Library for controlling an Apple TV
This is a python library for controlling and querying information from an Apple TV. It is async (python 3.4 syntax) and supports most of the commands that the regular Apple Remote app does as well as some additional iTunes commands, like changing the media position.
As this library is still at an early development stage, functionality is still missing, bugs exist and API may change. Look at this as a “technical preview”. API is not considered final until version 1.0 is released.
NOTE: As pairing is not yet implemented, you must enable home sharing on your Apple TV for this library to work! Once pairing is implemented, this restriction will be lifted.
The MIT license is used for this library.
- Automatic discovery of devices (zeroconf/Bonjour)
- Most buttons (play, pause, next, previous, select, menu, topmenu)
- Fetch artwork in PNG format
- Currently playing (e.g. title, artist, album, total time, etc.)
- Change media position
$ pip install pyatv
Using the API
Here is a simple example using auto discovery and printing what is playing:
import asyncio from pyatv import helpers @asyncio.coroutine def print_what_is_playing(atv): playing = yield from atv.metadata.playing() print('Currently playing:') print(playing) helpers.auto_connect(print_what_is_playing)
Additional and more advanced examples can be found in examples.
Using the CLI application
It is possible to use the reference CLI application as well:
# Automatically discover device (zeroconf) $ atvremote -a play $ atvremote -a next # Scanning for devices on network $ atvremote Found Apple TVs: - Apple TV at 10.0.10.22 (hsgid: 00000000-1234-5678-9012- 345678901234) # Manually specify device $ atvremote --address 10.0.10.22 --hsgid 00000000-1234-5678-9012- 345678901234 playing album: None artist: None media_type: 1 play_state: 1 position: 0 title: None total_time: 0 # List all commands supported by a device $ atvremote -a commands Remote control commands: - set_position - Seeks in the current playing media - pause - Press key play - menu - Press key menu - topmenu - Go to top menu (long press menu) - down - Press key down - previous - Press key previous - up - Press key up - right - Press key right - play - Press key play - select - Press key select - next - Press key next - left - Press key left Metadata commands: - playing - Returns what is currently playing - artwork - Returns artwork for what is currently playing (or None) Playing commands commands: - title - Title of the current media, e.g. movie or song name - play_state - Current play state, e.g. playing or paused - artist - Artist of the currently playing song - media_type - What type of media is currently playing, e.g. video, music - total_time - Total play time in seconds - album - Album of the currently playing song - position - Current position in the playing media (seconds)
Type atvremote –help to list all supported commands.
Missing features and improvements
There are still a lot to do. Here is a summary of currently known missing functionality and other improvements. GitHub issues will be created for easier tracking.
- Help command to get full help text for a command
- Verify support with Apple TV 4
- Automatic builds with travis
- Write simple smoke test for atvremote
- Improved documentation
- More examples
- Better pydoc documentation for classes and methods
- Manual in docs/
- Add to readthedocs.io
- Investigate support for additional operations (shuffle, repeat, etc.)
Fork this project, clone it and run setup_dev_env.sh to setup a virtual environment and install everything needed for development:
git clone https://github.com/postlund/pyatv.git cd pyatv ./setup_dev_env.sh source bin/activate
You can run the tests with python setup.py test. Also, make sure that pylint, flake8 and pydoc passes before committing. This is done automatically if you run just run tox.
When using atvremote, pass –developer to enable some developer friendly commands. You may also pass –debug to get better logging.
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