Is Pixlet only available on MacOS and Linux?

I’m not super experienced with API development, but I’m trying to learn!

I don’t see any windows instructions on the getting started page is there any way i can download starlark, or am i not able to do that?


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How To Install Pixlet for Windows using WSL

How to render a file on local host:
Tidbyt Github Instructions
Thread examples

How to push a file to your Tidbyt:
Tidbyt Github Instructions
Thread Examples

How to Publish an app:

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You can run it on Windows through WSL - I use Ubuntu.

Just download pixlet into /usr/bin or add it to your path in Ubuntu and then you can use VSCode for development.

Let me know if you need more thorough instructions.


Hey Jeremy,

Appreciate the offer, but ill pass. I just built my new gaming rig and im trying to keep it cleaner then my last by not installing a bunch of extra stuff on it I don’t need.

Im not a developer by trade so whole second OS is just not really worth it it me. Maybe Ill pick up a spare laptop from a friend or something and try that out. Hopefully in the future a more streamlined windows solution can be offered??

Thanks again for the reply!!

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I know what you mean, I just got a new computer… and all the development overhead is not something I want either!

I am going to use a virtual machine, running Ubuntu, to see if I can get that to work. VirtualBox and Ubuntu should be easy to do, maybe the newer Hyper-viser (sp?) would work as well.


[Update: I just finished installing VirtualBox, Ubuntu, and Pixlet, and ran the Hello World pixlet test. It was pretty easy.

If you need help, let me know.


  1. Download Virtual Box, install it. If for some reason you don’t have Hypervisor enabled, you may need to activate it. Google can help.
  2. Download Ubuntu LTS version, create a New Virtual Box Virtual Machine, point to the Ubuntu ISO File. I created a 30GB virtual drive and I had about 10GB left over.
  3. Start your Ubuntu virtual machine. Open a terminal, install curl: sudo apt install curl
  4. Open Firefox in Ubuntu and search for pixlet (I went to Tidbyt, home, SDK, clicked the link to get to the github for Pixlet. Downloaded Pixlet .gz file.).
  5. Go to the Downloads folder (or wherever you put the .gz file, of course). gunzip the .gz file. Then tar xvf the .tar file. (Can probably use tar xzvf now that I think about it…) At the level of pixlet, run the test command, in the Readme, from the command line. This starts the Hello World pixlet app on a local pixlet server (local to Ubuntu). Note, it (the pixlet server) will ‘stay open’ until you ctrl-c the process at the command line. This is good. Just let it stay there for now. Come back when you are done and ctrl-c to stop the server and get back to the command line.
  6. In Firefox on Ubuntu, go to http://localhost:8080 … you should see the Hello World pixlet app display a “Hello, World!” message in the browser window:

Mine looked like this!]


@Scottorama Thanks for the response man!

Quick question before I try and jump into this. My new PC has an old 1TB HDD slapped in from my last rig which I mostly use for file store. That way the new 1TB SSD I bought for my new rig is strictly just steam gaming stuff.

Theoretically I could install all this virtual box and Linux stuff to the old HDD and it would still all work?

I feel like it kind of a dumb question, but I just want to make sure first!

No question is a bad question… never hurts to ask!

VirtualBox will install on your main drive in your program files, unless you try to install it elsewhere. It won’t take up much space (relatively). The Virtual machines can be installed onto any drive, so, yes on the old drive is fine. Just point to the drive letter when you make the virtual machine.

You can also make a restore point (I think) in Windows to undo things if they don’t go the way you like.

How to Create a Windows restore point (

Hope that helps, let me know if you have any more questions.

I had the same question, and disappointed I just now found this after trying to work around stuff for the last 5+ hours. I wish there was a streamlined way for Windows users – I was really looking forward to making some super personalized screens and maybe stuff like Twitch go live notifications, but unfortunately all of this finagling for Windows users just isn’t worth it to me.

