New Hass.io images, based on HassOS

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After 4 months of hard work, we are happy to announce our new images for Hass.io, based on HassOS. HassOS is a brand new operating system that we have created specifically for the purpose of running Hass.io. And yes, this supports the Raspberry Pi 3 B+!

What is new

We have built HassOS on top of the [Buildroot] framework. The focus of the system is to be a very small and highly efficient operating system to run Docker like a hypervisor. It has just enough software installed, to run a supervisor. We have also focused on security, there are, for example, no default passwords and we use [AppArmor] to protect the applications and containers on HassOS.

Key features:

  • Safe and secure updating with [Rauc] over USB or internet (OTA)
  • Uses an LZ4 compressed root filesystem and parts of the memory
  • Read-only root filesystem, designed to run on embedded systems
  • Dbus connected hosts services
  • Latest LT Linux kernel
  • Latest Docker-ce version
  • Fully supported NetworkManager
  • Bluetooth support using Bluez
  • Supports lot different hardware

Migration

The design of HassOS is different from ResinOS. Because of this, we can’t provide an OTA update from the old ResinOS system to the new HassOS based system.

You need to perform the following steps to upgrade:

  1. If you have installed the Bluetooth add-on, please remove it, since it is no longer required.
  2. Make a Hass.io snapshot of your current system and download it to your computer.
  3. Download the latest [Hass.io stable][installation] version.
  4. Flash the downloaded Hass.io image with [balenaEtcher] to your SD card.
  5. Raspberry Pi: In case you have modified the config.txt (in the boot partition), you will also need to apply these changes to HassOS. Do NOT simply copy the file from your old setup into HassOS! Apply those changes manually!
  6. If you use a custom network configuration or have configured SSH development access, you need to create a configuration [USB stick]. Copy the resin-sample into the network folder on a USB stick and insert it into your device.
  7. Take the freshly flashed SD card with HassOS and place it into your device, and boot it by turning it on.
  8. Copy the snapshot into the host with the SSH or Samba add-on.
  9. Restore your snapshot via the Hass.io panel.
  10. Done!

Future

HassOS is a wonderful base system and allows us to start working on integrating all kinds of amazing features into Hass.io (and bring them to the UI as well). For example, we are planning on bringing network and Bluetooth configuration possibilities into the UI. The goal is a full featured hub system that allows anybody to use Home Assistant.

The Hass.io API is extensive, and we are going to adopt more of its features into Home Assistant as well. For example, sensors that allows you to monitor the system usage of an add-on or even Home Assistant itself.

A big shout out to all people who donated money for us to buy hardware! Thank you! We have already started on making HassOS compatible with all kinds of hardware and are currently aiming to release support for new devices every 7-14 days and keeping this up until we support all major IoT boards.

Feel free to jump into the project and help us to improve the documentation or other tasks that are going to help us moving forward.

[Rauc]: Safe and Secure Updating [Buildroot]: https://buildroot.org/ [AppArmor]: https://gitlab.com/apparmor/apparmor/wikis/home/ [USB stick]: https://github.com/home-assistant/hassos/blob/rel-1/Documentation/configuration.md#automatic [installation]: /hassio/installation/ [balenaEtcher]: https://www.balena.io/etcher


0.73: Preview version new user system, Rachio cloud push and Lovelace goes wild

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Today we’re releasing Home Assistant 0.73. First, let’s talk security. Home Assistant has a lot of power. It can control all devices in your house and know what you’re up to. That’s why securing it is very important. It’s absolutely wrong to connect your instance unsecured to the internet and hope no one will find it. All ports on all computers are regularly scanned by bad actors. Please read our guidelines thoroughly and follow them.

In the meanwhile, we’re also working hard on the new authentication system. A preview version is included in this release, more info on our developer blog.

This release also includes a TON of love for the new Lovelace UI. Yes, it’s still experimental but daaang, it’s already so awesome that you should probably just go ahead and try it out. Thanks to all the devs who have jumped on this: @c727, @ciotlosm and @jeradM.

We don’t have time to go through all the changes in this release, but @ciotlosm has been keeping a very detailed changelog. I’ll just leave this screenshot by @arsaboo of the new picture-elements card and the Lovelace configuration:

Screenshot of a floorplan with sensor info and light/camera controls overlayed. The new picture elements card.

And last but not least, @Klikini has upgraded Rachio support from cloud polling to cloud push! Now you’ll be able to get instantly notified of changes to your sprinklers. NICE!

New Platforms

If you need help…

…don’t hesitate to use our very active forums or join us for a little chat. The release notes have comments enabled but it’s preferred if you use the former communication channels. Thanks.

