How to create a working config. For absolute beginners.
I’m going to walk you through this. Why? Well, someone always helped me when I was new.
What better way to repay them? By helping others, that’s how.
This is ALL in the installation tutorial.
Yes, it is, BUT, this can be overwhelming for someone completely new to programming.
I know, I was an absolute beginner 7 months ago. I needed help, too. I still do.
I’m writing this guide so that you benefit from the kindness that was shown to me.
My mirror says, “Please create a config file.”
So you just installed MagicMirror and you launched it for the first time and you
were presented with the dreaded, yellow, “Please create a config file” error message.
Don’t panic! I did. You’ll be up and running in no time. I promise. Follow me.
Editing in the terminal scares the $h!t out of me.
Yeah, me too! So let’s do it another way. An easier way. A way we’re used to.
Creating a working config in the GUI.
We don’t need no stinking terminal! We’re going to navigate through this just like
we would on a PC or a Mac desktop. We all know how to point and click with a mouse.
STFU Mykle, and tell me already!
Fine! Here it is.
Go to your Pi’s desktop
File Manager(Top menu bar, 3rd from the left, in Raspbian Jessie)
Double click the
Double click the
Right click the
config.js.samplefile - select
Right click again somewhere else in that same window - select
Rename the file you just pasted to
config.jsand click the
config.jsfile that you just pasted is now your working config file for MagicMirror
You did it!
Your mirror will run now!
Open that pesky terminal
Open a new terminal and type
cd MagicMirrorand press your
Now you’re in the
npm startand press your
Enterkey to launch MagicMirror.
Other “Absolute Beginner” tutorials
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How to post code on the forum. For absolute beginners.
Install MagicMirror on a PC Windows 7/10 - Complete walkthrough
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