This component integrates an emulated Roku API into Home Assistant, so remotes such as Harmony and Android apps can connect to it through WiFi as if it were a Roku player. Home Assistant will see key presses and app launches as Events, which you can use as triggers for automations. Multiple Roku servers may be started if you run out of buttons by specifying multiple server entries.
Windows is not supported because Home Assistant uses
ProactorEventLoop which does not support UDP sockets.
This component opens an unauthenticated API on the host, allowing anything on the local network to access
your Home Assistant instance through the automations you create with emulated Roku as the trigger.
Using a proxy with whitelisted IP addresses is recommended. (set
advertise_ip to the proxy’s ip or DNS name)
The component is configurable through the frontend. (Configuration -> Integrations -> Emulated Roku)
If you wish to configure advanced options, you can add the following entry in
# Example configuration.yaml entry emulated_roku: servers: - name: Home Assistant listen_port: 8060
(string)(Required)Name of the Roku that will be displayed as the serial number in Harmony.
(integer)(Required)The port the Roku API will run on. This can be any free port on your system.
(string)(Optional)The IP address that your Home Assistant installation is running on. If you do not specify this option, the component will attempt to determine the IP address on its own.
(string)(Optional)If you need to override the IP address or DNS name used for UPnP discovery. (For example, using network isolation in Docker or using a proxy)
(integer)(Optional)If you need to override the advertised UPnP port.
(boolean)(Optional)Whether or not to bind the UPnP (SSDP) listener to the multicast address (18.104.22.168) or instead to the (unicast) host_ip address specified above (or automatically determined). The default is true, which will work in most situations. In special circumstances, like running in a FreeBSD or FreeNAS jail, you may need to disable this.
Default value: true
After starting up, you can check if the emulated Roku is reachable at the specified ports on your Home Assistant instance (eg.:
All Roku commands are sent as
||Name of the emulated Roku instance that sent the event. Only required when using multiple instances to filter event sources.|
||The type of the event that was called on the API.|
||the code of the pressed key when the command
||the id of the app that was launched when command
The available keys are listed here: Roku key codes
The following is an example implementation of an automation:
# Example automation - id: amp_volume_up alias: Increase amplifier volume trigger: - platform: event event_type: roku_command event_data: source_name: Home Assistant type: keypress key: Fwd action: - service: media_player.volume_up entity_id: media_player.amplifier
If you change your advertised IP or ports, you will have to re-add the emulated Roku in your app.
When using Harmony, the app should auto-discover any changes via UPnP discovery (if
name is unchanged) once it detects that the device is unreachable.
Alternatively, you can trigger the ‘Fix’ page by pressing a button on the unreachable device’s remote in the app and wait ~10 seconds, then click ‘Fix it’.
- Some Android remotes send key up/down events instead of key presses.
- Functionality other than key presses and app launches are not implemented yet.
- App ids are limited between 1-10. (The emulated API reports 10 dummy apps)
- Harmony uses UPnP discovery (UPnP is not needed after pairing), which might not work in Docker. You can:
- Change Docker to host networking temporarily, then revert after pairing.
- Run the
advertise.pyhelper script from the emulated_roku library directly somewhere else and point it to the emulated Roku API.
- Harmony cannot launch apps as it uses IR instead of the WiFi API and will not display the custom dummy app list.
- Home control buttons cannot be assigned to emulated Roku on the Harmony Hub Companion remote as they are limited to Hue (and possibly other APIs) within Harmony.
- Harmony will not set the name of the added emulated Roku device to the specified