Add-On Communication

There are different ways for communication between add-ons inside


We use an internal network that allows to communicate with every add-on, even to/from Home Assistant, by using his name or alias. Only the add-ons which run on the host network are a bit limited. These can talk with all internal add-ons by their name but all other add-on can’t address these add-on by name - using an alias works for both!

Name/alias are used for communication inside The name is generated using the following format: {REPO}_{SLUG}, e.g. local_xy or 3283fh_myaddon. In this example, {SLUG} is defined in an add-ons config.json. If an add-on is installed locally, {REPO} will be local. If the add-on is installed from a Github repository, {REPO} is a hashed identifier generated from the GitHub repository’s URL (ex: See here to understand how this identifier is generated. Note that this identifier is required in certain service calls that use the add-on API. You can view the repository identifiers for all currently installed add-ons via a GET request to the hassio API addons endpoint.

Use hassio for communication with the internal API.

Home Assistant

An add-on can talk to the Home Assistant API using the internal proxy. That makes it very easy to communicate with the API without knowing the password, port or any other information of the Home Assistant instance. Use this URL: http://hassio/homeassistant/api and internal communication is redirected to the right place. The next stept is to add homeassistant_api: true to config.json and read the environment variable HASSIO_TOKEN and use this as Home-Assistant password.

There is also a proxy for the Home Assistant Websocket API. It works like the API proxy above and requires HASSIO_TOKEN as password. Use this URL: http://hassio/homeassistant/websocket.

It is also possible to talk direct to the Home Assistant instance which is named homeassistant over the internal network. But you need to know the configuration that is used by the running instance.

We have severals services for inside Home Assistant to run tasks. To send data over STDIN to an add-on use the hassio.addon_stdin service. API

To enables calls to the API, add hassio_api: true to config.json and read the environment variable HASSIO_TOKEN. Now you can use the API over the URL: http://hassio/. Use the HASSIO_TOKEN with header X-HASSIO-KEY.