Home Assistant 0.109


Home Assistant 0.109

Last week we wrote about the future of YAML. It raised quite a
bit of additional questions, so Phil and Rohan released
a special edition of the Home Assistant Podcast. In this episode, they talk with
Paulus about the changes announced.

Click here to listen to the Podcast

Home Assistant Core 0.109!

This release ships a lot of work that is not directly visible for the eye.
We have seen a lot of bug fixes, stability improvements and quality
improvements, which is really awesome! There’s more to this than meets the eye.

A new integration configuration page Home Assistant 0.109

Let’s start with something visible to the eye. As part of our configuration
layout overhaul, we started work on the integration page. The screen now shows
cards for every configured integration, and links to a filtered device and
entities pages instead of providing its own detail page with devices, options
and entities.

All options are now on the same card. And, you can now also rename an already
set up integration instance.

Screenshot of the new integration page
Screenshot of the new integration page.

Don’t the new logos look beautiful? A big thanks to all the people, who
have been working hard to complete our collection of logos and icons
the past few weeks. Almost 700! contributions have been processed!

Thanks to everybody for contributing, that is amazing! Special thanks to these
champs who did most of the heavy lifting: @adrianmihalko, @BradleyFord,
@Klumper, @nldroid, @samrdev! 🥇

As for the next steps in future releases; we will add search, group multiple
entries of the same integration and add specific functions for integrations
like ZHA.

New weather card Home Assistant 0.109

To accompany our new weather row design, @zsarnett redesigned the weather
forecast card. It is cleaner and works better on smaller screens.
It also allows you to hide the weather forecast.

Home Assistant 0.109
Screenshot of the new weather forecast card.

Weight loss for the frontend Home Assistant 0.109

The Home Assistant 0.109 has a translations system, which is great since it allows
one to use Home Assistant in the language one prefers.

However, it came with a performance penalty. All translations were downloaded
each time. All of them. This is, of course, highly inefficient. With all the
new frontend features added and the integrations that now comes to the UI, it
slowly is becoming a bigger issue.

For this release, @balloob worked hard to make this more efficient and
as of this release, the frontend will only fetch the translations it needs.
This makes the frontend load less data, and thus lighter for the browser.

Did you know you can help out translating Home Assistant 0.109?

There is no need to learn git or anything. It can be done straight from your
browser! Read more about helping out translating Home Assistant on our
developers website.

Detection of blocking I/O in the event loop Home Assistant 0.109

This is a bit technical, but some things happening in Home Assistant 0.109, like
fetching data from an API or website, can lock up Home Assistant for a small
moment, if not done correctly. Until now, this has been hard to detect.

This release adds logic in the core of Home Assistant that is able to detect
if an integration does one of those blocking calls and writes a messages
to the logs.

Screenshot of an example log entry
Screenshot of an example log entry.

If you see such a message in your logs, please report the issue on our
GitHub so we can fix those cases. If a custom component causes the
log, it should be reported with the author of that custom integration.

By addressing these issues, we are able to greatly improve the performance,
responsiveness and stability of Home Assistant 0.109.

Other noteworthy changes Home Assistant 0.109

Home Assistant 0.109
Screenshot of the search added to the card picker Home Assistant 0.109.

  • There is now MQTT debug information on the device page of an MQTT device,
    awesome work @emontnemery!
  • @frenck re-introduced support for transitions in scenes. Both the
    scene.turn_on and scene.apply services now accept a transition option
    to make your scene transition on lights look smooth as butter.
    An example use is added to the documentation.
  • HomeKit got love from @bdraco. He has been squashing bugs, improving
    the overall stability and added support for Vacuums. Also, pairing with
    HomeKit now shows the easy to scan QR code, which makes it easier to set up.
  • @Kane610 really went out into making the UniFi integration perfect. A lot
    of adjustments and improvements. Thanks!
  • The iRobot Roomba integration now supports Braava too! Thanks @shenxn!

New Integrations Home Assistant 0.109

New Platforms Home Assistant 0.109

Integrations now available to set up from the UI Home Assistant 0.109

The following integrations are now available via the Home Assistant UI Home Assistant 0.109:

If you need help…

…don’t hesitate to use our very active forums or join us for a little chat.

Experiencing issues introduced by this release? Please report them in our issue tracker. Make sure to fill in all fields of the issue template.

Breaking Changes Home Assistant 0.109

  • Flu Near You – This integration is now available to be added from the UI.
    The monitored_conditions setting has been removed. You will need to
    reconfigure your existing YAML integration. – (@bachya#32858) (flunearyou docs)
  • Synology DSM – This integration is now available to be added from the UI.
    It has been renamed from synologydsm to synology_dsm. Discovery support
    has been added and the name configuration key has been removed. –
    (@Quentame#32704) (@bdraco#33729) (synology_dsm docs)

    Example YAML configuration:

