What is Flirc?


Flirc allows you to control a computer or media device with a remote control.

When Flirc receives Infrared (IR) signals from a remote control (e.g. a TV remote control) it then sends a keypress (as if it were a USB keyboard and you were pressing a key).


It’s a bit complicated to explain in a sentence so lets go through an example:

We can use the Flirc software to tell the Flirc device that when I press the “Play” button on my remote control I want flirc to send the “spacebar” key to my computer.

The computer thinks that it has a USB keyboard connected to it and that i’m pressing spacebar.

So anything that can be controlled with a USB keyboard will be able to be controlled by Flirc - no additional software or drivers required, some examples include:

  • Playstation 3
  • Xbox 360
  • Computers (to control Kodi/XBMC/Plex etc)
  • Android TV
  • Amazon Fire
  • Boxee
  • Windows media center


The Flirc software is only required for programming the Flirc device, once programmed you don't need the software - the Flirc device stores all of the information you programmed.

Have a look around our getting started section for more information on getting Flirc up and running


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