Command-line control of your Roku device
Interactively control your Roku device from the command-line with vim-style key bindings.
Who needs this?
This was made for lazy people who live on the command line.
(Story time) I was sitting on the couch with my laptop, Netflix on in the background, when suddenly and without warning, the credits are rolling - it’s time to find something else to watch before “Real Rob” starts playing. The remote is all the way over on the coffee table. I can’t be expected to stop what I’m doing, put my laptop down, use the remote, sit back down, and resituate myself with my laptop. There has to be a better way…
Luckily, python-roku exists, which makes it easy to control my Roku with Python. Add a simple interactive CLI, and now I’m Roku-ing in style without ever leaving the terminal.
There are a few practical advantages of roku-cli vs. the remote:
- Responsiveness - Moving around the Roku has never been faster
- Easy text entry - No more hunting around the on-screen keyboard with the arrow keys
- Control any Roku in the house - If you have multiple Roku’s, you can select which one you want to control
- Stay on the command line - No more context switching between your computer and the real world
pip install rokucli
Or to install the latest source:
git clone https://github.com/ncmiller/roku-cli.git cd roku-cli python setup.py install
Supported with Python 2 and 3 on Linux and Mac OS. Also works with Cygwin on Windows. Sorry, no native Windows support.
To launch the CLI:
With no arguments, Rokus within the LAN will be discovered using SSDP. If only one Roku is found, then it will be selected, otherwise you’ll be asked to select one:
Found the following Roku devices:  192.168.1.116:8060 (Roku 3-4230X SW v22.214.171.12400)  192.168.1.147:8060 (Roku 3-4200X SW v126.96.36.19900) Multiple Rokus found. Select the index of the Roku to control: Select (1 to 2) >
Alternatively, if you already know the IP address of your Roku, then launch the CLI with the IP as the first argument:
$ roku 192.168.1.118
This method is much faster than SSDP.
From there, you’ll be in interactive mode, and you can input keys to control your Roku:
+-------------------------------+-------------------------+ | Back B or <Backsp> | Replay R | | Home H | Info/Settings i | | Left h or <Left> | Rewind r | | Down j or <Down> | Fast-Fwd f | | Up k or <Up> | Play/Pause <Space> | | Right l or <Right> | Enter Text / | | Ok/Enter <Enter> | | +-------------------------------+-------------------------+ (press q to exit)
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