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Installing Hassbian - Home Assistant

One of the easiest ways to install Home Assistant on your Raspberry Pi Zero, 2, 3 and 3B+ is by using Hassbian: a Raspberry Pi image with Home Assistant built-in. The image will install the latest version of Home Assistant on initial boot (~10 minutes).

  1. Download the Hassbian image
  2. Use Etcher to flash the image to your SD card
  3. Ensure your Raspberry Pi has wired access to the internet for the entire process or configure your wireless network settings before proceeding to step 4.
  4. Insert SD card to Raspberry Pi and turn it on. Initial installation of Home Assistant will take about 10 minutes.

Please remember to ensure you’re using an appropriate power supply with your Pi. Mobile chargers may not be suitable, since some are designed to only provide the full power with that manufacturer’s handsets.

These instructions are also available as a video.
Additional information is available in this video.

After initial boot an installer will run in the background, this will download and install the newest version of hassbian-config and Home-Assistant, this takes around 10 minutes to complete, after it has finished, you will be prompted to login: hassbian login:. Installation is complete at this point. The default username is pi and the password is raspberry.

Open a browser on a device that’s connected to the same network as your Raspberry Pi and point it to Home Assistant at http://hassbian.local:8123. If you want to login via SSH, the default username is pi and password is raspberry (please change this by running passwd). The Home Assistant configuration is located at /home/homeassistant/.homeassistant/.

If you find that the web page is not reachable after 30 minutes or so, check that you have files in /home/homeassistant/.homeassistant/, if there are no files in this location then run the installer manually using this command: sudo systemctl start install_homeassistant.service.

The following extras are included on the image:

  • GPIO pins are ready to use.
  • Bluetooth is ready to use (supported models only, no Bluetooth LE).
  • SSH server is enabled.
  • A tool called hassbian-config.


After flashing the image to your SD Card open the partition boot and create a new file wpa_supplicant.conf. Edit the file and enter your network credentials. For more information visit Setting up Wifi for Raspbian. During start the file will automatically be copied in the right folder and the network connection will be established. The file could look like this:

ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev


You may need to adjust the country code depending upon where you are. A list of codes can be found here.

If you are running in trouble with your Wifi connection (for further details), check the output of the following command:

$ sudo rfkill list
0: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: yes
Hard blocked: no

To unblock it, execute $ sudo rfkill unblock wifi.


  • Home Assistant is installed in a virtual Python environment at /srv/homeassistant/
  • Home Assistant will be started as a service run by the user homeassistant
  • The configuration is located at /home/homeassistant/.homeassistant


The Hassbian Scripts are the easiest way of updating both the host operating system, and Home Assistant.


SSH to your system as the user pi and run:

$ sudo hassbian-config upgrade homeassistant


SSH to your system as the user pi and run:

$ sudo hassbian-config upgrade hassbian