When it comes to working with Home Assistant, there are a plethora of add-ons available to help you customise and optimise your experience. However, with so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide which add-ons are the best fit for you. In this article, we will be discussing the top 5 add-ons that we believe are must-haves for any Home Assistant user: Mosquitto, Visual Studio Code, File Editor, Terminal & SSH, and Cloudflared. Guaranteed to improve your experience when working with Home Assistant.
1. Mosquitto MQTT
This add-on is a popular MQTT broker that allows you to connect your Home Assistant to other MQTT enabled devices. It is easy to set up and use and offers a secure connection for your devices. Mosquitto is an open-source message broker that implements the MQTT protocol. MQTT is a lightweight messaging protocol that is designed for the Internet of Things (IoT). By installing Mosquitto, you can integrate devices that use MQTT into your Home Assistant setup, giving you more control over your home automation devices.
You can find more information about Mosquitto here: https://github.com/home-assistant/addons/blob/master/mosquitto/DOCS.md
2. Visual Studio Code:
This add-on is a popular code editor that allows you to access and edit your Home Assistant configuration files. It offers a variety of features such as code highlighting, code completion, and debugging to make editing your configuration files and automations much more efficient.
You can find more information and installation instructions for the Visual Studio Code add-on here: https://github.com/hassio-addons/addon-vscode
3. File Editor:
This add-on allows you to access and edit your Home Assistant configuration files via the web interface. This is especially useful for users who are not comfortable editing files through command line interface. This add-on features support for git and rich integration with Home Assistant, easily allowing to view entities, reload configuration and find quick links to documentation for integrations and API’s.
You can find more information and installation instructions for the File Editor add-on here: https://github.com/home-assistant/addons/tree/master/configurator
4. Terminal & SSH:
This add-on allows you to access the command line interface of your Home Assistant system, which can be useful for troubleshooting and debugging. Additionally, it also allows you to access your system via SSH, which is more convenient than using the web based terminal.
You can find more information and installation instructions for the Terminal & SSH add-on here: https://github.com/home-assistant/addons/blob/master/ssh/DOCS.md
This add-on is a powerful tool that allows you to secure your Home Assistant instance by using Cloudflare’s Argo Tunnel. With this add-on, you can access your Home Assistant instance securely from anywhere, as well as protect your instance against DDoS attacks. It provides a secure tunnel to your Home Assistant instance and also allows you to access it via a custom domain name.
You can find more information and installation instructions for the Cloudflared add-on here: https://github.com/brenner-tobias/addon-cloudflared
Want to try out any of these extensions?
Installing an add-on in Home Assistant is a relatively simple process. Here are the steps to follow:
- Log in to your Home Assistant instance.
- Go to the menu and select “Settings”.
- In the settings menu, select “Add-ons”
- From there you will be able to see all the add-ons that are installed on your system.
- Click the “Add-on Store” button. You can now search for the add-on you want to install in the search bar or browse the available add-ons.
- Once you find the add-on, select it and then click on the “Install” button.
- Wait for the installation process to complete. This may take a few minutes, depending on the add-on and the speed of your internet connection.
- Before starting the add-on, it’s important to read the documentation tab to understand how the add-on works and what configurations it needs. The documentation tab will provide you with more information on how to configure the add-on and how to use it.
- Once you have read the documentation, you can start the add-on by clicking the “Start” button.
In conclusion, these 5 add-ons are must-haves for any Home Assistant user as they can greatly enhance your experience when working with the platform. Mosquitto allows for easy MQTT connections, Visual Studio Code or File Editor makes editing configuration files and automations a breeze, Terminal & SSH offers command line access and powerful troubleshooting capabilities, and Cloudflared provides secure remote access to your Home Assistant instance. Be sure to check out the documentation for each add-on before installation and if you have any questions or issues, the Home Assistant community is always willing to help. Happy automating!