The Open Home

The Open Home is our vision for the smart home. It defines the values that we put at the heart of every decision we make at Home Assistant. It’s woven into our architecture, licensing, community and everything else.

The Open Home is about privacy, choice and sustainability.

The original vision used “durability” instead of “sustainability”. This value was changed as part of our 10 year anniversary.

If you prefer video, skip to the end.

Privacy

Your home should be your safe space. A place where you can be your true self without having to bother about what the world thinks of you. A place where you don’t need to act differently to avoid an algorithm categorizing your behavior.

Privacy for the Open Home means that devices need to work locally. No one else needs to know if you turn on a light bulb or change the thermostat.

It is okay for a product to offer a cloud connection, but it should be extra and opt-in.

Choice

Devices in your home gather data about itself and their surroundings. Your data. Vendors shouldn’t be able to limit your access to your data or limit the interoperability of your devices with the rest of your smart home.

Choice for the Open Home means that devices need to make the gathered data available through local APIs. This avoids vendor lock-in and allows users to create their own smart home with devices from different manufacturers.

Sustainability

Humans emit CO2 into the atmosphere, causing the climate to change and the world to heat up. One way we can all help with this is to ensure that our individual energy and waste footprint is as small as possible. Our homes represent a substantial part of this.

For the Open Home, longevity of a device should not be an afterthought. If there is one thing that technology firms are very good at, it is launching new products. However, maintaining the products and making sure they keep working is an afterthought for most. The result is that vendors can decide to no longer support your device, crippling it’s features or even prevent it from working at all.

As we install more and more devices in our home, sustainability is becoming more and more important. We shouldn’t have to buy everything new every couple of years because the manufacturer decided to move on.

Sustainability for the Open Home means that devices are designed and built to keep working and use as little energy as possible. Not just this year, but for the next decade. If they outlive their original purpose, they should be able to be reused or repurposed for something else.

State of the Open Home

At the State of the Open Home, we presented our vision and how we, together with our friends from open source and academia, are working towards achieving it.


Demo: Genie, privacy-preserving virtual assistant by Stanford

Last week we hosted the State of the Open Home and it included a demo of Genie.

Genie is an open, privacy-preserving virtual assistant by Stanford OVAL. During the impressive demo they showed it’s latest capabilities. The demos run on a Baidu speaker with custom firmware and on a Pi Zero. In both cases it connects to the Genie server running as an official Home Assistant add-on to do it’s magic.

Genie is the successor to the Almond project. With the help of various grants and sponsors Stanford is working on making Genie ready for general use.

If you want to learn more, check out the Genie website and the getting started guide on how to make your own. To get in touch with other Genie users and their dev team, check their Discord or community forums.

If you end up using Genie at home, don’t forget to share the love and share your demo’s and tutorials.

Genie logo


Android 2021.12: Wear OS Beta!

Screenshot of the Android app

Hey Everyone! It’s time for the December 2021 Android release. It has been a while since the last Android release as the team has been very busy working on many new and exciting features. To kick things off we would like to announce that there is now a Wear OS app that you can find in the Play Store alongside todays phone app release!

Get it on Google Play

Wear OS Beta

For the past couple of months the Android repo has been seeing a lot new contributors coming and bringing in some amazing work. There is now a Wear OS Beta app released in the Play Store! A big thank you to leroyboerefijn, dshokouhi, JBassett, Kisty, apo-mak, SkechyWolf and HunterX86 for all your hard work! A lot of work has been done to share the codebase between the phone and the watch because we wanted the watch to also have a standalone experience in case you are not near your phone. The app will remain as a Beta for several months but we feel in its current state it is ready for you to enjoy. The reason we have decided to keep it with a beta label for now is because there is more work to be done and some of the underlying libraries being used have not received a stable release yet.

Screenshot of Wear OS on wrist

As of today you can login to the app using either the watch or you can open up the phone app and head over to App Configuration and login using the new Wear OS settings section! Once you are logged in you will see a brief loading screen while we get your entities ready. To avoid some of the loading delays we have a Favorites feature that will allow you to add your most used entities to appear at the top of the app for quick and easy access. You can add/remove these entities using the Settings screen in the watch app or you can add/remove and change the order using the phone app. We highly recommend setting up your favorite entities as they will be available during the loading process.

Screenshot of Wear OS Home Screen Screenshot of Wear OS Home Screen

The Wear OS app also offers a tile for even faster access to execute or toggle your devices without needing to open the app. You can select up to 7 entities to toggle or execute inside the settings portion of the app. We recommend using custom MDI icons to easily distinguish between your entities as the default will make it hard to tell apart when you have 2 lights side by side.

