Google Cast


You can enable the Cast integration by going to the Integrations page inside the configuration panel.

Setup

Support for mDNS discovery in your local network is mandatory. Make sure that your router has this feature enabled. This is even required if you entered the IP addresses of the Cast devices are manually in the configuration as mentioned below.

Home Assistant Cast

Home Assistant has its own Cast application to show the Home Assistant UI on any Chromecast device. You can use it by adding the Cast entity row to your Lovelace UI, or by calling the cast.show_lovelace_view service. The service takes the path of a Lovelace view and an entity ID of a Cast device to show the view on. A path has to be defined in your Lovelace YAML for each view, as outlined in the views documentation. The dashboard_path is the part of the Lovelace UI URL that follows the defined base_url Typically “lovelace”. The following is a full configuration for a script that starts casting the downstairs tab of the lovelace-cast path (note that entity_id is specified under data and not for the service call):

cast_downstairs_on_kitchen:
  alias: Show Downstairs on kitchen
  sequence:
    - data:
        dashboard_path: lovelace
        entity_id: media_player.kitchen
        view_path: downstairs
      service: cast.show_lovelace_view

Home Assistant Cast requires your Home Assistant installation to be accessible via https://. If you’re using Home Assistant Cloud, you don’t need to do anything. Otherwise you must make sure that you have configured the external_url in your configuration.

Casting other apps

YouTube

  • app_name: youtube
  • media_id: YouTube video ID

Optional:

  • enqueue: Enqueue only
  • playlist_id: Play video with media_id from this playlist
'cast_youtube_to_my_chromecast':
  alias: Cast YouTube to My Chromecast
  sequence:
    - data:
        entity_id: media_player.my_chromecast
        media_content_type: cast
        media_content_id: '
          {
            "app_name": "youtube",
            "media_id": "dQw4w9WgXcQ"
          }'
      service: media_player.play_media

Supla

Example values to cast the item at https://www.supla.fi/audio/3601824

  • app_name: supla
  • media_id: Supla item ID

Optional:

  • is_live: Item is a livestream
'cast_supla_to_my_chromecast':
  alias: Cast supla to My Chromecast
  sequence:
    - data:
        entity_id: media_player.my_chromecast
        media_content_type: cast
        media_content_id: '
          {
            "app_name": "supla",
            "media_id": "3601824"
          }'
      service: media_player.play_media

Plex

To cast media directly from a configured Plex server, set the fields as documented in the Plex integration and prepend the media_content_id with plex://:

'cast_plex_to_chromecast':
  alias: Cast Plex to Chromecast
  sequence:
  - service: media_player.play_media
    data:
      entity_id: media_player.chromecast
      media_content_type: movie
      media_content_id: 'plex://{"library_name": "Movies", "title": "Groundhog Day"}'

Advanced use

Manual configuration

By default, any discovered Cast device is added to Home Assistant. This can be restricted by supplying a list of allowed chrome casts.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
cast:
  media_player:
    - uuid: "ae3be716-b011-4b88-a75d-21478f4f0822"

Configuration Variables

media_player list (Optional)

A list that contains advanced configuration options.

uuid string (Optional)

UUID of a Cast device to add to Home Assistant. Use only if you don’t want to add all available devices. The device won’t be added until discovered through mDNS. In order to find the UUID for your device use a mDNS browser or advanced users can use the following Python command (adjust friendly names as required) - python3 -c “import pychromecast; print(pychromecast.get_listed_chromecasts(friendly_names=[“Living Room TV”, “Bedroom TV”, “Office Chromecast”]))”

ignore_cec list (Optional)

A list of Chromecasts that should ignore CEC data for determining the active input. See the upstream documentation for more information.

Docker and Cast devices and Home Assistant on different subnets

Cast devices can only be discovered and connected to if they are on the same subnet as Home Assistant.

When running Home Assistant Core in a Docker container, the command line option --net=host or the compose file equivalent network_mode: host must be used to put it on the host’s network, otherwise the Home Assistant Core will not be able to connect to any Cast device.

Setups with cast devices on a different subnet than Home Assistant are not recommended and not supported.

If this is not possible, it’s necessary to:

  • Enable mDNS forwarding between the subnets.
  • Enable source NAT to make requests from Home Assistant to the Chromecast appear to come from the same subnet as the Chromecast.