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Manipulate the system's audio devices

This module is based primarily on code from the previous incarnation of Mjolnir by Steven Degutis.

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Functions

allDevices

Signature hs.audiodevice.allDevices() -> hs.audiodevice[]
Type Function
Description Returns a list of all connected devices
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • A table of zero or more audio devices connected to the system

allInputDevices

Signature hs.audiodevice.allInputDevices() -> audio[]
Type Function
Description Returns a list of all connected input devices.
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • A table of zero or more audio input devices connected to the system

allOutputDevices

Signature hs.audiodevice.allOutputDevices() -> hs.audiodevice[]
Type Function
Description Returns a list of all connected output devices
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • A table of zero or more audio output devices connected to the system

current

Signature hs.audiodevice.current([input]) -> table
Type Function
Description Fetch various metadata about the current default audio devices
Parameters
  • output - An optional boolean, true to fetch information about the default input device, false for output device. Defaults to false
Returns
  • A table with the following contents:
  • ```lua
  • {
  • name = defaultOutputDevice():name(),
  • uid = module.defaultOutputDevice():uid(),
  • muted = defaultOutputDevice():muted(),
  • volume = defaultOutputDevice():volume(),
  • device = defaultOutputDevice(),
  • }
  • ```

defaultInputDevice

Signature hs.audiodevice.defaultInputDevice() -> audio or nil
Type Function
Description Get the currently selected audio input device
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • An hs.audiodevice object, or nil if no suitable device could be found

defaultOutputDevice

Signature hs.audiodevice.defaultOutputDevice() -> audio or nil
Type Function
Description Get the currently selected audio output device
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • An hs.audiodevice object, or nil if no suitable device could be found

findDeviceByName

Signature hs.audiodevice.findDeviceByName(name) -> device or nil
Type Function
Description Find an audio device by name
Parameters
  • name - A string containing the name of an audio device to search for
Returns
  • An `hs.audiodevice` object or nil if the device could not be found

findDeviceByUID

Signature hs.audiodevice.findDeviceByUID(uid) -> device or nil
Type Function
Description Find an audio device by UID
Parameters
  • uid - A string containing the UID of an audio device to search for
Returns
  • An `hs.audiodevice` object or nil if the device could not be found

findInputByName

Signature hs.audiodevice.findInputByName(name) -> device or nil
Type Function
Description Find an audio input device by name
Parameters
  • name - A string containing the name of an audio input device to search for
Returns
  • An hs.audiodevice object or nil if the device could not be found

findInputByUID

Signature hs.audiodevice.findInputByUID(uid) -> device or nil
Type Function
Description Find an audio input device by UID
Parameters
  • name - A string containing the UID of an audio input device to search for
Returns
  • An hs.audiodevice object or nil if the device could not be found

findOutputByName

Signature hs.audiodevice.findOutputByName(name) -> device or nil
Type Function
Description Find an audio output device by name
Parameters
  • name - A string containing the name of an audio output device to search for
Returns
  • An hs.audiodevice object or nil if the device could not be found

findOutputByUID

Signature hs.audiodevice.findOutputByUID(uid) -> device or nil
Type Function
Description Find an audio output device by UID
Parameters
  • name - A string containing the UID of an audio output device to search for
Returns
  • An hs.audiodevice object or nil if the device could not be found

Methods

allInputDataSources

Signature hs.audiodevice:allInputDataSources() -> hs.audiodevice.dataSource[] or nil
Type Method
Description Gets all of the input data sources of an audio device
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • A list of hs.audiodevice.dataSource objects, or nil if an error occurred

allOutputDataSources

Signature hs.audiodevice:allOutputDataSources() -> hs.audiodevice.dataSource[] or nil
Type Method
Description Gets all of the output data sources of an audio device
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • A list of hs.audiodevice.dataSource objects, or nil if an error occurred

currentInputDataSource

Signature hs.audiodevice:currentInputDataSource() -> hs.audiodevice.dataSource object or nil
Type Method
Description Gets the current input data source of an audio device
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • An hs.audiodevice.dataSource object, or nil if an error occurred
Notes
  • Before calling this method, you should check the result of hs.audiodevice:supportsInputDataSources()

