with your electron installation. Since you’ve got a Pi 3, I would try to get that fixed, it’s much easier to have the mirror act the way you want it to if the kiosk mode comes up automatically. I’m running the mirror on a Pi 1 and it took me forever to get everything set up so that the system boots into the mirror, I had to make sure the browser didn’t start too early, and so on. It requires many manual modifications and I’m almost certain that’s not the path you want to take :).

    Your mirror installation is not properly set up, I would try to fix that.

    I’m not sure if the problem on your system is electron or the mirror installation, as I’m not able to use electron on my Pi I have no experience with using it. But you can try going to your MagicMirror folder and typing in: “npm install electron”, this may set things right.

    If it doesn’t, maybe try a reinstall.


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