Screenshot of Wear OS Tile Screenshot of Wear OS Tile

Initial support for sensors has also been added! Upon logging in the default battery sensors will be registered in your Home Assistant server. The app will wait for a network connection to provide an update so you won’t have to worry about it constantly maintaining a connection. Soon we will be looking into adding a UI to enable/disable sensors as well as evaluating all current phone sensors and adding whichever ones we can!

One thing to keep in mind is that its important to ensure both the phone and watch are on the same version in order for some of the features to work as expected. Feel free to join the beta and help development by finding bugs and submitting feature requests! Be on the look out for future updates to the Wear OS app!

Screenshot of Wear OS Settings in Phone app Screenshot of Wear OS Settings in Phone app

Websockets and Instant Widget Updates

A very big internal feature was also added to both apps this release and that is the introduction of websockets! Websockets is one of the many APIs that Home Assistant offers. With this new API the app can now do cool things like register for entity updates to have instant widgets! Previous versions of the app relied on the Home Assistant REST API to do things like get an entity state or execute a service call. Now with websockets the app will no longer need to poll the server requesting for entity updates as needed, instead we now get a constant stream of entity updates. This allows us to keep your widgets up to date with the latest state or template and also allows us to keep the Android Power Menu up to date. The Wear OS app also benefits by having instant updates on the home screen.

GIF of instant updates GIF of instant updates

There is still a lot more to be done with respect to websockets but the good news is that foundation is there for more developers to come and consume the API. We have already seen some interest and PRs so I would expect this feature to improve even further over time! Big thank you to JBassett for getting this done!

Theme and UI Updates

In this release we had a lot of changes being done to the overall theme of the app to better fit with the design of the Home Assistant frontend theme. The status and navigation bar will now match your theme of choice. The overall loading experience has also had some improvements to align more closely to the browser loading experience. Thank you to LasseRosenow for all your hard work here!

With the release of Jetpack Compose we have decided to start migrating all UI elements to Compose. If you are familiar with Android Development then you will remember that the UI is always built with XML and then referenced in your activities/fragments. Now with Compose, XML is no longer needed and bulding robust UI’s becomes a breeze. We find these new libraries to be very easy to use and it has allowed us to improve upon our internal architecture to make things easier for new and upcoming features.

In the phone app the entire onboarding experience has been rewritten in Compose, including a brand new welcome screen to help first time users understand what Home Assistant is all about. The notification detail page found in notification history has also received a compose update. The Wear OS home screen is actually built using compose including the new settings screens found in the phone app.

Screenshot of welcome screen Screenshot of welcome screen

Other Changes

With so many changes since the last update its impossible to list all of the other cool new features but here is a list of some welcomed improvements:

Screenshot of Media Player Widget Screenshot of Media Player Widget

  • Support for cookie based authentication by duncf
  • Setting to always try the internal URL first. This is helpful to those who like to leave location off by dshokouhi
  • Support for entity category and state class in sensors by dshokouhi

Big thank you to everyone involved. Please keep those bug reports and feature requests coming! Be sure to watch the State of the Open Home address for what to expect in 2022 and a live demo of some of the features above!

Changelog


Multi-server support in iOS 2021.12

Screenshot of the settings screen showing multiple servers

Today we’re releasing Home Assistant companion app for iOS 2021.12. The big new feature: multiple server support. Find it in the app settings on iOS and Mac. Pro-tip: Swipe with three fingers left, right, or up to quickly switch between servers. Full release notes.

Download on the App Store

At the State of the Open Home I gave a quick demo, which I have embedded below:


2021.12: New configuration menu, the button entity, and gorgeous area cards!

Home Assistant Core 2021.12, the final release of the year 2021; And I really think this release will contain a holiday gift for everyone!

With the holiday season coming, it is time to slow down a bit for the project, and enjoy time with our family. In a couple of weeks, 2022 will be here!

All I want to add to these last release notes of 2021 is: Thank you.

Thank you for hanging out with the project. Thank you for contributing, and thank you for reporting an issue. Thank you for helping out a fellow Home Assistant user on the forum, chat, Reddit, or anywhere else. Thank you for sharing your experiences, ideas, automations, scripts, YouTube videos, and blogs; and above all: Thank you for using Home Assistant ❤️

Happy holidays and for the last time in 2021: Enjoy the release!

../Frenck

PS: We are skipping the January release because of the holidays. So, the first release in 2022, will be Wednesday, 2 February 2022.

Brand new configuration panel

The configuration panel has been revamped. Everything is more compact and categorized. A bit of added color so you can recognize the item you need more quickly.

