How I got my computer to shutdown via Tasker

Test I posted an album of my battlestation/room to Reddit a couple days ago. At the end of the album I showcased a little something I was working on.

I thought it was pretty neat, and I guess Reddit did too. By the time I awoke in the morning, I had several messages asking "How does the sleep app work?".

After several days of procrastination, school work, and more excuses, I managed to get something that I could release.

TaskerSlave. This ugly sumbich will allow you to receive HTTP GETS and run a command following the request. For example.

URL: /lock
Command: Rundll32.exe User32.dll,LockWorkStation

This will lock the desktop when the TaskerSlave's very minimal http server receives the request for the /lock URL.

Now, I get that this is not exclusive for Tasker. Thanks! I know. But plans in the future may change it so that it can only be used for tasker. However, as of now, simple http gets.

So how do I get this magic?

Well, let me tell you!

  • Download Tasker for android
  • Download TaskerSlave for windows/mac/linux.
  • Open TaskerSlave, you should see 3 prebuilt commands. Sleep, Lock, and Shutdown. Add all the commands you want.
  • In tasker, go to the tasks tab.
  • Click ‘+’ and click ‘Net’ and then click ‘HTTP Get’.
  • In the Server:Port box, enter <YourIPAddress>:8080
  • In the Path box, enter your url for the command you would like this task to execute. Ex. /lock

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Written on August 26, 2014
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