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Control Sonos speakers with Ruby.

Huge thanks to Rahim Sonawalla for making SoCo. This gem would not be possible without his work.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'sonos'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install sonos


I'm working on a CLI client. For now, we'll use IRB.

$ gem install sonos
$ irb
require 'rubygems'
require 'sonos'
speaker =

Now that we have a reference to the speaker, we can do all kinds of stuff.

speaker.pause # Pause whatever is playing  # Resumes the playlist '' # Stream!
speaker.volume = 70
speaker.volume -= 10
speaker.save_queue 'Jams'

Topology finds the first speaker it can. We can get all of the Sonos devices (including Bridges, etc) by calling speaker.topology. This is going to get refactored a bit. Right now everything is nested under speaker which is kinda messy and confusing.


There is a very limited CLI right now. You can run sonos discover to get the IP of one of your devices. Run sonos discover --all to get all of them.

To Do


  • Refactor all of the things
  • Nonblocking calls with Celluloid::IO
  • List other speakers
  • Handle errors better
  • Handle line-in in now_playing
  • Better support for stero pairs
  • CLI client for everything


  • Alarm clock
  • Pause all (there is no play all in the controller, we could loop through and do it though)
  • Group management
    • Party Mode
    • Join
  • Line-in
  • Toggle cross fade
  • Toggle shuffle
  • Set repeat mode
  • Scrub
  • Search music library
  • Browse music library
  • Add songs to queue
  • Skip to song in queue
  • Sleep timer


If we are implementing everything the official Sonos Controller does, here's some more stuff:

  • Set zone name and icon
  • Create stero pair
  • Support for BRIDGE
  • Support for DOCK
  • Manage services
  • Date and time
  • Wireless channel
  • Audio compression
  • Automatically check for updates (not sure if this is a controller only preference)
  • Local music servers


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request
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