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ikea IDÅSEN desk API and CLI.

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The IDÅSEN is an electric sitting standing desk with a Linak controller sold by ikea.

The position of the desk can controlled by a physical switch on the desk or via bluetooth using an phone app.

This is a command line interface written in python to control the Idasen via bluetooth from a desktop computer.

Set Up


The desk should be connected to the computer.


python3 -m pip install --upgrade idasen


Configuration that is not expected to change frequently can be provided via a YAML configuration file located at ~/.config/idasen/idasen.yaml.

You can use this command to initialize a new configuartion file:

idasen init
mac_address: AA:AA:AA:AA:AA:AA
    sit: 0.75
    stand: 1.1

Configuartion options:

  • mac_address - The MAC address of the desk. This is required.

  • positions - A dictionary of positions with values of desk height from the floor in meters, sit and stand are provided as examples.

The program will try to discover the device address. The device needs to be in ‘discover’ mode for this to work.

If discovery fails the device MAC addresses can be found using blueoothctl and bluetooth adapter names can be found with hcitool dev on linux.

If the device has not yet been paired, this can be accomplished with:

idasen pair

Again, the device will need to be in ‘discover’ mode for this to work.


Command Line

To print the current desk height:

idasen height

To monitor for changes to height:

idasen monitor

To save the current height as the sitting position:

idasen save sit

To delete the saved sitting position:

idasen delete sit

Assuming the config file is populated to move the desk to sitting position:

idasen sit


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