The onvif camera platform allows you to use an ONVIF Profile S conformant device in Home Assistant. This requires the ffmpeg component to be already configured.


Adding ONVIF to your Home Assistant instance can be done via the user interface, by using this My button:

Manual configuration steps
It is recommended that you create a user on your device specifically for Home Assistant. For all current functionality, it is enough to create a standard user.
If running Home assistant Core in a venv, ensure that libxml2 and libxslt python interfaces are installed via your package manager.

Configuration Notes

Most of the ONVIF devices support more than one audio/video profile. Each profile provides different image quality, or in the case of an NVR, separate connected cameras. This integration will add entities for all compatible profiles with the video encoding set to H.264. Usually, the first profile has the highest quality and it is the profile used by default. However, you may want to use a lower quality image. You may disable unwanted entities through the Home Assistant UI.

Extra configuration of the integration

You can configure specific FFmpeg options through the integration options flow by clicking the gear icon on the top right of the integration details page.

Option Description
RTSP transport mechanism RTSP transport protocols. The possible options are: tcp, udp, udp_multicast, http.
Extra FFmpeg arguments Extra options to pass to ffmpeg, e.g., image quality or video filter options. More details in ffmpeg component.

Supported Sensors

This integration uses the ONVIF pullpoint subscription API to process events into sensors that will be automatically added to Home Assistant. Below is a list of currently supported event topics along with the entities they create.

To help with development of this component, enable info level logging for homeassistant.components.onvif and create an issue on GitHub for any messages that show “No registered handler for event”.

Topic(s) Entity Type Device Class Description
tns1:VideoSource/MotionAlarm Binary Sensor Motion Generic motion alarm.
tns1:RuleEngine/FieldDetector/ObjectsInside Binary Sensor Motion Polygonal field detection determines if each object in the scene is inside or outside the polygon.
tns1:RuleEngine/CellMotionDetector/Motion Binary Sensor Motion Cell based motion detection determined by placing a grid over the video source and determining changes.
tns1:AudioAnalytics/Audio/DetectedSound Binary Sensor Sound Device detected sound.
Binary Sensor Problem Device reports blurry image.
Binary Sensor Problem Device reports dark image.
Binary Sensor Problem Device reports bright image.
Binary Sensor Problem Device reports a large portion of the video content changing. The cause can be tamper actions like camera movement or coverage.
tns1:RuleEngine/TamperDetector/Tamper Binary Sensor Problem Tamper Detection.
tns1:Device/HardwareFailure/StorageFailure Binary Sensor Problem Storage failure on device.
tns1:Monitoring/ProcessorUsage Sensor Percent Device processor usage.
tns1:Monitoring/OperatingTime/LastReboot Sensor Timestamp When the device was last rebooted.
tns1:Monitoring/OperatingTime/LastReset Sensor Timestamp When the device was last reset.
tns1:Monitoring/OperatingTime/LastClockSynchronization Sensor Timestamp When the device clock was last synchronized.

Service onvif.ptz

If your ONVIF camera supports PTZ, you will be able to pan, tilt or zoom your camera.

Service data attribute Description
entity_id String or list of strings that point at entity_ids of cameras. Use entity_id: all to target all.
tilt Tilt direction. Allowed values: UP, DOWN, NONE
pan Pan direction. Allowed values: RIGHT, LEFT, NONE
zoom Zoom. Allowed values: ZOOM_IN, ZOOM_OUT, NONE
distance Distance coefficient. Sets how much PTZ should be executed in one request. Allowed values: floating point numbers, 0 to 1. Default : 0.1
speed Speed coefficient. Sets how fast PTZ will be executed. Allowed values: floating point numbers, 0 to 1. Default : 0.5
preset PTZ preset profile token. Sets the preset profile token which is executed with GotoPreset.
move_mode PTZ moving mode. Allowed values: ContinuousMove, RelativeMove, AbsoluteMove, GotoPreset, Stop. Default :RelativeMove
continuous_duration Set ContinuousMove delay in seconds before stopping the move. Allowed values: floating point numbers or integer. Default : 0.5

If you are running into trouble with this sensor, please refer to the Troubleshooting section.