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Learn how to connect and control your Salto lock with the Seam API.
Salto Locks

Overview

Seam provides a universal API to connect and control many brands of locks. This guide provides a rapid introduction to connecting and controlling your Salto locks using the Seam API. To learn more about other device brands supported by the Seam API, such as Yale, Schlage, and August, head over to our integration page.
Note that Salto offers multiple lines of products: Salto Space, Salto KS, and Salto Nebula. This guide is specifically for Salto KS. Salto Space is an on-prem system that is offline. Salto Nebula is not yet fully available as of this writing.

1 — Install Seam SDK

Seam provides client libraries for many languages such as Javascript, Python, Ruby, and PHP, as well as a Postman collection and OpenAPI spec.
Once installed, sign-up for Seam to get your API key, and export it as an environment variable:
$ export SEAM_API_KEY=seam_test2ZTo_0mEYQW2TvNDCxG5Atpj85Ffw
This guide uses a Sandbox Workspace. Only virtual devices can be connected. If you need to connect a real Salto site, use a non-sandbox workspace and API key.
To control your Salto locks via the Seam API, you must first authorize your Seam workspace against your Salto KS account. To do so, Seam provides Connect Webviews: pre-built UX flows that walk you through authorizing your application to control your Salto sites.

Request a Connect Webview

Python
Javascript
Ruby
PHP
from seamapi import Seam
​
seam = Seam()
​
webview = seam.connect_webviews.create(accepted_providers=["salto"])
​
assert webview.login_successful is False
​
# Send the webview URL to your user
print(webview.url)
import Seam from 'seamapi'
​
const seam = new Seam()
​
const { connect_webview: connectWebview } = await seam.connectWebviews.create({
accepted_providers: ['salto'],
})
​
console.log(connectWebview.login_successful) // false
​
// Send the webview URL to your user
console.log(connectWebview.url)
require 'seamapi'
​
seam = Seam::Client.new(api_key: 'MY_API_KEY')
​
webview = seam.connect_webviews.create(accepted_providers: %w[salto])
​
puts webview.login_successful # false
​
# Send the webview URL to your user
puts webview.url
use Seam\SeamClient;
​
$seam = new SeamClient("YOUR_API_KEY");
​
$webview = $seam->connect_webviews->create(
accepted_providers: ["salto"]
);
​
echo json_encode($webview)
/*
{"connect_webview_id":"70c4df9e-1070-441f-92f8-fd6524062cec","workspace_id":"d7418ff3-a476-4f48-9a4b-211d1d21a03d","url":"https:\/\/connect.getseam.com\/connect_webviews\/view?connect_webview_id=70c4df9e-1070-441f-92f8-fd6524062cec&auth_token=9HJbwWKbD5aJLifZcozU9WWZXxropn9Bg","connected_account_id":null,"status":"pending","custom_redirect_url":null,"custom_redirect_failure_url":null,"created_at":"2023-02-09T02:14:06.147745+00:00","error":null}
*/

Authorize Your Workspace

Navigate to the URL returned by the Webview object. Since you are using a sandbox workspace, complete the login flow by entering the Salto sandbox test accounts credentials below:
Seam Connect Webview flow to connect Salto account with Seam
Confirm the Connect Webview was successful by querying its status:
Python
Javascript
Ruby
PHP
updated_webview = seam.connect_webviews.get(webview.connect_webview_id)
​
assert updated_webview.login_successful # true
const updatedWebview = await seam.connectWebviews.get(
connectWebview.connect_webview_id,
)
​
console.log(updatedWebview.login_successful) // true
updated_webview = seam.connect_webviews.get(webview.connect_webview_id)
​
puts updated_webview.login_successful # true
$webview = $seam->connect_webviews->get('729847ff-98e0-418d-aeba-1e3cb38157c6');
assert($webview->status == 'pending');

