Filter Sensor

The filter platform enables sensors that process the states of other entities.

filter applies a signal processing algorithm to a sensor, previous and current states, and generates a new state given the chosen algorithm. The next image depicts an original sensor and the filter sensor of that same sensor using the History Graph component.

To enable Filter Sensors in your installation, add the following to your configuration.yaml file:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  - platform: filter
    name: "filtered realistic humidity"
    entity_id: sensor.realistic_humidity
      - filter: outlier
        window_size: 4
        radius: 4.0
      - filter: lowpass
        time_constant: 10
        precision: 2
  - platform: filter
    name: "filtered realistic temperature"
    entity_id: sensor.realistic_temperature
      - filter: outlier
        window_size: 4
        radius: 2.0
      - filter: lowpass
        time_constant: 10
      - filter: time_simple_moving_average
        window_size: 00:05
        precision: 2

Filters can be chained and are applied according to the order present in the configuration file.

Configuration Variables


(string)(Required)The entity ID of the sensor to be filtered.


(string)(Optional)Name to use in the frontend.


(list)(Required)Filters to be used.


(string)(Required)Algorithm to be used to filter data. Available filters are lowpass, outlier, throttle and time_simple_moving_average.


(int | time)(Optional)Size of the window of previous states. Time based filters such as time_simple_moving_average will require a time period (size in time), while other filters such as outlier will require an integer (size in number of states)

Default value: 1


(int)(Optional)See lowpass filter. Defines the precision of the filtered state, through the argument of round().

Default value: None


(int)(Optional)See lowpass filter. Loosely relates to the amount of time it takes for a state to influence the output.

Default value: 10


(float)(Optional)See outlier filter. Band radius from median of previous states.

Default value: 2.0


(string)(Optional)See time_simple_moving_average filter. Defines the type of Simple Moving Average.

Default value: last



The Low-pass filter (lowpass) is one of signal processing most common filters, as it smooths data by shortcutting peaks and valleys.

The included Low-pass filter is very basic and is based on exponential smoothing, in which the previous data point is weighted with the new data point.

B = 1.0 / time_constant
A = 1.0 - B
LowPass(state) = A * previous_state + B * state

The returned value is rounded to the number of decimals defined in (precision).


The Outlier filter (outlier) is a basic Band-pass filter, as it cuts out any value outside a specific range.

The included Outlier filter will discard any value beyond a band centered on the median of the previous values, replacing it with the median value of the previous values. If inside the band, the

distance = abs(state - median(previous_states))

if distance > radius:


The Throttle filter (throttle) will only update the state of the sensor for the first state in the window. This means the filter will skip all other values.

To adjust the rate you need to set the window_size. To throttle a sensor down to 10%, the window_size should be set to 10, for 50% should be set to 2.

This filter is relevant when you have a sensor which produces states at a very high-rate, which you might want to throttle down for storing or visualization purposes.

Time Simple Moving Average

The Time SMA filter (time_simple_moving_average) is based on the paper Algorithms for Unevenly Spaced Time Series: Moving Averages and Other Rolling Operators by Andreas Eckner.

The paper defines three types/versions of the Simple Moving Average (SMA): last, next and linear. Currently only last is implemented.

Theta, as described in the paper, is the window_size parameter, and can be expressed using time notation (e.g., 00:05 for a five minutes time window).