HTTP Post Command Reference for Tasker


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I'm new to Sonos, but would like to setup some Tasker tasks in Android to automate playing my favourite radio station, launching playlists, etc.

Is there a reference for http POST commands that I could work from? Could someone point me in the right direction?

My aim is to use Tasker with NFC tags to activate theses common tasks without the need to go into the app.

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Hello,

I am triying to create the HTTP commands for a Sonos connect device in order to control it with an Elan system. I would like to know what are the requirements and the procedure. I am new in this .
(Sorry for my english).

Diego
I replaces youtube URL with an MP3 on my computer still didn't work. But it worked with my queue command. Not sure why it's not working?
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Well, you can't just play a YouTube url either. It needs to be a direct link to a well known file format, like an mp3.
Yes that was the exact xml. I've changed that now but I still get nothing. I just tried the following, this is everything I've used:
http://pastebin.com/QWgCqCg0
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If that is the exact XML you are sending, then you have a typo. It's called <setAVTransportURI>, not <uetAVTransportURI>
I just executed the command and it didn't do anything on my sonos. my other commands like play, pause and queue are all working.
http://pastebin.com/CbnHmVs2
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For some reason it's not showing all the code even though I used:
code:


You need to escape all your XML with entities, &lt; and &gt; etc, in order to show it here. Better use pastebin, cause it will auto insert emojis as well, very dumb indeed.
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Just a heads up, I have given that idea a real test, and I will just warn you, it's very hard to get it reliable because of a few things:

You need to find a way to wait for all your zones to group together before starting playback, otherwise some of them will not play the whole track.
A lot of automatized control signals like this tends to generate a few errors (control signals that doesn't get received), so you will need to handle retries well.
Some of your audio sources will be hard to restore correctly, some might even be impossible. Think Deezer flow and other curated radio stations from certain music services.
code:
0x-file-cifs://Stefan-Knights-iMac/Downloaded%20by%20MediaHuman/doorbell.mp3
For some reason it's not showing all the code even though I used:
code:
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What response do you get? 500 Error? Could you please post the complete XML using http://pastebin.com/ or something? This new forum doesn't handle XML very well.
Unfortunately not yet.

I've tried the following:

I also tried it with a URL direct from youtube and it didn't work.

jishi any ideas, am I doing something wrong here?

/MediaRenderer/AVTransport/Control

SOAPACTION: "urn:schemas-upnp-org:service:AVTransport:1#SetAVTransportURI"

code:
0x-file-cifs://Stefan-Knights-iMac/Downloaded%20by%20MediaHuman/doorbell.mp3
Hey sck1988, did you ever get this too work? I'm also looking for a clever way to get multi-room audio where people can be listening to anything in their own room, to be interrupted by something of a higher priority. The doorbel is a fantastic example. Use case is indeed: all music in all rooms is muted and overridden with a broadcast going to all rooms. Once broadcast is over, all rooms should just continue playing whatever they were playing before.
You legend, thanks for responding so soon. I'll have another go at it and let you know how I get on. Thanks again.
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Hi,

I'm trying to have Sonos either play a song or use TTS so the doorbell could be heard through my speakers.

I can currently send commands such as play, pause etc from my HA system via the following method:

/MediaRenderer/AVTransport/Control

SOAPACTION: "urn:schemas-upnp-org:service:AVTransport:1#Play"

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I have seen the following API which would be perfect for me: https://github.com/jishi/node-sonos-http-api/blob/master/README.md

However I'm having some difficulty making this work in the XML format above. Can anyone assist me please? I'm not an expert coder but I'm relative competent Engineer with some moderate experience in coding. Just need a URL effectively that I can execute in my browser to give a specific function, like: ipaddress/Kitchen/favorite/[favorite name] or ipaddress/Office/say/Someone%20is%20at%20the%20door

Any tips would be greatly appreciated


The link that you referenced is actually a gateway software that converts that simplified URL scheme to the actual Sonos UPnP calls. If you don't want to use that, you will need to look into the UPnP spec, and mimic the SetAVTransportURI call (to switch media), followed by a Play call (which you already know how to do).

