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A library to send rc signals with the RaspyRFM module

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raspyrfm-client pypi_version

A python 3.4+ library that allows the generation of network codes for the RaspyRFM rc module (and other gateways too!).

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How to use


pip install raspyrfm-client


For a basic example have a look at the file.

If you need more info have a look at the documentation which should help.

Basic Example

Import required modules

from raspyrfm_client import RaspyRFMClient
from raspyrfm_client.device_implementations.controlunit.actions import Action
from raspyrfm_client.device_implementations.controlunit.controlunit_constants import ControlUnitModel
from raspyrfm_client.device_implementations.gateway.manufacturer.gateway_constants import GatewayModel
from raspyrfm_client.device_implementations.manufacturer_constants import Manufacturer

Create the RaspyRFMClient object

Get a client instance by calling:

rfm_client = RaspyRFMClient()

Create a Gateway instance

You can let the library search automatically for gateways available in LAN using:

gateways =

This will return a list of Gateways that can later be used to send signals to.

To get a quick overview of what gateway manufacturers and models are supported call:


Create a gateway instance with the specified IP and Port of your Gateway by using:

gateway = rfm_client.get_gateway(Manufacturer.SEEGEL_SYSTEME, GatewayModel.RASPYRFM, "", 9876)


gateway = rfm_client.get_gateway(Manufacturer.SEEGEL_SYSTEME, GatewayModel.RASPYRFM, "") # defaults to 49880 or the gateway implementations default

Get a ControlUnit

ControlUnits are the devices that receive the RC signals sent using the gateway, f.ex. a power outlet.

To get a quick overview of what ControlUnits manufacturers and models are supported call:


which will give you an indented list of supported manufacturers and their supported models similar to this:

  RC3500-A IP44 DE
  AB440D 200W
  AB440D 300W
  RC AAA1000-A IP44 Outdoor
  RCS 1000 N Comfort
  RCS 1044 N Comfort
  Model 1919361

To generate codes for a device you first have to get an instance of its implementation like this:

brennenstuhl_rcs1000 = rfm_client.get_controlunit(manufacturer_constants.BRENNENSTUHL,

The parameters of the get_controlunit() method always need to be an enum value of the specified type. You can get an enum constant by its name though using:

manufacturer = Manufacturer("Intertechno")
model = ControlUnitModel("IT-1500")

ControlUnit channel configuration

Before you can generate codes with your shiny new gateway and ControlUnit implementations you have to specify a channel configuration for your ControlUnit. These configurations can be very different for every device. The best way to know the correct way of specifying the channel configuration for a specific device is to look at the source code (yes I know…) or by trial and error (even worse). A good ControlUnit implementation should tell you how the configuration should look like when specifying it in a wrong way.

However all configurations are a keyed dictionary. So in general there are two ways of passing the channel configuration argument. One (inline):

device.set_channel_config(value1=1, value2=2)

Two (as a dictionary):

    'value1': 1,
    'value2': 2

Note that the keys always need to be a string. The second one is the recommended one as it will often result in a much more readable source code.

For our Brennenstuhl device it would look like this:

    '1': True,
    '2': True,
    '3': True,
    '4': True,
    '5': True,
    'CH': 'A'

Generate action codes

Now that you have a properly set up ControlUnit you can generate codes for it’s supported actions by using an Action enum constant that you imported previously.

To get a list of supported actions for a ControlUnit call:


and generate a code for one of them using your Gateway instance:

code = gateway.generate_code(brennenstuhl_rcs1000, Action.ON)

Send the code to the RaspyRFM module

To send a code for your device of choice you can combine the objects in this call:

rfm_client.send(gateway, brennenstuhl_rcs1000, Action.ON)

This will generate a code specific to the passed in gateway implementation and send it to it’s host address immediately after.

Custom implementations

The raspyrfm-client library is designed so you can implement custom devices in a (hopefully) very easy way.

File Structure

All ControlUnit implementations are located in the /device_implementations/controlunit/manufacturer/ module and implement the base class Device that can be found in /device_implementations/controlunit/

Create a new ControlUnit

To create a new ControlUnit implementation for a new manufacturer and model create a new subdirectory for your manufacturer and a python file for your model:

│   │
│   │
│   └───device
│       │
│       │
│       │
│       └───manufacturer
│           │
│           │
│           ├───intertek
│           │
│           │
│           ├───rev
│           │
│           │
│           │
│           ├───universal
│           │
│           │
│           └───yourmanufacturer

Implement a ControlUnit

Now the basic implementation of your ControlUnit should looks like this:

from raspyrfm_client.device_implementations.controlunit.actions import Action
from raspyrfm_client.device_implementations.controlunit.base import ControlUnit

class YourModel(ControlUnit):
    def __init__(self):
        from raspyrfm_client.device_implementations.manufacturer_constants import Manufacturer
        from raspyrfm_client.device_implementations.controlunit.controlunit_constants import ControlUnitModel
        super().__init__(Manufacturer.YourManufacturer, ControlUnitModel.YourModel)

    def get_channel_config_args(self):
        return {}

    def get_pulse_data(self, action: Action):
        return [[0, 0], [0, 0]], 0, 0

    def get_supported_actions(self) -> [str]:
        return [Action.ON]

Most importantly you have to call the super().__init__ method like shown. This will ensure that your implementation is found by the RaspyRFMClient and you can get an instance of your device using rfm_client.get_controlunit() as shown before.

If your manufacturer does not exist yet create a new enum constant in the file and use its value in your __init__. Do the same thing for your model name in the file.

You also have to implement all abstract methods from the Device class. Have a look at it’s documentation to get a sense of what those methods are all about.

After you have implemented all methods you are good to go! Just call rfm_client.reload_implementation_classes() and rfm_client.list_supported_controlunits() to check if your implementation is listed. If everything looks good you can use your implementation like any other one.

Exclude a WIP implementation

To prevent the RaspyRFM client from importing your half baked or base class implementation just include a class field like this:

class YourModel(ControlUnit):
   DISABLED = True



GitHub is for social coding: if you want to write code, I encourage contributions through pull requests from forks of this repository. Create GitHub tickets for bugs and new features and comment on the ones that you are interested in.


raspyrfm-client by Markus Ressel
Copyright (C) 2017  Markus Ressel

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