Home Assistant now lets you see the map

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The map is one of Home Assistant's features that I have never fully utilized. Not just because I haven't found any use for it so far, but also because its presentation isn't optimal. So far, it has been difficult to make out areas and buildings due to the lacking contrast. Depending on the screen I was viewing, names are barely legible and differences in the terrain could be difficult to make out.

The map in Home Assistant Core 2022.8 showing central Amsterdam with contrast.
The map in Home Assistant Core 2022.7 showing central Amsterdam with little contrast.

Home Assistant Core 2022.8 finally fixes the map, and it might just convince me to find a use for it. The new map makes use of colours that work not just with a light theme, but also in dark mode. Smaller fonts can be used for areas within a city because the place names stand out against the background. Zoom in a bit, and you can clearly make out buildings, streets, roads, parks, train tracks, and more.

While dark mode users will benefit the most from this change, the light map makes areas more recognizable too. Bodies of water are now a proper blue and parks are a more saturated green. The font colour has been darkened, increasing the contrast between it and the background, again allowing for more area names to be made visible.

The new map in Home Assistant which is, compared to the old version, more legible. The screenshot shows Regents Canal and Victoria Park Rd.
Rails, parks, rivers, and buildings in the new Home Assistant map

Home Assistant's map can either be used in full-screen by selecting it in the sidebar, or you can add a map card to your Dashboard. This refresh will delight you if you use either, and it might make those that have been avoiding it reconsider their decision.

A portrait photo oif Liam Alexander Colman, the author, creator, and owner of Home Assistant Guide wearing a suit.

About Liam Alexander Colman

is an experienced Home Assistant user who has been utilizing the platform for a variety of projects over an extended period. His journey began with a Raspberry Pi, which quickly grew to three Raspberry Pis and eventually a full-fledged server. Liam's current operating system of choice is Unraid, with Home Assistant comfortably running in a Docker container.
With a deep understanding of the intricacies of Home Assistant, Liam has an impressive setup, consisting of various Zigbee devices, and seamless integrations with existing products such as his Android TV box. For those interested in learning more about Liam's experience with Home Assistant, he shares his insights on how he first started using the platform and his subsequent journey.

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