IRTrans Binding

This binding communicates with the IRTrans infrared emitter/transceiver.

The IRTrans binding currently supports the Ethernet version of the IRtrans transceiver and communicates with the transceiver over a TCP connection.


Note: the IRtrans binding makes use of the TCP/UDP binding, and therefore also the TCP binding has to be installed and configured.

Binding Configuration

This binding does not need its own configuration.

Item Configuration

The format of the binding configuration is simple and looks like this:

irtrans="[<command>:<ip address>:<port>:<led>:<device>:<ircommand>], [<command>:<ip address>:<port>:<led>:<device>:<ircommand>], ..."


  • <ip address> is the hostname or IP address in dotted notation of the remote host
  • <led> is the transceiver led to be used to send or receive the infrared command, and is one of the following values: DEFAULT, INTERNAL, EXTERNAL, ALL, ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT.

Note: It is up to the user to check that the led value is valid for the device installed, e.g. not all IRtrans transceivers have the same number of led transmitters or received built-in. See the documentation of your IRtrans device.

  • <device> is the name of the device (category), as defined using the IRtrans LAN Server software

  • <ircommand> is the name of the infrared command, as defined using the IRtrans LAN Server software, to be sent to the transceiver when <command> is received. When an infrared command is received by the transceiver that matches the <device>:<ircommand>, then the Item will be updated with the <command>.

It is possible to define wildcards for <device> and <ircommand>: if either of them are equal to ** then respectively, any device that defines the given <ircommand>, or any <ircommand> for the given <device>, will match and trigger the status update of the item. If you would put ** for both <device> and <ircommand> then any infrared command received by the transceiver will cause the item to be updated.

Note: the IRtrans device does not communicate which <led> a command is received by, so that information can not be used to wildcard infrared commands received

Note: If the item is of the type String, then any infrared command received by the transceiver will cause the Item to be updated with “<device>,<ircommand>”. Likewise, any string passed on by the OpenHAB runtime will simply be parsed using the “<device>,<ircommand>” pattern. For such Items the <command> element has to be omitted in the configuration string

Here are some examples of valid binding configuration strings:

irtrans="[ON:]" // send the 'voldown' infrared command of remote type 'pioneer' when ON is received
irtrans="[ON:*]" // accept any command from remote of type Pioneer, e.g. any key press on the remote
irtrans="[ON:*:pioneer:voldown]" // send command on all leds
irtrans="[ON:*:*]" // accept all infrared commands from any type of remote
irtrans="[*:*]" // for String Items, take or update 'remote,command' strings that match the pattern

As a result, your lines in the items file might look like the following:

Switch  PioneerReceiver_Vol     "Pioneer"       (AV)    { irtrans="*[ON:], *[OFF:]" }