Huely – Stupid Simple App to Change Color of WiFi Bulb in Linux

Have smart lights connected via WiFi? This simple app allows to control the color of your bulbs in Linux desktop.

It’s Huely, a free open-source app target to control smart lights that are compatible with the Android Magic Home app.

As the picture shows, it automatically detect available smart bulbs in the local network. Just select a device and click the desired color in the right, finally click on ‘Set’. That’s it.

NOTE: the app is designed for elementary OS, though it should work on other Linux thanks to the universal Flatpak package.

How to Install Huely:

Firstly, you need to make sure the flatpak daemon is properly installed on your system. Ubuntu user may just press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal (or search and open from overview screen):

Then run command to install the daemon:

sudo apt install flatpak

Or, you may follow this official setup guide in case you don’t know how to install the daemon.

Secondly, open terminal from start menu and run the command below:

flatpak install https://dl.flathub.org/repo/appstream/com.github.benpocalypse.Huely.flatpakref

NOTE: If you’re first time installing a Flatpak package, there will be a few hundred more MB downloads. Don’t worry, they are shared libraries may also be used for other Flatpak apps.

Once installed, search for and launch it from your system start menu and enjoy!

Uninstall Huely

To remove the app package, run the command below in terminal:

flatpak uninstall --delete-data com.github.benpocalypse

And remove useless run-time libraries via flatpak uninstall --unused.

Merilyn Ne
Hi, I'm Merilyn Ne, a computer geek working on Ubuntu Linux for many years and would like to write useful tips for beginners. Forgive me for language mistakes. I'm not a native speaker of English.