The Media Source integration platform allows integrations to expose media for use inside Home Assistant through the Media Browser panel or through supported media players like Google Cast.
This integration is configured automatically
default_config or if another integration implements a media source.
If your configuration does not contain any of the above, you can add the below to your configuration file:
# Example configuration.yaml entry media_source:
By default, the integration looks for media in a specified folder.
media_dirs are not declared you need to use
/media/local path for
example in companion app notification.
For Home Assistant OS, Supervised and Container users, this folder is by default
configured in the path
Home Assistant OS and Supervised users can access this folder by using,
for example, the Samba add-on. Users of Home Assistant Container can
mount a volume of their choice to
If you are a Home Assistant Core user, the default directory called is called
media under the configuration path (where your
configuration.yaml is located).
Files served from
media are protected by Home Assistant authentication
unlike those served from
It is also possible to set up custom and additional media directories. To do so, you’ll need to adjust the core configuration.
This example makes two different folders available to the integration:
# Example configuration.yaml homeassistant: media_dirs: local: /media recording: /mnt/recordings
Please note, that the folder must be accessible locally. Home Assistant cannot connect to external or remote network shares using this configuration option.
To play media from a media source via a service call, use the uri
If a video file is not supported by your media player or web browser it will fail to play. Please check the documentation of your media player or web browser for lists of supported video formats.
service: media_player.play_media target: entity_id: media_player.living_room_tv data: media_content_type: "video/mp4" media_content_id: "media-source://media_source/local/videos/favourites/Epic Sax Guy 10 Hours.mp4"