Screenshot of the new areas panel

The Supervisor panel and its sidebar item have been removed, and the panel has been merged into the configuration panel. All OS, Core & Add-on updates are now shown in the top of the configuration panel.

If you are using our Android, iOS, or macOS Companion apps, the sidebar menu to configure those has also been moved into the configuration panel.

All configuration related items, neatly organized in a single place 🤘

The button entity

Introducing a new entity: the button entity. Yes, it’s a button. What can you do with it? Press it!

We already have a switch entity in Home Assistant, but a switch has a state; switches are either on or off. A button, however, is a push-button, like a stateless or momentary switch.

Button entities can be provided by integrations and can be used for things like:

Examples use cases of button entities Examples use cases of button entities.

These are all things that can be triggered from Home Assistant but do not really have explicit on or off states.

We have added support for this button entity to Google Assistant, Alexa and HomeKit; allowing you to “press” those buttons from your favorite voice assistant.

For this release, MQTT & KNX added support for providing buttons. The Shelly, WLED, Elgato, Litter-Robot, TOLO Sauna, Tuya, Renault, and NAM integrations have added button entities.

Additionally, ESPHome 2021.12 has added full support for buttons too! Besides adding a restart button, you can now create button entities from ESPHome to trigger something on your DIY project from Home Assistant.

Redesigned area panel and the area Lovelace card

The area panel has been redesigned. Instead of a list of areas, it now shows a card for each area. The card shows a picture of the area.

Wait, a picture? Yes! You can now upload a picture for your area straight from the Home Assistant frontend. So, you can make it look something like this:

Screenshot of the new areas panel

But that is not all, @zsarnett created a brand new area Lovelace card. This card will use the picture you’ve uploaded for your area, and it automatically populates with entities of devices you have assigned to that specific area.

Screenshot of a new area Lovelace card Screenshot of a new area Lovelace card.

Users that can only log in from the local network

This new feature allows you to make users that are only allowed to log in from the local network and not from the internet or cloud.

This can be useful if you have users that are not always at your home or a dedicated user for a wall tablet that never needs to log in remotely.

Screenshot of user configuration in Home Assistant with local only enabled.

Z-Wave JS SmartStart and entity categories

Setting up your Z-Wave device with Home Assistant is now easier than ever, as Z-Wave JS now supports Z-Wave SmartStart!

When you have a SmartStart capable Z-Wave stick and device, you can now set up the device by simply scanning the QR code on the device, using your webcam, or using your mobile phone with the Home Assistant Companion app.

Including devices to your Z-Wave network has never been easier.

Screenshot of scanning the QR code to add a Z-Wave SmartStart device in Home Assistant.

Additionally, Z-Wave JS had added support for entity categories, so all your Z-Wave sensors are now neatly organized.

Blueprint scripts

This was actually in Home Assistant Core 2021.11 release, but we forgot to mention it completely… Shame on us… Retry!

You can now create, provide, share Blueprints for scripts! This works the same as with automations, except… well, it provides a script instead.

Script blueprints can be shared and imported, exactly like we do with automations now. These can be really helpful to provide to other Home Assistant users, as these scripts can be re-used in, e.g., other automations.

Triggering on any, but only state changes

Until now, writing automations that trigger on any state change of an entity, but not on any attribute changes, was nearly impossible without adding additional conditions.

We have now added a way to trigger on any state change, regardless of the state, without triggering on attribute changes. If you set from or to, and leave it empty, it will match any state but ignore attributes.

automation:
  trigger:
    - platform: state
      entity_id: media_player.living_room
      to: ~

The above example will only trigger if the state of the living room media player changes, but not if any of its attributes change.

The same syntax is also supported for attributes. To trigger on all changes of a specific attribute, you can use a similar syntax:

automation:
  trigger:
    - platform: state
      entity_id: media_player.living_room
      attribute: volume_level
      to: ~

The above example will only trigger if the volume level of the living room media player changes.

Cast issues resolved

You might be aware of issues with using the Google Cast features in Home Assistant. For example, casting a Lovelace dashboard didn’t work as reliably as it should have been.

We have some good news, these casting issues have been resolved!

Although a bugfix, we think the impact was significant enough to warrant its mention in the release notes.

