Frontend development

The Home Assistant frontend is built using web components. For more background about our technology choices, see this blog post.

caution

Do not use development mode in production. Home Assistant uses aggressive caching to improve the mobile experience. This is disabled during development so that you do not have to restart the server in between changes.

Setting up the environment

Getting the code

The first step is to fork the frontend repository and add the upstream remote. You can place the forked repository anywhere on your system.

$ git clone [email protected]:YOUR_GIT_USERNAME/frontend.git
$ cd frontend
$ git remote add upstream https://github.com/home-assistant/home-assistant/frontend.git

Configuring Home Assistant

You will need to have an instance of Home Assistant set up. See our guide on setting up a development environment.

Next step is to configure Home Assistant to use the development mode for the frontend. Do this by updating the frontend config in your configuration.yaml and set the path to the frontend repository that you cloned in the last step:

frontend:
# Example absolute path: /home/paulus/dev/hass/frontend
development_repo: /path/to/hass/frontend/

Installing Node.js

Node.js is required to build the frontend. The preferred method of installing node.js is with nvm. Install nvm using the instructions in the README, and install the correct node.js by running the following command:

$ nvm install

Yarn is used as the package manager for node modules. Install yarn using the instructions here.

Next, development dependencies need to be installed to bootstrap the frontend development environment. First activate the right Node version and then download all the dependencies:

$ nvm use
$ script/bootstrap

Development

During development, you will need to run the development script to maintain a development build of the frontend that auto updates when you change any of the source files. To run this server, run:

$ nvm use
$ script/develop

Make sure you have cache disabled and correct settings to avoid stale content:

info

Instructions are for Google Chrome

  1. Disable cache by ticking the box in Network > Disable cache

  1. Enable Bypass for network in Application > Service Workers > Bypass for network

Creating pull requests

If you're planning on issuing a PR back to the Home Assistant codebase you need to fork the frontend project and add your fork as a remote to the Home Assistant frontend repo.

$ git remote add fork <github URL to your fork>

When you've made your changes and are ready to push them change to the working directory for the frontend project and then push your changes

$ git add -A
$ git commit -m "Added new feature X"
$ git push -u fork HEAD

Building the frontend

If you're making changes to the way the frontend is packaged, it might be necessary to try out a new packaged build of the frontend in the main repository (instead of pointing it at the frontend repo). To do so, first build a production version of the frontend by running script/build_frontend.

To test it out inside Home Assistant, run the following command from the main Home Assistant repository:

$ pip3 install -e /path/to/hass/frontend/
$ hass --skip-pip