My Home Assistant Addons

Add-ons can be used to extend the capabilities of Home Assistant in a variety of ways.

by Pete
Published: Updated: 6 minutes read

Are you ready to take your smart home automation to the next level? With Home Assistant, the open-source home automation platform, you can seamlessly integrate and control all your smart devices from a central hub. But did you know that Home Assistant offers a diverse range of add-ons to enhance your smart home experience?

In this post, we’ll explore some of the most valuable add-ons available for Home Assistant, including the ones I’ve personally installed on my own Home Assistant setup: ESPHome, File Editor, Mosquito Broker, Portainer, RPC Shutdown, Samba Share, and Terminal & SSH.

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What are Addons?

ome Assistant add-ons are pre-packaged applications that you can install on your Home Assistant instance to extend its functionality. These add-ons function like mini-applications that run on top of Home Assistant, providing additional features and services.

Add-ons can expand Home Assistant’s capabilities in various ways, offering new integrations, enhancing security, automating tasks, and much more.

How do I get addons?

The easiest way to get addons is by following these instructions:

  1. Open the Home Assistant web interface and go to the “Settings” tab.
  2. Click on the “Add-on’s” button. This will bring up a list of your installed add-ons.
  3. Click on the “Add-on Store” button down the bottom right.
  4. Find the add-on you want to install and click on it. This will bring up the add-on information page.
  5. Click on the “INSTALL” button to install the add-on.
  6. Wait for the installation to complete. This may take a few minutes, depending on the size of the add-on.
  7. Once the installation is complete, the add-on will appear in the list of installed add-ons.

Note that certain add-ons may require additional configuration after installation. You can configure them according to your specific needs by accessing the add-on configuration page from the list of installed add-ons.

My installed Add-ons

My Addons

Here is a list of my installed Add-ons for Home Assistant.

ESPHome is a must-have add-on if you want to create custom automations and integrations for your ESP8266 and ESP32 devices. It empowers you to program your devices to work seamlessly with Home Assistant, offering greater control and customization.

The File Editor add-on provides a user-friendly text editor for editing configuration files and scripts within Home Assistant. This makes it easy to edit your configuration files on the go and quickly make changes to your Home Assistant setup.

Mosquito Broker is a popular MQTT broker that facilitates smooth communication between your devices and Home Assistant. It’s essential if you’re using MQTT devices in your smart home setup.

Portainer is a lightweight management UI for Docker, allowing easy management of your Home Assistant add-ons and containers. It provides a user-friendly interface to view the status of containers and manage add-ons.

The RPC Shutdown add-on offers a convenient way to shut down your Home Assistant installation using remote procedure calls (RPCs). It’s useful for remote shutdowns without physical access to your Home Assistant device.

Samba Share is a file sharing protocol that simplifies file access and sharing between devices on your network. It enables quick and easy file sharing between your Home Assistant setup and other networked devices.

The Terminal & SSH add-on provides a terminal interface for Home Assistant, allowing you to execute shell commands and access the Home Assistant CLI. This add-on enhances control and customization over your Home Assistant setup.

In Summary

By using these add-ons, you can extend the functionality of your Home Assistant installation and customize it to better suit your needs. Whether you’re looking to add new devices, automate tasks, or simply streamline your home automation setup, Home Assistant add-ons can help you get the job done.

Also, don’t forget to check out My Home Assistant Integrations post where I describe the what integration I use in my deployment.