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Slack House

This app triggers API functions when Google assistant is given custom commands (created through IFTTT's voice command applet) in conjunction with Plex webhooks like, media.pause, and media.stop.

This is a barebones and personal app, but you may find it a useful starting point for your own needs.



  • PHP 7+
  • Composer
  • Plex Pass (if you want Plex webhooks)

The only endpoint that must be accessible outside your private network is /webhook/* so that IFTTT and Plex can interact with the app.

  • Create an Apache or Nginx host file for the app (important: the document root should be /public)
  • Clone or download the repo to the appropriate directory you setup in the previous step (again, ensure the /public directory is your document root)
  • Install dependencies: composer install --no-dev
  • Create your settings.ini file: cp settings.ini.example settings.ini and edit the contents with your desired configuration.
  • Now generate your unique configuration file by executing php slack config:generate from a terminal. Note: The config file (config/slack-house.json) will be regenerated every time the slack config:generate command is called, so make sure your settings.ini file is up-to-date before you run the command, or use the appCommand function (see $this->appCommand(...) used in app/Controllers/IftttController.php).


This app interacts primarily with LIFX and Plex, but, in my configuration, through IFTTT webhooks it also sends commands to Harmony, Shield TV, and TP Link smart plugs. It should be trivial to integrate any other products so long as they provide an HTTP API or IFTTT can interact with them.

Monolog messages are sent to my Discord server, but there are many other ways to catch them.

There are only two endpoints: /webhook/plex and /webhook/ifttt, see the routes/routes.php file. Both endpoints have their own middleware to handle requests, see app/Middleware.

Plex players that are allowed to trigger events are verified by UUID (obtained from your Plex server's settings page) in the players[] ini option (see the VerifyPlexWebhook middleware file for an example of how this is used). Plex media types allowed to trigger events are listed in the allowed_media[] setting. Both settings can be a single value or a comma separated list of values (e.g., allowed_media[]=movie)

You can hack up the IFTTT and LIFX API wrappers as needed, they're located in the app/Services directory and use the Guzzle client for requests.

In the routes/routes.php you'll see the two endpoints:

$app->group('/webhook', function () use ($app) {
    // IFTTT
    $app->post('/ifttt', 'app.controller.ifttt')
    // Plex
    $app->post('/plex', 'app.controller.plex')

These routes handle the commands sent by Plex webhooks or IFTTT applets. The IFTTT commands must be structured like this in order to pass schema validation (see app/Middleware/VerifyIftttWebhook.php):

    "key": "ifttt_maker_key_here",
    "event": "event_name_here",
    "command": "command_name_here"

So, for example, if I want to activate movie time, I tell my Google Assistant: "It's movie time.", and it triggers the IFTTT webhook for movie time, handled in app/Controllers/IftttController.php:

// Handle home events
if ($payload->event === 'home_command') {
    // Movie time!
    // 1. Re-enable Plex webhooks so lights respond (in case they are disabled)
    // 2. Activate the LIFX Movie Time scene over 5 seconds
    // 3. Turn on the Kasa smart plug for the TV, receiver, and speakers
    // 4. Tell Harmony to activate the Shield TV activity
    if ($payload->command === 'activate_movie_time') {
        $this->appCommand->changeSetting('plex.webhooks', 'enabled');
        $this->lifx->activateScene('movie_time', 5);

        return $response->withJson($payload->command . ' webhook fired.');

Plex sends its payloads as JSON in a URL encoded POST request, so we need to run json_decode() on the payload after we receive it. The Plex middleware (see app/Middleware/VerifyPlexWebhook.php) validates the Plex payloads, which look like this:

   "event": "",
   "user": true,
   "owner": true,
   "Account": {
      "id": 1,
      "thumb": "",
      "title": "elan"
   "Server": {
      "title": "Office",
      "uuid": "54664a3d8acc39983675640ec9ce00b70af9cc36"
   "Player": {
      "local": true,
      "publicAddress": "",
      "title": "Plex Web (Safari)",
      "uuid": "r6yfkdnfggbh2bdnvkffwbms"
   "Metadata": {
      "librarySectionType": "artist",
      "ratingKey": "1936545",
      "key": "/library/metadata/1936545",
      "parentRatingKey": "1936544",
      "grandparentRatingKey": "1936543",
      "guid": "com.plexapp.agents.plexmusic://gracenote/track/7572499-91016293BE6BF7F1AB2F848F736E74E5/7572500-3CBAE310D4F3E66C285E104A1458B272?lang=en",
      "librarySectionID": 1224,
      "type": "track",
      "title": "Love The One You're With",
      "grandparentKey": "/library/metadata/1936543",
      "parentKey": "/library/metadata/1936544",
      "grandparentTitle": "Stephen Stills",
      "parentTitle": "Stephen Stills",
      "summary": "",
      "index": 1,
      "parentIndex": 1,
      "ratingCount": 6794,
      "thumb": "/library/metadata/1936544/thumb/1432897518",
      "art": "/library/metadata/1936543/art/1485951497",
      "parentThumb": "/library/metadata/1936544/thumb/1432897518",
      "grandparentThumb": "/library/metadata/1936543/thumb/1485951497",
      "grandparentArt": "/library/metadata/1936543/art/1485951497",
      "addedAt": 1000396126,
      "updatedAt": 1432897518

Pressing play on a movie or show in Plex sends a webhook to our webhook/plex endpoint which, if it passed validation, is handled in app/Controllers/PlexController.php:

// Handle the Play event
if ($payload->event === '') {
    // Power off all the lights in the LIFX Warm Night scene over 30 seconds
    $lifx->activateScene('warm_night', 30, ['power' => 'off']);

    return $response->withJson('Play event handled.');

As you can see this is pretty straightforward to use and is easily extensible.

Have fun!

Pull requests and suggestions are welcome.