HOOBS and Homemanager App

A lot has changed in the past few months. HOOBS, the open source, plug and play solution for homebridge has started shipping the long awaited HOOBS in a box, the hardware solution for complete beginner hobbyists to manage their smart homes.

We undertake new challenges daily to bring you a more user friendly solution to automate and manage your smart homes. With over 2,000 downloads as of today, we’d like to thank you for your immense support and address the great number of requests for a better way to install and manage homebridge plugins. You spoke and we listened.

Today, we are pleased to announce our collaboration with the Homemanager team behind to ever growing Homemanager native iOS app for homebridge management. The Homemanager App allows you to manage your homebridge system(s) easily with a graphical user interface, directly on your iOS device. Their beta has seen a great success with more than 450 official testers whose voices have all been heard through the surveys. Users running HOOBS v2 or higher can add their system to the Homemanager app starting today. If you’re not already a beta tester, you can become one here https://testflight.apple.com/join/kIf9T328

As per the most popular request, we have launched a joint mission to improve the plugin installation and configuration process. Our goal is to deliver an easy to use graphical interface in both the Homemanager app, as well as the HOOBS UI, which allows you to configure the most popular plugins without having to write your own JSON configuration, and in some cases have it done automatically for you. This is no easy task, as every plugin will have to be handled individually. For that reason, we will begin with the most demanded plugins. You can help us curate the plugin list by answering our surveys on r/homebridge or you can email us at [email protected] You can also reach us on r/hoobs and Facebook-Page or Facebook-Group and of course on www.hoobs.org

Plugin developers, we’d first like to thank you for all of your great work of bringing new devices into the homebridge ecosystem. You are without a doubt the pillars of this community. We’d like to call upon you to help us with the above task. Please release an update to your plugins at your earliest convenience with support for the config.schema.json. When registering your platform with homebridge, please set the 4th parameter to ‘true’. This will tell homebridge to load the plugin without requiring a config but it can still accept a config if defined. Please refer to the following list of plugins for examples on how this is done or contact us at [email protected] for support. When you implement this feature, please let us know and we will add your plugin to the curated list.

 

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