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firetv is a Python 2 and 3 package that provides state information and some control of an Amazon Fire TV device over a network. This is achieved via ADB, so therefore requires ADB Debugging to be turned on. It includes firetv-server, an HTTP server to facilitate RESTful access to configured devices.


Install the package using the command:

pip install firetv

If you want the HTTP server component installed as a script, use:

pip install firetv[firetv-server]

NOTE: You may need to install the following ADB dependencies via your package manager:

  • with apt-get: swig libssl-dev python-dev libusb-1.0-0
  • with yum: swig openssl-devel python-devel libusbx-devel


To run the server when installed as a script:


If you want to set a default Amazon Fire TV device:

firetv-server -d X.X.X.X:5555

If you want to run on a port other than 5556:

firetv-server -p XXXX


Copy the firetv.service file to /etc/systemd/system/. Modify the ExecStart path and arguments as necessary.

systemctl enable firetv.service  # Enable on boot
systemctl start firetv.service   # Start server
systemctl stop firetv.service    # Stop server


To store multiple Amazon Fire TV devices persistent, you can load a yaml config file: firetv-server -c some/config/file.yaml

The config file has to be in the following format:


Note: If you use -d and -c option together you must not name one of the devices in config file default or give one of the devices the same host as in -d option.


All routes return JSON.

  • GET /devices/list (list all registered devices and state)
  • GET /devices/connect/<device_id> (force connection attempt)
  • GET /devices/state/<device_id> (return state)
  • GET /devices/action/<device_id>/<action_id> (request action)
  • GET /devices/<device_id>/apps/running (return running user apps)
  • GET /devices/<device_id>/apps/<app_id>/start (start an app)
  • GET /devices/<device_id>/apps/<app_id>/stop (stop an app)
  • GET /devices/<device_id>/apps/<app_id>/state (check app state)
  • GET /devices/<device_id>/apps/state/<app_id> (check app state, deprecated format)
  • POST /devices/add (see below)

Add A Device

If you use the -d option, the specified device is added automatically with the device identifier default. If you want to add further devices, or don't want to use the command line option for the initial device, use the POST /devices/add route. The device identifier can be any string meaningful to you, matching [-\w] (any alphanumeric character, plus -).

POST JSON in the following format with the HTTP header Content-Type: application/json:

  "device_id": "<your_device_id>",
  "host": "<address>:<port>"


firetv can detect device state and issue a number of actions. It can also get the running state of user apps.

Detected States

  • off (TV screen is dark)
  • standby (standard UI is active - not apps)
  • idle (screen saver is active)
  • play (video is playing)
  • pause (video is paused)
  • disconnected (can't communicate with device)


  • turn_on (turn on the device, showing the UI on screen)
  • turn_off (turn off the device, screen goes dark)
  • home (emulate Home button)
  • media_play_pause (emulate Play/Pause button)
  • media_play (simulate Play button)
  • media_pause (simulate Pause button)
  • media_next (emulate Fast-Forward button)
  • media_previous (emulate Rewind button)
  • volume_up (raise volume)
  • volume_down (lower volume)


  • GET /devices/<device_id>/apps/running
  • /devices/<device_id>/apps/state/<app_id>
  • /devices/<device_id>/apps/<app_id>/state

app_id can be anything from a single word, e.g. 'netflix' or the full package name, e.g.

You can start or stop an app with the following commands:

  • GET /devices/<device_id>/apps/<app_id>/start
  • GET /devices/<device_id>/apps/<app_id>/stop

app_id must be a package name, e.g. org.xbmc.kodi or


This package does not fully exploit the potential of ADB access to Amazon Fire TV devices, and lacks some robustness. Contributions are welcome.

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