2022.10: All over the place


Happy October! October is always a special month for the project. It is the month everybody starts working on their home automations again, the month that Hacktoberfest brings in lots of new contributions and contributors to the project (👋 welcome!), and also this year: the Month of “What the Heck?!”.

The Month of WTH already looks very promising, and many good and interesting issues, ideas, and suggestions to streamline have been proposed. Keep those topics and votes going ❤️.

Oh! And Home Assistant Core 2022.10! 🎉

Last month’s release was a big one; this month’s release mostly continues to improving on that. I guess it is no surprise that the biggest improvement can be found (once again) in Bluetooth! There is a lot more, though this release is a bit “all over the place”, which is actually kinda nice.

Enjoy the release!


PS: I noticed the Home Assistant SkyConnect is now available for pre-order 🥳

Don’t forget to join our release party live stream on YouTube today at 12:00 PDT / 21:00 CET!

Marcel van der Veldt joins Nabu Casa

We are excited to announce that Marcel van der Veldt has joined Nabu Casa!

Marcel is known for his contributions to the Z-Wave integration, the rewrite of the Hue integration, the Music Assistant custom integration, and many more!

Marcel is going to be working on Matter support in Home Assistant. Just in case you missed it, Matter is now officially available/released 🎉.

Welcome aboard Marcel!

Active Bluetooth everywhere

Two releases back, we introduced the Bluetooth integration. The previous release we brought Bluetooth everywhere in your home by adding support for Bluetooth Proxies. Let’s not stop there!

In this release, those proxies now support active Bluetooth connections! 🤯

To explain this quickly: Previously, we could listen for Bluetooth devices and only receive data via the proxies (passive connection); now, we can actively set up a conversation with those devices and send data (active connection). This adds the capability to extend the range of Bluetooth devices that can be controlled 💙.

Picture of a home showing how Bluetooth data is proxied via ESPHome devices to Home Assistant

For this occasion, ESPHome will have an additional release, which adds this functionality. We have also updated our Bluetooth proxy installer website to install with support for active connections.

So, you want to control that SwitchBot Bluetooth device on the other end of your home that seems out of reach? Now you can by installing a proxy on a simple ESP32 device.

Oh! Bonus: the Bluetooth performance has been improved too! Especially local Bluetooth adapters should be quite a bit faster. 🚀

Support for iBeacons

This release also adds support for iBeacons. These are Bluetooth-enabled devices that send out identifiers to announce their location. Home Assistant can now pick those up and show an approximate distance to such an iBeacon.

iBeacons can open up a lot of awesome use cases for automations. For example, you could attach an iBeacon to your car, so you’ll know the car is at home. Or, on the trash can and use it to determine if the garbage is still sitting in the garage on pick-up day and send out a notification.

Read more about iBeacons in our documentation.

Finding the right integration

Recently we introduced “Supported brands”, allowing you to find integrations available under different brandings. Now, we are taking it a step further streamlining the experience of adding new devices or services.

For some brands of devices, we have multiple integrations available. For example, we have a lot of “Google” integrations. Some brands provide devices that can work via Zigbee or their matching hub, meaning you’d have a choice of integrating their hub or using the devices directly via Zigbee (e.g., using ZHA).

To make it more clear on the choices available, you can now categorize integrations by brand. Home Assistant will show the options available for that specific brand. For example, the “Google” brand:

Screenshots showing adding an integration by the Google brands. Once you select Google, you will be offered all Google integrations

This way, you no longer have to “find out” how your device could be integrated. We now show if an integration uses “the cloud” or not, so you are aware upfront.

We often get questions about YAML-only integrations that cannot be found in the user interface. While we love them to be available via the UI, we can understand not finding them at all can be confusing.

To help with that, we now show all integrations when adding a new integration, including those only available via YAML. While they cannot be set up via the user interface, we now do provide links to the documentation with the instructions on how to set it up.

Subviews for dashboards

This might be one of the coolest and most impactful features that has been added to our Dashboards lately: Subviews!

Each view on a dashboard can now be marked as being a “Subview”:

Screenshot showing the new subview toggle in the view options

Subviews won’t show up in the navigation bar of your dashboard, meaning you can only navigate to them by using, for example, a navigation action on a button.

When you navigate to a subview, the subview itself will not show the Dashboard navigation bar. Instead, it will show a back button to the previous view you came from.

Screen recording showing a Kitchen subview in action Screen recording showing a Kitchen subview in action.