currentOutputDataSource

Signature hs.audiodevice:currentOutputDataSource() -> hs.audiodevice.dataSource object or nil
Type Method
Description Gets the current output data source of an audio device
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • An hs.audiodevice.dataSource object, or nil if an error occurred
Notes
  • Before calling this method, you should check the result of hs.audiodevice:supportsOutputDataSources()

inputMuted

Signature hs.audiodevice:inputMuted() -> bool or nil
Type Method
Description Get the Input mutedness state of the audio device
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • True if the audio device's Input is muted. False if it's not muted, nil if it does not support muting

inputVolume

Signature hs.audiodevice:inputVolume() -> number or nil
Type Method
Description Get the current input volume of this audio device
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • A number between 0 and 100, representing the input volume percentage, or nil if the audio device does not support input volume levels
Notes
  • The return value will be a floating point number

isInputDevice

Signature hs.audiodevice:isInputDevice() -> boolean
Type Method
Description Determins if an audio device is an input device
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • A boolean, true if the device is an input device, false if not

isOutputDevice

Signature hs.audiodevice:isOutputDevice() -> boolean
Type Method
Description Determins if an audio device is an output device
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • A boolean, true if the device is an output device, false if not

jackConnected

Signature hs.audiodevice:jackConnected() -> boolean or nil
Type Method
Description Determines whether an audio jack (e.g. headphones) is connected to an audio device
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • A boolean, true if a jack is connected, false if not, or nil if the device does not support jack sense

muted

Signature hs.audiodevice:muted() -> bool or nil
Type Method
Description Get the mutedness state of the audio device
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • True if the audio device is muted, False if it is not muted, nil if it does not support muting
Notes
  • If a device is capable of both input and output, this method will prefer the output. See `:inputMuted()` and `:outputMuted()` for specific variants.

name

Signature hs.audiodevice:name() -> string or nil
Type Method
Description Get the name of the audio device
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • A string containing the name of the audio device, or nil if it has no name

outputMuted

Signature hs.audiodevice:outputMuted() -> bool or nil
Type Method
Description Get the Output mutedness state of the audio device
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • True if the audio device's Output is muted. False if it's not muted, nil if it does not support muting

outputVolume

Signature hs.audiodevice:outputVolume() -> number or nil
Type Method
Description Get the current output volume of this audio device
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • A number between 0 and 100, representing the output volume percentage, or nil if the audio device does not support output volume levels
Notes
  • The return value will be a floating point number

setDefaultInputDevice

Signature hs.audiodevice:setDefaultInputDevice() -> bool
Type Method
Description Selects this device as the system's audio input device
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • True if the audio device was successfully selected, otherwise false.

setDefaultOutputDevice

Signature hs.audiodevice:setDefaultOutputDevice() -> bool
Type Method
Description Selects this device as the system's audio output device
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • True if the audio device was successfully selected, otherwise false.

setInputMuted

Signature hs.audiodevice:setInputMuted(state) -> bool
Type Method
Description Set the mutedness state of the Input of the audio device
Parameters
  • state - A boolean value. True to mute the device, False to unmute it
Returns
  • True if the device's Input mutedness state was set, or False if it does not support muting

setInputVolume

Signature hs.audiodevice:setInputVolume(level) -> bool
Type Method
Description Set the input volume of this audio device
Parameters
  • level - A number between 0 and 100, representing the input volume as a percentage
Returns
  • True if the volume was set, false if the audio device does not support setting an input volume level
Notes
  • The volume level is a floating point number. Depending on your audio hardware, it may not be possible to increase volume in single digit increments

setMuted

Signature hs.audiodevice:setMuted(state) -> bool
Type Method
Description Set the mutedness state of the audio device
Parameters
  • state - A boolean value. True to mute the device, False to unmute it
Returns
  • True if the device's mutedness state was set, or False if it does not support muting
Notes
  • If a device is capable of both input and output, this method will prefer the output. See `:inputSetMuted()` and `:outputSetMuted()` for specific variants.

