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Handle Commands

Follow these instructions to execute custom code on your device in response to commands from the Google Assistant.

Run the sample

Now that you defined a trait and updated the model, check to make sure the Google Assistant is sending back an On/Off command for the appropriate query.


Press the Enter key and try the following query:

Turn on.

You should see the following statements in the console output. If you don't, see the troubleshooting instructions.

INFO:root:Recording audio request.
INFO:root:End of audio request detected
INFO:root:Transcript of user request: "turn on".
INFO:root:Playing assistant response.
INFO:root:Turning device on
INFO:root:Waiting for device executions to complete.
INFO:root:Finished playing assistant response.

You will find where these statements are printed in the source code.

Get the source code

You are now ready to start your own project:

git clone

Find the command handler

The file in the sample code uses the SDK to send requests and receive responses from the Google Assistant.

cd assistant-sdk-python/google-assistant-sdk/googlesamples/assistant/grpc

Search for the following handler definition:

device_handler = device_helpers.DeviceRequestHandler(device_id)

def onoff(on):
    if on:'Turning device on')
    else:'Turning device off')

The code in onoff() handles the command action.devices.commands.OnOff. This command is part of the OnOff trait schema.

Currently, the onoff() definition logs output to the console. It uses helper functions in to parse the response JSON and store the command parameters in variables for ease of use. You can modify this code to do whatever you want on your project.

If you have an LED kit, keep reading to learn how to light the LED in response to the OnOff command. If you do not, skip the next section to learn how to add more traits and handlers.

Next steps - Raspberry Pi

Now that you know how to handle the incoming command, modify the sample code to light an LED. This will require some additional hardware if you are using the Raspberry Pi.

Import the GPIO package

To simplify software access to the General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) pins on the Raspberry Pi, install the RPi.GPIO package in the virtual environment.

pip install RPi.GPIO

Modify the sample

Open the file.

cd assistant-sdk-python/google-assistant-sdk/googlesamples/assistant/grpc

In the file, import the RPi.GPIO module to control the GPIO pins on the Pi. Place the following statement near the other import statements:

import RPi.GPIO as GPIO

Modify the code to set the output pin initially to the low logic state. When the on command is received, set the pin to the high logic state. When the off command is received, set the pin to the low logic state.

device_handler = device_helpers.DeviceRequestHandler(device_id)
GPIO.setup(25, GPIO.OUT, initial=GPIO.LOW)

def onoff(on):
    if on:'Turning device on')
        GPIO.output(25, 1)
    else:'Turning device off')
        GPIO.output(25, 0)

Save your changes and close the file.

Run the sample

Run the modified sample code.


Use the same query as before. The LED should turn on.

That's just the beginning. Learn how to add more traits and handlers.