Kodi has been creeping slowly in my living room for quite some time now and although there’s an array of supporting applications but I’ve always felt the need for a native linux application. You might argue that opening the web browser and navigating to
http://INTERNAL-IP-ADDR:9000/ gives a full blown remote control but here’s the thing, I am not really interested in keeping a web browser loaded up just so that I can push a handful of commands to Kodi.
And thus, I decided to write a python application, Kodi Linux Remote, with a rather simple GUI for controlling Kodi. Additionally, since I am used to controlling with physical keyboard, a similar functionality is present in the application as well! In its current iteration, the app is pretty barebones in terms of functionality and design. The idea was to have a light weight remote control app sans the need for web browser instead of a feature rich, one solution fits all.
As of now, the application supports following controls. All these can be controlled using keyboard as well,
- Increase (Minus) and Decrease (Plus) volume
- Navigation (Up, Down, Left, and Right) (Arrow up, down, left, right respectively)
- Media selection (Enter)
- Play/Pause (Spacebar)
Getting started with the application is quite easy provided following requirements are met,
- Python 3
It has been tested only on Fedora 25 and 26. However, as long as the linux distribution you’re planning to run it on satisfies above mentioned requirements and GTK+ is available, app should run just fine. In case if it doesn’t and/or you come across an issue or there’s a feature requrest, please feel free to create an issue here.
Kodi Linux Remote is open source and code is available on Github.