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
remote:
  - platform: harmony
    name: Bedroom
    host: 10.168.1.13   # 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 turn_on service is called without any data.
  • delay_secs (Optional): Default duration in seconds between sending commands to a device.

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

Service remote.turn_off

Turn off all devices that were switched on from the start of the current activity.

Service data attribute Optional Description
entity_id yes Only act on a specific remote, else target all.

Service remote.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.

Service data attribute Optional Description
entity_id yes Only act on a specific remote, else target all.
activity yes Activity ID or Activity Name to start.

Service remote.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).

Service data attribute Optional Description
entity_id yes Only act on a specific remote, else target all.
device no Device ID to send the command to.
command no A single command or a list of commands to send.
num_repeats yes The number of times to repeat the command(s).
delay_secs yes The number of seconds between sending each command.

A typical service call for sending several button presses looks like this:

service: remote.send_command
data:
  entity_id: remote.tv_room
  command:
    - home
    - 1
    - 2
  delay_secs: 0.6

Service remote.harmony_sync

Synchronize the Harmony device with the Harmony web service if any changes are made from the web portal or app.

Service data attribute Optional Description
entity_id yes Only act on a specific remote, else target all.

Examples

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

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

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