Debugging Home Assistant automations will soon be much easier

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Ever wished you could easily and, more importantly, visually debug your Home Assistant automations right from the dashboard? If yes, it would appear that your prayers have been heard, as the upcoming release for the month of April (Home Assistant Core 2021.4) will make finding (and hopefully fixing) errors in your automations much easier.

This feature will once again tempt Home Assistant users away from using YAML for their automations and instead doing everything directly from the web interface. Whether you agree with the direction Home Assistant is taking or not, this development is certainly a welcome one not only for beginners but also for power users.

Not quite Node-RED yet (but an indication of what is to come?)

When looking at the following screenshot or the video embedded in the introduction, you might be wondering whether the automation editor in Home Assistant has taken a leaf out of Node-RED's book in becoming visual. However, that is not (yet) the case. The visualization can't be used to edit an automation, it is only there to help you understand what happened.

You can select an exact date and time in the top bar and then go through the automation step by step. The visualization will help you understand, why a certain path was taken and not another one.

Despite not being as advanced as Node-RED, this could potentially be a sign of what is to come. The implementation is very basic right now and only allows for viewing, but it could potentially offer an alternative way of creating automations at some point in the future.

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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