HueDev Happenings

Bridge Discovery Endpoint Change

Effective July 1 2018 (nupnp) bridge discovery is supported by a new endpoint, which is The old endpoint has been deprecated but remains available until July 1 2019. We had to change to the new endpoint such that we can guarantee a high reliability with the increased amount of traffic we are getting. There are no other differences besides the url. If you experience issues, please let us know.

Deprecation of TLS 1.0 and 1.1 on Remote API

At July 31th 2018 our service provider will disable TLS 1.0 and 1.1, and TLS 1.2 will be required. Please make sure your app uses the latest TLS 1.2 version. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but appreciate your support.

HTTPS on the Hue bridge

We’re happy to announce that as part of the 1.24 Hue bridge update we will now be offering an additional HTTP over TLS (HTTPS) endpoint for the local Hue API. This HTTPS endpoint is still in beta state, but we want to give you the opportunity to start using and report any issues to help us to get it out of beta in upcoming bridge updates. Apart from the move to HTTPS all additional changes are minor extension and are backwards compatible. For compatibility purposes we will maintain the HTTP version of the local API by default for a period of at least 1 year. When out of beta we recommend all developers to move their apps to use this new endpoint as soon as possible. We will keep you informed on the status.

Please see our documentation (login required) on how to best take advantage of this new technology. This documentation will be regularly updated with new information.

Remote Hue API

We are happy to announce that the Remote Hue API is now open for registration. After registration your app has to be approved and then the credentials are working.

All documentation is available on and create your Remote Hue API app to obtain credentials.

Upcoming Hue bridge firmware release

In the coming weeks, we will roll out a new Hue bridge firmware update (1.23). The update does not contain Hue API changes but does contain a number of internal changes. One such change is the new HTTP server component through which all commands are transferred. This new HTTP server is stricter in handling requests compared to the previous one, e.g. a HOST header field is required in all HTTP/1.1 request messages per RFC. This can impact your application due to non-functional behavioural changes or stricter handling of requests. We kindly would like to ask you to test this new release with your integration.

A new Hue SDK by Philips is available!

It supports multiple platforms in one package.  Check it out at:

Philips Hue can become a natural ingredient of any gaming, movie or audio experience. We believe that lighting can provide a new level of spacial immersion. Join us.

Philips Hue is pushing out Hue Entertainment: a cool software update and a brand new SDK written in C++. Hue Entertainment is designed to perfectly synchronize home lighting with any home entertainment experience. More info:

Zigbee 3.0 support in Hue ecosystem

We would like to share our plans for extending this interoperability towards the next generation of Zigbee, Zigbee 3.0. Zigbee 3.0 has been the result of a number of years hard work inside the Zigbee alliance to unify the different Zigbee profiles under a single umbrella to allow even more kinds of devices to interoperate. More info:

Critical Java SDK update (important)

There is a critical Hue Java SDK update which will prevent a crash when you are using sensors and switches in your app in combination with the Hue bridge 1.20 firmware. Please update your app with the new Java SDK in case you are using our Java SDK. The latest version can be found at

New ZLL and CLIP Temperature Sensors

We have updated ZLL and CLIP Temprature Sensors info.  Check it out in Sensor page:

New Icon Packs

We have updated the icon pack withe icon for rooms, luminaires and sensors, like they are used in the new Philips Hue app.