Other noteworthy changes

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

  • The Hue integration now only uses the v2 API when talking to compatible hubs. This means that all light updates and remote presses are instantly available in Home Assistant, and scenes are now also natively supported. Amazing job, thanks @marcelveldt!
  • @farmio completely rewrote the Fronius integration adding support for all the latest, and greatest Home Assistant offers. Nice!
  • Besides supporting the new button entity, ESPHome now also supports setting the mode and unit of measurement on number entities. Thanks, @jesserockz!
  • Magic Home (Flux LED) got lots of love from @bdraco, adding support for new devices and features along the way.
  • @jbouwh improved the as_datetime template method, which now supports the UNIX timestamp.
  • The motionEye integration added sensors and service, thank you @dermotduffy.
  • WLED devices can now be restarted and upgraded from Home Assistant.
  • @chemelli74 added the climate platform support for Shelly, and @mib1185 added support for rebooting and upgrading Shelly devices.
  • Entities provided by the Vallox integration now have unique IDs and can be adjusted from the UI. Thanks @viiru-!
  • The Pi-hole integration now has a binary sensor to indicate an update is available, added by @andreasbrett.
  • System Bridge has two new services for sending keyboard events to the remote machine, added by @timmo001.
  • @klada added support for media player groups to Denon HEOS.
  • The REST platform now supports templates for its headers and query parameters. Thanks, @koying.
  • Mill now supports its 3rd generation heaters, thanks @Danielhiversen
  • @hmmbob added support for ms-MY, nl-BE, pa-IN to Google TTS.
  • Nanoleaf now pushes updates into Home Assistant, thanks @milanmeu.
  • @micha91 extended Yamaha MusicCast with number entities for controlling equalizers, dialogue volume/lift, and the display brightness.
  • The Levoit Core 400S air purifier is now supported by the VeSync integration, thanks for that @jparchem.
  • The state of number helpers is now exposed to Prometheus. Nice, @alim4r!
  • @tschamm added support for shutter controls to Bosch SHC.
  • Notifications for Android TV can now send a notification with custom icons; Awesome adding @redahb!
  • MQTT has seen multiple improvements in this release:
    • The select and number platforms now have command_template support (@jbouwh)
    • Switches now support device_class (@koying)
    • MQTT platforms can now set the object_id option (@Smeagolworms4)
    • Selects can now have a single or no options (@emontnemery)
    • Added ‘trigger’ support for Alarm Control Panels (@XaF)
    • Added lock.open support (@Hypnos3)

This release adds support for long-term statistics to the following integrations:

And the following integrations now have entity categories:

New Integrations

We welcome the following new integration this release:

Integrations now available to set up from the UI

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

Additionally, KNX can now partially be set up via the UI. The connection is done via the UI, the entities are configuration in YAML; just like before. Done by @marvin-w.

Release 2021.12.1 - December 12

Release 2021.12.2 - December 15

Release 2021.12.3 - December 17

Release 2021.12.4 - December 20

Release 2021.12.5 - December 23

Release 2021.12.6 - December 27

Release 2021.12.7 - December 29

Release 2021.12.8 - January 4

Release 2021.12.9 - January 10

Release 2021.12.10 - January 17

If you need help…

…don’t hesitate to use our very active forums or join us for a little chat.

Experiencing issues introduced by this release? Please report them in our issue tracker. Make sure to fill in all fields of the issue template.

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New NetDaemon Release: Use C# to automate Home Assistant

Great news for Home Assistant users who’s preferred way of coding is C#: NetDaemon has just released a new version of their open source platform that allows you to use C# 10 for .Net 6 to write your applications or automations for Home Assistant.

This release includes a new API called HassModel which makes it easier than ever to interact with Home Assistant from .Net. It generates strong typed interfaces based on the entities in your own Home Assistant instance, their attributes and all available services and their parameters. Intellisense can be used to discover all your entities and available services directly from your IDE.

Check out the documentation and how to get started with NetDaemon

This project is not affiliated with Home Assistant, but leverages our open API.


100,000 installations in analytics!

Today we have reached a major milestone for Home Assistant Analytics: 100,000 users have opted in to be included!

This is a big deal because it’s not enabled by default, users have to opt-in, and we only launched Home Assistant Analytics last April. We promoted it in the release blog post and during live streams, but have never nagged existing users in the interface. New users did get asked to opt-in as part of onboarding.

The 100,000 installations are not the total number of Home Assistant users. The truth here is that we don’t know the total number of installations because Home Assistant is private by design. Our estimate is that there are 4-5x more installations than people that opt-in to analytics.

For the latest version of the graphs in this post, visit Home Assistant Analytics

Line graph showing active installations over time hitting 100000 installations.

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2021.11: Icon picker, device links and entity categories

Point eleven (.11), which means it is November! 🥶 (or 🏖 depending on where you are in this world, of course.)

