MQTT Binary Sensor

The mqtt binary sensor platform uses the MQTT message payload as the sensor value. If messages in this state_topic are published with RETAIN flag, the sensor will receive an instant update with the last known value. Otherwise, the initial state will be off.

To use your MQTT binary sensor in your installation, add the following to your configuration.yaml file:

# Example configuration.yml entry
  - platform: mqtt
    state_topic: "home-assistant/window/contact"

Configuration variables:

  • state_topic (Required): The MQTT topic subscribed to receive sensor values.
  • name (Optional): The name of the sensor. Default is ‘MQTT Sensor’.
  • qos (Optional): The maximum QoS level of the state topic. Default is 0.
  • payload_on (Optional): The payload that represents on state. Default is “ON”.
  • payload_off (Optional): The payload that represents state. Default is “OFF”.
  • device_class (Optional): The type/class of the sensor to set the icon in the frontend.
  • value_template (Optional): Defines a template to extract a value from the payload.

For a quick check you can use the commandline tools shipped with mosquitto to send MQTT messages. Set the state of a sensor manually:

$  mosquitto_pub -h -t home-assistant/window/contact -m "OFF"

An extended configuration for the same sensor could look like this if you want/need to be more specific.

# Example configuration.yml entry
  - platform: mqtt
    state_topic: "home-assistant/window/contact"
    name: "Windows contact"
    qos: 0
    payload_on: "1"
    payload_off: "0"
    device_class: opening
    value_template: '{{ value.x }}'