Elgato's Response to Setting Stream Deck Profiles via Keyboard Maestro or Other Third Party Apps

Howdy folks, I was going to post this in the Outback Lounge but since it's not available to all members of the community I figured it would be better to post it here.

Over the last couple of years I have seen a number of people inquire about switching to a specific Stream Deck profile via Keyboard Maestro. Obviously you can use SD's "smart profiles" feature, but this can only do so much. Some of the other suggestions floating around are as follows:

Use AppleScript to set profile via the menu bar icon

Use empty apps to set the profile using smart profiles

I recently contacted Elgato to mention this feature, and they responded today with the following:

Elgato's response: click to expand/collapse

Hey Chris,

Thanks for contacting Elgato Technical Support.

I would be happy to answer your questions concerning changing profiles using another outside application. I will be happy to discuss this with you.

As it turns out, this is not possible currently. While we are always working on adding new features to our software, at this time we do not have an estimated date when any particular features will become available. So, I just wanted to reach out and let you know that we value the suggestions that our customers bring to us, and many of our best improvements have come from the people who use our products every day. Because of this, I wanted to let you know that I have noted down that you'd like to see this feature made available for the Elgato Stream Deck so that the appropriate people can look into the possibility of incorporating it into future releases. Thanks so much for sending your valued suggestions along.

Thank you for again contacting Elgato; we will always be more than happy to assist you in whatever way we can, and so if there is anything you need, or if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

Elgato Technical Support

I appreciate that they did not dismiss it out of hand. It might be something that they will implement in the future, but it would be more likely if others who are also interested in the feature contact them as well to request it. Their contact form is here.

I will try and link to this topic in the other topics where people have asked about this.

Have a great day and stay safe out there!



@timac is an active member of this community and works on StreamDeck at Elgato, they have been aware of this "ask" for a long time, I can assure you.

CORRECTION: did work at Elgato

I also trust them when they say that at this point, there just isn't a way to do it. I do hope at some point in the future they will be able to accommodate our request.


Ah yes, thank you. I knew there was a current/former employee here but I couldn’t remember who it was.

I don't recall them having stated that it's not possible, but if they did hopefully that has changed or will change in the near future. :grin:

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I haven’t tied this myself, but it might be possible with Bartender, which can set a keyboard shortcut for menu bar items, and then use KM from there.

Just had a look and couldn't see any hotkeys for triggering specific menubar items. As far as I can see the best method so far is the blank apps.

I was wondering if there might be a way to spoof the system messages that signal that an app has launched...? Wouldn't even know where to start with that, but presumably that's what Stream Deck's software is listening for..?

I believe he's referring to this feature in Bartender:

For instance I can use ⇧⌃⌥⌘W to trigger my iStats weather dropdown.

Ah.. I'm still on Bartender 3. That'll be why.

Maybe I'll upgrade and try it out.

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I had Bartender 3 and I do like 4 better because of some new features.

The nice thing about the Bartender hotkeys is they work even if triggered from Keyboard Maestro. So I can use a Type a Keystroke action to trigger a Bartender menu item from within a larger macro.

Ah darnit. I'm on Catalina so no dice. Thanks for the info though.

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I noticed that when I assign a keyboard shortcut (using bartender) that I cannot 'type', or arrow key to select a profile, I need to click it with the mouse. Is that a 'me' problem, or do you have the same issue?

I don't really use Bartender to access the Stream Deck menu icon, but I just tried it and I can move through the menu items with arrow keys or by typing.

Yes, so can I .. but not with Bartender :slight_smile:. I suspect that Bartender is doing something to show the menu, but not setting 'focus' on the menu. Even if I 'click' on the menu that is exposed by bartender, I still cannot use the keyboard to navigate it. I might report that to the folks at Bartender

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Yea that's odd because I can click or type through no matter how I access the menu via Bartender. Sounds like a bug on your end.

I wondered about that. I rebooted, and it now works.. I hope that it's not something that comes back again.

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For anyone reading back through this thread, I've created a macro to Select Matching Stream Deck Profiles Using Bartender ... closely followed by a much better/simpler one to Trigger a Stream Deck profile using a dummy app

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Reviving this old thread, but today I've updated to the latest Stream Deck software (6.5), and in the changelog they are mentioning new stuff in the SDK. I went to their changelog page and something caught my eye:

You can see this right there: Events Sent - Stream Deck SDK

Forgive my ignorance, as I'm not a coder, but does that mean that we'd eventually be able to trigger profiles (or profile pages apparently) according to our needs eventually, now that it seems there's a direct link to profile commands in the SDK? I mean, I guess we won't be able to make this link or use this "event function" simply via a KM macro (or will we?), but I'm just curious if that is what we've been looking for and that is finally been implemented.

As far as I know, that's the very limited functionality that can only switch to read-only bundled profiles. I haven't looked into it deeply, but that's my understanding.

Thanks @noisneil
Dumb question: What are "read-only bundled profiles" exactly?

Also, I know we can play around with the dummy apps trick so far, but depending on what you want to do, you can end up with a lot of profiles, and by extent, a lot of dummy apps. Which are not a problem per se, but I'd love to be able to stay within the same profile and being able to switch pages or even folders (instead of profiles) according to what regular window or floating window appear on screen, what plugin is opened (I'm working on Nuendo), what Kontakt instrument is on screen, so then I can swap to the appropriate set of KM macros (using KM Link).

I'm not actually sure. I looked into it ages ago, realised it was cripplingly limited (I forget exactly how) and wrote it off as an option. I'm sure there's some documentation on it somewhere.

Indeed. Any kind of direct programmatic control is woefully absent and long overdue!


If I remember correctly (I think I do, the only reason I'm sharing) you can "bundle" profile descriptions into a plug-in which would be essentially static from then on. You could then switch to one of those.

I think that's right.