EX-Installer

Managing config files with the Installer

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Custom config files

EX‑CommandStation uses three main config files that allow you to modify aspects of the command station to suit your needs. These files are:

  • config.h

  • myAutomation.h

  • mySetup.h

Note: the case of characters the names is very important.

config.h

The config.h file contains the core information for how your EX‑CommandStation will be configured, including:

  • The motor driver type

  • The WiFi network configuration

  • etc.

If you are using the EX‑Installer then this file will be automatically created for you based on your answers to the question. However you can supply your own file (which you can create manually, or may have been previously created by the installer)

myAutomation.h

The myAutomation.h file can contain any customisations, including:

  • Your Roster

  • Turnouts/Points

  • Routes

  • Servos

  • EX‑RAIL automations

  • Turntables (Not available in the current ‘Release’ version)

This can be created manually, or by the EX‑Installer if you select the Create MyAutomation.h option.

Note

Using myAutomation.h does use more progmem as it uses EX‑RAIL.

mySetup.h

The mySetup.h file can contain:

  • SETUP(cmd) commands (allows issuing of DCC-EX Native protocol commands to be run at start-up of the Command Station)

  • Any c++ code you wish

This file must be created manually.


Creating Custom Config files

You can create and manage custom config files several ways:

  • By using the editing features in EX‑Installer

  • Manually using any text Editor

Using EX-Installer

Note: if you are just starting out this is the recommended approach.

  • Run EX‑Installer following the instructions

  • in the ‘Install EX-CommandStation’ screen, make sure you select Create MyAutomation.h and advanced config along with any other options you need for your Command Station.

  • Click the Advanced Config button you will be shown the ‘Advanced Configuration’ Screen where you can make additional edits to config.h and myAutomation.h

  • on the ‘Load EX-CommandStation’ screen, after you click Load and the software has been loaded, you will see a Backup config files button

  • Follow the instructions to backup your files

The next time you run EX‑Installer

  • On the ‘Select EX-CommandStation version’ screen, select the version you wish to install

  • Then select Use my existing config files and locate the files you saved as a backup previously.
    Select any of the files you backed up. (Even though you select only one file, all the files will be included.)

  • Then click Advanced Config

  • Follow the instructions above for the ‘Advanced Configuration’ screen and the following steps.

Note: this process does not automatically create mySetup.h. This file can be manually added to the other two files using the text editor instructions below if needed.

Using any text Editor

Any app that can edit plain text files can be used.

  • Create a folder to store the files. This MUST NOT be inside the folders created by the installer.

  • Copy config-sample.h from github of the EX‑Installer install folders.

  • Rename config-sample.h to config.h and edit as needed

  • If needed, create myAutomation.h and edit as needed

  • If needed, create mySetup.h and edit as needed

  • Run EX‑Installer following the instructions

  • On the ‘Select EX-CommandStation version’ select the version you wish to install

  • Then select Use my existing config files and locate the files you saved as a backup previously, and select any of the files you backed up. (Even though you select only one file, all the files will be included.)

  • Then click Advanced Config

  • Continue to the ‘Load Configuration’ screen and load the software

If you had previously used the Arduino IDE of VSC to create custom config files, you can use these files, from where you originally created them or copy them to a separate folder.