Home Assistant Core 2022.8! 🏖
While many of you enjoy a well-deserved vacation around this time, it seems like it didn’t slow down the development/contributions made to Home Assistant. What a beautifully packed release this is again!
I’m super stoked about the added Bluetooth support, opening up a whole new world of devices to Home Assistant. I’m even more excited about the new repairs and supported brands features. Those are going to help out A LOT 😃.
Do you know what is really great about this release? All the major features and changes announced in this release are a step forward to our current goal: Streamlining experiences.
Enjoy the release!
- Introducing Repairs: You can fix it!
- First-class Bluetooth support
- HomeKit Bluetooth support
- Finding the integration supporting your device
- Better map colors
- Other noteworthy changes
- New Integrations
- Integrations now available to set up from the UI
- Release 2022.8.1 - August 4
- Release 2022.8.2 - August 7
- Release 2022.8.3 - August 9
- Release 2022.8.4 - August 12
- Release 2022.8.5 - August 15
- Need help? Join the community!
- Breaking Changes
- Farewell to the following
- All changes
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A completely new feature we hope you are going to love: Repairs! 👷♂️
The repairs dashboard can be found in the settings menu and is a place where Home Assistant can notify you of issues that you can (and should) fix!
From detected current issues on your system to future issues, e.g., caused by the use of a feature that will be removed, and anything in between. The problems reported by the repair dashboard are actionable and resolvable by you.
These repairable issues reported can be anything and are specifically tailored to your Home Assistant instance. Clicking on an issue will show you more information about it and tell you what you need to do to fix it.
Sometimes, this needs manual intervention by, for example, updating your YAML configuration; Other times, it will automatically fix an issue for you after it asks you to confirm it or after asking you to make a choice.
This release can detect about 25 issues now, and additionally, if a Home Assistant Alert is found that matches your system, it will also show up in the repairs dashboard.
There are many use cases for the new repairs feature, and you can expect it to be extended a lot, with more issue detections, in the near future.
Today, we proudly announce that Home Assistant now has first-class Bluetooth support! 🥇
A brand new Bluetooth integration has been added, which provides absolutely amazing Bluetooth support to Home Assistant, including automatic discovery of new devices and the ability to push device updates.
Integrations that implement device support can easily be built on top of these features, meaning we now have a solid base in Home Assistant to unlock support for many Bluetooth devices out there!
The screenshot below shows that the Bluetooth integration is set up, and it discovered a new device. In this case, it discovered a Mi Flora Flower care sensor device.
A good example is the SwitchBot integration. It has been updated to support the new Bluetooth integration, and because of that, is now a push-based integration providing a much more stable experience.
Suppose you are using the Home Assistant OS on a Raspberry Pi 3 or 4, or are using a supported Bluetooth adapter. In that case, the Bluetooth integration will work out of the box for new installations and is automatically discovered on existing setups.
Shout out to @bdraco for creating this fantastic new addition, @Ernst79 for providing implementation feedback, and his excellent work on the ble_monitor custom integration, which was an inspiration for the Bluetooth integration. Lastly, a shout out to @Jc2k for implementing the Xiaomi BLE integration that greatly helped with testing. Thanks guys! 🙏
To continue the story on Bluetooth, the HomeKit Controller now also supports Bluetooth and leverages the above-mentioned new Bluetooth integration 🎉
In case you didn’t know, the HomeKit Controller integration allows you to connect to HomeKit-capable devices and integrate them directly into Home Assistant. Allowing you to monitor and control these devices, they support push-based updates and, above all: Are entirely local!
You don’t need to own or have an Apple phone or computer to use this!
Supporting HomeKit Bluetooth-capable devices is fantastic! It makes a lot of devices out there compatible with Home Assistant that have no other way of integrating. There are lots of door locks, wall plugs, and other smart devices that you can use now.
Some integrations work with multiple different brands. This can happen because, for example, those devices share a communication protocol, are white-labeled and sold under numerous brand names, or may carry different brand names depending on where in the world they are sold.
