SoCo (Sonos Controller) is a Python project that allows you to programmatically control Sonos speakers. It was originally created at Music Hack Day Sydney by Rahim Sonawalla and is now developed by a team of people at its GitHub repository
For more background on the project, please see Rahim's blog post.
Visit the SoCo documentation for a more detailed overview of all the functionailty.
SoCo requires Python 2.7, or 3.3 or newer.
pip install soco
SoCo depends on the Requests HTTP library. If you use pip to install Soco, Requests will be installed automatically for you. If not, you can use:
pip install requests
You can interact with a Sonos Zone Player through a SoCo object. If you know the IP address of a Zone Player, you can create a SoCo object directly:
>>> from soco import SoCo >>> my_zone = SoCo('192.168.1.101') >>> my_zone.player_name Kitchen >>> my_zone.status_light = True >>> my_zone.volume = 6
But perhaps the easiest way is to use the module-level discover function. This will find all the Zone Players on your network, and return a python set containing them:
>>> import soco >>> for zone in soco.discover(): ... print zone.player_name Living Room Kitchen
If you prefer a list to a set:
>>> zone_list = list(soco.discover()) >>> zone_list [SoCo("192.168.1.101"), SoCo("192.168.1.102")] >>> zone_list.mute = True
Of course, you can also play music!
#!/usr/bin/env python from soco import SoCo if __name__ == '__main__': sonos = SoCo('192.168.1.102') # Pass in the IP of your Sonos speaker # You could use the discover function instead, if you don't know the IP # Pass in a URI to a media file to have it streamed through the Sonos # speaker sonos.play_uri( 'http://ia801402.us.archive.org/20/items/TenD2005-07-16.flac16/TenD2005-07-16t10Wonderboy.mp3') track = sonos.get_current_track_info() print track['title'] sonos.pause() # Play a stopped or paused track sonos.play()
To show off what can be made with SoCo, a simple web application is included in
SoCo supports the following controls amongst others:
- Next track
- Previous track
- Get current transport information(if speaker is playing,paused,stopped)
- Get information about the currently playing track
- Track title
- Album Art (if available)
- Track length
- Duration played (for example, 30 seconds into a 3 minute song)
- Playlist position (for example, item 5 in the playlist)
- Track URI
- Mute (or unmute) the speaker
- Get or set the speaker volume
- Get or set the speaker’s bass EQ
- Get or set the speaker’s treble EQ
- Toggle the speaker’s loudness compensation
- Toggle the speaker's night mode
- Toggle the speaker's dialog mode
- Turn on (or off) the white status light on the unit
- Switch the speaker’s source to line-in or TV input (if the Zone Player supports it)
- Get the speaker’s information
- Zone Name
- Zone Icon
- UID (usually something like RINCON_XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX)
- Serial Number
- Software version
- Hardware version
- MAC Address
- Set the speaker’s Zone Name
- Find all the Sonos speakers in a network.
- Put all Sonos speakers in a network into “party mode”.
- “Unjoin” speakers from a group.
- Manage the Sonos queue (get the items in it, add to it, clear it, play a specific song from it)
- Get the saved favorite radio stations and shows (title and stream URI)
- Search for and play item from your music library
- Start a music library update and determine if one is in progress
SoCo also supports lower level access from Python to all Sonos services (eg Alarms)
Socos is a command line tool for controlling Sonos devices. It is developed in conjunction with Soco, but in a separate repository.
Looking for a GUI that’s more than just a sample project? Joel Björkman is building a Sonos Controller GUI–great for folks on Linux where there isn’t an official Sonos Controller application! Find, fork, and contribute to it here: https://github.com/labero/SoCo-Tk.
There is a Soco group over at Google Groups. Feel free to drop by for support, ideas or casual conversation related to SoCo.
SoCo is released under the MIT license.