      - host: XXX
        username: XXX
        password: XXX
  • UniFi – Site ID has been removed from device tracker state attributes
    since integrations and entity can only belong to one site and it is already
    known. – (@Kane610#32817) (unifi docs)
  • National Weather Service (NWS) – YAML configuration is no longer supported
    for NWS integration, configuration is now done through the UI. Two entities are
    now created for each configured entry, one for daynight and one for hourly.
    The mode option is no longer needed and name option is no longer
    supported. – (@MatthewFlamm#34267) (nws docs)
  • Withings – Withings sleep state has been removed as it does not work as
    intended anymore. Withings only provides historical data for this API endpoint
    and getting recent data is rare. This results in wildly inaccurate state
    reported by Home Assistant. – (@vangorra#33817) (withings docs)
  • Slide – This integration was previously using the wrong inverted
    percentage of open/close. A new invert_position fallback option has been
    added and the 5% offset to round it off as open/close has been extended to
    15%. Now it lines up with Home Assistant standards, which makes HomeKit
    work out of the box. – (@ualex73#33739) (slide docs)
  • Roomba – This integration can now be added from the integrations UI and
    provides additional sensors! You will need to reconfigure your existing YAML
    configuration. Please see the documentation for more details. –
    (@Cyr-ius#33302) (roomba docs)

    Example YAML configuration:

      blid: BLID
      password: PASSWORD
  • UV Sensors (various) – Some UV sensors in the integrations Metoffice,
    OpenUV, Rfxtrx and Tellduslive did not have a generalized unit of
    measurement. However, after this change these sensors now have the unit of
    measurment UV index. This can be a breaking change if you display this kind
    of sensor in external systems such as influxdb, for example. –
    (@springstan#34055) (metoffice docs) (openuv docs) (rfxtrx docs) (tellduslive docs)
  • Ecobee – Ecobee now uses HVAC mode heat_cool instead of auto, which
    is reserved for when the user has no control over the temperature. In Ecobee
    this was not the case and the user has control over the temperature. –
    (@balloob#34193) (ecobee docs)
  • Air Quality (various) – Some air quality entities did not have the
    unit_of_measurement property set. Now all air quality entities have the
    appropriate unit_of_measurement µg/m³ set. This can be a breaking change
    if you display this kind of sensor in external systems such as influxdb,
    for example. – (@bieniu#33304) (air_quality docs) (xiaomi_miio docs)
  • SmartThings – This change removes the need (and ability) to use the
    SmartThings Classic mobile application to install the Home Assistant SmartApp.
    Going forward, the SmartThings integration setup is completed entirely through
    the web. This only changes how the integration is setup and not any
    functionality once setup. – (@andrewsayre#34163) (smartthings docs)
  • Sony Bravia TV – Configuration of new instances will only be possible
    through Integration due to the lack of the bravia.conf file, which is
    necessary for YAML configuration. Existing instances will be imported into
    config_entry. ignored sources has been added to the options and the missing
    device_class property has been added to the entity class. –
    (@bieniu#33774) (braviatv docs)
  • eQ-3 MAX! – Custom vacation preset is replaced with standard away.
    Additionally, manual preset is removed in favor of HVAC mode heat. This
    might affect your scripts, templates or automations. –
    (@leppa#28845) (maxcube docs)

    Other improvements:

    • It wasn’t possible to return to automatic (scheduled) operation after
      switching to manual preset. none preset was added, which switches
      thermostats to automatic (scheduled) operation.
    • Manual preset was removed. HVAC mode Heat now switches thermostats into
      manual mode.
    • hvac_action is implemented, based on the valve position: if it’s open
      (position higher than 0), we assume that hot water is flowing and heating is
      active. Else, the thermostat is in Idle mode. For wall thermostats, if at
      least one thermostat in the room has its valve open, then heating is active.
    • Support for Comfort, Eco, Off and On modes was added.
      Comfort, Eco and On are exposed as presets and switch thermostats into
      manual mode with corresponding temperatures, programmed on the thermostats.
      Off corresponds to HVAC mode Off.
    • Valve position is exposed as state attribute.
  • Recorder – The recorder configuration purge_interval has been
    deprecated. The recorder database is now purged every night. This can be
    disabled with the new auto_purge configuration though that is usually
    not recommended. – (@amelchio#33646) (recorder docs)
  • USCIS – The USCIS now uses name instead of friendly_name in its YAML
    configuration. You will need to adjust accordingly. –
    (@chrisrosset#33431) (uscis docs)
  • Panasonic Viera – This is now its own integration and is available
    through the integrations UI. You will need to reconfigure your existing YAML
    integration. – (@joogps#33829) (panasonic_viera docs)

    Example YAML configuration:

  • HomeKit Controller – Support for homekit_controller’s legacy pairing data
    folder .homekit has now been removed. This has not been how pairings are
    saved since Home Assistant 0.94. If you are running Home Assistant 0.94 or
    later this does not affect you as your pairings were automatically migrated
    to the new scheme already. If you are running an older release then you will
    need to re-pair after upgrading. – (@Jc2k#34333) (homekit_controller docs)
  • Add Islamic Prayer Times – Islamic Prayer Times is now its own integration
    and can be added using the Integrations UI. You will need to reconfigure your
    existing YAML configuration. All sensors will display the prayer times as
    per the selected calculation method. Changing the calculation method will
    update all sensors with new prayer times. –
    (@engrbm87#31590) (islamic_prayer_times docs)

    Example YAML configuration:

      calculation_method: makkah
  • AVM FRITZ!Box – This integration is now available to be added from the UI.
    YAML configuration has been deprecated and should no longer be used, as it
    will be removed in one of the next releases. –
    (@escoand#31240) (fritzbox docs)
  • Plex – Configuring Plex via YAML is now deprecated and will be removed in
    Home Assistant Core 0.111. Configuration is now done through the UI.-
    (@jjlawren#34546) (plex docs)

Farewell to the following

  • Pushetta
  • Yahoo Weather

Pushetta has been offline since September 2019 and the Yahoo Weather API has been discontinued. – (@frenck#34497 #34501)

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