Homie Extensions

Homie can be extended

The Homie convention defines a standardized way of how devices and services announce themselves and defines the structure and content of messages and their relation.

It does not define domain types, like a lightbulb and required properties for a Home Automation domain. It also not defines procedures like Over-The-Air updates and metrics like cpu usage or memory consumption.

That is what extensions are for.


Every extension must be published using a license. The license can be chosen freely, even proprietary licenses are possible. The recommended license is the CCA 4.0, since this is the license Homie itself uses.

Extension Identifier

Every extension is identified by a unique ID and will be linked from this section. The ID consists of the reverse domain name and a freely chosen suffix. For example, an organization example.org wanting to add a feature our-feature would choose the extension ID org.example.our-feature. The proper term homie is reserved and must not be used as the suffix or as part of the domain name.

If a device decides to implement an extension, a new entry in the $extensions list of that device is required. The new extensions entry has to be formated in the following way: extension ID:extension version:[homie versions] where extension ID is the extension ID and extension version the version of the extension. An extension might be designed to support different versions of the Homie convention. This is reflected by the homie versions part, which is a semicolon (;) separated list of all supported Homie versions.

For example the Meta extension with the extension ID eu.epnw.meta and version 1.1.0 supports Homie 3.0.1 and 4.x. The resulting $extensions entry is eu.epnw.meta:1.1.0:[3.0.1;4.x]. The Legacy Stats extension with the extension ID org.homie.legacy-stats and version 0.1.1 supports Homie 4.x, so the $extensions entry is org.homie.legacy-stats:0.1.1:[4.x]. Now, if the device super-car implements both extensions it publishes

homie/super-car/$extensions  "eu.epnw.meta:1.1.0:[3.0.1;4.x],org.homie.legacy-stats:0.1.1:[4.x]"

Extension Datatypes

An extension may define new datatypes and formats for them.

New Attributes

An extension may add new attributes to devices, nodes and properties. The attributes MUST start with a $. Attributes are always retained. An attribute may have no value, but instead act as a root for more nested attributes. This is necessary to distinguish a nesting attribute from a node (if the nesting attribute is added to a device) or from a property (if its added to a node). In the following example $certifications is the nesting attribute, which serves as root for the nested $european-union and $usa attributes.

homie/super-car/engine/$certifications/$european-union  "Euro 6b"
homie/super-car/engine/$certifications/$usa  "Tier 3"

Nested attributes may start with $ but don't have to. This means, that in the above example using homie/super-car/engine/$certifications/usa would have been a valid topic, too. An extension document may decide which extension attributes are required and which are optional. If they are optional, default values may be given. Additionally, given examples for each attribute are recommended.

Create your own extension

To create an own extension,

  • fork the Homie repository,
  • create a new branch,
  • write your extension in documents/extensions/your-extension-id.md based on the extension template,
  • and create a pull request.

Homie Extensions

Extension Extension Identifier Description Document
Legacy Stats org.homie.legacy-stats This extension adds the stats functionality of Homie 3.0.1 to Homie 4.0 GitHub
Legacy Firmware org.homie.legacy-firmware This extension adds the firmware, mac and localip device attributes of Homie 3.0.1 to Homie 4.0 GitHub
Meta eu.epnw.meta This extension defines how to add metadata and tags to devices, nodes and properties GitHub