Building the Device Handler

The Device Handler for a Cloud-connected device is generally the same as any other Device Handler. The means in which it handles sending and receiving messages from its device is a little bit different. Let’s walk through a Cloud-connected Device Handler example.

The Parse method

The parse method for Cloud-connected devices will always be empty. In a Cloud-connected device, Event data is passed down from the Service Manager, not from the device itself, so the parsing is handled in a separate method. The Device Handler doesn’t interface directly with a hardware device, which is what parse is used for.

Sending commands to the third-party cloud

Usually the actual implementation of device methods are delegated to its Service Manager. This is because the Service Manager is the entity that has the authentication information. To invoke a method on the parent Service Manager, you simply need to call it in the following format:


As with any other device-type, you need to define methods for all of the possible commands for the capabilities you’d like to support. Then when a user calls this method, it will pass information up to the parent Service Manager, who will make the direct connection to the third party cloud. You might for example want to turn a switch on, so you would call the following.

def on() {

Receiving Events from the third-party cloud

The Device Handler continuously polls the third-party cloud through the service manager to check on the status of devices. When an Event is fired, they can then be passed to the child Device Handler. Note that poll runs every 10 minutes for Service Manager SmartApps.

In the device-type handler:

def poll() {
    results = parent.pollChildren()

def parseEventData(Map results){
    results.each { name, value ->
        //Parse events and optionally create SmartThings events

In the service manager:

def pollChildren(){
    def pollParams = [
        uri: "",
        path: "/device",
        requestContentType: "application/json",
        query: [format:"json",body: jsonRequestBody]

        httpGet(pollParams) { resp ->
            state.devices = { collector, stat ->
            def dni = [, stat.identifier ].join('.')
            def data = [
                attribute1: stat.attributeValue,
                attribute2: stat.attribute2Value
            collector[dni] = [data:data]
            return collector

Generating Events at the request of the Service Manager

You won’t generate events directly within the Service Manager, but rather request that they are generated within the Device Handler. For example:

In the service manager:


In the Device Handler:

def generateEvent(Map results) {
  results.each { name, value ->
    sendEvent(name: name, value: value)
  return null