Home Assistant Cloud is currently in private beta.

The Home Assistant Cloud allows you to quickly integrate your local instance with various cloud services. Any processing of services from other cloud services is handled by your local instance.

To get started, create an account and log in via the configuration panel in your Home Assistant instance. There is no need to configure your router or expose your instance to the internet in any other way.

Amazon Alexa

The Alexa integration allows users to control the entities via the Home Assistant Smart Home skill for Alexa. This means that you can say things like “Alexa, turn on the kitchen light” to control your local instance.

# Example configuration.yaml entry configuring Alexa
        - switch
        - light.living_room
        - script

Configuration Variables


(map)(Optional)Configuration options for the Amazon Alexa integration.


(map)(Optional)Filters for entities to include/exclude from Alexa.


(list)(Optional)Entity IDs to include.


(list)(Optional)Domains to include.


(list)(Optional)Entity IDs to exclude.


(list)(Optional)Domains to exclude.

Possible values for customize

Attribute Description
alexa_hidden Hide the entity from the Alexa smart home devices.
alexa_name Defines name of the entity for a Alexa smart home device. Useful if you have an entity with a friendly name in a local language that you want to access using an English sounding name.
alexa_description The description of the device in the Alexa smart home device list.
alexa_display_categories Set displayCategories, useful for things like media_player (TV/SPEAKERS) or scene (ACTIVITY_TRIGGER/SCENE_TRIGGER). More info can be found here.

Available domains

Currently, the following domains are available to be used with Alexa:

  • alert
  • automation
  • cover
  • light
  • fan (supports on/off and set speed)
  • group
  • lock (lock and unlock, but unlock is untested as Amazon has disabled unlock for now)
  • media_player (play, pause, stop, set volume, adjust volume, next track and previous track)
  • scene
  • switch