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# Pulseaudio Binding

This binding integrates pulseaudio devices.

# Supported Things

The Pulseaudio bridge is required as a "bridge" for accessing any other Pulseaudio devices.

You need a running pulseaudio server with module module-cli-protocol-tcp loaded and accessible by the server which runs your openHAB instance. The following pulseaudio devices are supported:

  • Sink
  • Source
  • Sink-Input
  • Source-Output
  • Combined-Sink

# Discovery

The Pulseaudio bridge is discovered through mDNS in the local network.

# Binding Configuration (optional)

The Pulseaudio binding can be customized to handle different devices. The Sink support is activated by default and you need no further action to use it. If you want to use another type of device, or disable the Sink type, you have to switch the corresponding binding property.

  • sink: Allow the binding to parse sink devices from the pulseaudio server
  • source: Allow the binding to parse source devices from the pulseaudio server
  • sinkInput: Allow the binding to parse sink-input devices from the pulseaudio server
  • sourceOutput: Allow the binding to parse source-output devices from the pulseaudio server

You can use the GUI on the bindings page (click on the pulseaudio binding then "Expand for details"), or create a <openHAB-conf>/services/pulseaudio.cfg file and use the above options like this:


# Thing Configuration

The Pulseaudio bridge requires the host (ip address or a hostname) and a port (default: 4712) as a configuration value in order for the binding to know where to access it. You can use pactl -s <ip-address|hostname> list sinks | grep "name:" to find the name of a sink.

# Channels

All devices support some of the following channels:

Channel Type ID Item Type Description
volume Dimmer Volume of an audio device in percent
mute Switch Mutes the device
state String Current state of the device (suspended, idle, running, corked, drained)
slaves String Slave sinks of a combined sink
routeToSink String Shows the sink a sink-input is currently routed to

# Audio sink

Sink things can register themselves as audio sink in openHAB. MP3 and WAV files are supported. Use the appropriate parameter in the sink thing to activate this possibility (activateSimpleProtocolSink). This requires the module module-simple-protocol-tcp to be present on the server which runs your openHAB instance. The binding will try to command (if not discovered first) the load of this module on the pulseaudio server.

# Full Example

# pulseaudio.things

Bridge pulseaudio:bridge:<bridgname> "<Bridge Label>" @ "<Room>" [ host="<ipAddress>", port=4712 ] {
	Thing sink          multiroom       "Snapcast"           @ "Room"       [name="alsa_card.pci-0000_00_1f.3", activateSimpleProtocolSink="true", simpleProtocolSinkPort=4711] // the name corresponds to `pactl list sinks` output
	Thing source        microphone      "microphone"         @ "Room"       [name="alsa_input.pci-0000_00_14.2.analog-stereo"]
	Thing sink-input    openhabTTS      "OH-Voice"           @ "Room"       [name="alsa_output.pci-0000_00_1f.3.hdmi-stereo-extra1"]
	Thing source-output remotePulseSink "Other Room Speaker" @ "Other Room" [name="alsa_input.pci-0000_00_14.2.analog-stereo"]
	Thing combined-sink hdmiAndAnalog   "Zone 1+2"           @ "Room"       [name="combined"]