Checklist for creating a component

A checklist of things to do when you're adding a new component.


Not all existing code follow the requirements in this checklist. This cannot be used as a reason to not follow them!

0. Common

  1. Follow our Style guidelines
  2. Use existing constants from
    • Only add new constants to if they are widely used. Otherwise keep them on components level

1. Requirements

  1. Requirements have been added to manifest.json. The REQUIREMENTS constant is deprecated.
  2. Requirement version should be pinned: "requirements": ['phue==0.8.1']
  3. We no longer want requirements hosted on GitHub. Please upload to PyPi.

2. Configuration

  1. Voluptuous schema present for configuration validation
  2. Default parameters specified in voluptuous schema, not in setup(…)
  3. Schema using as many generic config keys as possible from homeassistant.const
  4. If your component has platforms, define a PLATFORM_SCHEMA instead of a CONFIG_SCHEMA.
  5. If using a PLATFORM_SCHEMA to be used with EntityComponent, import base from homeassistant.helpers.config_validation
  6. Never depend on users adding things to customize to configure behavior inside your component.

3. Component/platform communication

  1. You can share data with your platforms by leveraging[DOMAIN].
  2. If the component fetches data that causes its related platform entities to update, you can notify them using the dispatcher code in homeassistant.helpers.dispatcher.

4. Communication with devices/services

  1. All API specific code has to be part of a third party library hosted on PyPi. Home Assistant should only interact with objects and not make direct calls to the API.

    # bad
    status = requests.get(url("/status"))
    # good
    from phue import Bridge
    bridge = Bridge(...)
    status = bridge.status()

    Tutorial on publishing your own PyPI package

5. Make your pull request as small as possible

Keep a new integration to the minimum functionality needed for someone to get value out of the integration. This allows reviewers to sign off on smaller chunks of code one at a time, and lets us get your new integration/features in sooner. Pull requests containing large code dumps will not be a priority for review and may be closed.

  • Limit to a single platform
  • Do not add features not needed to directly support the single platform (such as custom services)
  • Do not mix clean-ups and new features in a single pull request.
  • Do not solve several issues in a single pull request.
  • Do not submit pull requests that depend on other work which is still unmerged.

6. Event names

Prefix component event names with the domain name. For example, use netatmo_person instead of person for the netatmo component.

7. Tests

Strongly consider adding tests for your component to minimize future regressions.

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