It also means: This is the second last release of the year…

Hacktoberfest is over! In the month October, people contribute to projects (like Home Assistant) to celebrate open source. I’ve seen lots of new faces and new contributors this month. To those I want to say: Welcome! Thanks for contributing your free spare time; Thanks for being a hero! ❤️

And, there is more! Something that isn’t really visible. In the background, an army of contributors are improving a tremendous amount of Home Assistant code, which improves stability, readability, and maintainability of our project’s codebase. As a matter of fact, because of this incredible work, counted by the number of contributions, this release might just as well be one of the biggest ever. Work, you generally don’t notice, but is still done. Weird huh? Another group of heroes! ❤️

For me personally, this has been a crazy month. After the last release, I was sad to read about issues people had with the new Tuya integration. I went to different stores, bought many Tuya devices, and spent a lot of time improving the experience by extending device support. Hopefully, I’ve been able to do enough to make the Tuya integration acceptable.

This release… a long-time wishlist item of mine is in: The icon picker! 😍 So cool to see this happening, it is amazing, beautiful, super helpful, and it also supports third-party icon sets! 🤩

Oh, to spoil some inside information, you might want to block your agenda for the Home Assistant State of the Union 2021 on Saturday 11 December, 8 pm (CET)!

Enjoy the release!

../Frenck

Daylight saving time bug

If you have already transitioned daylight saving time (DST), you might have experienced it already. If you have not switched yet, this message is extra important for you.

Last weekend we experienced a bug with daylight saving time transitioning, causing Home Assistant to crash or have higher CPU loads than usual. If you experience this, restarting Home Assistant will resolve this issue.

This release has a more permanent fix for the issue, preventing it from happening. If you can’t upgrade to 2021.11 right now, we have also published Home Assistant 2021.10.7, which has the same bugfix included.

So if you still have to transition to a new summer/winter time, be sure to upgrade!

Visit devices and services

Your device has a web interface, but you don’t remember the (IP) address it has on your network… So you start guessing a couple of addresses; And end up checking your router, looking it up in an app, or scanning the network… Sounds familiar? Annoying, right?

Well, as of today, integrations can provide the URLs to devices or services where the device can be managed or configured.

Screenshot of WLED that now has a button that links to the WLED web interface of the device directly Screenshot of WLED that now has a button that links to the WLED web interface of the device directly.

If an integration provides a single web interface to configure multiple devices, it can even deep-link to the specific device page for that device.

Over 50! integrations have already added support for this feature, which is fantastic! Just to name a few integrations: MQTT, Tasmota, WLED, Synology, Plex, Netatmo, Pi-hole, RainMachine, Plugwise, Sure Petcare, Axis, UniFi Controller, FRITZ!Box, and many more!

If you are a custom integration developer, you can add support for this feature too; Read all about it on our developer blog.

Entity categorization

Since we introduced the concept of devices, we have been seeing more and more entities being created, which is great! It means we can automate on a lot more device features. However, this does impose other issues, like: clutter on a generated dashboard, unused entities exposed to voice assistants, or turn on/off things in areas as a side-effect. Let me try to explain the latter issue with an example.

Let’s consider a wall plug. It can be turned on/off using a switch entity, however, my wall plug also has a switch to enable a child lock that controls its physical button. Now, if I had this device in my living room area and turned off all switches in my living room, it would turn off the switch and the child lock! This is not what we want, right?

To resolve issues like these (and more), we introduce: Entity categories.

Entities without a category are now considered primary entities: The entities we daily use and expect from a device, i.e., the power on/off switch. Furthermore, entities can be categorized as configuration or diagnostic entities. A configuration entity provides a setting/configuration option for the device, while a diagnostic entity provides information about the device.

Take a light bulb as an example. The light entity itself is a primary entity. However, the select entity that provides the power on behavior configuration of the bulb is a setting of the device and thus a configuration entity. While the sensor providing the signal strength of the light bulb is a diagnostic entity.

Another, more visual example, from the device page of a Sonos Move speaker:

Screenshot of the Sonos device page that now has entities categorized Screenshot of the Sonos device page that now has entities categorized.

In the above screen, you can see the Sonos speaker itself is a primary control entity, while the entities that provide device configuration options and entities that provide diagnostic information about the device itself are now separated nicely.

With entities that are non-primary (so are either configuration or diagnostic entities), we now do the following:

  • Non-primary entities are hidden from generated Lovelace dashboards. This reduces the clutter and makes the generated dashboards more useful for daily use.
  • Non-primary entities are, by default, not exposed to Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. You, of course, still can expose them, but by default, we don’t send them to these voice assistants.
  • Non-primary entities are not called by service calls that target the device or area the device is in. They are only called if explicitly called by their entity ID.

Please note, the above-listed points are backward-incompatible changes, also listed in the backward-incompatible changes section of these release notes.

