Calaos quick start guide

Raspberry pi quick start guide

What you need

Creating the SD card with calaos os


Launch a terminal and go in the directory where you download the calaos os image.

 $ cd ~/Downloads
 $ tar xvf calaos-image-raspberrypi-v2.0.tar.xz

Insert the sdcard into the sdcard reader of your PC. You need to know which device was created by linux when the card was inserted. The device name is something like /dev/sdX or /dev/mmcblkX. To know the exact name use the following command :

 $ dmesg | tail

You should get something like that :

 [191385.790344] mmc0: new high speed SDHC card at address 1234
 [191385.790574] mmcblk0: mmc0:1234 SA04G 3.67 GiB
 [191385.791564]  mmcblk0: p1 p2

In that case the device is /dev/mmvblk0

We need to ensure that this device is not mounted on your system

 $ sudo umount /dev/mmvblk0p1
 $ sudo umount /dev/mmvblk0p2

or in case your device is detected as /dev/sdX

 $ sudo umount /dev/sdd1
 $ sudo umount /dev/sdd2

You can verify that the devices are not mounted by using the mount command

 $ mount

No sdcard must appears in the resulting list.

Let's now copy calaos os on the sdcard

 sudo dd if=calaos-image-raspberrypi-v2.0-20150214101639.rootfs.rpi-sdimg of=/dev/mmcblk0

Once the operation is completed, you can remove the sdcard, and insert it in the Raspberry pi.


You can use ApplePi-Baker. It's a free utility that allows you to write an image to the sdcard. It can be download here :


You can use Win32DiskImager. You can download it here :

Connecting to the Rpi

When you boot your raspberrypi, the network is configured to use dhcp, so you need to know what IP address the DHCP server gave to the Pi. Or if you are using MacOS or Linux, you may try to connect to it with :

 ssh root@rasberrypi

If you already know the IP address, just connect directly :

 ssh root@ip_address

The default password is empty. If you have trouble to find the ip adress, look here : it may give you some hints.

NOTE : on Linux and MacosX you can use the Terminal to use ssh. On windows you need a program like putty to connect to the raspberrypi :

Calaos Server configuration

You can set the basic parameters of your calaos installation : username and password.

  $ calaos_config set cn_user nico
  $ calaos_config set cn_pass calaos_rox

These user and password are those that you will use to connect from Calaos Web, Calaos Home or Calaos Installer.

Restart calaos_server to take this new parameters into account :

  $ systemctl restart calaos_server

To see if everything is working fine with calaos server, you can try to connect to the server via Calaos Web. Start your favorite web browser and connect to http://raspberrypi or http://ip_address You should be able to login, but nothing is displayed in the interface. It's completely normal as we don't have configured the whole installation yet. What we need now is to create the configuration of our house, and Calaos Installer will be used for that.

House configuration with Calaos Installer

Calaos Installer is an application for Linux, Macos X and Windows. You can download it here :

Install calaos-installer for you OS from this page, and launch it.

On the interface, you should find a Autodetection button. Click on it. It launched the discovery process of Calaos Server trough the network. If Calaos Server is found, the IP address is displayed in the Window. You can then double click on it and connect to Calaos Server with the credentials you fixed in the first section of this guide.

You can now add the Input/Output with calaos-installer depending on the Hardware connected to calaos-server.

Click Calaos Server→Download Project from Calaos Server. This action download the configuration on the raspberry pi on your local machine to edit it.

You can put here the IP address (This address should have bee insert if audetection process has worked). Put also the user and password you give in the first part. Default values are user/pass

If the download is ok, the connection between the raspberry-pi and your local PC is ok.

Now add a new Room : Click on add Item → Room And enter a friendly name for the new room.

Now create a new virtual swith : add Item → Internal Variable.

Enter informations as on this screenshot:

Save the confoguration, and send it to the raspberry-pi with : Calaos Server → Send project to calaos server.

You can see if everyhting is up and working, by connecting yourself to the web interface : (http://ip_raspberrypi), you may also use the mobile application or Calaos Home application. Here the result on the following interfaces : Calaos Home :

Calaos Web :

Calaos Mobile :

You know now how to create I/O for Calaos. You can now create you complete Home Automation installation, depending on the hardware you own.