3 — Retrieve Salto Devices

After a Salto account is linked with Seam, you can retrieve devices for this Salto account. The Seam API exposes most of the device's properties such as battery level.
Python
Javascript
Ruby
PHP
all_locks = seam.locks.list()
​
some_lock = all_locks[0]
​
assert some_lock.properties["online"] is True
assert some_lock.properties["battery_level"] is True
​
print(some_lock)
# Device(device_id='681bf7bc-e7c6-48e6-acfe-6dbabd0615c5', device_type='salto_lock', location=None, properties={'locked': True, 'online': True, 'battery_level': 1, 'salto_metadata': {'model': 'wall_reader_pin', 'lock_id': 'lock_2', 'lock_type': 'wall_reader_pin', 'locked_state': 'locked', 'battery_level': 'fresh', 'customer_reference': 'BACK DOOR'}, 'has_direct_power': True, 'max_active_codes_supported': 100, 'supported_code_lengths': [6], 'name': 'BACK DOOR'}, capabilities_supported=['access_code', 'lock'])
const allLocks = await seam.locks.list()
​
const someLock = allLocks[0]
​
console.log(someLock.properties.online) // true
console.log(someLock.properties.locked) // true
​
console.log(someLock)
/*
{
"device_id": "681bf7bc-e7c6-48e6-acfe-6dbabd0615c5",
"device_type": "salto_lock",
"capabilities_supported": [
"access_code",
"lock"
],
"properties": {
"locked": true,
"online": true,
"battery_level": 1,
"salto_metadata": {
"model": "wall_reader_pin",
"lock_id": "lock_2",
"lock_type": "wall_reader_pin",
"locked_state": "locked",
"battery_level": "fresh",
"customer_reference": "BACK DOOR"
},
"has_direct_power": true,
"max_active_codes_supported": 100,
"supported_code_lengths": [
6
],
"name": "BACK DOOR"
},
"location": null,
"connected_account_id": "690dead6-e176-4f25-930b-9aef7c7137ad",
"workspace_id": "d7418ff3-a476-4f48-9a4b-211d1d21a03d",
"created_at": "2023-02-08T22:14:09.921Z",
"errors": [],
"warnings": []
}
*/
some_lock = seam.locks.list.first
​
puts some_lock.properties['online'] # true
puts some_lock.properties['locked'] # true
​
puts some_lock
​
# <Seam::Device:0x005c8
# device_id="681bf7bc-e7c6-48e6-acfe-6dbabd0615c5"
# device_type="salto_lock"
# properties={"locked"=>true, "online"=>true, "battery_level"=>1, "salto_metadata"=>{"model"=>"wall_reader_pin", "lock_id"=>"lock_2", "lock_type"=>"wall_reader_pin", "locked_state"=>"locked", "battery_level"=>"fresh", "customer_reference"=>"BACK DOOR"}, "has_direct_power"=>true, "max_active_codes_supported": 100, "supported_code_lengths"=>[6], "name"=>"BACK DOOR"}
# created_at=2023-02-08 22:14:09.921 UTC
# errors=[]
# warnings=[]>
use Seam\SeamClient;
​
$seam = new SeamClient('YOUR_API_KEY');
​
$locks = $seam->locks->list();
​
echo json_encode($locks);
/*
[{"device_id":"681bf7bc-e7c6-48e6-acfe-6dbabd0615c5","workspace_id":"d7418ff3-a476-4f48-9a4b-211d1d21a03d","connected_account_id":"690dead6-e176-4f25-930b-9aef7c7137ad","device_type":"salto_lock","properties":{"online":true,"locked":true,"door_open":null,"battery_level":1,"name":"BACK DOOR","manufacturer":null,"august_metadata":null,"schlage_metadata":null,"smartthings_metadata":null},"location":null,"created_at":"2023-02-08T22:14:09.921Z","capabilities_supported":["access_code","lock"],"errors":[]},{"device_id":"c9fc699a-3f87-4d23-b5c2-1f8ac85aeca1","workspace_id":"d7418ff3-a476-4f48-9a4b-211d1d21a03d","connected_account_id":"690dead6-e176-4f25-930b-9aef7c7137ad","device_type":"salto_lock","properties":{"online":true,"locked":true,"door_open":null,"battery_level":1,"name":"EXTRA DOOR","manufacturer":null,"august_metadata":null,"schlage_metadata":null,"smartthings_metadata":null},"location":null,"created_at":"2023-02-08T22:14:09.952Z","capabilities_supported":[],"errors":[]},{"device_id":"da9dcedb-20ee-46df-8c08-e5268f624377","workspace_id":"d7418ff3-a476-4f48-9a4b-211d1d21a03d","connected_account_id":"690dead6-e176-4f25-930b-9aef7c7137ad","device_type":"salto_lock","properties":{"online":true,"locked":true,"door_open":null,"battery_level":1,"name":"FRONT_DOOR","manufacturer":null,"august_metadata":null,"schlage_metadata":null,"smartthings_metadata":null},"location":null,"created_at":"2023-02-08T22:14:09.890Z","capabilities_supported":["access_code","lock"],"errors":[]}]
*/

