Updating Home Assistant

The upgrade process differs depending on the installation you have, so please review the documentation that is specific to your install: Home Assistant or Home Assistant Core.

Check what’s new in the latest version and potentially impacts your system in the Home Assistant release notes. It is good practice to review these release notes and pay close attention to the Breaking Changes that are listed there. If you haven’t done an update for a while, you should also check previous release notes as they can also contain relevant Breaking Changes. These Breaking Changes may require configuration updates for your components. If you missed this and Home Assistant refuses to start, check the log file in the configuration directory, e.g., .homeassistant/home-assistant.log, for details about broken components.

To avoid permission errors, the upgrade must be run as the same user as was used during the initial installation, again review the documentation specific to your install Home Assistant or Home Assistant Core.

The default way to update Home Assistant to the latest release, when available, is:

pip3 install --upgrade homeassistant

For a Docker container, simply pull the latest stable one:

sudo docker pull homeassistant/home-assistant:stable

For a Raspberry Pi Docker container, simply pull the latest stable one:

sudo docker pull homeassistant/raspberrypi3-homeassistant:stable

After updating, you must start/restart Home Assistant for the changes to take effect. This means that you will have to restart hass itself. Startup can take a considerable amount of time (i.e., minutes) depending on your device. This is because all requirements are updated as well.

BRUH automation has created a tutorial video explaining how to upgrade Home Assistant.

Run a specific version

In the event that a Home Assistant version doesn’t play well with your hardware setup, you can downgrade to a previous release:

pip3 install homeassistant==0.XX.X

Run the beta version

If you would like to test the next release before anyone else, you can install the beta version released every two weeks:

pip3 install --pre --upgrade homeassistant

Run the development version

If you want to stay on the bleeding-edge Home Assistant development branch, you can upgrade to dev.

The "dev" branch is likely to be unstable. Potential consequences include loss of data and instance corruption.
pip3 install --upgrade git+git://github.com/home-assistant/[email protected]

Update Home Assistant installation

Best practice for updating a Home Assistant installation:

  1. Backup your installation, using the snapshot functionality Home Assistant offers.
  2. Check the release notes for breaking changes on Home Assistant release notes. Be sure to check all release notes between the version you are running and the one you are upgrading to. Use the search function in your browser (CTRL + f) and search for Breaking Changes.
  3. Check your configuration using the Check Home Assistant configuration add-on.
  4. If the check passes, you can safely update. If not, update your configuration accordingly.
  5. Update Home Assistant.