Sony Camera Remote API Wrapper

A Ruby Gem that facilitates the use of Sony Camera Remote API.


Sony Camera Remote API allows us to control a number of Sony cameras, including Sony Action cams, Sony Alpha cameras and Lens Style cameras, wirelessly from another device. But these APIs are quite low-level, so that we have to implement a lot of sequences while considering many pitfalls, which are less documented in their API reference. This gem is a wrapper library that make it easy to use Sony camera functions for high-level applications.


  • Streaming live-view images by one method
  • Simplified contents transfer
  • Consistent interface for changing parameters safely
  • Auto reconnection
  • Also supports the low-level APIs call
  • Client application bundled

Supported version

Ruby 2.0 or higher


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'sony_camera_remote_api'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install sony_camera_remote_api


  1. Connect your PC (or device) to the camera with Direct Wi-Fi. If you are using Linux, it is recommended to use Shelf class like the following example.
  2. Create SonyCameraRemoteAPI::Camera instance with Shelf instance.
  3. Now you can access all of camera APIs and useful wrapper methods!

This is an example code of capturing single still image.

require 'sony_camera_remote_api'

interface = "wlan0"
ssid = "DIRECT-xxxx:ILCE-QX1"
pass = "xxxxxxxx"

shelf = 'sonycam.shelf'
shelf.add_and_select ssid, pass, interface

cam = shelf
cam.change_function_to_shoot 'still', 'Single'
# => Captured jpeg file is transferred to your PC

For more information, see project's Wiki.


  • Remote playback function


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake spec to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.