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Remotely control Google Chrome instances via Hubot.


Torch has three parts: hubot-scripts, lighter, and one or more wicks. They communicate with one other via HTTP.

  [ hubot ] (lives on some server)
      | messages go from irc to internet
  [ lighter ] (lives on some server, possibly the same one)
    / | \
  /   |   \   (internet magic http dust)
...   |   ...
   [ wick ] (lives on a TV machine, has a 'prefix')
      |    (connected to multiple browser windows, indexed prefix1, prefix2, etc)
  [ browser ]


  1. Edit hubot-scripts/ to set LIGHTER_ADDRESS to the host running lighter.
  2. Add it to your hubot scripts directory.


This is the central server which receives commands from hubot and sends them to the hosts running Chrome.

  1. Install dependencies: pip install -r lighter/requirements.txt
  2. Edit lighter/ to configure prefix_to_channels, a mapping from TV name prefix (defined in a wick instance's config) to a list of IRC channel names from which users are allowed to control it.
  3. Run python lighter/


This is what you'll run on each computer that is connected to a TV/monitor you want to control remotely.

  1. Install dependencies: pip install -r wick/requirements.txt
  2. Edit wick/ to configure screen_name_prefix (prefix to use when naming the browser windows on this computer), port to run on, and lighter_host where lighter is running.
  3. Run python wick/


We wrote this in a day and a half during a hackathon. Some parts are more stable than others. rotate is known to have some quirks. is a good site to use with the fullscreen on command.