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A TUI for Philips Hue

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a tui for Philips Hue



hue-tui is a terminal user interface that allows for easy control of your Philips Hue lights. It uses my Hue-API library hue-snek to communicate with the bridge.


Install hue-tui with:

pip install huetui

This should fetch all the necesary dependencies. Nevertheless, make sure that all dependencies are installed.

Launch hui-tui by typing huetui into your terminal.

Should you get the error command not found: huetui, restart your terminal. Should the error persist, check that $HOME/.local/bin is in your $PATH. This can be done by adding export PATH="$HOME/.local/bin:$PATH" to your .bashrc/.zshrc.


  • python3
  • pip

The following dependencies are downloaded automatically when installing via pip. If you're cloning the repo, make sure to manually install them.

  • hue-snek
  • py_cui
  • Pillow
  • colormath
  • colorthief
pip -U install hue-snek-channel42 py-cui Pillow colormath colorthief

Setup process

To be able to use hue-tui, you need to have your bridge's IP address and a API username. The IP address can be found by e.g. going into your routers network tab and looking for a device with hostname "Philips-hue". To get an API username, check out this short guide on the official Hue-Developers site.

Once you have the IP address and unsername, you can start hue-tui by typin huetui into a terminal. This should open the first-time-setup, where you can input your IP and username.

Tip: pasting with e.g. CTRL-SHIFT-V works (check what the pasting binding is in your specific terminal emulator)

To input your IP, navigate the cursor to the IP textfield (it should be there by default) and press ENTER. Then type or paste your bridge's IP address without http:// at the begining.


Exit out of the textfield by pressing ESC and move your cursor to the username field. Enter your username just like before and then move your cursor to the big "make login" button. Press ENTER and a popup showing your IP and username should appear. Press ENTER to dismiss the popup and restart huetui by exiting out of the programm (press q).

After re-opening hue-tui you should see all your lights, groups, scenes, etc. like in the screenshot at the top.

Using hue-tui

Using hue-tui is easy:

To navigate the different modules use your arrow keys. You'll see your cursor move to the bottom right of the modules, which shows you which module is selected.
Enter a module by pressing ENTER. The selected option will be in bold.
Once inside a module, Use your arrow keys to navigate and press enter to execute an action (e.g. toggle a light).
To change individual light or group brightness move to the desired light or group and press j (increase) or k (decrease).
To exit a module press ESC.
To quit the programm simply press q while in the main overview (i.e. not inside a module).

Misc. feature

To start disco mode navigate and enter the lights menu and press d. To set xrdb colors navigate to the button and press enter. To set wallpaper colors navigate to the button and press enter.


hue-tui was made using py_cui. Check the project out!

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