Media Extractor

The media_extractor component gets a stream URL and sends it to a media player entity. This component can extract entity specific streams if configured accordingly.

Media extractor doesn’t transcode streams, it just tries to find stream that match requested query.

To use the media extractor service in your installation, add the following to your configuration.yaml file:

# Example configuration.yaml entry

Configuration variables:

  • default_query (Optional): Set default stream query for all devices (‘best’ by default).
  • customize (Optional): Set entity specific values. For example:
# Example configuration.yaml entry
  default_query: worst
      video: bestvideo
      music: bestaudio[ext=mp3]

This configuration sets query for all service calls like: {"entity_id": "media_player.my_sonos", "media_content_id": "", "media_content_type": "music"} to ‘bestaudio’ with mp3 extention.

Query examples with explanations:

  • bestvideo - best video only stream
  • best - best video + audio stream
  • bestaudio[ext=m4a] - best audio stream with m4a extension
  • worst - worst video + audio stream
  • bestaudio[ext=m4a]/bestaudio[ext=ogg]/bestaudio - best m4a audio, otherwise best ogg audio and only then any best audio

More info about queries here

Use the service

Go to the “Developer Tools,” then to “Call Service,” and choose media_extractor/play_media from the list of available services. Fill the “Service Data” field as shown in the example below and hit “CALL SERVICE.”

This will download the file from the given URL.

Service data attribute Optional Description
entity_id yes Name(s) of entities to seek media on, e.g., media_player.living_room_chromecast. Defaults to all.
media_content_id no The ID of the content to play. Platform dependent.
media_content_type no The type of the content to play. Must be one of MUSIC, TVSHOW, VIDEO, EPISODE, CHANNEL or PLAYLIST MUSIC.