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Brian Christner
Brian Christner

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Home Assistant - Open Source Home Automation

Open-source home automation that puts local control and privacy first. Powered by a worldwide community of tinkerers and DIY enthusiasts. Perfect to run on a Raspberry Pi or a local server.

2 major players in the Open Source

  • Home Assistant -
  • OpenHab - Privacy first -
  • you control your data/integrations
  • stored locally
  • no cloud involved unless you allow it
    HA - has 3 different use cases:

  • Observe - tracks the state of all devices in your home

  • Control - Interact with your devices via UI or mobile app

  • Automate - set up rules to perform tasks when you leave the house or during certain times of the day

The founder's vision -

  • The perfect App is no App - home automation should blend your current workflow, not replace it
  • Home automation should run at home

Community Cookbook (Automation Examples)

DEMO Link -

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