2023.1: Happy New Year of the voice!


Happy New Year! 🍾

We wish you, and all the loved ones around you, all the best for 2023! 🥂

2023: What an exciting year this will be; The year of the voice! And not just that, many exciting things are expected this year. More spoilers can be found in the State of the Open Home 2022 recording on YouTube.

Starting this amazing year with: Home Assistant Core 2023.1! 🎊

A fairly small release, as we all enjoyed our Holidays. Yet, the first traces of the voice project are already visible: support for entity aliases!

Still, this release contains over 800 changes, most of which are quality improvements, bug and stability fixes, and other minor improvements. The perfect release to start the year with, an easy upgrade worth doing.

Enjoy the release!


PS: Did you know Home Assistant is now on Mastodon too?

Don’t forget to join our release party live stream on YouTube 4 January 2023, at 12:00 PST / 21:00 CET!

The year of the voice!

You should have heard about it by now; 2023 is Home Assistant’s year of Voice! It is our goal for 2023 to let users control Home Assistant in their own language. As covered by The Verge, ArsTechnica, and many others.

The work on voice has already started by collecting intents in all the different languages we want to support. Intents describe the user’s intention with what they’ve said (or written), so Home Assistant can understand what to do, like the action to take and which devices are involved.

All the different possible intent sentences are now being collected in the Intents for Home Assistant GitHub repository, and we are looking for contributions! So, feel free to jump in and help out!

An overview of the current status of all intents and languages can be found on this page. The page gives insight into the parts we need help with.

Lastly, we are also looking for language leaders! Each language is maintained by one or more language leaders. Language leaders are responsible for reviewing their language’s contributions and making sure they are grammatically correct.

Anyone can apply to become one. If you want to apply to be a language leader, join us in #devs_voice on Discord or open a discussion topic.

Entity aliases for voice assistants

The first little thing related to the voice project found in Home Assistant: Aliases for entity names are now configurable via the UI.

Currently, configured aliases are used by Google Assistant and, of course, can later be used by our own voice assistant.

These aliases are helpful in case you call the same device by multiple names or when using a voice assistant in multiple languages at the same time.

Screenshot showing the alias editing capabilities added to the more info dialog of entities

The new aliases feature can be found on each entity’s more information dialog in the settings tab in the advanced section. If you use Home Assistant Cloud, you can also manage your entity aliases (and the devices to expose to Google Assistant) in your Home Assistant Cloud settings.

Multi-language can be an important factor when using Google Assistant, as those can be configured to support two languages at the same time. For example, English and Dutch simultaneously. Aliases allow you to provide names for translations as an alias. For instance, I have added “Woonkamer stofzuiger” (Dutch) as an alias to my living room vacuum.

Screenshot showing adding multiple languages as aliases via the Home Assistant Cloud manage entities screen

It was previously possible to configure Google Assistant-specific aliases via YAML as well, and this remains working. You can use either YAML or easily manage them via the UI.

Progress on Matter

Last December release, we introduced Matter support, and progress has been made since then. The code base has seen many fixes and improvements, and much effort has been put into adding more automated tests and quality assurance.

There are also notable improvements; commissioning Matter devices have been improved (and fixed). So, adding your first Matter device to Home Assistant should be a much better experience now.

Lastly, the Home Assistant Companion app for Android with support for pairing Matter devices has been released! Thanks to the fantastic work by @jpelgrom on the Android app, the commissioning experience is now even better! Here is a quick video showing how that works:

This does require your Android device to be updated with Matter support which Google is rolling out within the Google Home app in recent Android versions.

Support for pairing Matter devices using our iOS Companion app is being worked on.

Extending calendar support

The last release introduced the local calendar, which included the capability to manage calendar events from Home Assistant. These features have now been added to the Google Calendar integration as well!

Meaning you can now create a new event in your Google Calendar, straight from within Home Assistant. Neat!

Furthermore, the local calendar has been extended to provide editing support for existing events 🤘

Screenshots showing the new edit event and monthly recurrence of events capabilities

Lastly, support for monthly variations in the recurrence rules has been added. This includes repetitions like: on the 20th day or the first Wednesday of the month. The latter, of course, is helpful to put the Home Assistant release day on your calendar 😉

Translation improvements for entities

The support for translations for entities has been improved, especially those of entity attributes! A relatively small change that is improving the UI experience quite a bit.

Some entities provide additional properties, for example, climate entities provide presets or fan modes. Integrations can now offer translations for those attribute values.

Additionally, textual sensor entities can now provide a list of possible states they can be in, for which, of course, translations can be provided for now too.

Screenshots showing the effects of having translated entity attributes

In the above screenshot, on the left, you can see how the presets of my thermostat now show up nicely in a human-readable format (instead of, for example, “anti_frost” in previous releases).

On the right, the Moon sensor used in an automation trigger, Home Assistant can now suggest states you can use in those cases. Those suggestions will also be translated into the language you are using.

Other noteworthy changes

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

  • @epenet added a bunch of new device classes for sensors! We now have support for data size, data rate, irradiance, sound pressure, and atmospheric pressure.
  • The Shelly integration now supports the Shelly Plus WallDimmer US, thanks @thecode!
  • Configuration errors of automations and scripts with device automations have been significantly improved, providing you with much more detail to help you fix the problem. Thanks, @emontnemery!
  • @AngellusMortis added a text entity to the UniFi Protect, so you can now set the message displayed on your doorbell. Awesome!
  • Google Translate has been extended with dialect support, thanks @toddejohnson!
  • Yale Access Bluetooth now has support for battery status, thanks @bdraco!
  • Three nice new additions to SwitchBot, @konikoni428 added support for power monitor of wallplugs, @bdraco added initial humidifier support, and @dsypniewski added support for SwitchBot locks! Awesome!
  • @FuzzyMistborn, added support for ecobee Smart Enhanced thermostats, thank you!
  • KNX expose now has a cooldown option, which can be used to limit bus load. Thanks, @farmio!

New Integrations

We welcome the following new integrations in this release:

Release 2023.1.1 - January 5

Release 2023.1.2 - January 8

Release 2023.1.3 - January 10

Release 2023.1.4 - January 12

Release 2023.1.5 - January 17

Release 2023.1.6 - January 19

Release 2023.1.7 - January 22

Need help? Join the community!

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Our very active Discord chat server is an excellent place to be at, and don’t forget to join our amazing forums.

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Backward-incompatible changes

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:

  • Deutsche Bahn has been removed. It relied on web scraping, 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 2023.1