I use HomeAssistant for my home automation needs. It does a fantastic job, but does require regular editing of config files. Although we can install vim on the server, I’m much more at home editing on my local machine, so I was in search of an easy way to keep config files in sync.
There are a whole host of ways to achieve this, but I settled on what I think is the simplest: a git repository hosted on GitHub. Rather than setting up a git server on the HomeAssistant machine, it’s simpler to manually pull to keep things in sync, but a little less convenient. With a little tweak, though, it works perfectly. Here’s a quick walkthrough.
I’ve also opted to use the Community SSH addon which persists data in
SSH into the Hass.io box:
Generate an SSH key:
ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096 -C "hassio" && cat ~/ssh/id_rsa.pub
Copy the output (the key) and add it as a new key on GitHub.
Now initialize your git repo in
cd /config && git init
.gitignore so you don’t add anything sensitive or transient to your repo. I ended up with the following:
secrets.yaml *.log *.xml *.db *.sqlite .storage/ OZW_Log.txt harmony_harmony_hub.conf known_devices.yaml
At this point it would be wise to ensure that you don’t have any sensitive information in your YAML files. If you do, move them over to secrets.
Add everything to and make an initial commit:
git add . && git commit -m "Initial commit"
Push it up to GitHub:
git remote add origin firstname.lastname@example.org:USERNAME/REPONAME.git git push -u origin master
You should now see that your repo is on GitHub. Now it’s time to pull it down on your local machine.
git clone email@example.com:USERNAME/REPONAME.git
You now have the same git repo on both your local machine and on HomeAssistant, so you can go ahead and edit in your preferred environment on the local machine. After pushing the repo to GitHub, you’ll need to SSH into the HomeAssistant box and run a
git pull in
/config; that’s a little too inconvenient, though, so what can we do?
Make an alias!
cd into the local copy of the repo and:
git config alias.pushpull '!git push && ssh firstname.lastname@example.org "cd /config && git pull"'
Now you can make your commits and run
git pushpull to both push to GitHub and pull down on HomeAssistant.
> git commit -m "Change sensor platform to buienradar" [master dc13cef] Change sensor platform to buienradar 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 2 deletions(-) ~/repos/homeassistant-config master > git pushpull Enumerating objects: 5, done. Counting objects: 100% (5/5), done. Delta compression using up to 12 threads Compressing objects: 100% (3/3), done. Writing objects: 100% (3/3), 977 bytes | 977.00 KiB/s, done. Total 3 (delta 2), reused 0 (delta 0) remote: Resolving deltas: 100% (2/2), completed with 2 local objects. To github.com:shkm/homeassistant-config.git 7cdd2c1..dc13cef master -> master debug1: permanently_set_uid: 0/0 Updating 7cdd2c1..dc13cef From github.com:shkm/homeassistant-config 7cdd2c1..dc13cef master -> origin/master Fast-forward configuration.yaml | 3 +-- 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 2 deletions(-)