Like the previous visit device or service feature, this new organization capability has been adopted by many of our maintainers: 60+ integrations! To name a few: Sonos, Z-Wave JS, Shelly, SwitchBot, deCONZ, Neato, Netatmo, August, MQTT, Hue, Roomba, Tibber, AirVisual, KNX, motionEye, and many more. Oh, and soon, we can add ESPHome to that list!

If you are a custom integration developer, you can add support for this feature too; Read all about it on our developer blog.

The icon picker

Adding nice and matching icons to your entities, makes all the difference for how your Home Assistant interface looks and feels.

Finding those icons was somewhat clumsy. You’d go to the Material Design Icons website to find one, remember its code and add the mdi:<code> to your entity. Not a great experience, especially with the number of icons available your browser doesn’t always like that website.

Thanks to the great work of @piitaya, we now have a beautiful, super easy, smart and fast icon picker! Yes, you can now search and choose icons, straight from the Home Assistant interface.

Screen capture showing the new icon picker in action Screen capture showing the new icon picker in action.

When you start typing, it not only looks for icons that match the MDI code, it also looks for aliases and categories of the icons. That way, you’ll always find the icon you’re looking for.

Third-party custom icon sets can also utilize this feature; however, the author of that set needs to add compatibility for it. For example, the Hue icons by arallsopp added support for this feature already.

Tuya update

Our previous release included an update to the Tuya integration, making it use the official API instead of a soon-to-be-removed API. Sadly, this update did not live up to our standards, for which we want to apologize.

Tuya had initially planned to deprecate the old API in December, giving users 2 months to migrate. That’s not a lot of time, so we decided to move forward with releasing the updated integration. Tuya pushed back the timeline for sunsetting the old API with 6 months; but it was too late for us to change course and ship the old integration.

The updated Tuya integration had some bugs and also was missing some features compared to the previous integration and various available custom components. This caused some users to have a poor experience. To make up for this, @frenck spent a good chunk of time on bringing the Tuya integration up to the latest standards and adding a ton of new features and bug fixes.

Almost all Home Assistant entity platforms are supported now, including (binary) sensors, covers, vacuums, and even cameras! However, be aware that Tuya has a lot of devices and variations, so there is still work left to be done; We have done everything we can to provide a solid base this release.

As a final note: Some people complained about that this integration relies on the cloud. We have always supported integrations with both local and cloud APIs. Integrations with cloud APIs allow people to adopt Home Assistant without having to replace all devices in their house. Although we recommend local, using devices that require the cloud, or are fully local, is a choice everyone should make for themselves.

Some nice new template filters

For some of our more advanced users, this release has some helpful template improvements included as well!

Let’s start with the new today_at filter/function that @Petro31 added. It allows you to quickly get a DateTime at a certain time of today. This can be really helpful if you need to compare against another DateTime. For example:

# Is the current time past 10:15?
{{ now() > today_at("10:15") }}

Next up is @raman325, who added the area_entities and area_devices filters and functions which allow you to get all devices or entities that are in an area. The methods return a list, which you can loop on.

{{ area_entities('Living Room') }}  # ['light.ceiling', 'media_player.tv', ...]

Lastly, @Petro31 added another one: the average filter and function. It does what you think it does… It calculates the average of a list of items you pass to it.

{{ [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] | average }} # Result: 3

Other noteworthy changes

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

  • Debug traces of automations and scripts are now stored! So you no longer lose them when you restart Home Assistant. Thanks @emontnemery
  • @frenck adjusted the number entity and it can now be displayed as a slider instead of an input box. Home Assistant will automatically figure out which is the best to use.
  • Add support for fan groups! Thanks @bdraco!
  • Thanks to @ludeeus, the Supervisor integration now has binary sensors that can tell you which add-on is running or not.
  • @allenporter blew our minds this release by adding initial support for WebRTC streams and cameras to Home Assistant.
  • But had a good reason, he added support for Nest Battery Cameras and Nest battery Doorbell Cameras to Home Assistant! Thanks @allenporter!
  • When you log in to Home Assistant, there is now a “Keep me logged in” checkbox! Awesome @MartinTuroci
  • @goyney updated the Material Design Icon to version v6.4.95 ensuring we have all the latest icons available in our new beautiful icon picker.
  • Sure PetCare now supports the Felaqua devices, thanks @benleb!
  • The MQTT number platform now has support for providing a unit of measurement and resetting the number field (by @frenck and @emontnemery).
  • The Broadlink integration added sensors for voltage, current, overload, and total consumption. Thanks @felipediel!
  • WLED now has the much requested sliders for speed & intensity controls. Thanks, @rytilahti!
  • OpenGarage has seen lots of updates and love from @Danielhiversen, adding lots of sensors in the process.
  • With the recent improvements made to the VLC media player integration and add-on, there is now a way to get TTS working by connecting some speakers to your Blue, ODROID or Raspberry Pi. Thanks, @mib1185 & @MartinHjelmare!

