FLIRC is a small, universal USB infrared receiver dongle that plugs into your computer or media player and pairs with your television/cable/satellite remote, or any IR remote that you want to use. It supports all major platforms/operating systems and allows you to use any IR remote control you own to control almost any media player software, mimicking a standard PC keyboard so the built-in keyboard assignments present in all media player applications, including Kodi, accept its commands without needing to install any device drivers.
FLIRC is quite elegant in its simplicity, originally imagined as a USB adapter for the Amazon Fire TV to add universal IR remote support and functionality. Just insert it into the USB port of a PC (Windows or Linux) or Mac and use its simple configuration interface to set it up, then point any remote you have at the FLIRC and teach it what actions to perform when a particular remote button is pressed. When done, the FLIRC can be relocated into your HTPC or media appliance's USB port, and your IR remote will be able to control Kodi on that device. FLIRC is compatible with USB hubs, so you will still be able to use external storage, keyboards, mice, and other USB devices while the FLIRC is connected.
FLIRC started out as a small project run by Jason Kotzin during his battle with cancer, with a portion of each sale going to the oncologist he credits with profoundly impacting his survival, Dr. Heinz Lenz of the University of Southern California Cancer Research Facility.
- Kodi.tv blog entry, FLIRC - a new (old) way to control XBMC
- February 2013 WIRED article, the Ultimate XBMC Controller
- HowToGeek guide, How to Use Flirc to Add Any Remote to Any Media Center
- The Pi Hut: How To - Raspberry Pi Media Centre with FLIRC Remote Set Up
- Sven and the Art of Computer Maintenance entry, Controlling Android TV and Kodi with Logitech Harmony and Flirc
- Flirc can be purchased in the U.S.A direct through their web site
- A list of Flirc-recommended domestic and international distributors
- Flirc is available for global shipping through The Pi Hut