Rethinking events in Home Assistant

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Events in Home Assistant – the phrase alone might make some of you break out in a cold sweat. Especially if you've had the joy of wrangling with complex gadgets like the Aqara Cube T1 Pro or multi-press buttons. Peering into the event history to figure out what you've just activated hasn't always been a walk in the park. But hold on to your hats folks, as Home Assistant Core version 2023.8 is rolling out a game changer: the event entity.

A quick refresher on Home Assistant events

Let's quickly revisit what events are. They're pegged as the heart of the operation in Home Assistant. Essentially, every action you perform, whether it's physically pressing a button or adjusting a value on the Home Assistant Dashboard, sets off an event. These events carry a bunch of standard details like type, origin, time, and context.

The perks of an event entity

The introduction of the event entity is not just a mere enhancement. It's a revolution that is set to shift your Home Assistant experience to a whole new level. The entity overview, which has already gone through a major glow-up in recent months, will now encapsulate not just controls, configuration options, and diagnostic details, but also events and their history. This means it's about to become your trusty toolbox for setting up fresh automations and scripts.

Devices that will embrace the new event entity

As of the release, Home Assistant Core version 2023.8 will extend event capabilities to the Matter integration, HomeKit devices, MQTT, and Philips Hue. But just like waiting for a good film sequel, we can expect more integrations to jump on the bandwagon as the event entity matures.

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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