Reporting Issues

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0.72: Lovelace UI, KIWI Doorlocks, Wireless Tags, Insteon X10.

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I am super excited about this release as it brings some great examples of how we are refining the system to become more customizable and, at the same time, user friendly. The first thing that I am really excited about is a new experimental user interface that we call Lovelace. Check this awesome rundown of all the features by @ciotlosm. The TL;DR: a faster, more customizable and more extensible UI with the same look and feel as the old one.

Be aware, this is experimental, so things will change. However, we felt like we didn’t want to keep this away from you any longer. Check the Lovelace UI docs on how to get started. Make sure to share your creations!

Thanks to all the people that have been hanging out in the #beta channel on Discord helping development, finding and squashing bugs and making suggestions. Especially thanks to @c727 for all his development work and @arsaboo for being the first guinea pig.

Example user interface created using Lovelace. Example user interface created using Lovelace ([source](https://gist.github.com/ciotlosm/9508388876edf92c4c1f3579e740fbd5#file-ui-lovelace-yaml))

Another change is that Nest, Sonos and Cast will now have to be configured using a config entry. Config entries can be created via the integrations page in the config panel. This is a concept that we have been developing for a couple of months now and it’s our goal to eventually use this as the way to configure all components.

Screenshot of a browser showing a dialog to link a Nest account to Home Assistant. Screenshot of the Nest config entry.

And as if this releases even needs more cool stuff, the Insteon integration now supports X10 thanks to @teharris1. It was a frequent requested feature from the Insteon community.

And finally, we’ll be extending the open beta for Home Assistant Cloud until the first of September.

Enjoy this release and have a good weekend all!

New Platforms

Release 0.72.1 - June 25

If you need help…

…don’t hesitate to use our very active forums or join us for a little chat. The release notes have comments enabled but it’s preferred if you use the former communication channels. Thanks.

Reporting Issues

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0.71: Lagute LW-12, Iperf3, Hydrawise, Ryobi Garage Doors

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0.71 has arrived. My favorite feature in this release is the conversion of the Nest component from cloud poll to cloud push. Sure, it’s still through the cloud but changes are now made available in Home Assistant as soon as they happen. Thanks @awarecan!

We’ve continued the frontend tweaks after the major overhaul in the last release. We’ve had some issues with the Hass.io panel on both Firefox and Safari. They have been addressed and all browsers should hopefully work again.

On the frontend side, custom panels have gotten some new tricks, including support for building panels using React. So if you’re a developer, check it out. And thanks to @c727 a lot more strings can now be translated. More info on how to help with translating the frontend can be found here.

HomeKit support also keeps growing. This release includes support for media players, automations and outlets thanks to @schmittx.

And in case you missed it, @OttoWinter has created esphomeyaml, which allows you to program and deploy ESP chips throughout your house by using a Home Assistant inspired configuration.yaml. Check it out.

Have a good weekend everyone!

New Platforms

New Features

If you need help…

…don’t hesitate to use our very active forums or join us for a little chat. The release notes have comments enabled but it’s preferred if you use the former communication channels. Thanks.

Reporting Issues

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esphomelib - A comprehensive solution for using ESPs with Home Assistant

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  • How-To
  • ESP8266

The ESP8266 and ESP32 are dirt cheap WiFi-enabled microcontrollers that have established themselves as the base for many DIY home automation projects. Even quite a few manufacturers like iTead with their Sonoff devices have chosen these controllers because of their competitive price.

Setting up these microcontrollers for some basic functionality has also gotten really easy over the years with popular projects like ESPEasy or Sonoff-Tasmota: You just download their firmware and flash it onto your chip. But if you’ve ever tried to go a bit beyond the basic set of functions of those frameworks and tried to do some customization, you will have probably noticed that it’s not that easy. Often times you’ll end up having to download some Arduino code project from the internet and customizing it to your needs.

This is where esphomelib comes in: The esphomelib suite is a set of tools that are designed with the goal of achieving the best possible user experience. esphomelib a) allows for lots of customization without touching a single line of code and b) has complete Home Assistant integration. Inside the esphomelib ecosystem, you essentially just have to write a simple YAML configuration file. The rest like compiling, flashing, uploading etc. will then be taken care of automatically.

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0.70: Facebox, SpaceAPI, Konnected Alarm System

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It’s time for release 0.70. It’s a little later than expected because of a major overhaul of how our frontend is build. It should not have any impact on how the frontend looks or behaves. Thanks to all the people running the beta who helped test this. Right now it looks like Firefox is still having some issues running the Hass.io panel. We’re working on releasing a fix for that soon.

