Android: Remote Launcher

If you love Linux, then you likely have an Android, and today I’d like to tell you about an application that is a must have for your Android tablet or phone.

The Application is called Remote Launcher, and is about the handiest thing in the Google Play store.

Remote Launcher

Remote Launcher

It comes in two flavors, a free version, that will work well for 99% of your needs, and a paid version, that for only $1.99, will give you the ability to configure launchers right from your phone, and access multiple servers.

The application is the client, and you’ll also need to download the server software for Remote Launcher. (You can get it Here) The server software will run on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

Once everything is installed, the magic can start to happen. Start the server, and tell Remote Launcher what you’d like it to do. Absolutely any Windows or Linux command, shell script, batch file, you name it can be launched.

My primary use, is to control the 8 cameras in our goat pen. but it also lets me do things like reboot my streaming server, restart my streaming software, etc.  Along with an IP switch from Digital Loggers, we also use Remote Launcher for some home automation, like opening our driveway gate, turning on a large compressor and other neat stuff!

With the paid version, I can control any computer on my network, and with the right port open on my home router, from anywhere in the world. (Remote Launcher allows you to change the port assignment to anything you wish. Nice for additional security!)

So if you want an easy way to control your computer, or set up home automation, give it a try!