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The remote plugin (also called remote control plugin) extends the remote control possibilities of VDR. It's about a modular add on to VDR, which in particular makes use of the original IR receiver of the Hauppauge Nexus rev. 2.1/2.2 DVB card. Both, the old black and the new silver are supported. Furthermore every remote control that speaks RC-5 could be used.

Supported input devices

The following remote control devices are supported

  • linux input device driver (/dev/input/eventX, X=0,1,2,...)
    • built-in remote control port of the av7110-based DVB cards (aka full-featured cards), e.g. DVB-S Nexus (*)
    • remote control port of some budget cards, e.g. Nova-CI (**)
    • other input devices (not tested, please report success!)
    • See file FAQ for a list of cards which have been reported to work.
  • keyboard (tty driver): /dev/console, /dev/ttyX
  • TCP connection (telnet)
  • LIRC

(*) supported by DVB and dvb-kernel
(**) supported by dvb-kernel only

Hardware requirements

See README file

Software requirements


See plugin installation



Parameter (short) Parameter (long) Description
-i DEV --input=DEV kernel input device (/dev/input/...)
-l DEV --lirc=DEV lirc device (default: /dev/lircd)
-p tcp:n --port=tcp:n listen on tcp port <n>
-t DEV --tty=DEV tty device
-T DEV --TTY=DEV tty device with OSD


Howto use the same card after each boot?

If you have 2 or more DVB cards with IR receiver, you have to make sure that the device name is persistent. To use the built-in remote control port of the av711x-based DVB card, make a file in /etc/udev/rules.d/ called 51-vdr.rules (or anything you like) with the following line:

KERNEL=="event*", ATTRS{name}=="DVB on-card IR receiver", SYMLINK="input/ir"

If your card is in /dev/input/event2, this makes a symlink /dev/input/ir -> /dev/input/event2. You can check the items to put in the rule simply by

udevadm info -a -p $(udevadm info -q path -n /dev/input/event2)

Now you can start vdr by

vdr -P"remote -i /dev/input/ir"


[1] Plugin homepage