Picture entity card

The picture entity card displays an entity in the form of an image. Instead of images from URL, it can also show the picture of camera entities.

Picture entity card Background changes according to the entity state.

To add the picture entity card to your user interface:

  1. In the top right of the screen, select the pencil icon.
    • If this is your first time editing a dashboard, the Edit dashboard dialog appears.
      • By editing the dashboard, you are taking over control of this dashboard.
      • This means that it is no longer automatically updated when new dashboard elements become available.
      • To continue, in the dialog, select the three dots menu, then select Take control.
  2. Add a card to your dashboard.

YAML configuration

The following YAML options are available when you use YAML mode or just prefer to use YAML in the code editor in the UI.

Configuration Variables

type string Required


entity string Required

An entity_id used for the picture.

camera_image string (Optional)

Camera entity_id to use. (not required if entity is already a camera-entity).

camera_view string (Optional, default: auto)

“live” will show the live view if stream is enabled.

image string (Optional)

URL of an image. To use a locally hosted image, see Hosting.

state_image map (Optional)

Map entity states to images (state: image URL, check the example below).

state_filter map (Optional)
aspect_ratio string (Optional)

Forces the height of the image to be a ratio of the width. Valid formats: Height percentage value (23%) or ratio expressed with colon or “x” separator (16:9 or 16x9). For a ratio, the second element can be omitted and will default to “1” (1.78 equals 1.78:1).

fit_mode string (Optional, default: cover)

Defines the manner in which the image is stretched/clipped to fit the card area. cover: The image keeps its aspect ratio and fills the given dimension. The image will be clipped to fit. contain: The image keeps its aspect ratio, but is resized to fit within the given dimension. fill: The image is resized to fill the given dimension. If necessary, the image will be stretched or squished to fit.

name string (Optional)

Overwrite entity name.

show_name boolean (Optional, default: true)

Shows name in footer.

show_state boolean (Optional, default: true)

Shows state in footer.

theme string (Optional)

Override the used theme for this card with any loaded theme. For more information about themes, see the frontend documentation.

tap_action map (Optional)

Action taken on card tap. See action documentation.

hold_action map (Optional)

Action taken on card tap and hold. See action documentation.

double_tap_action map (Optional)

Action taken on card double tap. See action documentation.

How to use state_filter

Specify different CSS filters

  "on": brightness(110%) saturate(1.2)
  "off": brightness(50%) hue-rotate(45deg)


Basic example:

type: picture-entity
entity: light.bed_light
image: /local/bed_light.png

Different images for each state:

type: picture-entity
entity: light.bed_light
  "on": /local/bed_light_on.png
  "off": /local/bed_light_off.png

Displaying a live feed from an FFmpeg camera:

type: picture-entity
entity: camera.backdoor
camera_view: live
  action: call-service
  service: camera.snapshot
    entity_id: camera.backdoor
    filename: '/shared/backdoor-{{ now().strftime("%Y-%m-%d-%H%M%S") }}.jpg'

The filename needs to be a path that is writable by Home Assistant in your system. You may need to configure allowlist_external_dirs (documentation).