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:

  latitude: 32.87336
  longitude: 117.22743
  elevation: 430
  unit_system: metric
  time_zone: America/Los_Angeles
  name: Home
    - /usr/var/dumping-ground
    - /tmp

Configuration Variables



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



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



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



metric for Metric, imperial for Imperial.



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



Name of the location where Home Assistant is running.



Customize entities.



Customize all entities in a domain.



Customize entities matching a pattern.



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

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.