setOutputMuted

Signature hs.audiodevice:setOutputMuted(state) -> bool
Type Method
Description Set the mutedness state of the Output of the audio device
Parameters
  • state - A boolean value. True to mute the device, False to unmute it
Returns
  • True if the device's Output mutedness state was set, or False if it does not support muting

setOutputtVolume

Signature hs.audiodevice:setOutputtVolume(level) -> bool
Type Method
Description Set the output volume of this audio device
Parameters
  • level - A number between 0 and 100, representing the output volume as a percentage
Returns
  • True if the volume was set, false if the audio device does not support setting an output volume level
Notes
  • The volume level is a floating point number. Depending on your audio hardware, it may not be possible to increase volume in single digit increments

setVolume

Signature hs.audiodevice:setVolume(level) -> bool
Type Method
Description Set the volume of this audio device
Parameters
  • level - A number between 0 and 100, representing the volume as a percentage
Returns
  • True if the volume was set, false if the audio device does not support setting a volume level.
Notes
  • The volume level is a floating point number. Depending on your audio hardware, it may not be possible to increase volume in single digit increments.
  • This method will inspect the device to determine if it is an input or output device, and set the appropriate volume. For devices that are both input and output devices, see `:setInputVolume()` and `:setOutputVolume()`

supportsInputDataSources

Signature hs.audiodevice:supportsInputDataSources() -> boolean
Type Method
Description Determines whether an audio device supports input data sources
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • A boolean, true if the device supports input data sources, false if not

supportsOutputDataSources

Signature hs.audiodevice:supportsOutputDataSources() -> boolean
Type Method
Description Determines whether an audio device supports output data sources
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • A boolean, true if the device supports output data sources, false if not

transportType

Signature hs.audiodevice:transportType() -> string
Type Method
Description Gets the hardware transport type of an audio device
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • A string containing the transport type, or nil if an error occurred

uid

Signature hs.audiodevice:uid() -> string or nil
Type Method
Description Get the unique identifier of the audio device
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • A string containing the UID of the audio device, or nil if it has no UID.

volume

Signature hs.audiodevice:volume() -> number or nil
Type Method
Description Get the current volume of this audio device
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • A number between 0 and 100, representing the volume percentage, or nil if the audio device does not support volume levels
Notes
  • The return value will be a floating point number
  • This method will inspect the device to determine if it is an input or output device, and return the appropriate volume. For devices that are both input and output devices, see `:inputVolume()` and `:outputVolume()`

watcherCallback

Signature hs.audiodevice:watcherCallback(fn) -> hs.audiodevice
Type Method
Description Sets or removes a callback function for an audio device watcher
Parameters
  • fn - A callback function that will be called when properties of this audio device change, or nil to remove an existing callback. The function should accept four arguments:
  • A string containing the UID of the audio device (see `hs.audiodevice.findDeviceByUID()`)
  • A string containing the name of the event. Possible values are:
  • vmvc - Volume changed
  • mute - Mute state changed
  • jack - Jack sense state changed (usually this means headphones were plugged/unplugged)
  • span - Stereo pan changed
  • diff - Device configuration changed (if you are caching audio device properties, this event indicates you should flush your cache)
  • A string containing the scope of the event. Possible values are:
  • glob - This is a global event pertaining to the whole device
  • inpt - This is an event pertaining only to the input functions of the device
  • outp - This is an event pertaining only to the output functions of the device
  • A number containing the element of the event. Typical values are:
  • 0 - Typically this means the Master channel
  • 1 - Typically this means the Left channel
  • 2 - Typically this means the Right channel
Returns
  • The `hs.audiodevice` object
Notes
  • You will receive many events to your callback, so filtering on the name/scope/element arguments is vital. For example, on a stereo device, it is not uncommon to receive a `volm` event for each audio channel when the volume changes, or multiple `mute` events for channels. Dragging a volume slider in the system Sound preferences will produce a large number of `volm` events. Plugging/unplugging headphones may trigger `volm` events in addition to `jack` ones, etc.
  • If you need to use the `hs.audiodevice` object in your callback, use `hs.audiodevice.findDeviceByUID()` to obtain it fro the first callback argument

watcherIsRunning

Signature hs.audiodevice:watcherIsRunning() -> boolean
Type Method
Description Gets the status of the hs.audiodevice object watcher
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • A boolean, true if the watcher is running, false if not

watcherStart

Signature hs.audiodevice:watcherStart() -> hs.audiodevice or nil
Type Method
Description Starts the watcher on an hs.audiodevice object
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • The `hs.audiodevice` object, or nil if an error occurred

watcherStop

Signature hs.audiodevice:watcherStop() -> hs.audiodevice
Type Method
Description Stops the watcher on an hs.audiodevice object
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • The `hs.audiodevice` object

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