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Awesome Home Assistant

Home Assistant is an open source home automation that puts local control and privacy first. Powered by a worldwide community of tinkerers and DIY enthusiasts. Perfect to run on a Raspberry Pi or a local server.

Awesome Home Assistant is a curated list of awesome Home Assistant resources. Additional software, tutorials, custom components, Hassio add-ons, custom Lovelace panels, cookbooks, example setups, and much more.

The list is divided into categories. The links in those categories do not have pre-established order; the order is for contribution. If you want to contribute, please read the guide.

Contents

How to Use

Awesome Home Assistant is a fantastic list for people trying to automate every aspect of their home. Automating your home is a long, hard, and never finished task that usually involves a lot of tinkering.

You can navigate through the list by:

Installing

Home Assistant has several installation / running methods. Many people have different opinions and their personal favorites. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Important to know, there is no wrong, or right here, each technique installs the SAME Home Assistant.

Home Assistant currently recommends the Hass.io method.

  • Hass.io - Installing using a Docker managed environment (recommended method).
  • Docker - Installing on Docker.
  • Hassbian - Installing Hassbian.
  • Manually - Manual installation using a Python virtual environment.

Need Help?

There are various ways to get in touch with the Home Assistant community. It doesn’t matter if you have a question, need help, want to request a feature, or just say ‘Hi’.

Official channels

Other channels

Public Configurations

Some people store their full Home Assistant configuration on GitHub. They are an awesome source for learning and a great source of inspiration.

  • Carlo Costanzo - Probably the most documented configuration out there.
  • DubhAd - Also known as Tinkerer shares his configuration files.
  • geekofweek - Has over 300+ automations.
  • Isabella Gross Alström - Hass.io, Intel NUC, Ubuntu, Docker, Lovelace UI.
  • Mahasri Kalavala - Impressive setup, with lots of different hardware working together.
  • stanvx - Complete setup which uses AppDaemon and HA Floorplan as well.
  • Vasiley - Runs two instances that work together.
  • Alok Saboo - Also known as arsaboo. Regularly updated.
  • Aaron Bach - Also known as bachya. Regularly updated and includes numerous Dockerized services.
  • James McCarthy - Well documented, 3 instances & automations in YAML & Node-RED.
  • Franck Nijhof - Hass.io based, very different configuration structure compared to others.
  • Andrea Donno - Hass.io based, focused on touchscreen usage.

Hass.io

Hass.io is a complete operating system that will take care of installing and updating Home Assistant, and is managed from the frontend.

Official Add-ons

Add-ons are easily installable services that extend the functionality around your Hass.io instance.

  • DuckDNS - Updates your Duck DNS IP address and generate SSL using Let's Encrypt.
  • HASS Configurator - Browser-based configuration file editor.
  • Mosquitto - Fast and reliable MQTT broker.
  • SSH Server - Allows logging in remotely to using SSH.
  • Samba - Access your configuration files using Windows network shares.
  • NGINX SSL proxy - Reverse proxy with SSL termination.

Third Party Add-ons

Anyone could create an add-on, the following are created by the community.

  • SSH & Web Terminal - SSH and Web-based terminal with tons of pre-loaded useful tools.
  • Pi-hole - Network-wide ad blocking.
  • UniFi Controller - The UniFi Controller allows you to manage your UniFi network using a web browser.
  • Node-RED - Flow-based programming for the Internet of Things.
  • Plex Media Server - Your recorded media beautifully organized and ready to stream.
  • IDE - Advanced web-based IDE, based on Cloud9 IDE.
  • Dasshio - Easily use your Amazon Dash Buttons.
  • InfluxDB - Scalable datastore for metrics, events, and real-time analytics.
  • Grafana - Open platform for beautiful analytics and monitoring.
  • Tor - Protect your privacy and access your instance via Tor.
  • Spotify Connect - Spotify Connect client for playing music on your Home Assistant device.
  • zigbee2mqtt - Zigbee to MQTT bridge, get rid of your proprietary Zigbee bridges.
  • AppDaemon3 - Python Apps and HADashboard.
  • TasmoAdmin - Centrally manage all your Sonoff-Tasmota devices.
  • Octobox - Take back control of your GitHub notifications.
  • Aircast - AirPlay capabilities for your Chromecast players.
  • AirSonos - AirPlay capabilities for your Sonos players.
  • Dropbox Sync - Upload your backup snapshots to Dropbox.
  • Log Viewer - Browser-based live log viewing utility.
  • Tautulli - Monitor and get statistics from your Plex server.
  • motionEye - Simple, elegant and feature-rich CCTV/NVR for your cameras.

User Interface

The Home Assistant frontend is already pretty, but you can customize it to fit your needs or taste better.

Themes

It is all about the looks, apply some style.

