Install on Raspberry Pi


  1. Python 2.7.* needs to be installed and on your system PATH
  2. sudo apt-get install bluetooth bluez libbluetooth-dev libudev-dev
  3. Setup BLE Dongle (Optional: not required for Raspberry Pi 3)

Install Node.js/NPM

We officially support the LTS (v4..) and Current (v6..) versions of Node.js.

Binary Install Steps:

  1. Figure out which version of the ARM architecture your Raspberry Pi has, uname -a.
  2. Find the appropriate ARM binary under "Additional Platforms".
  3. Download the binary. Example: curl -O
  4. Unpack. Example: tar -xf node-v4.5.0-linux-armv7l.tar.xz
  5. Enter the newly unpacked folder, and delete the following files:

    cd node-v4.5.0-linux-arm7l
    rm LICENSE
  6. Install sudo cp -R * /usr/local/

Also, make sure NPM is at least version 3+.

  1. Check version, npm --version.
  2. If it is less than 3, upgrade it sudo npm install npm -g

Install Bean CLI Loader

sudo npm install -g --unsafe-perm bean-sdk

Run it!

On Linux, the underlying noble library requires root access. So either run the bean command as sudo OR, do the following:

sudo apt-get install libcap2-bin
sudo setcap cap_net_raw+eip $(eval readlink -f `which node`)

Let's scan for Beans to ensure everything is working properly!

From the terminal:

bean scan

Next Steps