4 — Locking & Unlocking a Door

Next, you can perform the basic action of locking and unlocking a door. Note that Salto disables this functionality by default and requires a special pass-through waiver via Seam. Seam automatically configures your IQ hubs to enable this functionality. Please contact us if you need to disable it.
post
/locks/lock_door
post
https://connect.getseam.com
/locks/unlock_door
Unlock a door
Python
Javascript
Ruby
PHP
# lock the door
seam.locks.lock_door(some_lock)
updated_lock = seam.locks.get(some_lock.device_id)
assert updated_lock.properties["locked"] is True
​
# Now unlock the door
seam.locks.unlock_door(some_lock)
updated_lock = seam.locks.get(some_lock.device_id)
assert updated_lock.properties["locked"] is False
// lock the door
await seam.locks.lockDoor(someLock.device_id)
const updatedLock = await seam.locks.get(someLock.device_id)
console.log(updatedLock.properties.locked) // true
​
// unlock the door
await seam.locks.unlockDoor(someLock.device_id)
updatedLock = await seam.locks.get(someLock.device_id)
console.log(updatedLock.properties.locked) // false
# lock the door
seam.locks.lock_door(some_lock)
updated_lock = seam.locks.get(some_lock.device_id)
puts updated_lock.properties['locked'] # true
​
# unlock the door
seam.locks.unlock_door(some_lock)
updated_lock = seam.locks.get(some_lock.device_id)
puts updated_lock.properties['locked'] # false
use Seam\SeamClient;
​
$seam = new SeamClient('YOUR_API_KEY');
​
$some_lock = $seam->locks->list()[0];
​
# unlock the door
$seam->locks->unlock_door($lock->device_id);
# lock the door
$seam->locks->lock_door($lock->device_id);