  • Themes Tutorial - 📺 Quick tutorial/example on how to configure themes.
  • Midnight - A dark theme by Marcel Hoffs.
  • Dark Cyan - A dark theme with cyan accents by Ryoen Deprouw.
  • Grey Night - A dark theme with grey accents by ksya.
  • Dark Red - A dark theme with red accents by Ryoen Deprouw.
  • Halloween - Pumpkins colored by Mahasri Kalavala.
  • Black and Green - A dark theme with pale green accents by GreenTurtwig.
  • Vintage - Give your frontend a vintage look with this theme by Anup Surendran.
  • Carbon Green - Light carbon theme with green accents by Reua.
  • 20 Great Themes - 20 Great themes by JuanMTech (includes a guide).
  • Many Themes, One Repo - 13 Themes in a convenient ZIP file.

Alternative Dashboards

Lovelace UI

Lovelace is the new UI interface for Home Assistant (still experimental!)

Custom Lovelace UI Cards

Lovelace allows people to build custom cards on top of it, which you can easily add to your instance.

Custom Components

Additional components for Home Assistant, that were created by the community.

  • Hue Sensors - Enables the use of Hue sensors.
  • Google Geocode - Converts a device tracker location into a human-readable address.
  • Lutron Caseta Pro - Integrates Lutron Caseta Smart Bridge PRO / RA2 Select.
  • ToonHA - Integrates Toon by Eneco using the official API.
  • Broadlink IR - Integrates devices using Broadlink IR.
  • Xiaomi Hygrothermo - Sensor platform for Xiaomi Mijia BT Hygrothermo temperature and humidity sensor.
  • Volkswagen Carnet - Integrates Volkswagen Carnet (requires valid Carnet subscription).
  • Untappd - Connects with your Untappd account.
  • Elasticsearch - Publishes events to Elasticsearch.

DIY

Do It Yourself; rather than buying home automation hardware or solutions, you could also build them yourself!

  • esphomeyaml - Program ESP8266/ESP32 board using YAML.
  • Magic Cards - RFID scannable cards that you can program to do anything.
  • Sonoff Tasmota - Firmware for ESP8266 boards and devices.

DIY Gateways

  • OpenMQTTGateway - A flexible MQTT gateway for IR, RF, BLE, MiFlora, SMS, and many sensors.
  • esp8266 Milight Hub - Alternative hub for Milight/LimitlessLED devices that uses MQTT.
  • zigbee2mqtt - Zigbee to MQTT bridge, get rid of your proprietary Zigbee bridges.

DIY Projects

Online Resources

Links to various users of Home Assistant that regularly publish Home Assistant focussed content.

Blogs

YouTube Channels

Sit back, relax, watch, and learn.

  • BRUH - Ben has great tutorials for getting started, unfortunately, inactive lately.
  • BurnsHA - Great informational and tutorial videos.
  • DrZzs - Great how-to videos and also streams live.
  • The Hook Up - Tutorials and more, also has videos on home automation in general.
  • HASSCASTS - Tips, Tricks & Tutorials, moving to mainly live streams.
  • JuanMTech - Easy to follow how-to videos, product reviews and more.
  • vCloudInfo - Publishes videos based on his home and GitHub repository.
  • digiblurDIY - Tutorials on hardware projects and Tasmota automations.

Podcasts

Get inspired, while commuting, doing your morning routine, or at the gym!

Twitter

Keep up with the latest news and updates, 280 characters at a time!

  • @home_assistant - Open source home automation that puts local control and privacy first.
  • @hass_devs - Latest news on the development of Home Assistant for contributors.
  • @balloob - Founder of the Home Assistant project.
  • @pvizeli - Core developer and creator of the Hass.io project.
  • @frenck - Creator of this Awesome list and maintainer of the Community Hass.io Add-ons project.
  • @ccostan - Blogger of all things Tech. Smart Home, #IOT & other Geeky subjects.
  • @HomeTechHacker - Guy friends call when #tech happens. Tweet 25-50x/week about #smarthome, #homenetwork, #cybersecurity, #Linux, #gadgets, and #life.

Uncategorized

Valuable links, that don't fit in any of the above categories (yet!).

Alternative Home Automation Software

Home Assistant isn't the only home automation framework out there, here are some alternatives.

  • openHAB - Java-based and aims at being a universal integration platform.
  • Domoticz - A lightweight Home Automation System.
  • Gladys - Open source program which runs on your Raspberry Pi.
  • SmartThings - Commercial home automation hub by Samsung.

Other Awesome Lists

Other amazingly awesome lists that can be found on the great and dangerous interwebs.

  • awesome-smarthome - Curated list of awesome SmartHome/Home Automation things.
  • awesome-iot - Curated list of awesome Internet of Things projects and resources.
  • awesome-open-iot - Curated list of open source IoT frameworks, libraries and software.
  • awesome-amazon-alexa - Curated list of awesome resources for the Amazon Alexa platform.
  • awesome-mqtt - Curated list of MQTT related stuff.

Contributing

This awesome list is an active open-source project and is always open to people who want to contribute to it. We have set up a separate document containing our Contribution Guidelines.

The original setup of this awesome list is by Franck Nijhof.

For a full list of all authors and contributors, check the contributor's page.

Thank you for being involved! 😍

This Awesome list is not created, developed, affiliated, supported, maintained or endorsed by Home Assistant.

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Use of these names, logos, trademarks, and brands does not imply endorsement.

License

Distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. See LICENSE for the complete license.