Derivative
The derivative (Wikipedia) integration creates a sensor that estimates the derivative of the values provided by another sensor (the source sensor). Derivative sensors are updated upon changes of the source sensor.
For sensors that reset to zero after a power interruption and need a “nonnegative derivative”, such as bandwidth counters in routers, or rain gauges, consider using the Utility Meter integration instead. Otherwise, each reset will register a significant change in the derivative sensor.
Configuration
To add the Derivative integration to your Home Assistant instance, use this My button:
If the above My button doesn’t work, you can also perform the following steps manually:

Browse to your Home Assistant instance.

At the top of the screen, select the tab: Helpers.

In the bottom right corner, select the Create helper button.

From the list, select Derivative.

Follow the instructions on screen to complete the setup.
The time window in which to calculate the derivative. Derivatives in this window will be averaged with a simple moving average algorithm (SMA) weighted by time. This is for instance useful for a sensor that outputs discrete values, or to filter out short duration noise. By default the derivative is calculated between two consecutive updates without any smoothing.
Metric unit to prefix the derivative result (Wikipedia).
YAML configuration
Alternatively, this integration can be configured and set up manually via YAML
instead. To enable the Derivative sensor in your installation, add the
following to your configuration.yaml
file:
# Example configuration.yaml entry
sensor:
 platform: derivative
source: sensor.current_speed
Configuration Variables
Round the calculated derivative value to at most N decimal places.
Metric unit to prefix the derivative result (Wikipedia). Available symbols are “n” (1e9), “µ” (1e6), “m” (1e3), “k” (1e3), “M” (1e6), “G” (1e9), “T” (1e12).
SI unit of time of the derivative. Available units are s, min, h, d. If this parameter is set, the attribute unit_of_measurement will be set like x/y where x is the unit of the sensor given via the source parameter and y is the value given here.
Unit of Measurement to be used for the derivative. This will overwrite the automatically set unit_of_measurement as explained above.
The time window in which to calculate the derivative. Derivatives in this window will be averaged with a Simple Moving Average algorithm weighted by time. This is for instance useful for a sensor that outputs discrete values, or to filter out short duration noise. By default the derivative is calculated between two consecutive updates without any smoothing.
Temperature example
For example, you have a temperature sensor sensor.temperature
that outputs a value every few seconds, but rounds to the nearest half number.
That means that two consecutive output values might be the same (so the derivative is Δy/Δx=0
because Δy=0
!)
However, the temperature might actually be changing over time.
In order to capture this, you should use a time_window
, such that immediate jumps don’t result in high derivatives and that after the next sensor update, the derivatives doesn’t vanish to zero.
An example YAML configuration that uses time_window
is
sensor:
 platform: derivative
source: sensor.temperature
name: Temperature change per hour
round: 1
unit_time: h # the resulting "unit_of_measurement" will be °C/h if the sensor.temperate has set °C as its unit
time_window: "00:30:00" # we look at the change over the last half hour