Dashboards and Views

You can define multiple dashboards in Lovelace. Each dashboard can be added to the sidebar. This makes it possible to create separate control dashboards for each individual part of your house.

You can manage your dashboards via the user interface. Go to Configuration -> Lovelace Dashboards. Here you can see all defined dashboards and create new ones.

Using YAML for the default dashboard

To change the default dashboard, create a new file ui-lovelace.yaml in your configuration directory and add the following section to your configuration.yaml and restart Home Assistant:

  mode: yaml

A good way to start this file is to copy and paste the “Raw configuration” from the UI so your manual configuration starts the same as your existing UI.

  • Click Overview in your sidebar.
  • Click the three dots menu (top-right) and click on Edit Dashboard.
  • Click the three dots menu again and click on Raw configuration editor.
  • There you see the configuration for your current Lovelace UI. Copy that into the <config>/ui-lovelace.yaml file.

Once you take control of your UI via YAML, the Home Assistant interface for modifying it won’t be available anymore and new entities will not automatically be added to your UI.

When you make changes to ui-lovelace.yaml, you don’t have to restart Home Assistant or refresh the page. Just hit the refresh button in the menu at the top of the UI.

To revert back to using the UI to edit your Lovelace interface, remove the lovelace section from your configuration.yaml and copy the contents of your ui-lovelace.yaml into the raw configuration section of Home Assistant and restart.

Adding more dashboards with YAML

It is also possible to use YAML to define multiple dashboards. Each dashboard will be loaded from its own YAML file.

  mode: yaml
  # Include external resources only add when mode is yaml, otherwise manage in the resources in the lovelace configuration panel.
    - url: /local/my-custom-card.js
      type: module
    - url: /local/my-webfont.css
      type: css
  # Add more dashboards
    lovelace-generated: # Needs to contain a hyphen (-)
      mode: yaml
      filename: notexist.yaml
      title: Generated
      icon: mdi:tools
      show_in_sidebar: true
      require_admin: true
      mode: yaml
      title: hidden
      show_in_sidebar: false
      filename: hidden.yaml

You can also add YAML dashboards when your main dashboard is UI configured:

  mode: storage
  # Add yaml dashboards
      mode: yaml
      title: YAML
      icon: mdi:script
      show_in_sidebar: true
      filename: lovelace.yaml

Configuration Variables

mode string Required

In what mode should the main Lovelace panel be, yaml or storage (UI managed).

resources list (Optional)

List of resources that should be loaded when you use Lovelace. Only use this when mode is yaml. If you change anything here, click the three dots menu (top-right) and click on Reload resources for Lovelace to pick up changes without restarting Home Assistant. You can also call lovelace.reload_resources service directly.

url string Required

The URL of the resource to load.

type string Required

The type of resource, this should be either module for a JavaScript module or css for a StyleSheet.

dashboards map (Optional)

Additional Lovelace YAML dashboards. The key is used for the URL and should contain a hyphen (-)

mode string Required

The mode of the dashboard, this should always be yaml. Dashboards in storage mode can be created in the Lovelace configuration panel.

filename string Required

The file in your config directory where the Lovelace configuration for this panel is.

title string Required

The title of the dashboard, will be used in the sidebar.

icon string (Optional)

The icon to show in the sidebar. You can use any icon from MaterialDesignIcons.com. Prefix the icon name with mdi:, ie mdi:home.

show_in_sidebar boolean (Optional, default: true)

Should this dashboard be shown in the sidebar.

require_admin boolean (Optional, default: false)

Should this dashboard be only accessible for admin users.

As a super minimal example of a Lovelace dashboard config, here’s the bare minimum you will need for it to work:

title: My Awesome Home
    # View tab title.
  - title: Example
        # The markdown card will render markdown text.
      - type: markdown
        title: Lovelace
        content: >
          Welcome to your **Lovelace UI**.

