2022.9: Residence Assistant Birthday Launch!

Residence Assistant Core 2022.9! 🎂

In case you don’t know but, this month is Residence Assistant’s birthday! 🎉🎉 On September seventeenth, 2013 Paulus Schoutsen made the primary commit for Residence Assistant that began a snowball of Residence Automation lovers prepared to contribute to the open-source challenge. 9 Years later, Residence Assistant is actively utilized by greater than 500,000 individuals and rising daily. Nabu Casa additionally turns 4 this month. Turning 4 years previous and gaining a brand new full-time worker 🍄. This month it appears everybody was within the birthday spirit as we’ve a jam-packed launch!

The automation engine is a giant motive why Residence Assistant has so many customers. So within the spirit of Streamlining Experiences, we thought a revamp was due. You’ll discover some large enhancements to the appear and feel of the Automation Editor that we expect will tremendously enhance its usability. I do know I for positive see an enormous distinction!

Now I do know that everybody normally expects @frenck to be writing these launch notes, however he took a properly deserved trip! And now you’re caught with me. Zack 😀. I hope you benefit from the launch and every thing that was packed into it!

– Zack

Don’t overlook to join our release party live stream on YouTube in the present day at 12:00 PDT / 21:00 CET!

Paul Bottein joins Nabu Casa

We are excited to announce the newest member of the Nabu Casa team, Paul Bottein.

Paul is most identified for his Mushroom cards and some additions to Residence Assistant frontend just like the Icon Picker. Paul is an unimaginable developer and his experience in dashboard design will deliver quite a bit to the Residence Assistant frontend.

Welcome aboard and excited to see what Paul will deliver to Residence Assistant!

Streamlining automations

We felt that there were quite a few improvements we could do in order to better streamline automation creation. That’s why this release, we really
took a long look at some of the main user experience issues. The new automation editor improvements focus on readability and ease of use. This
will also make editing automations on your phone much easier!

First, you will notice the biggest change, collapsible cards for triggers, conditions, and actions. This change allows you to really focus on what you
are currently working on instead of having everything open all at once. When you first open your automation in the editor, you will see all cards collapsed with
an auto-generated explanation of what that section is doing. This allows you to easily choose which section you want to edit and focus in on it.

Screenshot showing the new automation editor with an easier overview

Next, there were a few items and options moved. You can see most of these in the top right overflow menu. For example, if you want to rename or update the description
of your automation you can do that via the overflow menu > Rename. Moving these items to the overflow ensures that the main editor page is used for the main functions of
your automation.

Screenshot showing the new automation editor overflow menus

Last, but definitely not least, Frenck added some long requested features to the automation forms. State and Attribute value auto-completion! Now if you are adding a
state trigger, you can choose from a list of known states for that device type. These are also all translated into your language. Now there is no need to remember or find
the states possible or format the state that needs to be entered. Just choose a state from the dropdown and let your worries wisp away!

Screenshot showing the new automation editor state and attribute value selector

New helper: Weekly schedule

Have you ever wanted to run a schedule-based automation for the same time each week or day? Well, you are now in luck! With the addition of the Schedule helper, you are now able
to easily create these schedules to build more consistent automations and timings.

A gif showcasing the new schedule helper and how to use the user interface

Bluetooth everywhere

Last release we introduced the Bluetooth integration. This release, it’s on fire 🔥 Not only do we now support multiple Bluetooth adapters, we also support ESPHome devices acting as Bluetooth proxies to your residence. Wait what?!

Sure 😎. Now you can tremendously broaden the Bluetooth attain of Residence Assistant utilizing extraordinary ESP32 units. No additional {hardware} wanted.

Picture of a home showing how Bluetooth data is proxied via ESPHome devices to Home Assistant

To get a proxy up and operating, head over to the Bluetooth proxy installer website and set up one straight out of your browser.

Bluetooth proxies are presently restricted to forwarding passive information. Lively connections are coming in a future launch. Bluetooth integrations in Residence Assistant will transparently use Bluetooth proxies with none additional coding!

Most integrations now help utilizing the adapter with the very best sign to attach units that want an lively connection. Extension cables, USB-Ethernet extenders, or USB-IP coupled with an extra Bluetooth adapter can considerably lengthen your lively connection vary.