Adding support for long-term statistics is a much requested feature; This release adds support for long-term statistics to the following integrations:

New Integrations

We welcome the following new integration this release:

Integrations now available to set up from the UI

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

Release 2021.11.1 - November 5

Release 2021.11.2 - November 9

Release 2021.11.3 - November 11

Release 2021.11.4 - November 15

Release 2021.11.5 - November 19

If you need help…

…don’t hesitate to use our very active forums or join us for a little chat.

Experiencing issues introduced by this release? Please report them in our issue tracker. Make sure to fill in all fields of the issue template.

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User Experiences and Designers

About two months ago my phone kept buzzing with notifications. I got the kindest tweets after it was announced that I was joining Home Assistant as the first full-time UX designer. That enthusiasm is also reflected in the more than 500 registrations for our user research group and the many comments we received on design ideas I’ve shared on Twitter.

User Experiences

Home Assistant has a large group of users with a common goal: home automation that puts local control and privacy first. From our analytics we have over 85,000 users who opted in to share their data anonymously, but we know that there are a lot more. None of these houses and users are alike and may have different, perhaps conflicting interests. Here lies the power of UX. As Scott Jenson shared in his fantastic keynote, UX offers perspective. Who are the users? What are their tasks? And what is their pain? What do they want to achieve?

In the coming period, I will investigate what type of smart home users there are, what their needs are and what stands in the way of achieving this.

Designers

Last year alone, there were over 8,000 GitHub contributors to Home Assistant. That’s really fantastic! With a Designer-to-Developer ratio of 1 per 8,000, it’s easy to get lost in the backend of design and forget the users. This can result in inconsistent user interfaces or designs that could be more user-friendly. For now we’re working on three areas.

UX contributors

We want to make it as easy for designers to contribute as it is for developers. There’s a lot a designer can contribute to. For example, making it easier to work with light groups or getting started with automating your house. If you have a design you really think we should look at? Would you like to help build our own Design System? Do you have experience with user testing? Do you have strategic design ideas? Want to organize an online design workshop? Or just want to meet fellow designers? Meet us at devs_ux Discord channel or join us on GitHub discussions.

Tooling

We want it to be easy to start creating and iterating on design mockups for Home Assistant. We want anyone that is interested to be able to jump in. To achieve this we’ve been hard at work at re-creating the components that make up the Home Assistant interface as a DesignKit for Figma. This allows anyone to experiment with the Home Assistant interface and quickly try out different concepts. Try it yourself and feel free to share your designs.

Documentation

With clear guidelines, you can ensure speed and quality. That’s why we’re working on design documentation that will be available soon. Its goal is to help designers and developers make better choices. Got suggestions or want to help with our guidelines? Meet us at devs_ux Discord channel.


2021.10.0: Z-Wave S2 support, Tuya, secure ESPHome and 400 new icons

October! I love this month!

For most of you (just like me), it means winter is coming. We all go back inside. An excellent excuse to spent a bit more time on our smart homes, right? 😃

It is also the month of celebrating open source by joining Hacktoberfest! If you make 4 contributions to any open-source project (Home Assistant, for example 😘), you’ll receive a free t-shirt!

For the Home Assistant project, this means a busy month. However, that doesn’t matter. It is always great to see new people contributing!

Meanwhile, Home Assistant turned 8 years old already! Wild! And the birthday announcement was even wilder (more about that below).

Anyways, about this release: Z-Wave JS is stepping up its game! If you have a Z-Wave network and are not using Z-Wave JS yet… well… it might be time to bite the bullet and go for it. You won’t regret it.

This release also brings the new much-talked-about, Tuya integration supported by Tuya themselves! I’m looking forward to how that evolves!

Oh, and of course, we will be live streaming the 2021.10 release party later today! Join us at https://youtu.be/QWy4jWzKUEw @ 21:00 CEST.

Enjoy the release!

../Frenck

Home Assistant Yellow

In case you’ve missed it: Home Assistant turned 8 years old! 🥳 And to celebrate that, we’ve revealed the Home Assistant Yellow!

Home Assistant Yellow was launched using a crowdfunding campaign, which already reached its funding goal! This is absolutely fantastic!

And… You can still back the campaign to get your own Home Assistant Yellow!

Go to campaign on CrowdSupply »

Z-Wave JS updates!

We have two awesome Z-Wave JS updates to share with you this release.

