location.mode.getId() missing method exception?

when trying to retrieve unique system identifier of the mode it throw this error:

3:34:28 PM: error groovy.lang.MissingMethodException: No signature of method: java.lang.String.getId() is applicable for argument types: () values: []
Possible solutions: getAt(groovy.lang.EmptyRange), getAt(java.util.Collection), getAt(java.util.Collection), getAt(groovy.lang.EmptyRange), getAt(groovy.lang.Range), getAt(java.lang.String)

according to doc here that should be an available property for mode:


tried both with location.mode and user input mode from smartapp settings. also tried location.mode.id with same results.


I have it working fine in a smartapp method using it like this:

def updated() {
	log.debug "Updated with settings: ${settings}"
    def curMode = location.currentMode.getId()
    log.debug "The current Mode ID is: ${curMode}"

‎6‎:‎09‎:‎41‎ ‎PM: debug The current Mode ID is: dac2e714-3898-4ee9-b6ce-832eef3594aa

Which matches the mode UUID I can find in my Hub modes definitions in the IDE page.

For the mode name:

def updated() {
	log.debug "Updated with settings: ${settings}"
    def curMode = location.currentMode.getName()
    log.debug "The current Mode name is: ${curMode}"

‎6‎:‎09‎:‎41‎ ‎PM: debug The current Mode name is: Home

It works in a device too.

I am not sure what you are trying to do but you can refer to this smartapp code https://github.com/tslagle13/SmartThingsPersonal/blob/master/smartapps/tslagle13/thermostat-mode-director.src/thermostat-mode-director.groovy when it comes to comparing a mode to apply a action versus the current mode. It doesn’t use the getID or getName but just directly location.mode.

Hope it helps.


first, thank you.

yes, getId() seems to work fine on location.currentMode. however, when trying the same on an input it seems to consistently fail when trying something this:

    input "modeSelected", "mode", title: "Which mode?", required: false, multiple: false
    def modeID = modeSelected.getId()

trying to figure out how to get the id for an user selected mode .

thank you for the link, but i am trying to do something a little different for the app i am working on.

EDIT: should note i was mistakenly using location.mode instead of location.currentMode in the test. fixing that fixes the issue for getId() on current mode as @Philippe_Portes pointed out. however, getId() on an user selected mode from settings still does not seem to work.

Hooo… take care, I believe an input delivers a string. That’s not enough to make it a mode so basically, if you apply the getId() to the result of input, you are asking what is the getID of a string and that cannot work.
You might refer to this documentation example that compares modes like strings in my understanding.
http://docs.smartthings.com/en/latest/smartapp-developers-guide/modes.html, the example at the end.

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yeah just finding that out. :slight_smile: was thinking like device input which delivers a device object, mode would also deliver a mode object. unfortunately that doesnt seem to be the case. :frowning:

thanks again.

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Preferences section (Inputs and Tiles) are parsed contents with very basic features so either you end-up with strings or with proprietary attributes which makes it very basic in term of usage. Nothing fancy to expect there.

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I don’t believe that location.mode has an Id. AFAIK it only returns a string.


yes, found that out the hard way. thought mode input returns the mode object just as device input returns the device object.

thank you.

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