Installation

Installation is either by pip3 or Docker. There is also an official hass.io build.

Note: Windows and Raspbian users should check the environment-specific section at the end of this doc for additional information.

Install and Run using Docker

Follow the instructions in the Docker Tutorial

Install Using pip3

Before running AppDaemon you will need to install the package:

$ sudo pip3 install appdaemon

Do not install this in the same Python virtual environment as Home Assistant. If you do that, then Home Assistant will stop working.

Install Using hass.io

The official hass.io addon for AppDaemon is maintained by:

Running

Docker

Assuming you have set the config up as described in the tutorial for Docker, you should see the logs output as follows:

$ docker logs appdaemon
2016-08-22 10:08:16,575 INFO Got initial state
2016-08-22 10:08:16,576 INFO Loading Module: /export/hass/appdaemon_test/conf/apps/hello.py
2016-08-22 10:08:16,578 INFO Loading Object hello_world using class HelloWorld from module hello
2016-08-22 10:08:16,580 INFO Hello from AppDaemon
2016-08-22 10:08:16,584 INFO You are now ready to run Apps!

Note that for Docker, the error and regular logs are combined.

PIP3

You can run AppDaemon from the command line as follows:

$ appdaemon -c /home/homeassistant/conf

If all is well, you should see something like the following:

$ appdaemon -c /home/homeassistant/conf
2016-08-22 10:08:16,575 INFO Got initial state
2016-08-22 10:08:16,576 INFO Loading Module: /home/homeassistant/conf/apps/hello.py
2016-08-22 10:08:16,578 INFO Loading Object hello_world using class HelloWorld from module hello
2016-08-22 10:08:16,580 INFO Hello from AppDaemon
2016-08-22 10:08:16,584 INFO You are now ready to run Apps!

AppDaemon arguments

usage: appdaemon [-h] [-c CONFIG] [-p PIDFILE] [-t TIMEWARP] [-s STARTTIME]
                 [-e ENDTIME]
                 [-D {DEBUG,INFO,WARNING,ERROR,CRITICAL}] [-v] [-d]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -c CONFIG, --config CONFIG
                        full path to config diectory
  -p PIDFILE, --pidfile PIDFILE
                        full path to PID File
  -t TIMEWARP, --timewarp multiplication factor for the scheduler time (see Time TraveL)
  -s STARTTIME, --starttime STARTTIME
                        start time for scheduler <YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS>
  -e ENDTIME, --endtime ENDTIME
                        end time for scheduler <YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS>
  -D {DEBUG,INFO,WARNING,ERROR,CRITICAL}, --debug {DEBUG,INFO,WARNING,ERROR,CRITICAL}
                        debug level
  -v, --version         show program's version number and exit
  -d, --daemon          run as a background process

-c is the path to the configuration directory. If not specified, AppDaemon will look for a file named appdaemon.cfg first in ~/.homeassistant then in /etc/appdaemon. If the directory is not specified and it is not found in either location, AppDaemon will raise an exception. In addition, AppDaemon expects to find a dir named apps immediately subordinate to the config directory.

-d and -p are used by the init file to start the process as a daemon and are not required if running from the command line.

-D can be used to increase the debug level for internal AppDaemon operations as well as apps using the logging function.

The -s, -i, -t and -e options are for the Time Travel feature and should only be used for testing. They are described in more detail in the API documentation.

Starting At Reboot

To run AppDaemon at reboot, you can set it up to run as a systemd service as follows.

Add Systemd Service (appdaemon@appdaemon.service)

First, create a new file using vi:

$ sudo vi /etc/systemd/system/appdaemon@appdaemon.service

Add the following, making sure to use the correct full path for your config directory. Also, make sure you edit the User to a valid user to run AppDaemon, usually the same user as you are running Home Assistant with is a good choice.

[Unit]
Description=AppDaemon
After=home-assistant@homeassistant.service
[Service]
Type=simple
User=%I
ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/appdaemon -c <full path to config directory>
[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

The above should work for hasbian, but if your homeassistant service is named something different you may need to change the After= lines to reflect the actual name.

Activate Systemd Service

$ sudo systemctl daemon-reload
$ sudo systemctl enable appdaemon@appdaemon.service --now

Now AppDaemon should be up and running and good to go.

Updating AppDaemon

To update AppDaemon after new code has been released, just run the following command to update your copy:

$ sudo pip3 install --upgrade appdaemon

If you are using docker, refer to the steps in the tutorial.

Windows Support

AppDaemon runs under windows and has been tested with the official 3.5.2 release of python. However, there are a couple of caveats:

  • The -d or --daemonize option is not supported owing to limitations in the Windows implementation of Python.
  • Some internal diagnostics are disabled. This is not user-visible but may hamper troubleshooting of internal issues if any crop up

AppDaemon can be installed exactly as per the instructions for every other version using pip3.

Windows Under the Linux Subsystem

Windows 10 now supports a full Linux bash environment that is capable of running Python. This is essentially an Ubuntu distribution and works extremely well. It is possible to run AppDaemon in the same way as for Linux distributions, and none of the above Windows Caveats apply to this version. This is the recommended way to run AppDaemon in a Windows 10 and later environment.

Raspbian

Some users have reported a requirement to install a couple of packages prior to installing AppDaemon with the pip3 method:

$ sudo apt-get install python-dev
$ sudo apt-get install libffi-dev

Raspberry Pi Docker

Since the official Docker image isn’t compatible with raspberry Pi, you will need to build your own docker image from the downloaded repository.

$ git clone https://github.com/home-assistant/appdaemon.git
$ cd appdaemon

You can then build and run the docker image locally as follows:

$ docker build -t appdaemon .
$ docker run --name=appdaemon -d -p 5050:5050 \
  --restart=always \
  -e HA_URL="<Your HA_URL value>" \
  -e TOKEN="<your TOKEN value>" \
  -e DASH_URL="http://$HOSTNAME:5050" \
  -v <your_conf_folder>:/conf \
  appdaemon:latest

For more information on running AppDaemon under Docker, see the Docker Tutorial. The key difference is that you will be running a locally built instance of AppDaemon rather than one from Docker Hub, so for run commands, make sure to specify “appdaemon:latest” as the image, as above, rather than “acockburn/appdaemon:latest” as the tutorial states.

At the time of writing, @torkildr is maintaining a linked Raspberry Pi image here:

https://hub.docker.com/r/torkildr/rpi-appdaemon/