Sonos smart speaker controller API and CLI

This project implements (most of) the Sonos control API in a rust crate. It also provides a simple command-line tool which can be used in scripts.

How to use

See ronor help for a list of available commands.

Favorites and Playlists

Sonos has two mechanisms for managing content you often play. Favorites can be thought of as pointers to specific streaming service content. For instance, a radio station, podcast, or a specific artist or album on a registered streaming service. A playlist is a list of several tracks, possibly on different streaming services. There is currently no API to create these, you have to use a Sonos controller like the iOS App to create favorites and playlists.

However, you can query and play favorites and playlists:

$ ronor get-favorites
Das Soundportal Radio
Freies Radio Salzkammergut
Österreich 1
Radio FM4
Radio Helsinki
Radio Swiss Classic
radiOzora Chill channel
SRF 2 Kultur
$ ronor load-favorite --play 'Österreich 1' Schlafzimmer
$ ronor get-playlists
$ ronor load-playlist --shuffle --crossfade --play PsyDub Wohnzimmer

Managing groups

Use the modify-group subcommand to manage grouping of logical players.

For example, imagine the following household of three players and no grouping.

$ ronor inventory
Bad = Bad
Wohnzimmer = Wohnzimmer
Schlafzimmer = Schlafzimmer

That means, each player is the sole member of a group with the same name.

Now lets make a group of Schlafzimmer (bedroom) and Bad (Bathroom).

$ ronor modify-group Schlafzimmer --add Bad
Schlafzimmer -> Schlafzimmer + 1
$ ronor inventory
Schlafzimmer + 1 = Schlafzimmer + Bad
Wohnzimmer = Wohnzimmer

To undo this group, we simply remove Bad from Schlafzimmer + 1 again:

$ ronor modify-group 'Schlafzimmer + 1' --remove Bad
Schlafzimmer + 1 -> Schlafzimmer
$ ronor inventory
Bad = Bad
Wohnzimmer = Wohnzimmer
Schlafzimmer = Schlafzimmer

Notice that you never have to name groups. Sonos will automatically choose a name for a newly created group based on the coordinating player and the number of other members.

Text to speech

For the text-to-speech functionality (ronor speak) you need espeak and ffmpeg installed. Simply pipe text to STDIN and it should be spoken by the desired player.

$ echo "Hallo Wohnzimmer"|ronor speak --language de Wohnzimmer

Alternatively, ronor speak can scrape predefined web resources and speak the extracted text. The following command will speak the current weather forecast for Styria in Austria:

$ ronor speak --scrape Wohnzimmer

The following scraping sources are predefined:

ronor speak makes use of for temporary storage and the loadAudioClip API. If you’d like to play already prepared audio clips, use ronor load-audio-clip.

Source code

This project is hosted on GitHub.

To obtain a copy of the source code, execute the following command:

git clone

or if GitHub is offline or my account has vanished, you can also do

git clone

to retrieve a repostiroy backup.