The idea

A ready to use SDCard for Raspberry Pi
featuring Node-RED and The Internet of Things technologies, easy to use with a graphical interface
The ThingBox provides the
Internet of Thing
technologies to all of us,
ready and easy to use.

What is the Thingbox

The ThingBox is a set of software ready to use, already installed and configured on an SDCard.

  • Node-RED ( Node-RED is a programming tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways. It provides a browser-based editor that makes it easy to wire together flows using the wide range of nodes in the palette that can be deployed to its runtime in a single-click.
  • Mosquitto ( an open source message broker that implements the MQTT (, a lightweight messaging protocol that allows Things (sensors, computers ...) to exchange data.

The ThingBox allows anyone to graphically create new unlimited applications interacting with connected objects from a simple web-browser.

Dedicated to
  • For non-technical people, this site provides in a single easy step a graphical interface to take fully advantage the Internet of Things.
  • For technical people, the ThingBox is a ready to use device released under the WTFPL licence (the WTFPL is a very permissive license for software and other scientific or artistic works that offers a huge degree of freedom).
    Use it to build you projects. There is no associated licence fee.
What the Thingbox is NOT

The ThingBox is not a (yet another) new home automation box. It's purpose is to help create new usages that go far beyond the home automation.

Why the Raspberry Pi?

For the internet of things, you need a full time running computer. And it cannot be in the cloud since it should be near the things you want to manage. Although an ordinary computer can be used for this, many people prefer the tiny, affordable Raspberry-Pi.


See what our awesome happy users say about us.

Build your Thingbox ...














Just download and install the ThingBox image file to a Raspberry-Pi, a tiny computer that you can buy in many shops (more here).


Use the links below to download the image file (free).


Version 3.1.5 (docker version)
for ARM v7 (Pi2, Pi3), does not work on ARM v6 procs (Pi zero, Pi1).
Includes NodeRED 0.19

Released 2018 December 27


Version 2.8.0 (Deprecated (but last non docker version))
for Pi zero, Pi1, Pi2, Pi3. Includes NodeRED 0.17.5

Released 2018 Feb 16

CAUTION : does NOT run on the new Pi 3B+. Only 3.0 release above does.

Discover What's new in all versions

Learn how to write this image on a Pi SDCard: Flash the SD Card

And discover how to use it: Documentation



Version 3.1.3 (docker version)
for ARM v7 (Pi2, Pi3), does not work on ARM v6 procs (Pi zero, Pi1). Includes NodeRED 0.19. Released 2018 October 4


Version 2.7.0
for Pi zero, Pi1, Pi2, Pi3. Includes NodeRED 0.17.5. Released 2017 Dec 26


Version 2.6.2
for Pi zero, Pi1, Pi2, Pi3. Includes NodeRED 0.17.5. Released 2017 Sept 6

... or buy one!

You can buy an already built Thingbox
in a third party product...

TimeSquAir The smart connected display

It contains a complete computer (Raspberry Pi3, WiFi, Bluetooth) 8 Go SDCard, a LED Matrix, a NFC tag reader.

All components are wired in a white box, ready to plug and play, with its user guide.

Read more about it here:


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