Multi-factor authentication

This is an advanced feature. If misconfigured, you will not be able to access Home Assistant anymore!

Besides the authentication providers, it’s also possible to configure multi-factor authentication modules. These authentication modules will require the user to solve a second challenge besides just logging in. The idea is that you ask the user for something they know, their username/password, and something they have, like a time-based authentication token from their phone.

The multi-factor authentication module can be used mixed-matched with authentication providers. After the normal authentication provider validation, the login flow will ask the user for additional challenge(s) if there are multi-factor authentication modules enabled for this user. If more than one mutli-factor authentication module is enabled, the user can select one of them during the login.

The multi-factor authentication module has to be enabled for the user before it can be used in the login process. The user can go to the profile page enable it by himself.

Configuring mutli-factor authentication modules

By configuring your own instead of using the default configuration, you take full responsibility for the authentication of the system.

Multi-factor authentication modules are configured in your configuration.yaml file under the homeassistant: block:

    - type: totp

Available mutli-factor authentication modules

Below is a list of the currently available auth providers.

Time-based One-Time Password mutli-factor authentication module

Time-based One-Time Password is widely adopted in modern authencation system, it combines a secret key with the current timestamp using a cryptographic hash function to generate a one-time password. Whoever possessed the secret key will get same one-time password in certain time period. By verifying that password, Home Assistant knows the user have the right secrt key.

When trying to set up TOTP module, a QR code will show up. The user can scan it by an authenticator app, or set it up manually using the code showed in the UI. After setup, the user needs to input a six digit number generated in the autendicator app to verify the setup is good. If the verification keeps failing, you need to check whether the clock on Home Assistant is accurate.

There are several authenticator apps on the market, we recommend either Google Authenticator or Authy.

Please treat the secret key like a password, never expose it to others.

By default, one TOTP multi-factor named “Authenticator app” will be auto loaded if no auth_mfa_modules configuration section defined in the configuration.yaml file.

Example of configuration:

    - type: totp