Introducing the Stream Deck Plugin for Zoom

After getting a Stream Deck earlier this year, I built a way to control my Zoom meetings with it. For one, this sent keyboard shortcuts directly to the Zoom client to toggle mute and video and had the ability to leave a meeting with the press of a (physical) button. There was a drawback: the SD buttons didn’t synchronize with the Zoom client, meaning the button could show a muted icon, while the meeting was not muted. After doing some research, I decided to solve that with a native Stream Deck Plugin for Zoom.

Capabilities

The plugin has the following actions available:

  • Toggle your mute status
  • Toggle your video
  • Toggle sharing; bring up the start share window, or stop sharing
  • Bring the Zoom client to the front and focus on it
  • Leave a meeting. If you’re the host, end the meeting

Currently, this Zoom plugin only works on macOS. It’s using AppleScript to detect the status of the buttons and an alternative needs to be figured out for Windows. The code is open for pull requests for anyone who would like to do the Windows part!

Installation

To install this plugin, download the com.lostdomain.zoom.sdPlugin file from GitHub and double click it to install into the Stream Deck configurator.

Before adding the actions to your Stream Deck, make sure the following shortcuts are marked as global:

  • Mute/Unmute My Audio
  • Start/Stop Video
  • Start/Stop Screen Sharing

Here’s a screenshot of how it should look:

Zoom Shortcuts

Now install the plugin by double-clicking the .streamDeckPlugin file. It’ll ask for confirmation to install it, click yes.

After installing the plugin, it will ask Accessibility permissions, which it needs to control the Zoom client.

Zoom Permissions Ask

Make sure Stream Deck is selected in the system preferences:

Zoom Permissions Config

Now you’re ready to add the Zoom actions to your Stream Deck profile of choice and start using it!

Zoom Actions

Installation Video

To get a visual view of the installation procedure, check out this video:

 



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2 Comments

  1. Great stuff! I successfully downloaded, tested and it works great! I was put on to your plugin by Elgato customer support. I passed along these suggestions to them, but I thought you might appreciate them as well:

    Mute All: (Command + Up Arrow + M )
    Switch Camera: (Command + Up Arrow + N )
    Show Chat: ( Command + Up Arrow + H )
    Record on this Computer: ( Command + Up Arrow + R )
    Record to the Cloud: ( Command + Up Arrow + C )
    Show Manage Participants: ( Command + U )
    Preferences: ( Command + Comma )

    I’m sure you are just as frustrated as I am by all of Zoom’s ridiculous Key commands (the up arrows are especially odd.) I also put in a request to Elgato to allow their software to accept 3 Key Commands such as these in future updates.

    Thanks again! I use Zoom almost everyday and this will really help my workflow for Live and Virtual Events.

    -Corey

  2. Echoing what prev commenter Corey said! This is great, thank you so much for making this. Would also love a buttons for these actions if possible:
    – Toggle between active presenter and gallery view
    – End video spotlight/unpin video

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