Blink1Control2 GUI app for blink(1) devices

blink(1), blink1, node-hid, node-blink1, usb, hid, notification, rgb, led, electron, react, nodejs, usb-hid
npm install Blink1Control2@2.2.2



Blink1Control is the desktop application for controlling and hooking events to blink(1). It is the primary user-level application for controlling blink(1). It is an event-based system for triggering blink(1) color patterns. Those events can be on your computer or on the Net.

Blink1Control2 is the current version, written in Electron, Node.js, and React.


There are pre-built app downloads for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux in the releases area.

Setup steps (for development)

You will need a working C compiler setup for Node projects. You can find details for that here:

Start a hot-reloading content server and the application:

npm install
npm run watch &
npm run startdev

Or to emulate a production run:

npm install        # installs all dependencies locally
npm run webpack    # packs app, there will be some warnings, ignore
npm run start      # starts the packaged app
npm run dist:draft # create relocatable app and installer(s), in "dist" dir


Install udev rules file in /etc/udev/rules.d/51-blink1.rules with contents:

SUBSYSTEM=="input", GROUP="input", MODE="0666"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="27b8", ATTRS{idProduct}=="01ed", MODE:="666", GROUP="plugdev"
KERNEL=="hidraw*", ATTRS{idVendor}=="27b8", ATTRS{idProduct}=="01ed", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"

And install the rules with:

sudo udevadm control --reload-rules

Then unplug and replug the blink(1) device.

Install the following pre-requisites:

  • libgnome-keyring-dev
  • icnsutils
  • xz-utils
  • rpm
  • bsdtar
  • libusb-1.0.0-dev
  • libudev-dev


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