An Alfred workflow for controlling Philips Hue lights.
Author: Benjamin Knight
Last Updated: 05/12/18 08:50:41
Philips Hue Controller for Alfred
Quickly and easily control Philips Hue lights with Alfred. Download the workflow
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).
This workflow has some bonus custom color science logic built in that let’s you use color wheel relationships such as analogous, complementary, triad, etc. to set group colors. Give it a try to see how it works:
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, which follows the following pattern:
Some example valid action strings are:
groups(0)on # Turn on all lights (note: Group "0" refers to all lights) groups(0)off groups(0)color:random # Set all lights to a random color groups(0)color:red groups(1)set:<scene_name> # Set a scene on group with ID "1" lights(1)color:random lights(1)color:bada55 lights(1)reminder:180 # 180 seconds lights(1)bri:50 # 50 percent lights(2)rename:Kitchen lights(3)effect:colorloop # Turn on colorloop effect on light with id "3"
Combine multiple commands into one hotkey
You can combine multiple commands into one hotkey by joining action strings with
|, for example:
To create a new hotkey, open Alfred Preferences.app, 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.
Setup & Installation
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
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