# JSON RPC Introduction

The JSON-RPC interfaces provides many ways to interact with Hyperion. You can retrieve information about your server, your instances and take actions (such as setting a priority input).

# What is JSON?

JSON is a standardized message format (see JSON.org (opens new window)) and is supported by most programming languages. It is human readable which makes for easier debugging.

# Sending JSON

Hyperion requires a specially formatted JSON message. A command argument is always required. A tan argument is optional. This is an integer you can freely choose -- it is part of the response you will receive to allow you to filter the response from other server messages (this functionality is likely necessary for advanced usecases only).

  "command" : "YourCommand",
  "tan" : 1

Depending on the command, there might be an additional subcommand required:

  "command" : "YourCommand",
  "subcommand" : "YourSubCommand",
  "tan" : 1

# Response

Most messages you send will trigger a response of the following format:

  "command" : "YourCommand",
  "info":{ ...DATA... },
  "success" : true,
  "tan" : 1
  • command: The command you requested.
  • tan: The tan you provided (If not, it will default to 0 in the response).
  • success: true or false. If false, an error argument will contain details of the issue.
  • info: The data you requested (if any).

# Connect

Hyperion currently supports multiple connection mechanisms: TCP Socket ("Json Server"), WebSocket and HTTP/S.


You can automatically discover Hyperion servers! See Detect Hyperion

# TCP Socket

This is a "raw" connection, you can send and receive line-separated json from the server (default port: 19444). This is also known as the "Json Server".

# WebSocket

This is part of the Hyperion webserver (default port: 8090). You send and receive json commands. WSS is also supported on port 8092. Only TEXT mode is supported. Read more about websockets at Websocket (opens new window).

# HTTP/S Json

HTTP requests can also be sent to the webserver (default port: 8090, for HTTPS: 8092). Send a HTTP/S POST request along with a properly formatted json message in the body to the (example) url: http://IpOfDevice:WebserverPort/json-rpc

Control Hyperion with HTTP JSON RPC

Example picture with a Firefox (opens new window)/Chrome (opens new window) Addon to send HTTP JSON messages


If you get a "No Authorization" response, you need to create an Authorization Token

HTTP/S Restrictions

Please note that the HTTP JSON-RPC lacks of the following functions due to technical limitations.

  • Image streams, led color streams, logging streams, subscriptions


# Server Info

A large variety of data is available from the server: Server Info

# Control

Control your Hyperion server: Control

# Authorization

Authorization mechanisms: Authorization

# Subscribe

Data subscriptions: Subscribe

# 3rd Party Libraries

  • Hyperion-py (opens new window) is a 3rd-party Python library for communication with Hyperion-NG. It uses the API described here as the underlying communication mechanism and presents it in a user-friendly way. As a 3rd party library, it is not supported by the Hyperion development team.