2024.5: Just a little bit smaller (2024)

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Home Assistant Core 2024.5! 🎉

The last two releases were massive! With our new drag ’n drop dashboardsand the tools to organize your Home Assistant instance,it is hard to top those releases… 😅

So, this release is just a tiny bit smaller than those two, but still epic! 🤘

My personal favorite is the new features added to the data tables, which manyof you requested since the last update.But the ability to change the names of the devices shown on the energy dashboardis a close second!

Oh! We’ve held our State of the Open Home 2024 live stream!In case you’ve missed it, I would definitely recommend watching it back. There are tons of cool thingsand spoilers in there!

But more importantly, it launched the Open Home Foundation,which now governs our beloved Home Assistant project! ❤️ Read more in the State of the Open Home 2024 blog post.

Anyway, I will not hold you any longer. Enjoy the release!

../Frenck

  • More features for our data tables
  • Create helpers directly from the automation editor
  • Lock features for the tile card
  • Reorder features of the tile card
  • Adjust the device names on the energy dashboard
  • Improved audio with ESPHome for Assist
  • Other noteworthy changes
  • New integrations
  • Integrations now available to set up from the UI
  • Release 2024.5.1 - May 3
  • Need help? Join the community!
  • Backward-incompatible changes
  • Farewell to the following
  • All changes

Don’t forget to join our release party live stream on YouTube1 May 2024, at 20:00 GMT / 12:00 PST / 21:00 CEST!

More features for our data tables

In our last release, we introduced new data tablesand we were thrilled to see that you all loved them! 🎉

However, we also received a lot of feedback for additional tweaks and features,so we’ve added a bunch of them in this release. 😎

One of the most requested features of these new tables’ newitem groupingwas theability to collapse them, and we’ve added that!

2024.5: Just a little bit smaller (2)Each item group can now be collapsed and expanded.

Another one concerned the ability to select and assign an area to multiple itemsat once in the automation, scene, script, and device pages. We’ve added that too!

Not only that, we now store the last used grouping (and if they werecollapsed or not) and sorting you have used, so when you return to that page,it will be the same as you left it.

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Last but certainly not least, we’ve added the ability to group and filterentities by their domain in the entities panel. As the domains represent thetype of entity, this means you can group and filter, for example, all yourlights, switches, sensors, etc.

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Create helpers directly from the automation editor

Our good friend @karwosts has been busy creating a great quality-of-lifeimprovement for our automationAutomations in Home Assistant allow you to automatically respond to things that happen in and around your home.
[Learn more]
editor for this release.

I’m sure you’ll know this feeling. You are creating an automation and think:“Hey, I need a helper for this!” But then you have to leave the automationeditor, create the helper, and then go back to the automation editor.

Well, not anymore! You can now create helpers directly from the automationeditor 😎

In this example, a timer helper is created directly from the automation editorwithout leaving it:

Lock features for the tile card

The tile card is already amazing, but @marcgeurts made it even better byadding new features to the tile card: Locks!

When you now add a lock entity to the tile card, and if your lock supports it,you can now add two new features to the tile card:

  • Lock commands
    Adds buttons to your tile card to lock or unlock the lock.
  • Lock open door
    Adds a button to open/unlatch the door (with confirmation).
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Reorder features of the tile card

Some features of the tile card, such as the presets or the HVAC modes of athermostat, can show many buttons. While you can limit the buttons you’dlike to see, they may not be in the desired order.

To improve this, @karwosts and @piitaya have added the ability to reorderthe features of the tile card. For your thermostat, that means you can nowreorder the HVAC modes or presets to your liking.

2024.5: Just a little bit smaller (6)You can now reorder the features of the tile card.

Adjust the device names on the energy dashboard

Another outstanding quality-of-life improvement from@karwosts is the abilityto customize the display name for energy devices on the energy dashboard.

The entity’s name representing the device you use on the energy dashboardcommonly contains additional or redundant information. With this new feature,you can customize the display name to make it more meaningful.

For example, if the entity is named “Attic Boiler Daily Energy Usage”and is shown as that today, you can now change the name displayed on the energydashboard to just “Boiler”.

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You can adjust the name of each monitored device in the energy dashboard settingpage by going to Settings > Dashboards > Energy > Individual devices.

