RESTful Switch

The rest switch platform allows you to control a given endpoint that supports a RESTful API. The switch can get the state via GET and set the state via POST on a given REST resource.


To enable this switch, add the following lines to your configuration.yamlThe configuration.yaml file is the main configuration file for Home Assistant. It lists the integrations to be loaded and their specific configurations. In some cases, the configuration needs to be edited manually directly in the configuration.yaml file. Most integrations can be configured in the UI.[Learn more] file:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  - platform: rest
    resource: http://IP_ADDRESS/ENDPOINT

Configuration Variables

resource string Required

The resource or endpoint used to control the REST switch.

state_resource string (Optional)

The resource or endpoint that reports the state if different from resource. Used by is_on_template. Defaults to resource.

method string (Optional, default: post)

The method of the request. Supported post, put or patch.

name template (Optional, default: REST Switch)

Name of the REST Switch.

icon template (Optional)

Defines a template for the icon of the entity.

picture template (Optional)

Defines a template for the entity picture of the entity.

availability template (Optional)

Defines a template if the entity state is available or not.

device_class string (Optional)

Sets the class of the device, changing the device state and icon that is displayed on the frontend.

timeout integer (Optional, default: 10)

Timeout for the request.

body_on string (Optional, default: ON)

The body of the POST request that commands the switch to become enabled. This value can be a template.

body_off string (Optional, default: OFF)

The body of the POST request that commands the switch to become disabled. This value can also be a template.

is_on_template string (Optional)

A template that determines the state of the switch from the value returned by the GET request on the resource URL. This template should compute to a boolean (True or False). If the value is valid JSON, it will be available in the template as the variable value_json. Default is equivalent to '{{ value_json == body_on }}'. This means that by default, the state of the switch is on if and only if the response to the GET request matches.

username string (Optional)

The username for accessing the REST endpoint.

password string (Optional)

The password for accessing the REST endpoint.

headers list | template (Optional)

The headers for the request.

params list | template (Optional)

The query params for the requests.

verify_ssl boolean (Optional, default: true)

Verify the SSL certificate of the endpoint.

Make sure that the URL matches exactly your endpoint or resource.


Switch with templated value

This example shows a switch that uses a template to allow Home Assistant to determine its state. In this example, the REST endpoint returns this JSON response with true indicating the switch is on.

{"is_active": "true"}
  - platform: rest
    resource: http://IP_ADDRESS/led_endpoint
    body_on: '{"active": "true"}'
    body_off: '{"active": "false"}'
    is_on_template: "{{ value_json.is_active }}"
      Content-Type: application/json
      X-Custom-Header: '{{ states("input_text.the_custom_header") }}'
    verify_ssl: true

body_on and body_off can also depend on the state of the system. For example, to enable a remote temperature sensor tracking on a radio thermostat, one has to send the current value of the remote temperature sensor. This can be achieved by using the template '{"rem_temp":{{states('sensor.bedroom_temp')}}}'.