For example, if you have a Luxaflex cover, you can actually use it using the Hunter Douglas PowerView integration. And this is not the only example; there are many more! The problem is, how would one know that?
To make setting up things in Home Assistant easier, integrations can now support multiple brands! So, if you now add an integration in Home Assistant and search for Luxaflex, you will find one!
When you add a new integration that is supported by another integration, Home Assistant will tell you which integration provides the support and guide you to set up that integration.
Maps shown in Home Assistant have had a slight makeover and now use a new color palette. These new colors provide much greater contrast and significantly improve their readability.
Especially if you are using the dark mode in the user interface of Home Assistant, you will notice a big difference.
There is much more juice in this release; here are some of the other noteworthy changes this release:
- “Z-Wave JS” is now shown and known as “Z-Wave” in Home Assistant.
- The “System Health” setting menu item, has been moved to the “Repairs” dashboard, in the overflow menu (three dots in the top right).
- In the background, a project has been started to standardize the names of entities and devices. This work is in progress and will take a long time to complete, as each possible entity has to be adjusted. But it will streamline experiences!
- You can now change the shown unit of measurement of number entities that provide a temperature. Thanks, @emontnemery!
- @frenck updated the events developer tools to use YAML instead of JSON and added syntax highlighting.
- The LIFX integration got a significant overhaul, making it much more reliable. Thanks for the work on this in the past releases @bdraco and @Djelibeybi!
- The UniFi Network now has update entities, allowing you to update the firmware of UniFi devices directly from Home Assistant. Great addition @J3173!
- The Material Design Icons have been updated to v7.0.96, giving you 100 brand new icons to use 🤩 Thanks, @goyney!
- SwitchBot now supports Hygrometers (thanks @murtas) and door/contact sensors (thanks @bdraco)!
- @Noltari added update entities to the QNAP QSW integration! Nice!
- @frenck added multifactor authentication support for Verisure. So now you can add more security to your Verisure alarm system.
- HomeWizard Energy added support for Watermeters! Thanks, @DCSBL!
- Yolink now supports garage doors, nice @matrixd2!
- @simeon-simsoft for bidirectional Wallbox chargers, thank you!
- You can now view your current network connection details in the Network settings screen. Thanks, @zsarnett!
- Lutron Caséta now supports the Lutron RA3 Sunnata Keypads. Thanks, @danaues!
- @mkmer added a battery level sensor to Aladdin Connect, thank you!
- The Sensibo integration now supports the AirQ sensor. Thanks, @gjohansson-ST!
We welcome the following new integrations in this release:
- Bluetooth, added by @bdraco
- Govee Bluetooth, added by @bdraco
- Home Assistant Alerts, added by @emontnemery & @balloob
- INKBIRD, added by @bdraco
- Moat, added by @bdraco
- NextDNS, added by @bieniu
- Repairs, added by @emontnemery
- Rhasspy, added by @balloob
- SensorPush, added by @bdraco
- Xiaomi BLE, added by @Jc2k
The following integrations are now available via the Home Assistant UI:
- Fix zwave_js addon info (@MartinHjelmare - #76044) (hassio docs) (zwave_js docs)
- Bump bleak to 0.15.1 (@bdraco - #76136) (bluetooth docs)
- Allow climate operation mode fan_only as custom mode in Alexa (@jbouwh - #76148) (alexa docs)
- Remove icon attribute if device class is set (@dgomes - #76161) (integration docs)
- Fix flux_led ignored entries not being respected (@bdraco - #76173) (flux_led docs)
- Fix race in bluetooth async_process_advertisements (@bdraco - #76176) (bluetooth docs)