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Going the Windows WSL and VScode route as suggested by
@jeremy wasn’t as much of a hassle as I expected it to be once I got my files in the right location.

@jeremy or @pineapple Would you mind outlining the steps you took in a bit more detail?

I was able to grab an old laptop from a family member that I’d live to just strictly use for development purposes. Right now I’m using @Scottorama method on my personal pc.

So I think I did the following steps to get it to work.

1.Download wsl using the install instructions found here.
2. Install VSCode and installed the Remote Development extension there. (I don’t know how much this is really required, but I did it anyway). You will be able to call the Ubuntu terminal through VSCode or through the Ubuntu app (just a terminal when you search it in the task bar).
3. Download the pixlet binary file into the bin folder of the Ubuntu (in windows file folder this is \\wsl$\Ubuntu\usr\bin).
4. While in the bin folder from the Ubuntu command line using sudo tar -xf <filename> where filename is the pixlet binary.
5. From here you should be able to download the zipped source file from github to get the examples (place this somewhere where you have write access on the Ubuntu side). ‘Ubuntu/home’ should work. It may be easier to download on the windows side and then unzip it to the remote side.
6. The examples outlined on github should now work.

Hope this helps!

Edit: fixed formatting and few clarifications.

Thanks @pineapple!

Ill be picking up the laptop from my brother in the next week or so. Ill give these steps a go and let you know if I have any issues!

Looking forward to being able to create stuff for my Tydbit

On slight question on point number 3 and 4 though.

Which of the files in github is the binary file? I’m not super familiar with what that is?


The pixlet_0.7.0_linux_amd64.tar.gz file.

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Thanks @pineapple and @Scottorama for the great start here-

I’m working to follow the directions to get pixlet working on my windows machine, but I’m encountering an error when I try to run the sudo tar -xf where filename is the pixlet binary. I am supposed to type the command as sudo tar -xf , right?

I’m getting an error that says -bash: syntax error near unexpected token `newline’

I’m doing a lot of googling, but Linux and coding in general is new to me.

@rohan, Would there be a more user-friendly method for windows coming out in the future?

Thanks all- and Happy New Year!

@Keith_Leonhardt woops, looks like I forgot a step. After
the sudo tar -xf step, run the following command (assuming you are in the bin folder).

sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/pixlet.

Then pixlet command and examples should work.

Edit: To answer your initial question, yes the full command I used was this.
sudo tar -xf pixlet_0.7.0_linux_amd64.tar.gz

Sorry @Keith_Leonhardt - I’ve not been checking in over the festive season. Did @pineapple get your issues solved? Once you have it up and running from VS Code with the remote WSL plugin, you probably won’t ever need to go into Linux unless something breaks :slight_smile:

Hey guys,

any idea what i need to do to get Step #4 to work here i keep getting this same error? Im not sure if this is useful info, but I have and intel processor. Should i be using the arm binary file instead of amd?

I’m not sure why it’s saying you can’t open the file or directory unless you aren’t in the folder that you put that .tar.gz file in, which would do it.

I was able to download the .gz file and unpack it just fine using that command. If you go to that file and right click the .tar.gz file from github and copy the link address and run
sudo curl -O -L <copied link address> and then do sudo tar -xf pixlet_0.8.5_linux_amd64.tar.gz that should work for this step.

However I haven’t been able to get pixlet to work past 0.8.2 as I may be missing a library or something. I opened up a github request though concerning that while I troubleshoot as my roommate is getting the same error.

If you get 0.8.5 to work let me know though!

hope this helps!

@AmillionAir ignore my comment about 0.8.5 not working I was actually just missing a library.

I’m not sure why it’s saying you can’t open the file or directory unless you aren’t in the folder that you put that .tar.gz file in, which would do it.

This might be where my problem lies im just launching unbuntu and then typing that sudo tar -xf command is there a specific way i need to access my bin folder within Unbuntu before i type that sudo tar -xf in.

Also, i really appreciate the help ive never used Linux so that is all an exciting learning experience for me!