The push camera platform allows you to integrate images sent over HTTP POST to Home Assistant as a camera. External applications/daemons/scripts are therefore able to “stream” images through Home Assistant.

Optionally the Push Camera can buffer a given number of images, creating an animation of the detected motion after the event has been recorded.

Images are cleared on new events, and events are separated by a soft (configurable) timeout.

Integration with motionEye

The push camera can as an example be used with motionEye a web frontend for the motion daemon. motionEye is usually configured to save/record files only when motion is detected. It provides a hook to run a command whenever an image is saved, which can be used together with cURL to send the motion detected images to the push camera, as shown in this example:

In motionEye, under File Storage -> Run A Command type in:

curl -X POST -F "image=@%f" http://my.hass.server.com:8123/api/webhook/my_custom_webhook_id
# inserting a backslash in the middle of "webhook" stops Motion to move the command to a webhook

Optionally configure motionEye to save only motion triggered images by going into Still Images -> Capture Mode and setting Motion Triggered. Tune your preferences under Motion Detection.

In this setup, you can configure the push camera to continuously replay the last motion triggered event using a configuration such as:

  - platform: push
    name: MotionEye Outdoor
    buffer: 3
    timeout: 5
    webhook_id: my_custom_webhook_id


To enable this camera in your installation, add the following to your configuration.yaml file:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  - platform: push
    name: My Push Camera
    webhook_id: my_custom_webhook_id

Configuration Variables

name string (Optional, default: Push Camera)

The name you would like to give to the camera.

buffer string (Optional, default: 1)

Number of images to buffer per event. Be conservative, large buffers will starve your system memory.

timeout time (Optional, default: 5 seconds)

Amount of time after which the event is considered to have finished.

webhook_id string Required

User provided string acting as camera identifier and access control, should be a large string (more then 8 chars).

field string (Optional, default: image)

HTTP POST field containing the image file