RESTful Binary Sensor

The rest binary sensor platform is consuming a given endpoint which is exposed by a RESTful API of a device, an application, or a web service. The binary sensor has support for GET and POST requests.

The JSON messages can contain different values like 1, "1", TRUE, true, on, or open. If the value is nested then use a template.

    "name": "Binary sensor",
    "state": {
        "open": "true",
        "timestamp": "2016-06-20 15:42:52.926733"

To enable this sensor, add the following lines to your configuration.yaml file for a GET request:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  - platform: rest
    resource: http://IP_ADDRESS/ENDPOINT

or for a POST request:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  - platform: rest
    resource: http://IP_ADDRESS/ENDPOINT
    method: POST

Configuration variables:

  • resource (Required): The resource or endpoint that contains the value.
  • method (Optional): The method of the request. Default is GET.
  • name (Optional): Name of the REST binary sensor.
  • device_class (Optional): The type/class of the sensor to set the icon in the frontend.
  • value_template (Optional): Defines a template to extract the value.
  • payload (Optional): The payload to send with a POST request. Usually formed as a dictionary.
  • verify_ssl (Optional): Verify the certification of the endpoint. Default to True.
  • authentication (Optional): Type of the HTTP authentication. basic or digest.
  • username (Optional): The username for accessing the REST endpoint.
  • password (Optional): The password for accessing the REST endpoint.
  • headers (Optional): The headers for the requests.

Make sure that the URL exactly matches your endpoint or resource.


In this section you find some real life examples of how to use this sensor.

aREST sensor

Instead of using an aREST binary sensor, you could retrieve the value of a device supporting aREST directly with a REST binary sensor.

  - platform: rest
    method: GET
    name: Light
    device_class: light
    value_template: '{{ value_json.return_value }}'

Accessing an HTTP authentication protected endpoint

The REST sensor supports HTTP authentication and customized headers.

  - platform: rest
    resource: http://IP_ADDRESS:5000/binary_sensor
    username: ha1
    password: test1
    authentication: basic
      User-Agent: Home Assistant
      Content-Type: application/json

The headers will contain all relevant details. This will also give you the ability to access endpoints that are protected by tokens.

Content-Length: 1024
Host: IP_ADDRESS1:5000
Authorization: Basic aGExOnRlc3Qx
Accept-Encoding: identity
Content-Type: application/json
User-Agent: Home Assistant