Improved audio with ESPHome for Assist

If you’re familiar with Assist, our private voice assistant, and are usingit on an ESPHome-based device (like an ESP-S3-BOX-3 or the ATOM Echo),chances are you have experienced one of the biggest barriers to date when itcomes to using it on a daily basis: chopped-off audio. 😞

More often than not, the responses sent to the voice assistant device weremissing a few parts, most notably at the beginning and the end of the audio.This was very noticeable when the responses were short, such as asking how manylights are on in a home or the room temperature.

In conjunction with the latest release of ESPHome (2024.4), we are bringinga much improved and more reliable communication between ESPHome andHome Assistant for transferring voice audio, guaranteeing no audio is lost in the process.

Hear the difference in this side-by-side comparison:

In addition to updating to this release, be sure to update your ESPHome devicesto the latest version to benefit from this improvement.

Other noteworthy changes

There are many more improvements in this release; here are some of the othernoteworthy changes this release:

  • Have you ever had a misbehaving (custom) integration cause a crash? Thisrelease introduces new detections anda new debug mode to catch known/commonunexpected integration behavior. Thanks, @bdraco!
  • The ESPHome integration now supports date, time, date/time, valve, andevent entities! The latter two require the upcoming ESPHome 2024.5.0release. Thanks @jesserockz, @kbx81, and @nohat!
  • The MQTT integration has reached the highest quality scale: Platinum!Thanks @jbouwh, for all the work you have put into this!
  • The visualization graph for all Zigbee devices connected via ZHA has beenimproved by @Cougar. Devices now have colors to indicate their availability,signal strength, and relationship to other devices, which are much clearer.Nice!
  • The Glances integration got new sensors for network traffic, disk I/O, GPU,and uptime. Thanks @fhoekstra & @wittypluck!
  • @Lash-L added a service to the Roborock integration to easily get mapinformation from your vacuum. Awesome!
  • The Airzone cloud integration now supports water heaters. Thanks @Noltari!
  • @joostlek added an extract media URL service to the media extractor,allowing you to get a media item’s source URL. Nice!

New integrations

We welcome the following new integrationsIntegrations connect and integrate Home Assistant with your devices, services, and more.
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in this release:

  • Ambient Weather Network, added by @thomaskistler
    Retrieve local weather station information from the Ambient Weather Network.
  • Arve, added by @ikalnyi
    Monitor real-life air quality data from your Arve devices.
  • Energenie Power-Sockets, added by @gnumpi
    Control your Energenie Power-Strips over USB.
  • Epic Games Store, added by @Quentame
    Provides a calendar for the Epic Games Store to monitor discounts and free games.
  • eQ-3 Bluetooth Smart Thermostats, added by @EuleMitKeule
    Control your eQ-3 Smart Thermostats over Bluetooth.
  • Sanix, added by @tomaszsluszniak
    Monitor water/sewage level using your Sanix (by BIT Complex) devices.

Integrations now available to set up from the UI

The following integrationsIntegrations connect and integrate Home Assistant with your devices, services, and more.
[Learn more]
are now available via the Home Assistant UI:

Release 2024.5.1 - May 3

Need help? Join the community!

Home Assistant has a great community of users who are all more than willingto help each other out. So, join us!

Our very active Discord chat server is an excellent place to beat, and don’t forget to join our amazing forums.

Found a bug or issue? Please report it in our issue tracker,to get it fixed! Or, check our help page for guidance for moreplaces you can go.

Are you more into email? Sign-up for our Building the Open Home Newsletterto get the latest news about features, things happening in our community andother news about building an Open Home; straight into your inbox.

Backward-incompatible changes

If you are a custom integration developer and want to learn about breakingchanges and new features available for your integration: Be sure to follow ourdeveloper blog. The following are the most notable for this release:

  • Always reload after a successful re-auth flow
  • Deprecate old backports and typing alias
  • Deprecating async_add_hass_job
  • New notify entity platform
  • Replacing async_track_state_change with async_track_state_change_event
  • Store runtime data inside the config entry

Farewell to the following

The following integrationsIntegrations connect and integrate Home Assistant with your devices, services, and more.
[Learn more]
are also no longer available as of thisrelease:

  • Epson Workforce has been removed. The source package/dependency thisintegration uses, is no longer available.(@joostlek - #115201)

All changes

Of course, there is a lot more in this release. You can find a list ofall changes made here: Full changelog for Home Assistant Core 2024.5

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