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Library to control Elgato StreamDeck devices.

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Python Elgato Stream Deck Library

Example Deck

This is an open source Python 3 library to control an Elgato Stream Deck directly, without the official software. This can allow you to create your own custom front-ends, such as a custom control front-end for home automation software.

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Working - you can enumerate devices, set the brightness of the panel(s), set the images shown on each button, and read the current button states.

Currently the following StreamDeck product variants are supported:

  • StreamDeck Original (both V1 and V2 hardware variants)
  • StreamDeck Mini
  • StreamDeck XL

Package Dependencies:

The library core has no special dependencies, but does use one of (potentially) several HID backend libraries. You will need to install the dependencies appropriate to your chosen backend.

The included examples require the PIL fork "Pillow", although it can be swapped out if desired by the user application for any other image manipulation library.

HID Backend (recommended)

The recommended HID backend is the aptly named HID Python library, which should work across the three major (Windows, Mac, Linux) OSes and is the most up-to-date. This can be installed via pip3 install hid.

Note that Windows systems requires additional manual installation of a DLL in order to function. The latest source for this DLL is the libUSB GitHub project.

On Linux, this HID library can use one of two system libraries for HID communication - libhidapi-hidraw0 or libhidapi-libusb0. Only the latter will work, and the former (if present) should be uninstalled.

Despite the additional setup, this will give the best results in terms of reliability and performance.

HIDAPI Backend (not recommended)

Another option is the older HIDAPI Python library, which originates from the same original project as the HID library listed above, but is now entirely unmaintained. This can be installed via pip3 install hidapi.

Several users report issues with this backend due to various bugs that have not been patched in the packaged library version, but support for it is included in this library due to its simple one-line setup on all three major platforms.

Note the library package name conflicts with the HID backend above; only one or the other should be installed at the same time.

Package Installation:

Install the library via pip:

pip install streamdeck

Alternatively, manually clone the project repository:

git clone

Raspberry Pi Installation:

The following script has been verified working on a Raspberry Pi (Model 2 B) running a stock Debian Buster image, to install all the required dependencies needed by this project:

# Ensure system is up to date, upgrade all out of date packages
sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade -y

# Install the pip Python package manager
sudo apt install -y python3-pip

# Install system packages needed for the Python hid package installation
sudo apt install -y libudev-dev libusb-1.0-0-dev

# Install system packages needed for the Python Pillow package installation
sudo apt install -y libjpeg-dev zlib1g-dev

# Install python library dependencies
pip3 install hid
pip3 install pillow

# Add udev rule to allow all users non-root access to Elgato StreamDeck devices:
sudo tee /etc/udev/rules.d/10-streamdeck.rules << EOF
	SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="0fd9", GROUP="users"

# Install the latest version of the StreamDeck library via pip
pip3 install streamdeck

# Alternatively, install git and check out the repository
#sudo apt install -y git
#git clone

Note that after adding the udev rule, a restart will be required in order for it to take effect and allow access to the StreamDeck device without requiring root privileges.


I've used the reverse engineering notes from this GitHub repository to implement this library. Thanks Alex Van Camp!

Thank you to the following contributors, large and small, for helping with the development and maintenance of this library:

If you've contributed in some manner, but I've accidentally missed you in the list above, please let me know.


Released under the MIT license:

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and its documentation for any purpose is hereby granted without
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