Harmony Hub Remote

The harmony remote platform allows you to control the state of your Harmony Hub Device.

Supported units:

  • Harmony Hub
  • Harmony Companion
  • Harmony Pro
  • Harmony Elite

The preferred way to setup the Harmony remote is by enabling the discovery component.

However, if you want to manually configure the device, you will need to add its settings to your configuration.yaml.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  - platform: harmony
    name: Bedroom
    host:   # The IP of your hub

You can override some default configuration values on a discovered hub (e.g. the port or activity) by adding a configuration.yaml setting. In this case leave the host setting empty so the platform will discover the host IP automatically, but set the name in the config to match exactly the name you have set for your Hub so the platform knows what Hub you are trying to configure.

# Example configuration.yaml entry with discovery
  - platform: harmony
    name: Living Room    # This name must match the name you have set on the Hub
    activity: Watch TV   # Overriding the 'activity' setting for this discovered hub

Configuration variables:

  • name (Required): The hub’s name to display in the frontend.
  • host (Optional): The Harmony device’s IP address. Leave empty for the IP to be discovered automatically.
  • port (Optional): The Harmony device’s port. Defaults to 5222.
  • activity (Optional): Activity to use when turnon service is called without any data.
  • scan_interval (Optional): Amount in seconds in between polling for device’s current activity. Defaults to 30 seconds.

Configuration file:

Upon startup one file will be written to your Home Assistant configuration directory per device in the following format: harmony_REMOTENAME.conf. The file will contain:

  • List of all programmed activity names and ID numbers
  • List of all programmed device names and ID numbers
  • List of all available commands per programmed device

Supported services:

  • Turn Off: Turn off all devices that were switched on from the start of the current activity.s
  • Turn On: Start an activity, will start the default activity from configuration.yaml if no activity is specified. The specified activity can either be the activity name or the activity ID from the configuration file written to your Home Assistant configuration directory. The service will respond faster if the activity ID is passed instead of the name.
  • Send Command: Send a single command or a set of commands to one device, device ID and available commands are written to the configuration file at startup. You can optionally specify the number of times you wish to repeat the command(s) and delay you want between repeated command(s).
  • Sync: Synchronizes the Harmony device with the Harmony web service if any changes are made from the web portal or app.


A template switch can be used to display and control the state of an activity in the frontend.

  - platform: template
        value_template: "{% if is_state('remote.family_room', 'on') %}on{% else %}off{% endif %}"
          service: remote.turn_on
          entity_id: remote.family_room
          service: remote.turn_off
          entity_id: remote.family_room

Template sensors can be utilized to display current activity in the frontend.

  - platform: template
        value_template: '{{ states.remote.family_room.attributes.current_activity }}'
        friendly_name: 'Family Room'
        value_template: '{{ states.remote.bedroom.attributes.current_activity }}'
        friendly_name: 'bedroom'

The example below shows how to control an input_boolean switch using the Harmony remote’s current activity. The switch will turn on when the remote’s state changes and the Kodi activity is started and off when the remote’s state changes and the current activity is PowerOff.

  - alias: "Watch TV started from harmony hub"
      platform: state
      entity_id: remote.family_room
      condition: template
      value_template: '{{ trigger.to_state.attributes.current_activity == "Kodi" }}'
      service: input_boolean.turn_on
      entity_id: input_boolean.notify
  - alias: "PowerOff started from harmony hub"
      platform: state
      entity_id: remote.family_room
      condition: template
      value_template: '{{ trigger.to_state.attributes.current_activity == "PowerOff" }}'
      service: input_boolean.turn_off
      entity_id: input_boolean.notify

The automation example below shows how to send a command via the harmony remote using the send_command service to send the ‘Pause’ command to the hub, which is already defined as an IR code for each device to be used via the Harmony app. It is checking for the activity name as exposed through the sensor in the harmony remote component using Jinja if statements to set the device_id, sending the correct Pause command for the given activity. This requires checking your activity list and device_id from the harmony_REMOTENAME.conf file created when you start the component. In this example, the harmony hub is named bedroom.

  - alias: Harmony Pause contextual for activity
    # trigger happens to be from a flic button - could be any valid event
      platform: event
      event_type: flic_click
        button_name: flic_80e4da70bbb1
        click_type: double
      service: remote.send_command
      # using a data template to have if brances for relevant device
        # Always the same entity_id - the harmony hub
        entity_id: remote.bedroom
        # Always the same command - the Pause key
        command: Pause
        # select device based upon the activity being undertaken.
        device: >
          # when in WATCH TV activity, the pause key relates to a TiVo, which is device 22987101
          {% if is_state("sensor.bedroom", "WATCH TV") %}{% raw %}
          # when in WATCH APPLE TV activity, the pause key relates to an Apple TV, which is device 23002316
          {% raw %}{% elif is_state("sensor.bedroom", "WATCH APPLE TV") %}
          {% elif is_state("sensor.bedroom", "PLEX") %}
          {% elif is_state("sensor.bedroom", "WATCH BLU RAY") %}
          {% endif %}