Media Extractor

The media_extractor integration gets a stream URL and sends it to a media player entity. This integration can extract entity specific streams if configured accordingly.

Media extractor doesn't transcode streams, it just tries to find stream that match requested query.

To use the media extractor service in your installation, add the following to your configuration.yaml file:

# Example configuration.yaml entry

Configuration Variables

default_querystring(Optional, default: best)

Set default stream query for all devices.


Set entity specific values.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  default_query: worst
      video: bestvideo
      music: bestaudio[ext=mp3]

This configuration sets query for all service calls like to ‘bestaudio’ with the mp3 extension:

  "entity_id": "media_player.my_sonos",
  "media_content_id": "",
  "media_content_type": "music"

Query examples with explanations:

  • bestvideo: Best video only stream
  • best: Best video + audio stream
  • bestaudio[ext=m4a]: Best audio stream with m4a extension
  • worst: Worst video + audio stream
  • bestaudio[ext=m4a]/bestaudio[ext=ogg]/bestaudio: Best m4a audio, otherwise best ogg audio and only then any best audio

More info about queries here

Use the service

Use service developer tool icon Services from the Developer Tools. Choose media_extractor from the dropdown menu Domain and play_media from Service, enter something like the JSON sample from above into the Service Data field, and hit CALL SERVICE.

This will download the file from the given URL.

Service data attribute Optional Description
entity_id yes Name(s) of entities to seek media on, e.g., media_player.living_room_chromecast. Defaults to all.
media_content_id no The ID of the content to play. Platform dependent.
media_content_type no The type of the content to play. Must be one of MUSIC, TVSHOW, VIDEO, EPISODE, CHANNEL or PLAYLIST MUSIC.