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πŸŸͺ🟧🟩πŸŸ₯ Code Deck is a cross platform and open source alternative to the official Stream Deck application.

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Code Deck


Code Deck is a cross platform and open source alternative to the official Stream Deck application.

The Code-part of the name is a reference to how configuration and plugins work in Code Deck. The configuration is done using JSON and all plugins are C#-scripts.

Alt text Picture of Code Deck running my configuration on my Stream Deck.

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Code Deck was made with control and extensibility as the primary goals. Code Deck strives to be light-weight, but that heavily depends on the users plugins and configuration.






Graphical User Interface

Code Deck DOES NOT have a graphical user interface for configuration.

Windows users may use CodeDeck.Windows.exe which adds an icon to the notification area on the taskbar. The icon has a context menu with easy access to the configuration file and a way to easily exit Code Deck.

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Code Deck is configured using a single JSON-file. The configuration file must be located in your user folder. If no configuration file exists, a default configuration will be created on startup. Changes to the configuration are automatically applied.

Full path to configuration file:

Configuration File Structure

  // Stream Deck
  "Brightness": 100,
  "Profiles": [
      // Profile
      "Name": "DefaultProfile",
      "Pages": [
          // Page
          "Name": "DefaultPage",
          "Keys": [
              // Key
              "Index": 1,
              "Text": "CODE"
            // More Keys ...
        // More Pages ...
    // More Profiles ...

Stream Deck

  "DevicePath": null,
  "Brightness": 100,
  "FallbackFont": "Twemoji Mozilla",
  "Profiles": []
Field Values Description
DevicePath null Path to a specific device, can be used in the case of multiple connected devices.
Brightness 100 Brightness in percent.
FallbackFont Twemoji Mozilla Font to use if a glyph is not available in the Key-font. Set this to an emoji or icon font to easily use icons/emojis.
Profiles Profile[] An array of Profile objects.


  "Name": "DefaultProfile",
  "ProfileType": "Normal",
  "Pages": []
Field Values Description
ProfileType "Normal" | "LockScreen"* Profile type.
Name DefaultProfile Name of the profile.
Pages Page[] An array of Page objects.

*"LockScreen" is only supported on Windows for now. If a profile of this type exists, Code Deck will automatically change to that profile when the computer is locked.


  "Name": "DefaultPage",
  "Pages": []
Field Values Description
Name DefaultProfile Name of the profile.
Keys Key[] An array of Page objects.


  "Index": 0,
  "KeyType": "Normal",
  "Profile": null,
  "Page": null,
  "Plugin": "Clock",
  "Tile": "DigitalClockTile",
  "Text": "Clock",
  "TextColor": "#ffffff",
  "TextOffsetX": 0,
  "TextOffsetY": 0,
  "LineSpacing": 0.0,
  "Font": "Ubuntu",
  "FontSize": 18,
  "FontBold": false,
  "FontItalic": false,
  "BackgroundColor": "#000000",
  "Image": "image.png",
  "DisableTileImage": true,
  "ImagePadding": 5,
  "ImageOffsetX": 0,
  "ImageOffsetY": 0,
  "ShowFolderIndicator": false,
  "FolderIndicatorColor": "#ff0000",
  "ActivityIndicatorColor": "#00ff00",
  "Settings": {
    "Format": "dd.\nMMM",
    "Interval": "60000"
Field Example Values Description
Index 0 … X Index of the key on the Stream Deck. X = number of keys - 1.
KeyType "Normal" | "Back" The type of key. Default is "Normal". "Back" is a key that navigates backwards.
Profile "ProfileName" The name of the Profile that contains the Page to navigate to.
Page "PageName" The name of the Page to navigate to.
Plugin "PluginName" The name of the Plugin to associate with this key.
Tile "TileName" The name of the Tile to associate with this key.
Text "Some Text" The text to show on the key. Text is always centered. Use \n for multiple lines.
TextColor "#ffffff" Color of the Text.
TextOffsetX 0 The offset to add to the X-position of the text.
TextOffsetY -5 The offset to add to the Y-position of the text.
LineSpacing 1.0 Spacing between lines. Value is in percent of the line height. 1.1 means the spacing is 10% more than the line height.
Font "Font Name" Name of the font to use for the Text.
FontSize 10 Size of the Font.
FontBold true | false Β 
FontItalic true | false Β 
BackgroundColor "#000000" Color of the background color of the key.
Image filename.png Path to an image file. The image will be shown on the key.
DisableTileImage true | false Setting this to true disables any image set by a Plugin Tile.
ImagePadding 5 A padding to apply to the image. Very useful when trying to match all image sizes.
ImageOffsetX 0 The offset to add to the X-position of the image.
ImageOffsetY -5 The offset to add to the Y-position of the image.
ShowFolderIndicator true | false An optional indicator to show on keys with KeyType = Page. The indicator is a line at the bottom of the key.
FolderIndicatorColor "#cccccc" Β 
ActivityIndicatorColor "#ffff00" Color of the activity indicator. Some plugins may show this indicator while doing some task. The indicator is a small circle in the top right corner.
Settings { "Key": "Value", ... } A key/value dictionary containing the settings needed to configure the Tile. All values MUST be strings.

