Introduction: Use IFTTT From a Raspberry Pi Without Technical Knowledge Using NodeRED

About: The ThingBox Project - A ready to flash Raspberry Pi image that contains Node-RED and Internet Of Things software for non developers.

This Instructable was made in order to provide a simple way to use IFTTT's Maker channel ( on a Raspberry Pi.

Step 1: A Simple Flow

Here is the simple flow we will build with the graphical editor.

It just sends a value to IFTTT.

Additionally, it shows that it is as easy to send data from a ZWave motion sensor to IFTTT.

Step 2: Download and Install the Pi SDCard

Go to and download the SDCard image you can flash using the Etcher app (

Learn more here :

Step 3: Access the Visual Editor

Use your web browser to access the visual editor using the network name you gave in the setup process

Step 4: Install NodeRED Nodes

Click the right menu in the Node-RED web page.

Choose "Manage Palette" then "Install". Type "ttb-ifttt" in the edit box and click the OK button. Wait for the install.

Step 5: Build a Simple Flow

We will build a simple flow with the IFTTT node.

Step 6: Edit the Node

You will have to choose a name for your event.

Also you should get the key from the IFTTT web site (see here to learn how to get the key).

Step 7:

You can add a function node to set/calculate the payload you want to send to IFTTT.

Alternatively, you can use nodes that provide that value as for instance a ZWave or Philips Hue motion sensor.

See here to learn more about how to use Hue devices.

Learn more here about this tutorial.

Step 8: Deploy and Test

Just hit the deploy button and now, by clicking the Go button you can switch the LED on and off.