S2 is now supported

Security is something we all care about; We don’t want devices to be tampered with, when using things like door locks or motion sensors that trip the alarm system. For our Z-Wave devices, this is no different!

As of this release, Home Assistant’s Z-Wave JS integration supports S2!

S2 is short for Security 2, a new security standard for Z-Wave devices, providing different keys for each device in the network. It is the more secure upgrade of the previous S0 version.

Besides improved security, S2 capable devices (in general) are more reliable, provide greater battery life and have less latency compared to S0.

The Z-Wave JS integration will automatically pick the best and most optimal security method available.

Screenshot of Z-Wave JS pairing a new device with S2 security Automatically uses the best possible security method when adding a new Z-Wave device.

If you have existing Z-Wave devices capable of using S2 already paired with Home Assistant before this update, you will need to repair those to let them use the new S2 feature.

Migration wizard from the old Z-Wave integration

Are you still using the old (and deprecated) zwave integration? If so, it might be that you have been holding back on the Z-Wave JS upgrade because of the work involved in migrating. Time to reconsider…

Home Assistant now provides a migration wizard for users of the old Z-Wave integration to migrate more easily to the new Z-Wave JS integration.

To avoid surprises, the wizard will exactly show what it will do, what it can and cannot migrate.

The old and deprecated Z-Wave integration will continue to work as long as technically possible, but will no longer receive updates.

New Tuya integration

Oh yeah! The Tuya integration has been updated to the latest greatest version: developed and maintained by a team of developers at Tuya themselves!

Right now, we have support for lights, switches, scenes, fans and climate devices. Compared to the old integration, support for covers is currently missing, which we hope to add in a future release. Additionally, the new integration now pushes updates to Home Assistant!

If you ran the Tuya integration previously, you need to set it up from scratch, as the integration has been entirely re-written and uses a different API.

For more information, please see the Tuya integration documentation.

Updated Material Design Icons

The Material Design Icons have been updated to v6!

This new version of MDI is packed with nearly 400 new icons (and over 75+ icons have been specifically marked for Home Assistant) ❤️

Sample image showing some of the new Material Design Icons available Some really useful new MDI icons have been added in this release!

Several icons have been removed or renamed in v6, but we have ensured they will keep working for the upcoming two releases. Home Assistant will write warnings in the logs in case you are using one of the affected icons. The backward-incompatible changes section has more information about this.

Encrypted communications support for ESPHome

ESPHome and the ESPHome integration now have support for communicating encrypted with each other. @OttoWinter has been working hard to add this layer of encryption to the ESPHome API, which utilizes the noise protocol.

Besides this version of Home Assistant, you’ll need at least ESPHome 2021.9.0, and configure your ESPHome device to enable encrypted communications.

Awesome job @OttoWinter!

For more information on how to do that, check out the ESPHome documentation.

Other noteworthy changes

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

  • The energy dashboard now supports gas sensors that use kWh as the unit of measurement.
  • We have a new dev tool available for long-term statistics. This tool can be helpful when you need to resolve issues or warnings with the statistics.
  • The Shelly team has been busy and added support for the new, next-generation, Shelly devices. Also known as Gen2 or Plus devices (which are WebSocket RPC based).
  • The TP-Link Kasa Smart integration had a lot of love and improvements: support for new devices, configurable via the UI and device discovery. It fixes the famous and disliked “unavailable” bug! Thanks @rytilahti!
  • @Aohzan adjusted the Logitech Harmony integration to have a select entity to change the activity. Very handy!
  • HomeKit now supports the select and input_select entities, thanks to @ha0y!
  • @Kane610 added support to deCONZ for the Siren entity.
  • The manual alarm control panel now supports vacation mode, thanks @mbo18!
  • @koying added a new template method: regex_findall, that can return a list of all matches of a regular expression.
  • @emontnemery added more template goodness by adding the is_number function and filter that can be used to quickly determine if a value is a number or not.
  • The Lovelace entity card now supports setting the icon to change color when the entity is active (state_color). Thanks, @spacegaier
  • The SwitchBot integration is receiving a lot of love from @RenierM26! A bunch of new platforms, configuration via the UI, nice work!

New Integrations

We welcome the following new integrations this release:

Integrations now available to set up from the UI

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

Release 2021.10.1 - October 7

Release 2021.10.2 - October 8

Release 2021.10.3 - October 10

Release 2021.10.4 - October 11

Release 2021.10.5 - October 15

Release 2021.10.6 - October 18

Release 2021.10.7 - November 1

If you need help…

…don’t hesitate to use our very active forums or join us for a little chat.

Experiencing issues introduced by this release? Please report them in our issue tracker. Make sure to fill in all fields of the issue template.

Read on →