A slightly more advanced example:

title: My Awesome Home
    # View tab title.
  - title: Example
    # Unique path for direct access /lovelace/${path}
    path: example
    # Each view can have a different theme applied. Theme should be defined in the frontend.
    theme: dark-mode
    # The cards to show on this view.
        # The filter card will filter entities for their state
      - type: entity-filter
          - device_tracker.paulus
          - device_tracker.anne_there
          - 'home'
          type: glance
          title: People that are home

        # The picture entity card will represent an entity with a picture
      - type: picture-entity
        image: https://www.home-assistant.io/images/default-social.png
        entity: light.bed_light

    # Specify a tab icon if you want the view tab to be an icon.
  - icon: mdi:home-assistant
    # Title of the view. Will be used as the tooltip for tab icon
    title: Second view
        # Entities card will take a list of entities and show their state.
      - type: entities
        # Title of the entities card
        title: Example
        # The entities here will be shown in the same order as specified.
        # Each entry is an entity ID or a map with extra options.
          - light.kitchen
          - switch.ac
          - entity: light.living_room
            # Override the name to use
            name: LR Lights

        # The markdown card will render markdown text.
      - type: markdown
        title: Lovelace
        content: >
          Welcome to your **Lovelace UI**.


To display cards on the UI you have to define them in views. Views sort cards in columns based on their card size. If you want to group some cards you have to use stack cards.

Views toolbar Use titles and icons to describe the content of views.

Configuration Variables

views list Required

A list of view configurations.

title string Required

The title or name.

badges list (Optional)

List of entities IDs or badge objects to display as badges. Note that badges do not show when view is in panel mode.

cards list (Optional)

Cards to display in this view.

path string (Optional, default: view index)

Paths are used in the URL, more info below.

icon string (Optional)

Icon-name from Material Design Icons. You can use any icon from MaterialDesignIcons.com. Prefix the icon name with mdi:, ie mdi:home.

panel boolean (Optional, default: false)

Renders the view in panel mode, more info below.

background string (Optional)

Style the background using CSS, more info below.

theme string (Optional)

Themes view and cards, more info below.

visible boolean | list (Optional, default: true)

Hide/show the view tab from all users or a list of individual visible objects.


View configuration:

- title: Living room
    - device_tracker.demo_paulus
    - entity: light.ceiling_lights
      name: Ceiling Lights
      icon: mdi:bulb
    - entity: switch.decorative_lights
      image: /local/lights.png


You can link to one view from a card in another view when using cards that support navigation (navigation_path). The string supplied here will be appended to the string /lovelace/ to create the path to the view. Do not use special characters in paths. Do not begin a path with a number. This will cause the parser to read your path as a view index.


View configuration:

- title: Living room
  # the final path is /lovelace/living_room
  path: living_room

Picture card configuration:

- type: picture
  image: /local/living_room.png
    action: navigate
    navigation_path: /lovelace/living_room

View icon

If you define a view icon, the icon instead of the title will be displayed, the title will then be used as a tool-tip.


- title: Garden
  icon: mdi:flower


You can specify the visibility of views as a whole or per-user. (Note: This is only for the display of the tabs. The URL path is still accessible)


  - title: Ian
      - user: 581fca7fdc014b8b894519cc531f9a04
  - title: Chelsea
      - user: 6e690cc4e40242d2ab14cf38f1882ee6
  - title: Admin
    visible: db34e025e5c84b70968f6530823b117f

Options For Visible

If you define visible as objects instead of a boolean to specify conditions for displaying the view tab:

Configuration Variables

user string Required

User ID that can see the view tab (unique hex value found on the Users configuration page).


Setting panel true sets the view to panel mode. In this mode the first card is rendered full-width, other cards in the view will not be rendered. This mode is good when using cards like map, stack or picture-elements. Note that badges will not appear in Panel Mode.


- title: Map
  panel: true
    - type: map
        - device_tracker.demo_paulus
        - zone.home


Set a separate theme for the view and its cards.


- title: Home
  theme: happy


You can style the background of your views with a theme. You can use the CSS variable lovelace-background. For wallpapers you probably want to use the example below, more options can be found here.


# Example configuration.yaml entry
      lovelace-background: center / cover no-repeat url("/local/background.png") fixed