Stripbar: Flexible, colorful LEDs that speak Anybar language

Stripbar: Colorful dots for your computer

Introducing Stripbar - Simple indicator for NeoPixel strips.

Stripbar is a small indicator for your computer that does one simple thing: it displays colored dots. What the dot means and when to change it is up to you.

Powered by Arduino. Inspired by AnyBar. Works on any platform.



Hook them up as described:

Program your Arduino

Set correct permission for serial device

On Ubuntu and other Linux distributions you might need to set the correct permission for the Arduino device. Simply add your current user to the dialout group, then log out and log back in again:

sudo adduser ${USER} dialout

Mac systems seem to have set this right out of the box, so no worries.

Install stripbar

sudo python install


Execute in console

stripbar --serialdev /dev/ttyACM0 --numleds 9 -l 10

You can set the brightness for the LED strip as well as the number of LEDs. -l (Luminance) value ranges from 0 (practically 1) to 255.

For all options try

stripbar -h

Stripbar is controlled via UDP port (1738 by default).

Send it a message and it will change a color:

echo -n "red" | nc -4u -w0 localhost 1738

Any color recognized by a webbrowser will work.

If you have more than one LED, all the sockets will start listening from the base port (1738) and offset from there. So second LED will listen on port 1739 and so on.

And one special command forces stripbar to quit: quit

echo -n "quit" | nc -4u -w0 localhost 1738


Lots of plugins for AnyBar should work out of the box. Some of them I adapted to work specifically with Stripbar.

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