This allows for creating cool navigation concepts that are particularly helpful on a mobile or tablet device.

All dialogs restyled

All dialogs that are shown in the Home Assistant have been slightly updated.

Most notably: The dialogs are now rounder on the edges, and the action buttons have been styled and named more consistently. It brings Home Assistant closer to version 3 of the Material Design that Home Assistant follows.

Screenshot showing one of the restyled dialogs.

Viewing YAML automations in the automation editor

In the last release, we revamped our automation editor, and we are very happy to read how many of you loved these changes ❤️

However, if you manage your automations manually in YAML, you’d always be served an error message when trying to open an automation in the UI. Not very helpful, right?

This has been improved! You can now open any automation (or script) in the UI. This lets you view your automation, providing a quick glance at its workings.

Screenshot showing an YAML automation as read-only in the automation editor.

Besides, as a bonus, if you have considered moving your automation to the UI, you can now view and experience how it would look/work for those automations and import them into the UI with the click of a button in the top right.

Handling version numbers in templates

A new version() template function/filter has been added, allowing you to do awesome things with version numbers in templates.

It allows for getting information about a version number, comparing version numbers, and even checking the difference between two versions.

  • {{ version("2022.10.0") > "2022.9.7" }}
    Returns true, as 2022.10.0 is newer.

  • {{ (version("2022.10.1") - "2022.10.0").patch }}
    Returns true, as the patch number of the version changed.

  • {{ (version("2022.10.1") - "2022.10.0").minor }}
    Returns false, as there is just a patch difference.

  • {{ version("2022.10.0b0").beta }}
    Return true, as this is a beta version.

version() can be helpful when building automations or Blueprints for update entities. You could, for example, easier decide to automatically upgrade or send more detailed notification messages in case a patch version is available.

Google Sheets

This release introduces a new way to export data from Home Assistant: Google Sheets.

With this integration, you can add new rows to a Google Sheet document from a service call, allowing you to export data from automations for further processing, visualization, or insights.

Screenshots exporting energy data to Google Sheets from Home Assistant Export anything you like to a sheet in Google Sheets, like your energy usage.

Maybe you like to export your daily energy usage or keep track of the number of diapers you have used in your baby feeding diary spreadsheet.

The possibilities with this are endless.

Other noteworthy changes

There is much more juice in this release; here are some of the other noteworthy changes this release:

  • The long-term statics card now uses the unit you have selected a sensor to be in. So, if you’ve changed the sensor, it will now match! Also, more sensors are now able to change/convert units. Thanks, @emontnemery and @epenet!
  • When removing integrations that use application credentials, we will now ask if you want to clean up those credentials. Nice touch, @allenporter!
  • The Netatmo integration got lots of love! It now supports the Netatmo Doorbell, modulating thermostats and now also supports devices from Legrand, Bubendorff, BTicino and Smarther! Thank you @cgtobi!
  • If you have a Prusa printer, you can now use the PrusaLink integration to control your print job using the new job control buttons available! Thanks, @balloob!
  • BTHome now supports binary sensors! Thanks, @Ernst79!
  • The HomeKit Controller now supports Thread transport. Thanks, @roysjosh and @Jc2k!
  • forked-daapd (OwnTone) now supports the media browser and can leverage the Spotify integration. Thanks, @uvjustin!
  • The Min/Max helper now supports calculating the statistical range. For example, helpful if you want to show the difference between the coolest and warmest rooms. Thanks, @jsherman256!
  • @holysoles added unique ID support to the Universal Media Player, @magic7s added support for it to OhmConnect. Thanks!
  • NETGEAR now has a bunch of switches to control things like parental controls, Wi-Fi availability, and access. Thanks, @starkillerOG!

New Integrations

We welcome the following new integrations in this release:

Integrations now available to set up from the UI

The following integrations are now available via the Home Assistant UI:

Release 2022.10.1 - October 6

Release 2022.10.2 - October 9

Release 2022.10.3 - October 10

Release 2022.10.4 - October 14

Release 2022.10.5 - October 20

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Backward-incompatible changes

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.

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:

Farewell to the following

The following integrations are also no longer available as of this release:

  • Ambee as it became impossible to get API keys for private use.
  • Climacell has been replaced by Tomorrow.io.
  • Flu Near You the resource is no longer available, causing the integration no longer to work.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) the integration relied on webscraping, which is no longer allowed.

All changes

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 2022.10