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Linux Fabtool installation

The FABtool tool is software to program EASE, Bliss and PowerView shades. The software runs on both a windows 10 64 bit computer and an Ubuntu 18.04 linux 64 bit computer.


Before proceeding with this instruction make sure you have:

  • A Linux computer available.
  • Received an email containing a key file for the Expert center.

Fabtool manager

First install the FABtool manager. It downloads, decrypts and installs the actual Fabtool.

  • Download the .deb file:

    wget ~/Downloads/

  • Open a terminal: Press <ALT><F2> and a small text entry appears at the center of the screen. Type term and press enter.

  • From the terminal: sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/fab.deb
  • Restart the terminal and enter fab

The output should be something like this:

  ______      ____ _______ ____   ____  _
 |  ____/\   |  _ \__   __/ __ \ / __ \| |
 | |__ /  \  | |_) | | | | |  | | |  | | |
 |  __/ /\ \ |  _ <  | | | |  | | |  | | |
 | | / ____ \| |_) | | | | |__| | |__| | |____
 |_|/_/    \_\____/  |_|  \____/ \____/|______|

Usage: fab.exe [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...
  • Save the received key.txt file to a location on your harddrive (like ~/temp)
  • Open the command prompt (cmd or powershell) and navigate to the above location.
  • enter fab auto-load . The tool should find the key.txt file and import it.
  • If you want you can delete the key.txt file


There are two options to install the tool:

  1. Installation using internet connection: When your computer is online it will automatically download and install the program
  2. Installation with local binary: Use an already downloaded program and tell the FABtool manager where to find it. This is useful if you computer is not connected to the internet or you want to deploy to a lot of computers without having to download the program every time.

Installation using internet connection

  • Open a terminal, dos prompt or Powershell and enter: fab install download . This will download, decrypt and install the fabricator tool

Installation with local binary

  • Download the binary: download
  • From your console/terminal: fab install from-file <binary location>


When you have installed the tool using the above instructions we will bootstrap the tool: For the user this means adding shortcuts to the desktop.

  • On the terminal enter fab bootstrap .
  • This will put a couple of icons on your home screen:


For each platform there are two ways to start the tool, as a demo or as a fully working tool. For example: PV FABtool will run the PowerView fabtool fully functional. PV FABtool demo will run the demo version.

One, most important icon is the FABtool updater icon. This allows you to update the tool (using an internet connection) to the latest version.

Feel free to delete any icon you don't see necessary. If you accidentally delete an icon execute the abovementioned fab bootstrap command and all icons will re-appear.

A special icon is the FABtool icon. This will run all platforms combined. For more info go here


The Fabricator is able to program motors from a variety of platforms (like EASE, PowerView and Bliss) Each platform requires different extra devices, like hardware required to communicate with a motor:

Hardware PowerView EASE Bliss REMARK
Keypad x x x keypad Optional
PV dongle x pvdongle
EASE dongle x dongle
Bluetooth x Either by external dongle or integrated in the computer
Barcode scanner x x scanner


Be aware that any of the above pieces of hardware are USB devices. Make sure your computer has enough USB ports available.

Barcode scanner

All barcode scanners should act as a device connected to a serial port. Currently supported scanners:

  • Honeywell Xenon 1900/1910 series (USB)
  • ZEBRA DS2208 (USB)


For the right settings scan the following barcode with the scanner (while connected to the computer).

Honeywell Xenon 1900/1910 series




EASE dongle driver

Required for communicating with the EASE blinds.


More info here

Linux Installation

Go here for instructions.

PV dongle

If you are using a computer which has the old powerview programmer installed follow the following procedure below to disable the old program (This is only relevant for LINUX installations):

Open a terminal session

sudo systemctl stop nordic
sudo systemctl disable nordic
sudo rm /lib/systemd/system/nordic.service

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Remove the

goto /etc/udev/rules.d/ and remove the 99-rules file.

Do a system update

  • Remove chrome autostart. open budgie desktop settings and remove chrome from autostart

Enable bluetooth

sudo systemctl enable bluetooth.service

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