The stream component provides a way to proxy live streams through Home Assistant. The component currently only supports proxying H.264 source streams to the HLS format and requires at least FFmpeg >= 3.2.


To enable this component, add the following lines to your configuration.yaml file:

# Example configuration.yaml entry


Once loaded, the stream platform will expose services that can be called to perform various actions.

Service record

Make a .mp4 recording from a provided stream. While this service can be called directly, it is used internally by the camera.record service.

Both duration and lookback options are suggestions, but should be consistent per stream. The actual length of the recording may vary. It is suggested that you tweak these settings to fit your needs.

Service data attribute Optional Description
stream_source no The input source for the stream, e.g., rtsp://
filename no The file name string. Variable is entity_id, e.g., /tmp/my_stream.mp4.
duration yes Target recording length (in seconds). Default: 30
lookback yes Target lookback period (in seconds) to include in addition to duration. Only available if there is currently an active HLS stream for stream_source. Default: 0

The path part of filename must be an entry in the whitelist_external_dirs in your homeassistant: section of your configuration.yaml file.

For example, the following action in an automation would take a recording from rtsp:// and save it to /config/www.

  service: camera.record
    entity_id: camera.quintal
    filename: '/config/www/my_stream.mp4'
    duration: 30

Streaming in Lovelace

As of Homeassistant version 0.92 you can now live-stream a camera feed directly in lovelace. To do this add either picture-entity, picture-glance or picture-elements, set camera_image to a stream-ready camera entity and set camera_view to live in one of your lovelace views.


Some users on manual installs may see the following error in their logs after restarting:

2019-03-12 08:49:59 ERROR (SyncWorker_5) [homeassistant.util.package] Unable to install package av==6.1.2: Command "/home/pi/home-assistant/bin/python3 -u -c "import setuptools, tokenize;__file__='/tmp/pip-install-udfl2b3t/av/';f=getattr(tokenize, 'open', open)(__file__);'\r\n', '\n');f.close();exec(compile(code, __file__, 'exec'))" install --record /tmp/pip-record-ftn5zmh2/install-record.txt --single-version-externally-managed --compile --install-headers /home/pi/home-assistant/include/site/python3.6/av" failed with error code 1 in /tmp/pip-install-udfl2b3t/av/
2019-03-12 08:49:59 ERROR (MainThread) [homeassistant.requirements] Not initializing stream because could not install requirement av==6.1.2
2019-03-12 08:49:59 ERROR (MainThread) [homeassistant.setup] Setup failed for stream: Could not install all requirements.

If you see this error you can solve it by running the following commands and restarting Home Assistant (commands do not need to be ran as the homeassistant user):

sudo apt-get install -y python-dev pkg-config libavformat-dev libavcodec-dev libavdevice-dev libavutil-dev libswscale-dev libavresample-dev libavfilter-dev