- Add repair item to remove no-longer-functioning Flu Near You integration (@bachya - #76177) (flunearyou docs) (deprecation)
- Fix arm away in Risco (@OnFreund - #76188) (risco docs)
- Fix nullable ip_address in mikrotik (@engrbm87 - #76197) (mikrotik docs)
- Mark RPI Power binary sensor as diagnostic (@frenck - #76198) (rpi_power docs)
- BLE pairing reliablity fixes for HomeKit Controller (@bdraco - #76199) (homekit_controller docs) (dependency)
- Bump NextDNS library (@bieniu - #76207) (nextdns docs)
- Bump AIOAladdin Connect to 0.1.41 (@mkmer - #76217) (aladdin_connect docs) (dependency)
- Fix spelling of OpenWrt in luci integration manifest (@frenck - #76219) (luci docs)
- Fix Life360 recovery from server errors (@pnbruckner - #76231) (life360 docs)
- More explicitly call out special cases with SimpliSafe authorization code (@bachya - #76232) (simplisafe docs)
- Enable strict typing for HomeKit Controller config flow module (@Jc2k - #76233) (homekit_controller docs)
- Fix some homekit_controller pylint warnings and (local only) test failures (@Jc2k - #76122) (homekit_controller docs)
- Update gree to use the network component to set discovery interfaces (@Jc2k - #75812) (gree docs)
- Use stored philips_js system data on start (@elupus - #75981) (philips_js docs)
- Ensure bluetooth recovers if Dbus gets restarted (@bdraco - #76249) (bluetooth docs)
- Fix default sensor names in NextDNS integration (@bieniu - #76264) (nextdns docs)
- Bump ZHA dependencies (@puddly - #76275) (zha docs)
- Bump pydeconz to v102 (@Kane610 - #76287) (deconz docs)
- Fix ZHA light color temp support (@dmulcahey - #76305) (zha docs)
- Bump pySwitchbot to 0.18.4 (@bdraco - #76322) (switchbot docs)
- Bump aiobafi6 to 0.7.2 to unblock #76328 (@jfroy - #76330) (baf docs)
- Postpone broadlink platform switch until config entry is ready (@elupus - #76371) (broadlink docs)
- Add debug logging for unknown Notion errors (@bachya - #76395) (notion docs)
- Automatically enable common RainMachine restriction entities (@bachya - #76405) (rainmachine docs)
- Fix bug where RainMachine entity states don’t populate on startup (@bachya - #76412) (rainmachine docs)
- Fix Govee 5185 Meat Thermometers with older firmware not being discovered (@bdraco - #76414) (govee_ble docs)
- Fix iCloud listeners (@epenet - #76437) (icloud docs)
- Bump version of pyunifiprotect to 4.0.12 (@AngellusMortis - #76465) (unifiprotect docs)
- Bump aiohomekit to 1.2.6 (@bdraco - #76488) (homekit_controller docs)
- Fix inkbird ibbq2s that identify with xbbq (@bdraco - #76492) (inkbird docs)
- Bump govee-ble to 0.14.0 to fix H5052 sensors (@bdraco - #76497) (govee_ble docs)
- Fix pairing with HK accessories that do not provide format for vendor chars (@bdraco - #76502) (homekit_controller docs)
- Fix #76283 (@ocalvo - #76531) (sms docs)
- Bump aiohomekit to 1.2.8 (@bdraco - #76532) (homekit_controller docs)
- Bump ZHA dependencies (@puddly - #76565) (zha docs)
- Replaces aiohttp.hdrs CONTENT_TYPE with plain string for the Swisscom integration (@DeeVeX - #76568) (swisscom docs)
- Fix homekit_controller not noticing ip and port changes that zeroconf has found (@Jc2k - #76570) (homekit_controller docs)
- Fix Spotify deviding None value in current progress (@frenck - #76581) (spotify docs)
- Improve code quality in huawei_lte (@a-p-z - #76583) (huawei_lte docs)
- Fix Govee 5181 with old firmware (@bdraco - #76600) (govee_ble docs)
- Fix evohome preset modes (@MartinHjelmare - #76606) (evohome docs)
- Add missing _abort_if_unique_id_configured to ble integrations (@bdraco - #76624) (govee_ble docs) (sensorpush docs) (inkbird docs) (xiaomi_ble docs) (moat docs)
- Fix non-awaited coroutine in BMW notify (@rikroe - #76664) (bmw_connected_drive docs)
- Update systembridgeconnector to 3.4.4 (@timmo001 - #75362) (system_bridge docs)
- 🐛 Fix “The request content was malformed” error in home_connect (@hansgoed - #76411) (home_connect docs)
