The first time you enable the Z-Wave component it will install the Z-Wave drivers (python-openzwave). This can take up to half an hour on slow machines like Raspberry Pi.
Installing the drivers might require some extra packages to be installed. Check your platform below.
On Linux platforms (other than Hass.io) there is one dependency you will need to have installed ahead of time (included in
systemd-devel on Fedora/RHEL systems):
$ sudo apt-get install libudev-dev
On Python 3.6 you may also have to install libpython3.6-dev, and possibly python3.6-dev.
When installing on macOS you may have to also run the command below ahead of time, replace “x.x” with the version of Python (
$ python3 --version) you have installed.
$ sudo /Applications/Python\ x.x/Install\ Certificates.command
On Raspberry Pi you will need to enable the serial interface in the
raspi-config tool before you can add Z-Wave to Home Assistant.
# Example configuration.yaml entry zwave: usb_path: /dev/ttyACM0
(string)(Optional)The port where your device is connected to your Home Assistant host.
Default value: /zwaveusbstick
(string)(Optional)The 16-byte network key in the form
"0x01, 0x02..."used in order to connect securely to compatible devices. It is recommended that a network key is configured as security enabled devices may not function correctly if they are not added securely.
Default value: None
(string)(Optional)The path to the Python OpenZWave configuration files.
Default value: the ‘config’ that is installed by python-openzwave
(boolean)(Optional)Allows disabling auto Z-Wave heal at midnight.
Default value: true
(integer)(Optional)The time period in milliseconds between polls of a nodes value. Be careful about using polling values below 30000 (30 seconds) as polling can flood the zwave network and cause problems.
Default value: 60000
(boolean)(Optional)Print verbose z-wave info to log.
Default value: false
- device_config / device_config_domain / device_config_glob
(string | list)(Optional)This attribute contains node-specific override values. (For releases prior to 0.39 this variable is called customize) See Customizing devices and services for the format.
(boolean)(Optional)Ignore this entity completely. It won’t be shown in the Web Interface and no events are generated for it.
Default value: false
(integer)(Optional)Enables polling of a value and sets the frequency of polling (0=none, 1=every time through the list, 2=every other time, etc). If not specified then your device will not be polled.
Default value: 0
(boolean)(Optional)Enable refreshing of the node value. Only the light component uses this.
Default value: false
(integer)(Optional)Specify the delay for refreshing of node value. Only the light component uses this.
Default value: 2
(boolean)(Optional)Inverts function of the open and close buttons for the cover domain.
Default value: false
If you’re using Hass.io please follow these setup instructions for finding the controller path.
To find the path of your Z-Wave USB stick or module, connect it to your system and run:
$ ls -ltr /dev/tty*|tail -n 1
That will give you a line that looks something like this:
crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 204, 64 Sep 21 10:25 /dev/ttyUSB0
Where the date and time displayed is approximately the time you connected the USB stick or module (it may also be something like
/dev/ttyACM0). The number will be zero for the first device connected, and higher numbers for later devices.
Or, if there is no result, try to find detailed USB connection info with:
$ dmesg | grep USB
If Home Assistant (
hass) runs with another user (e.g., homeassistant on Hassbian) give access to the stick with:
$ sudo usermod -a -G dialout homeassistant
The output from
ls -ltr above contains the following information
The device type is
c (character special) and permissions are
rw-rw----, meaning only the owner and group can read and write to it, there is only
1 link to the file, it is owned by
root and can be accessed by the group
dialout, it has a major device number of
204, and a minor device number of
64, the device was connected at
21 September, and the device is
Depending on what’s plugged into your USB ports, the name found above may change. You can lock in a name, such as
/dev/zwave, by following these instructions.
On macOS you can find the USB stick with:
$ ls /dev/cu.usbmodem*
To enable Z-Wave, plug your Z-Wave USB stick into your Raspberry Pi 3 and add the following to your
zwave: usb_path: /dev/ttyACM0
Depending on your Z-Wave device it may instead be
/dev/ttyAMA0 (eg Razberry board) or
/dev/ttyUSB0 (eg HUBUZB-1).
If you’re using RancherOS for containers, you’ll need to ensure you enable the kernel-extras service so that the
USB_ACM module (also known as
cdc_acm) is loaded:
$ sudo ros service enable kernel-extras $ sudo ros service up kernel-extras
Security Z-Wave devices require a network key before being added to the network using the Add Secure Node button in the Z-Wave Network Management card. You must set the network_key configuration variable to use a network key before adding these devices.
An easy script to generate a random key:
$ cat /dev/urandom | tr -dc '0-9A-F' | fold -w 32 | head -n 1 | sed -e 's/\(..\)/0x\1, /g' -e 's/, $//'
# Example configuration.yaml entry for network_key zwave: network_key: "0x2e, 0xcc, 0xab, 0x1c, 0xa3, 0x7f, 0x0e, 0xb5, 0x70, 0x71, 0x2d, 0x98, 0x25, 0x43, 0xee, 0x0c"
Ensure you keep a backup of this key. If you have to rebuild your system and don’t have a backup of this key, you won’t be able to reconnect to any security devices. This may mean you have to do a factory reset on those devices, and your controller, before rebuilding your Z-Wave network.
The (compilation and) installation of python-openzwave happens when you first enable the Z-Wave component, and can take half an hour or more on a Raspberry Pi. When you upgrade Home Assistant and python-openzwave is also upgraded, this will also result in a delay while the new version is compiled and installed.
The first run after adding a device is when the
zwave component will take time to initialize the entities, some entities may appear with incomplete names. Running a network heal may speed up this process.
Sometimes the device may not be accessible and you’ll get an error message upon startup about not being able to set up Z-Wave. Run the following command for your device path (here we’re using
/dev/ttyAMA0 for our Razberry board):
$ ls -l /dev/ttyAMA0
You should then see something like this:
crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 204, 64 Apr 1 12:34 /dev/ttyAMA0
The important pieces are the first piece
crw-rw---- and the group
dialout. If those are different then, for your device path, run:
$ sudo chgrp dialout /dev/ttyAMA0 $ sudo chmod g+rw /dev/ttyAMA0
Check too that the account you’re running Home Assistant as is in the
dialout group. For instance, if you’re using
$ groups homeassistant
That should include
dialout, if it doesn’t then:
$ sudo usermod -G dialout homeassistant
If your device path changes when you restart, see this guide on fixing it.
If you’re getting errors like:
openzwave-embed/open-zwave-master/libopenzwave.a: No such file or directory
Then the problem is that you’re missing
libudev-dev, please install it.