Setup basic information


As part of the default onboarding process, Home Assistant can detect your location from IP address geolocation. Home Assistant will automatically select a temperature unit and time zone based on this location. You may adjust this during onboarding, or afterwards at Configuration -> General.

If you prefer YAML, you can add the following information to your configuration.yaml:

homeassistant:
  name: Home
  latitude: 32.87336
  longitude: 117.22743
  elevation: 430
  unit_system: metric
  time_zone: America/Los_Angeles
  external_url: "https://www.example.com"
  internal_url: "http://homeassistant.local:8123"
  allowlist_external_dirs:
    - /usr/var/dumping-ground
    - /tmp
  allowlist_external_urls:
    - "http://images.com/image1.png"
  media_dirs:
    media: /media
    recordings: /mnt/recordings

NOTE: You will not be able to edit anything in Configuration -> General in the UI if you are using YAML configuration for any of the following: name, latitude, longitute, elevation, unit_system, temperature_unit, time_zone, external_url, internal_url.

Configuration Variables

name string(Optional)

Name of the location where Home Assistant is running.

latitude float(Optional)

Latitude of your location required to calculate the time the sun rises and sets.

longitude float(Optional)

Longitude of your location required to calculate the time the sun rises and sets.

elevation integer(Optional)

Altitude above sea level in meters. Impacts weather/sunrise data.

unit_system string(Optional)

metric for Metric, imperial for Imperial. This also sets temperature_unit, Celsius for Metric and Fahrenheit for Imperial

temperature_unit string(Optional)

Override temperature unit set by unit_system. C for Celsius, F for Fahrenheit.

time_zone string(Optional)

Pick your time zone from the column TZ of Wikipedia’s list of tz database time zones

external_url string(Optional)

The URL that Home Assistant is available on from the internet. For example: https://example.duckdns.org:8123. Note that this setting may only contain a protocol, hostname and port; using a path is not supported.

internal_url string(Optional)

The URL that Home Assistant is available on from your local network. For example: http://homeassistant.local:8123. Note that this setting may only contain a protocol, hostname and port; using a path is not supported.

customize string(Optional)

Customize entities.

customize_domain string(Optional)

Customize all entities in a domain.

customize_glob string(Optional)

Customize entities matching a pattern.

allowlist_external_dirs list(Optional)

List of folders that can be used as sources for sending files.

allowlist_external_urls list(Optional)

List of external URLs that can be fetched. URLs can match specific resources (e.g., http://10.10.10.12/images/image1.jpg) or a relative path that allows access to resources within it (e.g., http://10.10.10.12/images would allow access to anything under that path)

media_dirs map(Optional)

A mapping of local media sources and their paths on disk.

Reload Core Service

Home Assistant offers a service to reload the core configuration while Home Assistant is running called homeassistant.reload_core_config. This allows you to change any of the above sections and see it being applied without having to restart Home Assistant. To call this service, go to the “Service” tab under Developer Tools, select the homeassistant.reload_core_config service and click the “CALL SERVICE” button. Alternatively, you can press the “Reload Location & Customizations” button under Configuration > Server Control.