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node-appletv-x

1.0.19 • Public • Published

node-appletv-x

A node module for interacting with an Apple TV (4th-generation or later) over the Media Remote Protocol.

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Disclaimer

Original project by @edc1591.

The code delivered AS-IS, due to lack of time I am not planning to provide any support, feel free to do with this code whatever you want. :)

Overview

node-appletv-x is a node.js implementation of the Media Remote Protocol which shipped with the 4th-generation Apple TV. This is the protocol that the Apple TV remote app uses, so this should enable the creation of an Apple TV remote app for various platforms. It can also be used in a homebridge plugin to connect Apple TV events to HomeKit and vice versa. node-appletv-x can be used as a standalone command line application, or as a module in your own node app. Keep reading for installation and usage instructions.

This version adding following funtionality:

  • Works with latest NodeJS (v12.x and newer)
  • Only native JS Modules.
  • Fix duplicate AppleTV entries
  • Additional buttons are added: select, tv, longtv
  • Support for tvOS 13.3 and newer
  • IPv6 support (IPv4 has a priority)
  • Various fixes

Usage

As a standalone cli

# Install 
$ sudo npm install -g node-appletv-x --unsafe-perm
 
# Display built-in help 
$ appletv --help

The appletv cli supports several commands, such as:

pair: Scans for Apple TVs on the local network and initiates the pairing process

command <command>: Execute a command on an Apple TV (play, pause, menu, etc.) Example: appletv --credentials '<your_pairing_token>' command tv

state: Logs state changes from an Apple TV (now playing info)

queue: Requests the current playback queue from an Apple TV

messages: Logs all raw messages from an Apple TV

help <command>: Get help for a specific command

As a node module

$ npm install --save node-appletv-x

node-appletv-x makes heavy use of Promises. All functions, except for the observe functions, return Promises.

Examples

Scan for Apple TVs and pair

import { scan } from 'node-appletv';
 
return scan()
    .then(devices => {
     // devices is an array of AppleTV objects
     let device = devices[0];
     return device.openConnection()
     .then(device => {
     return device.pair();
     })
     .then(callback => {
     // the pin is provided onscreen from the Apple TV
     return callback(pin);
     });
    })
    .then(device => {
     // you're paired!
     let credentials = device.credentials.toString();
     console.log(credentials);
    })
    .catch(error => {
     console.log(error);
    });

Connect to a paired Apple TV

import { scan, parseCredentials, NowPlayingInfo } from 'node-appletv';
 
// see example above for how to get the credentials string
let credentials = parseCredentials(credentialsString);
 
return scan(uniqueIdentifier)
    .then(devices => {
     let device = devices[0];
     return device.openConnection(credentials);
    })
    .then(device => {
     // you're connected!
     // press menu
     return device.sendKeyCommand(AppleTV.Key.Menu);
    })
    .then(device => {
     console.log("Sent a menu command!");
    
     // monitor now playing info
     device.on('nowPlaying', (info: NowPlayingInfo) => {
     console.log(info.toString());
     });
    })
    .catch(error => {
     console.log(error);
    });

The uniqueIdentifier is advertised by each Apple TV via Bonjour. Use an app like Bonjour Browser to find it. The identifier is also the first value in the string value of the Credentials object.

See homebridge-appletv-onoff-switch for a more practical use of this module.

Acknowledgments

node-appletv-x would not have been possible without the work of these people:

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Distributed under the MIT license. See LICENSE for more information.

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npm i node-appletv-x

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