5 — Setting Access Code on Salto Lock

Some Salto locks and access points will have a keypad available to program access codes. These codes can then be entered to unlock the door.
The Seam API makes it easy to program both ongoing codes and timebound codes on an Salto lock. You can find out more about Salto lock access code in our core concept section on access codes.​
Salto does not let you specify a code for an access code. Instead Salto generates a 6-digit code, which the Seam API returns.
Python
Javascript
Ruby
PHP
# create an ongoing code
seam.access_codes.create(
device=some_lock,
name="Personal Access Code")
​
# create a timebound code
seam.access_codes.create(
device=some_lock,
name="My Temp Access Code",
starts_at="2028-08-12T19:23:42+0000",
ends_at="2028-08-13T19:23:42+0000")
​
# you can use a device or a device_id as the "device" parameter
seam.access_codes.list(device=some_lock)
​
# [
# AccessCode(access_code_id='631a3a30-3fa7-462a-b3bc-65528ccf8765', type='time_bound', code=None, starts_at='2028-08-12T19:24:00.000Z', ends_at='2028-08-13T19:24:00.000Z', name='My Temp Access Code', status='unset', common_code_key=None),
# AccessCode(access_code_id='4d2f4952-5446-4051-ba7e-a6fc01a376d7', type='ongoing', code='59026', starts_at=None, ends_at=None, name='Personal Access Code', status='set', common_code_key=None)
# ]
​
// create an ongoing code
await seam.accessCodes.create({
device_id: someLock.device_id,
name: 'Personal Access Code',
})
​
// create a timebound code
await seam.accessCodes.create({
device_id: someLock.device_id,
name: 'My Temp Access Code',
starts_at: '2028-11-12T19:23:42+0000',
ends_at: '2028-11-13T19:23:42+0000',
})
​
// use a device_id as the "device_id" parameter
await seam.accessCodes.list({
device_id: someLock.device_id,
})
​
/*
[
{
access_code_id: '631a3a30-3fa7-462a-b3bc-65528ccf8765',
device_id: '681bf7bc-e7c6-48e6-acfe-6dbabd0615c5',
name: 'My Temp Access Code',
code: null,
is_waiting_for_code_assignment: true,
common_code_key: null,
type: 'time_bound',
status: 'unset',
starts_at: '2028-08-12T19:24:00.000Z',
ends_at: '2028-08-13T19:24:00.000Z',
created_at: '2023-02-08T23:28:57.061Z',
errors: [],
warnings: []
},
{
access_code_id: '774986f8-5fad-4911-a4fb-e5a2ef9f15bd',
device_id: '681bf7bc-e7c6-48e6-acfe-6dbabd0615c5',
name: 'Personal Access Code',
code: '10542',
common_code_key: null,
type: 'ongoing',
status: 'set',
created_at: '2023-02-08T23:10:54.096Z',
errors: [],
warnings: []
},
]
*/
# create an ongoing code
seam.access_codes.create(
device_id: some_lock.device_id, name: 'Personal Access Code'
)
​
# create a timebound code
seam.access_codes.create(
device_id: some_lock.device_id,
name: 'My Temp Access Code',
starts_at: '2028-08-12T19:23:42+0000',
ends_at: '2028-08-13T19:23:42+0000'
)
​
# you can use a device or a device_id as the "device" parameter
seam.access_codes.list(some_lock)
​
# [<Seam::AccessCode:0x00690
# access_code_id="631a3a30-3fa7-462a-b3bc-65528ccf8765"
# name="My Temp Access Code"
# code=nil
# type="time_bound"
# starts_at=2028-08-12 19:24:00 UTC
# ends_at=2028-08-13 19:24:00 UTC
# errors=[]
# warnings=[]>, <Seam::AccessCode:0x006b8
# access_code_id="774986f8-5fad-4911-a4fb-e5a2ef9f15bd"
# name="Personal Access Code"
# code="10542"
# type="ongoing"
# errors=[]
# warnings=[]>]
use Seam\SeamClient;
​
$seam = new SeamClient("YOUR_API_KEY");
​
$some_lock = $seam->locks->list()[0];
$seam->access_codes->create(
device_id: $some_lock->device_id, name: 'Personal Access Code'
);
​
$seam->access_codes->create(
device_id: $some_lock->device_id,
name: 'My Temp Access Code',
starts_at: '2028-08-12T19:23:42+0000',
ends_at: '2028-08-13T19:23:42+0000'
);
​
echo json_encode($access_code)
/*
[{"access_code_id":"19cea367-fd8c-40b7-9ce3-6dec76fe1763","name":"My Temp Access Code","type":"time_bound","status":"unset","starts_at":"2028-08-12T19:24:00.000Z","ends_at":"2028-08-13T19:24:00.000Z","code":null,"created_at":"2023-02-09T05:53:46.293Z","errors":[],"warnings":[]},{"access_code_id":"f797a8f0-b8f7-4734-9bea-962de5cad413","name":"Personal Access Code","type":"ongoing","status":"set","starts_at":null,"ends_at":null,"code":"37840","created_at":"2023-02-09T05:53:46.172Z","errors":[],"warnings":[]}]
*/

​

Next Steps

Now that you've completed this guide, you can try to connect a real Salto device. To do so, make sure to switch to a non-sandbox workspace and API key as real devices cannot be connected to sandbox workspaces.
In addition, if you'd like to explore other aspects of Seam, here is a list of helpful resources:
If you have any questions or want to report an issue, email us at [email protected]
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