The stream integration provides a way to proxy live streams through Home Assistant. The integration currently only supports proxying H.264 source streams to the HLS format and requires at least FFmpeg >= 4.


To enable this component, add the following lines to your configuration.yaml file:

# Example configuration.yaml entry


Once loaded, the stream platform will expose services that can be called to perform various actions.

Service record

Make a .mp4 recording from a provided stream. While this service can be called directly, it is used internally by the camera.record service.

Both duration and lookback options are suggestions, but should be consistent per stream. The actual length of the recording may vary. It is suggested that you tweak these settings to fit your needs.

Service data attribute Optional Description
stream_source no The input source for the stream, e.g., rtsp://
filename no The file name string. e.g., /tmp/my_stream.mp4.
duration yes Target recording length (in seconds). Default: 30
lookback yes Target lookback period (in seconds) to include in addition to duration. Only available if there is currently an active HLS stream for stream_source. Default: 0

The path part of filename must be an entry in the allowlist_external_dirs in your homeassistant: section of your configuration.yaml file.

For example, the following action in an automation would take a recording from rtsp:// and save it to /config/www.

  service: camera.record
    entity_id: camera.quintal
    filename: "/config/www/my_stream.mp4"
    duration: 30

Streaming in Lovelace

As of Home Assistant version 0.92 you can now live-stream a camera feed directly in lovelace. To do this add either picture-entity, picture-glance or picture-elements, set camera_image to a stream-ready camera entity and set camera_view to live in one of your Lovelace views.


Users on manual installs with FFmpeg < 4 may see an error similar to:

2020-04-28 13:35:43 ERROR (SyncWorker_5) [homeassistant.util.package] Unable to install package av==7.0.1: ERROR: Command errored out with exit status 1:
     command: /mnt/c/dev/home-assistant/venv/bin/python3.7 -u -c 'import sys, setuptools, tokenize; sys.argv[0] = '"'"'/tmp/pip-install-twd7glz2/av/'"'"'; __file__='"'"'/tmp/pip-install-twd7glz2/av/'"'"';f=getattr(tokenize, '"'"'open'"'"', open)(__file__);'"'"'\r\n'"'"', '"'"'\n'"'"');f.close();exec(compile(code, __file__, '"'"'exec'"'"'))' install --record /tmp/pip-record-x9tw2ql2/install-record.txt --single-version-externally-managed --compile --install-headers /mnt/c/dev/home-assistant/venv/include/site/python3.7/av
         cwd: /tmp/pip-install-twd7glz2/av/

You can solve this by running the following steps to update FFmpeg >= 4:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/ffmpeg-4
sudo apt upgrade