The SetAVTransport call should go to /MediaRenderer/AVTransport/Control with the SOAPACTION: "urn:schemas-upnp-org:service:AVTransport:1#SetAVTransportURI"

code:

<s:Envelope xmlns:s="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/" s:encodingStyle="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/encoding/">
<s:Body>
<u:SetAVTransportURI xmlns:u="urn:schemas-upnp-org:service:AVTransport:1">
<InstanceID>0</InstanceID>
<CurrentURI>{URI}</CurrentURI>
<CurrentURIMetaData>{MetaData}</CurrentURIMetaData>
</u:SetAVTransportURI>
</s:Body>
</s:Envelope>



( the weird smileys is supposed to be [colon]S )

You will need to replace {URI} with a valid URI to what you want to play (in your case, a working http-url poiting to an mp3), and you might be able to just send empty metadata for that case. However, keep in mind that just playing an mp3 like this, will stop playback, and you will need to find a way to resume the playback afterwards for this to be really useful. It won't even be possible to hit play, since the queue will be inactive afterwards.
Hi,

I'm trying to have Sonos either play a song or use TTS so the doorbell could be heard through my speakers.

I can currently send commands such as play, pause etc from my HA system via the following method:

/MediaRenderer/AVTransport/Control

SOAPACTION: "urn:schemas-upnp-org:service:AVTransport:1#Play"

01

I have seen the following API which would be perfect for me: https://github.com/jishi/node-sonos-http-api/blob/master/README.md

However I'm having some difficulty making this work in the XML format above. Can anyone assist me please? I'm not an expert coder but I'm relative competent Engineer with some moderate experience in coding. Just need a URL effectively that I can execute in my browser to give a specific function, like: ipaddress/Kitchen/favorite/[favorite name] or ipaddress/Office/say/Someone%20is%20at%20the%20door

Any tips would be greatly appreciated
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The javascript file called nextTrack.js. You can get it here:
nextTrack.js


Hi mdn (and others),
could anyone make this file available again, please? I'm trying to build my own solution and I'm completely lost in trying to make tasker send UPnP commands. I'd love to have a reference to "steal" from :rolleyes:

Unfortunatly I cannot send a PM to mdn, as I'm too new to this forum (min 5 posts to send PMs... !?)
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Today I managed to start my bedroom sonos direct from the built in android alarm on my phone.
Simply build a macro from macronos app add it as a task in tasker app, and pair the two.
I know the sonos has a alarm in the software but its a lot easier to control every thing from my phone.
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The answear to Tasker and Sonos is called Macronos.
Is found at Google Play for Android.
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I wanted to have a nicer experience when skipping to the next track in the queue.
It should ease down the volume, then change to the next track and then set the volume back to what it was originally.

I made a task with a "Script"->"Javascript" action.
In the "Path" field i chose a javascript file i have put on my phone with the following content.
Notice - you have to change the ip address to one of your controllers. You can get the ipaddress by looking at your internet routers dhcp log.

The javascript file called nextTrack.js. You can get it here:
nextTrack.js
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Won't work without the correct "CurrentURIMetaData".

See this thread:
http://forums.sonos.com/showthread.php?t=22411 (#3)

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Jochen


I don't speak german, but I believe that I actually managed to get it to work without the metadata. However, I do remember that I might have needed the x-rincon-mp3 prefix for it to work.

Nevertheless, it might be a little too hardcore trying to achieve this using Tasker.

Maybe a Sonos automation app for NFC and/or wifi might have a user case either way. Or a simple widget that has instant response...
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Sounds like this is way beyond my pay grade. I'm going to look at using the Vera plugin and HomeBuddy to achieve this.

Thanks for the comments.
Won't work without the correct "CurrentURIMetaData".

See this thread:
http://forums.sonos.com/showthread.php?t=22411 (#3)

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Jochen
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That's very kind. I've spent a few hours looking around the web and there doesn't seem to be much info.


All I want is to issue a command to Sonos to start playing a Radio Station (XFM London). I can then automate it with an NFC tag. What I can't work out is the syntax for the POST.

Here's a screenshot of the Tasker task:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7085178/Screenshot_2012-07-09-11-46-59.png

Any help would be much appreciated. d