If you’re using custom UI or Panels, some changes have been made. Make sure you run the latest version. More info on our developer blog.

Talking about our developer blog, this is a new blog with accompanying Twitter account. This is part of our ongoing effort of splitting content and interaction for users and developers of Home Assistant.

One cool new component in this release is Konnected (product page). It allows you to connect your existing wired alarm systen and plug it … straigt into Home Assistant!

Another cool one this release is Facebox. It will allow you to do local face detection on your camera feeds. Can’t wait to hear the cool things people will do with this.

New Platforms

New Features

Release 0.70.1 - May 31

If you need help…

…don’t hesitate to use our very active forums or join us for a little chat. The release notes have comments enabled but it’s preferred if you use the former communication channels. Thanks.

Reporting Issues

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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0.69: Matrix Chatbot, PostNL, Social Blade, Xiaomi Mijia sensors

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Not much time to write a great intro this time as we’re hanging out at PyCon! Some fixes for the Hue and Wink colors thanks to @amelchio. Initial foundation for users has landed, it’s not anywhere near usable. We’ll keep hacking on it. Google Assistant for Home Assistant Cloud now supports room hints. This will cause Google Assistant put the devices in the right groups when you link your account.

New Platforms

Release 0.69.1 - May 12

If you need help…

…don’t hesitate to use our very active forums or join us for a little chat. The release notes have comments enabled but it’s preferred if you use the former communication channels. Thanks.

Reporting Issues

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0.68: HomeKit control, Eufy, FritzBox, SigFox sensors

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Weekend is around the corner and that means that it’s time for the next release of Home Assistant. 0.68 brings a ton of great goodies and bug fixes.

One of the coolest features this release is by @mjg59: you are now able to control HomeKit devices. Previously, it was possible to control Home Assistant from iOS devices using the HomeKit protocol. With this release, Home Assistant is able to become the controller and use HomeKit to control lights and switches directly. Since HomeKit is vendor agnostic, it means that any HomeKit light or switch will now be compatible with Home Assistant. Very cool.

Another cool new platform, also by @mjg59, is support for Eufy devices. Eufy is the Home Automation brand of Anker and they have been producing reasonably priced devices which can now be controlled by Home Assistant too. Thanks for all your contributions @mjg59 ❤️.

New Platforms

New Features

Release 0.68.1 - April 30

If you need help…

…don’t hesitate to use our very active forums or join us for a little chat. The release notes have comments enabled but it’s preferred if you use the former communication channels. Thanks.

Reporting Issues

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 developer website

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When we launched the website in December 2014, we’ve only had a handful of components and usage instructions. Since then the website has grown to over a 1000 pages touching a wide range of topics. The growth, while great, also has put a lot of strain on how the docs are organised. One of the places that was especially suffering under the growth was the developer section. It was living under a single top menu item and had to contain everything in a single sidebar.

To fix this, we’re releasing a new website: developers.home-assistant.io. The website is aimed at people that are developing Home Assistant. It will contain resources how to setup your development environment, how to fix bugs, help with translations or improve the frontend. The main website will now solely be focused on Home Assistant users.

Go check it out and let us know what you think: developers.home-assistant.io.

Screenshot of the developer website


Our Google Assistant skill is live!

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Home Assistant logo and the Works with the Google Assistant badge

Guess what? Yep, our Google Assistant Smart Home skill is live! It’s a mouthful but it means that you can now control your Home Assistant devices via any Google Assistant enabled device by simply saying things like “Ok Google, turn on the lights”.

To get started:

  • Enable Home Assistant Cloud
  • Install our skill for Google Assistant. As of this writing, the link is not live yet: you can find it by opening the Google Home app -> Home Control, tap on the blue + at the bottom right and find Hass.io in the list.
  • Optional: Tweak the devices that are getting exposed to Google Assistant.

Things to note:

  • The skill is called Hass.io, but will work with normal Home Assistant too. The name was necessary to avoid confusion between Home Assistant, Google Assistant and Google Home.
  • Works with Home Assistant 0.65.6 or later.
  • All message handling is done local and is open source.
  • If you have an Android device with Google Assistant, you can control your devices too.
  • Home Assistant 0.68 will introduce a button to the Cloud config panel to trigger a sync of available devices.

Home Assistant Cloud is still in open beta and free to use. Open beta period has been extended to June 1. Many thanks to Quadflight for providing the Raspberry Pis that Google used for physical testing and thanks to Arsaboo for helping with testing.