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This is a simple lightweight API client for Hue lighting systems. It's the wand with which you shall make magic.


Clue with an English accent.


The API of this library is mapped closely to the actual API. As such, look at the parameters for the relevant API calls on the official API docs to figure out what parameters you can change and pass and whatnot.

The first time you talk to your Hue bridge you'll need to create yourself an account. Mosey on over to your bridge and click the big button in the middle. Now hurry back over here because you only have 30 seconds to create your user access token:

(require '[me.raynes.clhue.config :as conf])

(def user (conf/auth-user {:address "someipaddress"} "description of user"))

Now user should either be an error because you were too slow after hitting the link button, or it'll look like this:

{:success {:username "154e465a3774cd172c0bc9c628d0d833"}}

Now that you've got a username, you should save it and always use it. You'll likely now want to define a config map that looks like this:

(def config {:address "someip"
             :user "154e465a3774cd172c0bc9c628d0d833"})

This is what you'll use to talk to your system now. For a more interesting example, let's play with lights a bit:

user> (lights/lights config)
{:1 {:name "Living door"}, :2 {:name "Living room middle"}, :3 {:name "Living room window"}}

user> (lights/light config 1)
{:state {:alert "select", :effect "none", :hue 36327, :on true, :sat 254, :xy [0.2883 0.2795], :colormode "hs", :reachable true, :ct 153, :bri 242}, :type "Extended color light", :name "Living door", :modelid "LCT001", :swversion "66009663", :pointsymbol {:1 "none", :2 "none", :3 "none", :4 "none", :5 "none", :6 "none", :7 "none", :8 "none"}}

user> (lights/light config 1 {:effect "colorloop"})
({:success {:/lights/1/state/effect "colorloop"}})

Perfect rave lighting! You can also use schedules to schedule events, groups to control multiple lights at once (this API is in its infacy).

Have fun!


I don't like how Hue's API is outlined in some places. For example, the attributes and state of a light are considered two different things for no clear reason. As such, there is an API endpoint for changing 'attributes' and another for changing 'state', even though the only attribute you can set on a light is its name. I'm of the opinion that a light bulb's name is part of its state. As such, I've made it so that if you try to update :name it shoots off the proper request for that, and then another request for any other 'state' you may have updated. I've done the same thing with the groups API, so keep this in mind.

Magic REPL

There is an included me.raynes.clhue.repl namespace that is meant to be used for initialization purposes in lein repl. You can set it up in ~/.lein/profiles like so:

{:user {:aliases {"hue" ["with-profile" "user,hue" "repl"]}}
 :hue {:repl-options {:init-ns me.raynes.clhue.repl
                      :init (setup)}
       :dependencies [[me.raynes/clhue "0.1.2"]]}}

With the above you should be able to run the following and get a fully setup REPL:

lein hue

It's like a magical leiningen plugin that isn't really a leiningen plugin! So what does all this magic do, you ask? Well, it drops you into the me.raynes.clhue.repl namespace and imports all the APIs, making them accessible by their name. So, me.raynes.clhue.lights is lights. You can do things like (lights/lights config) to get the currently available lights.

Note that config is also defined for you. It reads ~/.clhue which should contain a Clojure map like this:

{:user "218fc3461105aa716f12aaa384f6fdb", :address ""}


Copyright © 2014 Anthony Grimes

Distributed under the Eclipse Public License either version 1.0 or (at your option) any later version.

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