Adding functions to Flirc's XBMC/Kodi Harmony Profile


For information setting up your harmony device to work with flirc see this article

This article describes how to add customs buttons to your harmony remote which you can then map to a custom keyboard combination on flirc (e.g. to open an app).

Open the "myharmony" app (available here:

Select the "Buttons" tab then click the drop down menu and select "Flirc Media Player"
(Highlighted below)

You then be presented with a virtual picture of your remote control (in this example I have a harmony 300):

To determine what buttons have functions paired with them hover over the button with your cursor. If the button is not assigned then the software will say "Nothing (Not assigned)". Below is an example of hovering over the keys:
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If the remote button has nothing assigned to the button, when it is pressed it won't emit a signal (so Flirc has nothing to respond to). If we want to add a custom command then we'll have to add a signal.

I'm choosing "Favourite 1" button to program in this example, as you can see it has nothing assigned to the button:

Click "Teach command" in the bottom right corner of the window:

Then we want to "Add a missing command", in the case i'm adding a button to open an app called "Kodi" (hence the name of the new command):

The software will guide you through the steps of adding the new button. For my button I used an old blu-ray player remote I had:

If successful you should see a message similar to this:

The new command will now show up on the side bar (highlighted below):

Then drag and drop this new command onto the button you want (in this example "Favourite 1"):

If successful, when you hover over the button it will show the command you dragged onto it:

Repeat this for as many commands as you need to add then remember to sync the settings:

Now you can program that button using the Flirc GUI

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    All this does is advise how to add a fake custom action to a button on the harmony remote. It doesn't then advise how to program that button using the Flirc GUI. nor do the guides it links to - unless I'm really missing something. Having mapped the button to the Harmony remote, have plugged in the Flirc to my iMac so I can use the GUI, and tried to map the M key to the harmony remote - I assume it's meant to be as simple as click the M key and then while it's recording, press the button on the Harmony Remote (while it's on Device - Flirc) but nothing happens.

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    Chuck Mayo

    In Kodi, typing the letter "M" on a keyboard during playback brings up the "Player controls OSD," which is apparently the only way to access subtitle downloads, as well as other video and audio settings during playback.

    The Flirc/Kodi/Harmony profile doesn't offer a built-in "Player Controls OSD" function, and every time I've attempted to program my Harmony/Flirc remote to do something as simple as "type the letter 'M'," I've been defeated by the quite frustrating lack of information on how to do all but a few super-simple preset things with Flirc.

    This guide may have helped IF I owned a Kodi remote control and IF that Kodi remote control provided a key to bring up the Player OSD, but I don't happen to own a Kodi remote.

    Don't get me wrong. The Kodi/Harmony profile that Flirc provides is a HUGE help and has allowed me to use my Harmony One with my Raspberry Pi/Kodi setup for a couple years, but that profile doesn't cover all available Kodi keyboard controls and it'd be really nice if I wasn't still having to reach for a wireless keyboard so I can press the "M" key every time I wanted to download a subtitle.

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