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.
First install the FABtool manager. It downloads, decrypts and installs the actual Fabtool.
wget https://motorisation.hde.nl/bin/fabricator/ubuntu18_04/fab.deb ~/Downloads/
Open a terminal: Press
<ALT><F2>and a small text entry appears at the center of the screen. Type
termand press enter.
- From the terminal:
sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/fab.deb
- Restart the terminal and enter
The output should be something like this:
______ ____ _______ ____ ____ _ | ____/\ | _ \__ __/ __ \ / __ \| | | |__ / \ | |_) | | | | | | | | | | | | __/ /\ \ | _ < | | | | | | | | | | | | / ____ \| |_) | | | | |__| | |__| | |____ |_|/_/ \_\____/ |_| \____/ \____/|______| Usage: fab.exe [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...
- Save the received
key.txtfile to a location on your harddrive (like
- Open the command prompt (cmd or powershell) and navigate to the above location.
. The tool should find the
key.txtfile and import it.
- If you want you can delete the
There are two options to install the tool:
- Installation using internet connection: When your computer is online it will automatically download and install the program
- 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
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:
|Bluetooth||x||Either by external dongle or integrated in the computer|
Be aware that any of the above pieces of hardware are USB devices. Make sure your computer has enough USB ports available.
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
Go here for instructions.
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 99-rules.dev
/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
sudo systemctl enable bluetooth.service
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