Howto: Install Home Assistant on Raspbian

The Home Assistant getting started guide recommends:

  • venv
  • Docker
  • VMware

I had a lot of trouble getting the SD card to boot

This document compiles my experience with installing HA directly onto Raspbian



We will install directly into Raspbian:

  • Get Raspbian to boot on the raspberry pi
  • Disable some services that interfere with Home Assistant
  • Install pre-requisites
  • Install Home Assistant
  • Start up script
  • Configure your devices

Install pre-requisites

Prevent services from interfering with HA

Stop and disable the Bluetooth service.

Stop and disable hciuart with the following commands.

Finally, the serial-getty@ttyAMA0 service must also be stopped and permanently prevented from being started, even in situations where an internal start request comes from other parts of the operating system. Therefore, in this case a “mask” parameter is used instead of “disable”.

Some newly added parameters must also be added at the end of the system boot file, so that they are loaded automatically each time the system is started.

Install Home Assistant

If pip3 fails, try “python3 -m pip”

Start on boot

  • Manually, via this command (I recommend you run this in screen)




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