All fields are optional except for Index.

Image, Icons & Emojis


The Key.Image field can be set to the path of an image file. The image will be drawn to key. Supported formats are listed here.


As an alternative to supplying an image, you can use emojis. Code Deck has built in support for emojis through the bundled Twemoji Mozilla font (Twemoji.Mozilla.ttf).

Use the Text field to specify one or more emojis. Adjust the FontSize field for a bigger β€œicon”.


  "Text": "πŸ”’",
  "FontSize": 50

You can also use other third party emoji fonts. The font must support the COLR-format. The COLR-format is the only format currently supported by SixLabors.Fonts which is the font library Code Deck uses.

On Windows you can use Segoe UI Emoji for example.

⚠️ Some of the most known Emoji fonts DO NOT support the COLR-format and will not work with Code Deck. A few known examples are listed below:

Icon Fonts

Segoe Fluent Icons is another option on Windows.

This font contains a lot of glyphs. These glyphs can be combined with the TextColor field like a normal font.

There are multiple third party icon fonts that should work in the same way.

All glyphs and their unicode value is listed here. Prefix the unicode value with \u in the JSON-configuration.


  "Text": "\ue72e",
  "TextColor": "#ff0000",
  "Font": "Segoe Fluent Icons",
  "FontSize": 50


Code Deck has a powerful, but easy to use plugin system.

Plugins are located in the Plugins-directory. All plugins are coded in C# and gets compiled on startup using Roslyn. All the β€œbuilt in” plugins work in the same way and their C#-scripts are available in the same Plugins-directory.

Documentation for each plugin can be found as a markdown file in each plugins directory. The below table links directly to each plugins documentation.

List Of Built In Plugins & Tiles

Name Tile OS Support Description
AudioDeviceSwitcher AudioDeviceSwitcherTile πŸͺŸ Β 
Clock DigitalClockTile πŸͺŸπŸ§ Β 
Β  StopWatchTile πŸͺŸπŸ§ Β 
Counter CounterTile πŸͺŸπŸ§ Β 
CounterStrikeGlobalOffensiveNetCon ExecuteCommand πŸͺŸπŸ§* *Linux support is untested.
HyperXCloudFlightWireless BatteryTile πŸͺŸπŸ§* *Linux support is untested.
Lock LockTile πŸͺŸ Β 
LogitechG703 BatteryTile πŸͺŸπŸ§* *Linux support is untested.
MediaKeys MuteTile πŸͺŸ Β 
Β  VolumeDownTile πŸͺŸ Β 
Β  VolumeUpTile πŸͺŸ Β 
Β  NextTrackTile πŸͺŸ Β 
Β  PreviousTrackTile πŸͺŸ Β 
Β  StopTile πŸͺŸ Β 
Β  PlayPauseTile πŸͺŸ Β 
NetworkTools ExternalIpTile πŸͺŸπŸ§ Β 
PerformanceCounters CpuUsageTile πŸͺŸ Β 
Β  MemoryUsageTile πŸͺŸ Β 
Β  GpuUsageTile πŸͺŸ Β 
Runner RunTile πŸͺŸπŸ§ Β 
Β  OpenWebsiteTile πŸͺŸπŸ§ Β 
SteelSeriesRival3Wireless BatteryTile πŸͺŸπŸ§* *Linux support is untested.
Template TemplateTileOne πŸͺŸπŸ§ Β 
Β  TemplateTileTwo πŸͺŸπŸ§ Β 
KeyboardSimulator TyperTile πŸͺŸ Β 
Β  HotkeyTile πŸͺŸ Β 
Weather YrImageTile πŸͺŸπŸ§ Β 
WebRequest PlainTextTile πŸͺŸπŸ§ Β 
Β  ImageTile πŸͺŸπŸ§ Β 

Plugin Development

Read about plugin development here!

Supported Stream Decks

Code Deck should work with any Stream Deck hardware supported by OpenMacroBoard & StreamDeckSharp.

Tested Stream Decks

Stream Deck Hardware Status Notes
Stream Deck Mini Untested Β 
Stream Deck (Standard) (MK.1) βœ”οΈ Β 
Stream Deck (Standard) (MK.2) Untested Β 
Stream Deck + Untested Stream Deck + has an additional screen (or screen area at least) and rotary knobs. The β€œstandard” buttons might work.
Stream Deck XL Untested Β 


Code Deck makes heavy use of the following great libraries:

Code Deck uses the following font for built in emoji support:


Code Deck is not endorsed by, directly affiliated with, maintained, authorized, or sponsored by Elgato. All product and company names are the registered trademarks of their original owners. The use of any trade name or trademark is for identification and reference purposes only and does not imply any association with the trademark holder of their product brand.