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SoCo (Sonos Controller) is a simple library to control Sonos speakers.

Project description

SoCo (Sonos Controller) is a Python project that allows you to programmatically control Sonos speakers. It was originally created at Music Hack Day Sydney by Rahim Sonawalla and is now developed by a team of people at its GitHub repository

For more background on the project, please see Rahim’s blog post.

Visit the SoCo documentation for a more detailed overview of all the functionailty.

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Sonos has changed the way music service account information is available. This means that currently a group of music service will give authentication issues and cannot be used at all. Known members of this group are: Google Play Music, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Napster.

Issue #557 is a meta issue for this problem and you can use that to track progress on solving the issues, but please refrain from posting “me too” comments in there. Also, there is no need to open any more separate issue about this.

If you have another music service that should be on the list, comment in #557


SoCo requires Python 2.7, or 3.4 or newer.

Use pip:

pip install soco

SoCo depends on the Requests HTTP library. If you use pip to install Soco, Requests will be installed automatically for you. If not, you can use:

pip install requests

Basic Usage

You can interact with a Sonos Zone Player through a SoCo object. If you know the IP address of a Zone Player, you can create a SoCo object directly:

>>> from soco import SoCo
>>> my_zone = SoCo('')
>>> my_zone.player_name
>>> my_zone.status_light = True
>>> my_zone.volume = 6

But perhaps the easiest way is to use the module-level discover function. This will find all the Zone Players on your network, and return a python set containing them:

>>> import soco
>>> for zone in
...        print zone.player_name
Living Room

If you prefer a list to a set:

>>> zone_list = list(
>>> zone_list
[SoCo(""), SoCo("")]
>>> zone_list[0].mute = True

Of course, you can also play music!

#!/usr/bin/env python
from soco import SoCo

if __name__ == '__main__':
    sonos = SoCo('') # Pass in the IP of your Sonos speaker
    # You could use the discover function instead, if you don't know the IP

    # Pass in a URI to a media file to have it streamed through the Sonos
    # speaker

    track = sonos.get_current_track_info()

    print track['title']


    # Play a stopped or paused track


If you need support for SoCo, feel free to post your question either on our Google Group or on the #soco IRC channel on freenode.

Example Applications

To show off what can be made with SoCo, a simple web application is included in the examples folder.

Screenshot of web app

Screenshot of web app


SoCo supports the following controls amongst others:

  • Play, Pause, Stop

  • Next track, Previous track

  • Volume get and set

  • Mute (or unmute)

  • Get current transport information (if speaker is playing, paused or stopped)

  • Get information about the currently playing track

    • Track title

    • Artist

    • Album

    • Album Art (if available)

    • Track length

    • Duration played (for example, 30 seconds into a 3 minute song)

    • Playlist position (for example, item 5 in the playlist)

    • Track URI

  • Receive events when the player state changes

  • Search for and play music items:

    • Local music library

    • Webradio via TuneIn and music services (still unstable)

    • Saved Sonos favorites, favorite radio stations and shows

  • Switch the speaker’s source to line-in or TV input (if the Zone Player supports it)

  • Manage the Sonos queue:

    • Get the items in the queue

    • Add items to the queue

    • Clear the queue

    • Play a specific song from the queue

  • Join or unjoin speakers from a group

  • Put all Sonos speakers in a network into “party mode”.

  • Get or set alarms

  • Get or set sleep timers

  • Get or set the speaker’s bass and treble EQ

  • Toggle the speaker’s loudness compensation, night mode and dialog mode

  • Toggle the white status light on the unit

  • Get the speaker’s information

    • Zone Name

    • Zone Icon

    • UID (usually something like RINCON_XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX)

    • Serial Number

    • Software version

    • Hardware version

    • MAC Address

  • Set the speaker’s Zone Name

  • Start a music library update and determine if one is in progress

SoCo also supports lower level access from Python to all Sonos services (e.g. ContentDirectory or RenderingControl).

Google Group

There is a Soco group over at Google Groups. Feel free to drop by for support, ideas or casual conversation related to SoCo.


SoCo is released under the MIT license.

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