There may be extra! Apart from 9 new supported manufacturers, there’s additionally help for a brand new open commonplace: BTHome by @Ernst79. It’s robotically found by Residence Assistant, units can run over a 12 months on a single battery and it helps information encryption.

Lastly, suppose you’re utilizing the Residence Assistant Working System. In that case, we advocate upgrading to model 9 or later when it’s launched, because it comes with a sooner D-Bus dealer and newer Bluetooth firmware which may considerably improve Bluetooth efficiency.

Because of @bdraco, @Ernst79, @JesseRockz, @jc2k for all of the arduous, wonderful and epic work 🙏.

Z-Wave Firmware updates now live

Screenshot showing zwave device updates in the settings page

In 2022.7, we added support for updating Z-Wave device firmware, but the catch was that you needed the firmware files from the manufacturer in order to complete the update. @AlCalzone wasn’t glad with this method and started engaged on a greater resolution. That higher resolution is right here with the introduction of the Z-Wave JS Firmware Replace Service! For supported producers, Z-Wave JS can now robotically detect, obtain, and set up a firmware replace whether it is accessible to your machine. This might be performed the identical manner you’re presently updating Residence Assistant. You will notice a notification in your settings menu and you’ll replace proper from there. Thanks @raman325

For now, solely Jasco merchandise are supported. Nabu Casa has been speaking to different producers to get extra units supported. To make sure our customers can make the most of this function, we added replace entities to your units that can test as soon as a day for brand new firmware updates. Nifty!

Zigbee backup and restore + migration

The Zigbee Home Automation (ZHA) integration now supports network backups and migrating between Zigbee coordinators. Backups are taken automatically but can also be manually created from the configuration page. After restoring a Home Assistant backup, you can re-configure ZHA and migrate to a new Zigbee coordinator without any loss of your settings or devices that were connected. This is helpful if your current radio fails or a new radio comes out that you may want to migrate to.

Screenshot showing the Zigbee Home Automation configuration page and the new backup functionality

Processor and memory usage

The Hardware page just got a lot more interesting. You can go check out live statistics on your Memory and Processor usage when you load the Hardware page in your system menu. These statistics will represent your entire Home Assistant instance, giving you insight in how your hardware is handling your day to day tasks. This will not show any history but will display 5 minutes of live data once you load the page.

Screenshot showing the processor and memory usage on the hardware page

Other noteworthy changes

There is much more juice in this release; here are some of the other
noteworthy changes this release:

  • Entity more info dialog merged with entity settings. Thanks @balloob
  • Now you can allow native management of your Awair Aspect machine. Thanks @zachberger
  • MiFlora now helps polling of the Battery sensor. Thanks @bdraco
  • August locks are actually supported beneath the Yale Entry Bluetooth integration. Thanks @bdraco
  • Many extra Bluetooth adapters are actually supported for the Bluetooth integration. Thanks @bdraco
  • The SwitchBot integration now helps the Coloration Bulb and Mild strips. Thanks @bdraco
  • Automations, Scripts and Scenes tables acquired a brand new overflow menu that can enable for extra actions immediately from the picker. Thanks @bramkragten and @piitaya
  • Now you can reorder automation components utilizing drag and drop. Thanks @piitaya
  • Icons have been added to extra menus all through the UI. Thanks @frenck
  • Automation triggers can now be aliased. Thanks @frenck

New Integrations

We welcome the next new integrations on this launch:

Integrations now accessible to arrange from the UI

The next integrations are actually accessible by way of the Residence Assistant UI:

Release 2022.9.1 – September 8

Release 2022.9.2 – September 11

Release 2022.9.3 – September 13

Release 2022.9.4 – September 14

Release 2022.9.5 – September 18

Release 2022.9.6 – September 22

Release 2022.9.7 – September 26

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Breaking Changes

Below is a listing of the breaking change for this release, per subject or
integration. Click on one of those to read more about the breaking change
for that specific item.

If you’re a customized integration developer and wish to find out about breaking
modifications and new options accessible to your integration: You should definitely observe our
developer blog. The next are essentially the most notable for this launch:

All modifications

In fact, there’s much more on this launch. You could find a listing of
all modifications made right here: Full changelog for Residence Assistant Core 2022.9