How To Create a Custom Remote for USB-UIRT

If you have an USB-UIRT device, then you can create a custom remote for controlling TVs, sound systems, or other devices that can be controlled using IR.


The latest version of Unified Remote Server comes with some basic custom remote examples, including an example of a custom IR remote. We will use that has a starting point. They are located in:

C:\ProgramData\Unified Remote\Remotes\Bundled\Examples


Start by creating a copy of the IR example remote. Copy the "USB-UIRT" folder and give it a name. For example, let's create a custom IR remote for a "MY-USB-UIRT".


Open the folder, and you should see three files. The layout file defines how your remote should look, the meta file describes the name/author etc. The remote file contains the IR code for each button.


Start by opening the meta file in a text editor. Give it a fitting name, author, and description. You must give it a new name (two remotes can't have the same name). Save and close the file.


Next, have a look at the layout file, also in a text editor. Layouts typically include some rows, and each row has one or more buttons. The text field gives it a name, and "ontap" tells the remote which action to run (we'll get to that later). Let's close the file for now.


Now open the remote file in a text editor. This file defines what IR code to send for each action. Note how the "ontap" field matches the action names. This is important if you wish to add more buttons and actions.

Replace the << write the pronto code here>> with a pronto code simliar to those below, for each of the actions you want.


After a successful installation of the USB-UIRT device the USB-UIRT remote should be available in the Unified Remote app.

  • Open The Unified Remote app on your phone
  • Press the + button

  • Press the Search icon and write "USB"
  • Check both the "MY-USB-UIRT" and "USB-UIRT" remote
    • MY-USB-UIRT is your newly created remote
    • USB-UIRT is a helper remote to help you record IR codes
  • Now press the <- button

  • Open the "USB-UIRT" remote
  • Read the instructions

  • Press "LEARN PRONTO"
  • Press the button on the physical remote you want to mimic and hold it against the USB-UIRT device.
  • When the code is detected it will show up in remote.

  • Now enter the code into the remote file in the remote code
  • Save the remote and open the remote in Unified Remote app