Integrations can be set up via the user interface by adding support for a config flow to create a config entry. Components that want to support config entries will need to define a Config Flow Handler. This handler will manage the creation of entries from user input, discovery or other sources (like Hass.io).
Config Flow Handlers control the data that is stored in a config entry. This means that there is no need to validate that the config is correct when Home Assistant starts up. It will also prevent breaking changes, because we will be able to migrate configuration entries to new formats if the version changes.
When instantiating the handler, Home Assistant will make sure to load all dependencies and install the requirements of the component.
Updating the manifest
You need to update your integrations manifest to inform Home Assistant that your integration has a config flow. This is done by adding
config_flow: true to your manifest (docs).
Defining your config flow
Config entries uses the data flow entry framework to define their config flows. The config flow needs to be defined in the file
config_flow.py in your integration folder, extend
homeassistant.config_entries.ConfigFlow and pass a
domain key as part of inheriting
Once you have updated your manifest and created the
config_flow.py, you will need to run
python3 -m script.hassfest (one time only) for Home Assistant to activate the config entry for your integration.
Your config flow will need to define steps of your configuration flow. The docs for Data Entry Flow describe the different return values of a step. Here is an example on how to define the
There are a few step names reserved for system use:
|Invoked when a user initiates a flow via the user interface.|
|Invoked if your integration has been discovered via Zeroconf/mDNS as specified using |
|Invoked if your integration has been discovered via HomeKit as specified using |
|Invoked if your integration has been discovered via SSDP/uPnP as specified using |
|DEPRECATED Invoked if your integration has been discovered by the discovery integration.|
A config flow can attach a unique ID to a config flow to avoid the same device being set up twice. When a unique ID is set, it will immediately abort if another flow is in progress for this unique ID. You can also quickly abort if there is already an existing config entry for this ID. Config entries will get the unique ID of the flow that creates them.
Call inside a config flow step:
By setting a unique ID, users will have the option to ignore the discovery of your config entry. That way they won't be bothered about it anymore.
Your configuration flow can add support to re-discovered the previously ignored entry by implementing the unignore step in the config flow.
When an integration is discovered, their respective discovery step is invoked with the discovery information. The step will have to check the following things:
- Make sure there are no other instances of this config flow in progress of setting up the discovered device. This can happen if there are multiple ways of discovering that a device is on the network.
- Make sure that the device is not already set up.
- Invoking a discovery step should never result in a finished flow and a config entry. Always confirm with the user.
Discoverable integrations that require no authentication
If your integration is discoverable without requiring any authentication, you'll be able to use the Discoverable Flow that is built-in. This flow offers the following features:
- Detect if devices/services can be discovered on the network before finishing the config flow.
- Support all manifest-based discovery protocols.
- Limit to only 1 config entry. It is up to the config entry to discover all available devices.
To get started, run
python3 -m script.scaffold config_flow_discovery and follow the instructions. This will create all the boilerplate necessary to configure your integration using discovery.
Configuration via OAuth2
Home Assistant has built-in support for integrations that offer account linking using the OAuth2 authorization framework. To be able to leverage this, you will need to structure your Python API library in a way that allows Home Assistant to be responsible for refreshing tokens. See our API library guide on how to do this.
The built-in OAuth2 support works out of the box with locally configured client ID / secret and with the Home Assistant Cloud Account Linking service. This service allows users to link their account with a centrally managed client ID/secret. If you want your integration to be part of this service, reach out to us at [email protected].
To get started, run
python3 -m script.scaffold config_flow_oauth2 and follow the instructions. This will create all the boilerplate necessary to configure your integration using OAuth2.
Translations for the config flow handlers are defined under the
config key in the component translation file
strings.json. Example of the Hue component:
When the translations are merged into Home Assistant, they will be automatically uploaded to Lokalise where the translation team will help to translate them in other languages. While developing locally, you will need to run
script/translations_develop to see changes made to
strings.json More info on translating Home Assistant.