An Alfred workflow for controlling Philips Hue lights.
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Philips Hue Controller for Alfred

Quickly and easily control Philips Hue lights with Alfred.



  1. Download the workflow

  2. The first time you run the workflow it will ask you to press the button on top of the Hue bridge then action the item to authorize the workflow to control your Hue lights:


The workflow automatically attempts to find the bridge on your local network. You can also manually specify the bridge's IP address. For example, if your bridge's IP is



Control the state of lights and rooms

Control lights

Control rooms

Note: groups:0 as seen above is autocompleted by the workflow after selecting room name, or in this case "All lights". Group '0' always refers to all lights. Each room name is associated with a specific group ID on the bridge. Remember this ID if you wish to create hotkeys for rooms (see below).

Color Harmonies

Use color wheel relationships such as analogous, complementary, triad, etc. to set room colors:

Color Harmony


This workflow uses a special action string format that you can use to create a hotkey for any action you could otherwise perform using the hue keyword:



groups:0:on                    # Group "0" refers to all lights
groups:1:set:<preset id>       # Set a scene
lights:1:reminder:180          # 180 seconds
lights:1:bri:50                # 50 percent

You can combine multiple commands into one hotkey by joining action strings with |, for example:


To create a new hotkey, open Alfred, go to Workflows and select the Philips Hue Controller workflow in the sidebar. In the main panel right click and select Triggers > Hotkey. Set the text argument to the action string, then connect that to the same block as the other preloaded hotkeys.

To make this even easier, open history.txt inside of the Workflow's directory (right click Philips Hue Controller, select "Open in Finder") and there you can see history of all commands. This makes creating a hotkey for setting a scene easier, for example, since scenes have long ID strings e.g. ESyAHbZCG8RJTxi.


Thanks to iconsphere, To Uyen, Setyo Ari Wibowo, Austin Condiff, H Alberto Gongora, Andreis Kirma, and Ananth from the Noun Project for icons.