Controlling via websocket

If the websocket server is enabled with the -p option, CamillaDSP will listen to incoming websocket connections on the specified port.

If additionally the "wait" flag is given, it will wait for a config to be uploaded via the websocket server before starting the processing.

By default the websocket server binds to the address, which means it's only accessible locally (on the same machine). If it should be also available to remote machines, give the IP address of the interface where it should be available with the -a option. Giving will bind to all interfaces.

Command syntax

All commands are sent as JSON. For commands without arguments, this is just a string with the command name withing quotes:


For commands that take an argument, they are instead given as a key and a value:

{"SetUpdateInterval": 500}

The return values are also JSON. The commands that don't return a value return a structure containing the command name and the result, which is either Ok or Error:

  "SetUpdateInterval: {
    "result": "Ok"

The commands that return a value also include a "value" field:

  "GetUpdateInterval: {
    "result": "Ok",
    "value": 500

All commands

The available commands are listed below. All commands return the result, and for the ones that return a value are this described here.


Websocket server settings

Commands for reading and changing settings for the websocket server.

Read processing status

Commands for reading status parameters.

Config management

Commands for reading and changing the active configuration

Config reading and checking

These commands are used to check the syntax and contents of configurations. They do not affect the active configuration.

Controlling from Python using pyCamillaDSP

The recommended way of controlling CamillaDSP with Python is by using the pyCamillaDSP library.

Please see the readme in that library for instructions.

Controlling directly using Python

You need the websocket_client module installed for this to work. The package is called python-websocket-client on Fedora and python3-websocket on Debian/Ubuntu.

First start CamillaDSP with the -p option:

camilladsp -v -p1234 /path/to/someconfig.yml

Start Ipython. Import the websocket client and make a connection:

>In [1]: from websocket import create_connection
In [2]: import json
In [3]: ws = create_connection("ws://")

Get the name of the current config file

>In [4]: ws.send(json.dumps("GetConfigName"))
Out[4]: 19

In [5]: print(ws.recv())

Switch to a different config file

The new config is applied when the "reload" command is sent.

>In [6]: ws.send(json.dumps({"SetConfigName": "/path/to/otherconfig.yml"}))
Out[6]: 52

In [7]: print(ws.recv())

In [8]: ws.send(json.dumps("Reload"))
Out[8]: 12

In [9]: print(ws.recv())

Get the current configuration

Use json.loads to parse the json response.

In [10]: ws.send(json.dumps("GetConfig"))
Out[10]: 15

In [11]: reply = json.loads(ws.recv())
In [12]: print(reply["GetConfig"]["value"])
  samplerate: 44100
  buffersize: 1024
  silence_threshold: 0.0
  silence_timeout: 0.0
    type: Alsa

Send a new config as yaml

The new config is applied directly.

>In [12]: with open('/path/to/newconfig.yml') as f:
    ...:     cfg=f.read()

In [13]: ws.send(json.dumps({"SetConfig": cfg))
Out[13]: 957

In [14]: print(ws.recv())

Secure websocket, wss://

By compiling with the optional feature secure-websocket, the websocket server also supports loading an identity from a .pfx file. This is enabled by providing the two optional parameters "cert" and "pass", where "cert" is the path to the .pfx-file containing the identity, and "pass" is the password for the file. How to properly generate the identity is outside the scope of this readme, but for simple tests a self-signed certificate can be used.

Generate self-signed identity

First geneate rsa keys:

openssl req -newkey rsa:2048 -new -nodes -x509 -days 3650 -keyout key.pem -out cert.pem

Then use these to generate the identity:

openssl pkcs12 -export -out identity.pfx -inkey key.pem -in cert.pem

This will prompt for an Export password. This is the password that must then be provided to CamillaDSP.

To connect with a Python client, do this:

import websocket
import ssl

ws = websocket.WebSocket(sslopt={"cert_reqs": ssl.CERT_NONE})

Note the "wss" instead of "ws" in the address. Since the certificate is self.signed, we need to use ssl.CERT_NONE for the connection to be accepted.