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README.md

BarRaider's Stream Deck Tools

C# library that wraps all the communication with the Stream Deck App, allowing you to focus on actually writing the Plugin's logic.

NuGet

Author's website and contact information: https://barraider.com

Samples of plugins using this framework: Samples

New tools included:

  • EasyPI - Easily pass information from the PI (Property Inspector) to your plugin.
  • Install.bat - Script that quickly uninstalls and reinstalls your plugin on the streamdeck (view batch file for more details)
  • StreamDeck-Tools Template for Visual Studio - Automatically creates a project with all the files needed to compile a plugin

Version 2.6 is out!

  • Added new MD5 functions in the Tools helper class
  • Optimized SetImage to not resubmit an image that was just posted to the device. Can be overridden with new property in Connection.SetImage() function.
  • Updated dependency packages to latest versions

Features

  • Simplified working with filenames from the Stream Deck SDK. See "Working with files" section below
  • Built-in integration with NLog. Use Logger.LogMessage() for logging.
  • Just call the SDWrapper.Run() and the library will take care of all the overhead
  • Just have your plugin inherit PluginBase and implement the basic functionality. Use the PluginActionId to specify the UUID from the manifest file. (see samples on github page)
  • Simplified receiving Global Settings updates through the new ReceivedGlobalSettings method
  • Simplified receiving updates from the Property Inspector through the new ReceivedSettings method along with the new Tools.AutoPopulateSettings() method. See the "Auto-populating plugin settings" section below.
  • Introduced a new attribute called PluginActionId to indicate the Action's UUID (See below)
  • Added support to switching plugin profiles.
  • The DeviceId that the plugin is running on is now accessible from the Connection object

How do I use this?

A list of plugins already using this library can be found here

This library wraps all the communication with the Stream Deck App, allowing you to focus on actually writing the Plugin's logic. After creating a C# Console application, using this library requires two steps:

  1. Create a class that inherits the PluginBase abstract class.
    Implement your logic, focusing on the methods provided in the base class.
    Follow the samples here for more details
    New: In version 2.x - use the PluginActionId attribute to indicate the action UUID associated with this class (must match the UUID set in the manifest file)
[PluginActionId("plugin.uuid.from.manifest.file")]
public class MyPlugin : PluginBase
{
	// Create this constructor in your plugin and pass the objects to the PluginBase class
	public MyPlugin(SDConnection connection, InitialPayload payload) : base(connection, payload)
	{
		....
		// TODO: Use the payload.Settings to see the various settings set in the Property Inspector (in my samples, I create a private class that holds the settings)
		// Other relevant settings in the payload include the actual position of the plugin on the Stream Deck
		
		// Note: By passing the `connection` object back to the PluginBase (using the `base` in the constructor), you now have access to a property called `Connection` 
		// throughout your plugin.
	}
			....
			
	// TODO: Implement all the remaining abstract functions from PluginBase (or just leave them empty if you don't need them)
	
	// An example of how easy it is to populate settings in StreamDeck-Tools v2
	public override void ReceivedSettings(ReceivedSettingsPayload payload)
	{
		Tools.AutoPopulateSettings(settings, payload.Settings); // "settings" is a private class that holds the settings for your plugin's instance.
	}
}
  1. In your program.cs, just pass the args you received to the SDWrapper.Run() function, and you're done!
    Note: This process is much easier than the one used in 1.x and is based on using the PluginActionId attribute, as shown in Step 1 above.
    Example:
class Program
{
	static void Main(string[] args)
	{
		SDWrapper.Run(args);
	}
}
  1. There is no step 3 - that's it! The abstract functions from PluginBase that are implemented in MyPlugin hold all the basics needed for a plugin to work. You can always listen to additional events using the Connection property.

Auto-populating plugin settings

By following a very basic convention, the StreamDeck-Tools can handle populating all the settings between the PropertyInspector and your plugin. All the Stream-Deck Tools samples use this convention so you can see it in the samples too:

  1. In your Plugin create a private class that will hold your plugin's settings. In the samples and in this example, we will call the private class PluginSettings
  2. For each setting in your class, create a public property
  3. For each one of the public properties add a JsonPropery attribute. The PropertyName field should be identical to the name of the setting's field in the PropertyInspector's payload.
private class PluginSettings
{
    [JsonProperty(PropertyName = "title")]
    public String Title { get; set; }
}

In the example above, we created a property named Title, and added a JsonProperty attribute with the PropertyName of title. This means in our Payload we should have a field with the name title

  1. If you followed this for all your other properties, use the Tools.AutoPopulateSettings() method to Auto-populate all the properties inside your ReceivedSettings function:
public override void ReceivedSettings(ReceivedSettingsPayload payload) 
{
    Tools.AutoPopulateSettings(settings, payload.Settings);
}

Note: If you're using the filepicker, it's a little bit trickier:

Working with files

The Stream Deck SDK automatically appends a "C:\fakepath" to each file choosen through the SDK's filepicker. StreamDeck-Tools automatically can also auto-populate that field by adding an additional attribute named FilenameProperty to your property:

private class PluginSettings
{
    [FilenameProperty]
    [JsonProperty(PropertyName = "title")]
    public String Title { get; set; }
}

This will tell the AutoPopulateSettings method to strip the "C:\fakepath" from the input. But how do you make sure it shows correctly in the PropertyInspector too? Make sure you SAVE the settings back after StreamDeck-Tools fixes the filename:

public async override void ReceivedSettings(ReceivedSettingsPayload payload) 
{
    Tools.AutoPopulateSettings(settings, payload.Settings);
	// Return fixed filename back to the Property Inspector
	await Connection.SetSettingsAsync(JObject.FromObject(settings));
}
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