Sunday, February 3, 2013

Remapping RaspBMC Remote Keybindings

I've updated my HTPC to be a Raspberry Pi that uses RaspBMC as the OS. The really hard part was integrating my existing RAID with the device (over USB) to serve up my media; that's a subject for another post.

Something that didn't quite work out of the RaspBMC box (and to be fair A LOT did work) was the Context Menu for XBMC. I like to call it the "right click" option if I was using a mouse. This was because my remote didn't have the default button that XBMC was expecting. As mentioned in a previous post I have a generic RC6 IR receiver that I had used the mceusb2 kernel driver. Looking at the remote config file for XBMC (/opt/xbmc-bcm/xbmc-bin/share/xbmc/system/keymaps/remote.xml) the ContextMenu is mapped to the <title> key. Looking in the LIRC config file for XBMC (/opt/xbmc-bcm/xbmc-bin/share/xbmc/system/Lircmap.xml) for a mceusb remote the "title" is mapped to the "Guide" key. Looking on my trusty remote diagram there was a Guide button, but why didn't it bring up the context menu?

Turns out that RaspBMC was using a different remote config in Lircmap.xml Using irw to see the remote codes I get:

16d 0 KEY_EPG devinput
16d 0 KEY_EPG_UP devinput
Searching Lircmap.xml for devinput I got a different <remote> profile, with no mapping for <title> So I added:
and the Context Menu is displayed.

Handy little util irw for figuring out remote config.


  1. THX al lot! you have solved my problem!! :D

  2. THANK YOU very much. all i needed was KEY_EPG on my openelec xbmc. Took me forever, thnx!!

  3. YESSSSSSSSSSSSS !!!! sought after hours and at least 80 keys tested your solution works! thank you

    1. I'm glad that you were able to figure it out!