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This is a fork of modified to work in a JS only react-native environment. The main difference is that this library doesn't support discovery of roku devices on the network. Yes, this makes it essentially useless. This requires knowing the ip of the roku.

If you are looking for a react-native version that does support discovery, you should look for another library.

npm version

Discover Roku devices via ssdp and control the device with methods that perform http requests to the device.


  • node 6.0.0 or higher
  • connected to the same network as the Roku device.
  • a router/network that supports UPnP (for ssdp)


$ npm install roku-client


// es2015
import Client, { keys } from 'roku-client';
// commonjs
const { Client, keys } = require('roku-client');* timeout, defaults to 10 seconds */)
  .then((client) => {
    console.log(`roku device found at ${client.ip}`);
    return client.apps();
  .then((apps) => {
    apps.forEach(app => console.log(app));
    // [{ id, name, type, version }, ...]
  .catch(err => {
// Or, if the roku address is already known
const client = new Client('');

Invoking will return a promise which resolves to a Client object on success. The Client will be initialized to the address of the first device to respond. This client object will contain the methods needed to control a roku device. Commands are sent to the Roku device via HTTP protocol as found on the docs.

If there are mutiple Roku devices on the network, call discover with the wait parameter set to true. It will return a promise that resolves to a list of all addresses found.

import { discover } from 'roku-client';
discover(10, true).then((addresses) => {
  // ['', '', ...]

API Methods

Method Name Return Type Details
ip string network ip and port
.apps() Promise<{id: string, name: string, type: string, version: string}[]> List of all apps installed on this device.
.active() Promise<{id: string, name: string, type: string, version: string}\|null>} A single object representing the active app, or null if the home screen is active.
.info() Promise<Object> A map of this Roku device's properties. Varies from device to device.
.keypress(key: string) Promise<void> Send a keypress from keys.js or a single character to send that letter (e.g. to an input box).
.keydown(key: string) Promise<void> The same as keypress but tells the Roku to hold the key down.
.keyup(key: string) Promise<void> The same as keyup but tells the Roku to release a key held with keyup ( a no-op if the key was not held).
.icon(appId: number) Promise<string> Saves the image to a temp file and returns the filename.
.launch(appId: number) Promise<void> Launch the given app by its id.
.text(text: string) Promise<void> Send the text string as a series of keypress actions.
.command() Commander Returns a Commander instance, which allows for easily chaining key commands to send to the Roku.

Keypress Values

keys.js contains a list of keypress values understood by Roku. It can be accessed programmatically:

import { keys } from 'roku-client';
keys.HOME // 'Home'
keys.LEFT // 'Left'


The Client#command() method provides a simpler interface over the keypress and text methods. It allows them to be chained and repeated and handles all promise chaining internally.

Each key within the keys.js module is available on the commander instance in camelcase form. Additionally, a .text() method is available to send text strings. Each key command takes an optional number to specify the number of times to repeat the command, defaulting to 1.

After chaining the desired methods, call .send() to send them to the Roku. .send() returns a promise that completes when all buttons have been pressed, or when the Roku fails to respond to any of the commands. A Commander instance should not be reused after calling .send().


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  .text('Breaking Bad')
  .then(/* commands succeeded */)
  .catch(err => { /* commands failed */ });
Turn the volume up by 10
Conditionally perform a command
let command = client.comand();
if (goUp) {
  command = command.up(10);
} else {
  command = command.down(10);
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$ npm test

This will run the linter, unit tests, and coverage.


Roku - External Control Service Commands
Roku - Keypress Key Values

Additional Information

Tested on OSX & raspberry pi w/ raspbian jessie, and with Roku TV.



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