- Bump pySwitchbot to 0.18.5 (@bdraco - #76640) (switchbot docs)
- Bump pySwitchbot to 0.18.6 to fix disconnect race (@bdraco - #76656) (switchbot docs)
- Bump pySwitchbot to 0.18.10 to handle empty data and disconnects (@bdraco - #76684) (switchbot docs)
- Fix google calendar disabled entity handling (@allenporter - #76699) (google docs)
- Motion Blinds fix OperationNotAllowed (@starkillerOG - #76712) (motion_blinds docs)
- Update xknx to 1.0.0 🎉 (@marvin-w - #76734) (knx docs)
- Bump aiohomekit to 1.2.10 (@bdraco - #76738) (homekit_controller docs)
- Fix bad data with inkbird bbq sensors (@bdraco - #76739) (inkbird docs)
- Bump bimmer_connected to 0.10.2 (@rikroe - #76751) (bmw_connected_drive docs)
- Bump aiohue to 4.5.0 (@marcelveldt - #76757) (hue docs)
- Fix stale data with SensorPush sensors (@bdraco - #76771) (sensorpush docs)
- Bump homeconnect to 0.7.2 (@BraveChicken1 - #76773) (home_connect docs)
- Bump aiohomekit to 1.2.11 (@bdraco - #76784) (homekit_controller docs)
- Fix bluetooth callback registration not surviving a reload (@bdraco - #76817) (bluetooth docs)
- Correct referenced entities and devices for event triggers (@emontnemery - #76818) (automation docs)
- Fix lifx homekit discoveries not being ignorable or updating the IP (@bdraco - #76825) (lifx docs)
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Below is a listing of the breaking change for this release, per subject or integration. Click on one of those to read more about the breaking change for that specific item.
Each AC will have its own device, different from the one previously created. Any automations or scripts that target the device will need to be corrected.
The previsouly deprecated service
advantage_air.set_myzone has been removed.
Use the available MyZone select entity instead.
The single HERE Travel Time sensor with attributes is split up into separate sensors for Duration, Duration in Traffic, Route, Distance, Origin, Destination.
If you used the entity attributes in your automation or scripts, you will need to adapt them to this change.
Each LIFX device now has its own integration entry. The existing entry will be migrated to separate entries automatically as each device is discovered, and will automatically be removed once all devices are found.
Migrating to an integration entry per device allows Home Assistant to take care of discovery IP updates and retries, dramatically improving the integration’s reliability.
LIFX can now be configured manually by IP address. DHCP, HomeKit, and native discovery are supported for updating IP addresses to ensure we never lose track of a device.
Advanced YAML configuration is deprecated and will be removed in a future release. Advanced YAML configuration is no longer necessary as the integration now fully utilizes Network Configuration, and can also function without working discovery.
In the latest Material Design Icons update, several icons have been renamed or removed. Removed and renamed icons will continue to work for the next two releases.
Please make sure you update any use of the following MDI icons:
Time between updates (seconds) and
How long to scan for advertisement data
options have been removed as they are no longer needed since the integration
is now push instead of polling.
If you are a custom integration developer and want to learn about breaking changes and new features available for your integration: Be sure to follow our developer blog. The following are the most notable for this release:
The following integrations are also no longer available as of this release:
- Google Play Music Desktop Player (GPMDP)
All three were previously disabled due to incompatibilities and have now been removed.
Of course, there is a lot more in this release. You can find a list of all changes made here: Full changelog for Home Assistant Core 2022.8