0.7: Better UI and improved distribution


As Home Assistant is gaining more and more users we started to feel the pain from not having a proper release mechanism. We had no version numbering and required users to checkout the source using Git to get started. On top of that, as the number of devices that we support keeps raising, so did the number of dependencies that are used. That’s why we decided to change the way we roll. From now on:

  • Each release will have a version number, starting with version 0.7. This was chosen because it shows that we have been around for some time but are not considering ourselves to be fully stable.
  • Each release will be pushed to PyPi. This will be the only supported method of distribution.
  • Home Assistant is available after installation as a command-line utility hass.
  • The default configuration location has been moved from config in the current working directory to ~/.homeassistant (%APPDATA%/.homeassistant on Windows).
  • Requirements for components and platforms are no longer installed into the current Python environment (being virtual or not) but will be installed in <config-dir>/lib.

A huge shout out to Ryan Kraus for making this all possible. Please make sure you read the full blog post for details on how to migrate your existing setup.

And while Ryan was fixing distribution, I have been hard at work in giving Home Assistant a face lift. We already looked pretty good but lacked proper form of organization for users with many devices. The new UI moves away from a card per entity and has cards per group and domain instead. The demo has been updated so give it a spin.

Screenshots of the new UI

Migration to version 0.7

For this example, let’s say we have an old Home Assistant installation in /home/paulus/home-assistant.

If you want to migrate your existing configuration to be used as the default configuration:

cp -r /home/paulus/home-assistant ~/.homeassistant

It If you want to have the configuration in a different location, for example /home/paulus/home-assistant-config, you will have to point Home Assistant at this configuration folder when launching:

hass --config /home/paulus/home-assistant-config

New platforms

And last, but not least: new platforms!

MQTT Sensors and Switches @sfam has blessed us with two more MQTT platforms to extend our integration with MQTTT: sensor and switch. Both platforms require the MQTT component to be connected to a broker.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  platform: mqtt
  name: "MQTT Sensor"
  state_topic: "home/bedroom/temperature"
  unit_of_measurement: "°C"

  platform: mqtt
  name: "Bedroom Switch"
  state_topic: "home/bedroom/switch1"
  command_topic: "home/bedroom/switch1/set"
  payload_on: "ON"
  payload_off: "OFF"
  optimistic: false

Actiontec MI424WR Verizon FIOS Wireless router Nolan has contributed support for Actiontec wireless routers.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  platform: actiontec

DHT temperature and humidity sensors @MakeMeASandwich has contributed support for DHT temperature and humidity sensors. It allows you to get the current temperature and humidity from a DHT11, DHT22, or AM2302 device.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  platform: dht
  sensor: DHT22
  pin: 23
    - temperature
    - humidity

Aruba device tracker Michael Arnauts has contributed support for Aruba wireless routers for presence detection.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  platform: aruba