Glossary


The glossary covers terms which are used around Home Assistant.

  • Automation:

    Capability to call a service based on a simple or complex trigger. Automation allows a condition such as sunset to cause an event, such as a light turning on.

  • Component:

    The components provide the core logic for the functionality in Home Assistant. Like notify provides sending notifications.

  • Cookbook:

    Home Assistant configuration examples of the community

  • Customizing:

    Customization allows overwriting default parameter of the devices in the configuration.

  • Device:

    Usually this is a physical unit which can do or observe something.

  • Discovery:

    The automatic setup of zeroconf/mDNS and uPnP devices after they are discovered.

  • Entity:

    An entity is the representation of a single device, unit or web service.

  • Event:

    When somethings happen.

  • Groups:

    Groups are a way to organize your entities into a single unit.

  • HADashboard:

    HADashboard is a modular, skinnable dashboard for Home Assistant that is intended to be wall mounted, and is optimized for distance viewing.

  • Hass.io:

    Hass.io is an operating system that will take care of installing and updating Home Assistant, is managed from the Home Assistant UI, allows creating/restoring snapshots of your configuration and can easily be extended

  • Packages:

    Packages allow to bundle different component configuations together.

  • Platform:

    A platform makes the connection to a specific software or hardware platform. The pushbullet platform works with the service from pushbullet.com.

  • Scene:

    You can create scenes that capture the states you want certain entities to be. For example a scene can specify that light A should be turned on and light B should be bright red.

  • Script:

    A component that allows users to specify a sequence of actions to be executed by Home Assistant when turned on

  • Service:

    Services are called to perform actions.

  • Template:

    An automation definition can include variables for the service or data from the trigger values. This allows automations to generate dynamic actions.

  • Trigger:

    Values or conditions of a platform that are defined to cause an automation to run.

  • Zones:

    Area used for presence detection.

  • hass:

    Often used abbreviation for Home Assistant.

  • hassio:

    An operating system to manage Home Assistant easily using various HASS.io add-ons