0Set up “home assistant” on a windows PC

As I’ve writ­ten about before I have a range of “smart home” devices that I’v ebeen gradu­ally exper­i­ment­ing with. One of the greatest frus­tra­tions of link­ing some of them is that many force you to go via “the cloud” which even with high speed inter­net can lead to delays of mul­tiple seconds for some tasks (“ok google, mute kodi”) for example. I’ve decided to give the free “home assist­ant” a try. As usu­al with any­thing linux based, get­ting it up and run­ning just isn’t straight for­ward. Here’s how…

First, down­load and install the latest ver­sion of python (v3.5+ is required). For con­veni­ence choose the option to add python to the path on the first page of the installer
Next, down­load and install the “Microsoft Visu­al C++ Build Tools” from Microsoft
Next down­load the “home assist­ant” file from Git­Hub as a zip and unzip it into %USERPROFILE%
Open an admin­is­trat­ive com­mand prompt, switch to the folder where you extrac­ted “home assist­ant” and type the fol­low­ing, giv­ing each com­mand time to com­plete.
pip3 install sqlal­chemy
pip3 install net­disco
pip3 install war­rant
pip3 install home­as­sist­ant
py ‑m home­as­sist­ant –open-ui

Found this useful? Please do let us know by dropping a comment below. If you would like to subscribe please use the subscribe link on the menu at the top right. You can also share this with your friends by using the social links below. Cheers.

Leave a Reply