Release notes for June 10, 2015


Wow, almost a month has gone by since the last release and this release is packed. The biggest part of this release is probably one that you won’t notice: the frontend has been upgraded from Polymer 0.5 to the brand new released Polymer 1.0. Polymer has been declared stable by the Google overlords which will allow us to expand functionality that was waiting for this moment to arrive.

This release sets a record for the amount of people involved: 8! Andythigpen, Jamespcole, Azelphur, Fabaff, Dutchy-, Fbradyirl, wind-rider and ettisan, thanks a lot for your contributions!

A big improvement has been brought this release by wind-rider. He took the time to revive the Chromecast support and started improving the media player integration. This triggered other people to join in resulting in a revamped media player experience and support for the Music Player Daemon.

Example of the new media player cards


To update to the latest version, run scripts/update. Please report any issues on GitHub.

Before jumping into the newly supported platforms, here are the other improvements that are landing this release:

  • Fronted upgraded to Polymer 1.0 by @balloob
  • Include other YAML files using the !include keyword by @andythigpen
  • Switch support and bug fixes for Vera platform by @jamespcole
  • HTTP session support for the HTTP component by @jamespcole
  • Device tracker bugfixes by @Dutchy-
  • Bugfix for device tracker platform by @fbradyirl
  • Fixing Chromecast support by @wind-rider
  • Media player improvements by @balloob and @wind-rider
  • Nest thermostat bugfixes by @balloob
  • Fix the device tracker getting in a deadlock by @balloob
  • Update documentation by @fabaff

Music Player Daemon Fabaff has contributed MusicPlayerDaemon support. The mpd platform allows you to control a Music Player Daemon from Home Assistant. Right now, only playback is supported and not playlist manipulation.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  platform: mpd
  port: 6600
  location: bedroom

Command line switch A switch platform that issues specific commands when it is turned on and off. This might very well become our most popular platform as it allows anyone to integrate any type of switch into Home Assistant that can be controlled from the command line, including calling other scripts!

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  platform: command_switch
    - kitchen_light:
        oncmd: switch_command on kitchen
        offcmd: switch_command off kitchen

LimitlessLED This new platform can control your LimitlessLED lights from within Home Assistant. The lights are also known as EasyBulb, AppLight, AppLamp, MiLight, LEDme, dekolight or iLight.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  platform: limitlessled
  group_1_name: Living Room
  group_2_name: Bedroom
  group_3_name: Office
  group_4_name: Kitchen

Bitcoin sensor The bitcoin platform displays various details about the Bitcoin network. If you have an online wallet from the sensor is capable to show your current balance.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  platform: bitcoin
  wallet: "YOUR WALLET_ID"
  currency: YOUR CURRENCY
    - exchangerate
    - trade_volume_btc
    - miners_revenue_usd
    - btc_mined
    - trade_volume_usd
    - difficulty
    - minutes_between_blocks
    - number_of_transactions
    - hash_rate
    - timestamp
    - mined_blocks
    - blocks_size
    - total_fees_btc
    - total_btc_sent
    - estimated_btc_sent
    - total_btc
    - total_blocks
    - next_retarget
    - estimated_transaction_volume_usd
    - miners_revenue_btc
    - market_price_usd

SMTP notificatoin platform The smtp platform allows you to deliver notifications from Home Assistant to an e-mail recipient.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  platform: mail
  server: MAIL_SERVER
  starttls: 1 or 0
  recipient: YOUR_RECIPIENT

Syslog notification platform The syslog platform allows you to deliver notifications from Home Assistant to the local syslog.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  platform: syslog

Swiss Public transport sensor The swiss public transport sensor will give you the next two departure times from a given location to another one in Switzerland. See the component page for more information how to set it up.

Transmission turtle mode switch The transmission platform allows you to control your Transmission client from within Home Assistant. The platform enables you switch to your ‘Alternative Speed Limits’ (aka ‘Turtle mode’) setting.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  platform: transmission
  name: Transmission
  port: 9091
  username: YOUR_USERNAME
  password: YOUR_PASSWORD

Hikvision camera motion detection support This switch platform allows you to control your motion detection setting on your Hikvision camera.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
    platform: hikvisioncam
    name: Hikvision Cam 1 Motion Detection
    username: YOUR_USERNAME
    password: YOUR_PASSWORD