The MQTT integration needs you to run an MQTT broker for Home Assistant to connect to. There are four options, each with various degrees of ease of setup and privacy.

This is the most private option, but it requires a little bit of work to setup. There are multiple free and open-source brokers to pick from: e.g.,MosquittoEMQorMosca. For users, the recommended setup method is to use theMosquitto MQTT broker addon.

The IP address or hostname of your MQTT broker, e.g.,

The network port to connect to. Default is 1883.

The client ID that Home Assistant will use. Has to be unique on the server. Default is a randomly generated one.

The time in seconds between sending keep alive messages for this client. Default is 60.

The corresponding password for the username to use with your MQTT broker.

Protocol to use: 3.1 or 3.1.1. By default it connects with 3.1.1 and falls back to 3.1 if server does not support 3.1.1.

Path to the certificate file, e.g.,/home/user/.homeassistant/server.crt.

Set the verification of the server hostname in the server certificate.

TLS/SSL protocol version to use. Available options are:auto,1.0,1.1,1.2. Make sure to put quotes around the value. Defaults toauto.

There is an issue with the Mosquitto package included in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Specifyprotocol: 3.1in your MQTT configuration to work around this issue.

If you get this errorAttributeError: module ssl has no attribute PROTOCOL_TLSthen you need to settls_version: 1.2.

If you are running a Mosquitto instance on the same server as Home Assistant then you must ensure that the Mosquitto service starts before Home Assistant. For a Linux instance running Systemd (Raspberry Pi, Debian, Ubuntu and others) then you should edit the file/etc/systemd/system/[emailprotected]asroot(e.g.,sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/[emailprotected]) and add the Mosquitto service:

If you are running a Mosquitto instance on a different server with proper SSL encryption using a service like Lets Encrypt you may have to set the certificate to the operating systems own.crtcertificates file. In the instance of Ubuntu this would becertificate: /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt

The Mosquitto project runs apublic broker. This is the easiest to set up, but there is no privacy as all messages are public. Use this only for testing purposes and not for real tracking of your devices or controlling your home.

mqtt: broker: port: 1883 or 8883 Optional, replace port 1883 with following if you want encryption (doesnt really matter because broker is public) port: 8883 Download certificate from certificate: /home/paulus/downloads/

CloudMQTTis a hosted private MQTT instance that is free for up to 10 connected devices. This is enough to get started with for exampleOwnTracksand give you a taste of what is possible.

Home Assistant is not affiliated with CloudMQTT nor will receive any kickbacks.

Create a new CloudMQTT instance(Cute Cat is the free plan)

Create unique users for Home Assistant and each phone to connect

(CloudMQTT does not allow two connections from the same user)

Under manage users, fill in username, password and click add

Copy the instance info to your configuration.yaml:


Home Assistant will automatically load the correct certificate if you connect to an encrypted channel of CloudMQTT (port range 20000-30000).

If you experience an error message likeFailed to connect due to exception: [SSL: CERTIFICATE_VERIFY_FAILED] certificate verify failed, then addcertificate: autoto your broker configuration and restart Home Assistant.

Home Assistant contains an embedded MQTT broker calledHBMQTT. If you dont have an MQTT broker, you can configure this one to be used. If configured, Home Assistant will automatically connect to it.

Example configuration.yaml entry mqtt: password: hello

As of release 0.92, the embedded broker has been marked as deprecated. This means bugs may not be fixed, and the functionality may be removed in a future release.

Before release 0.76, the embedded broker would use your API password as a password to the MQTT user. This is no longer the case.

There isan issuewith the HBMQTT broker and the WebSocket connection that is causing a memory leak. If you experience this issue, consider using another broker like Mosquitto.

To use Owntracks with the internal broker a small configuration change must be made in order for the app to use MQTT protocol 3.1.1 (Protocol Level 4).

In the Owntracks preferences (Android: v1.2.3+, iOS: v9.5.1+) openConfiguration Management; Find the value namedmqttProtocolLeveland set the value to4. The application will now use MQTT 3.1.1 to connect, which is compatible with the embedded broker.

If you want to customize the settings of the embedded broker, useembedded:and the values shown in theHBMQTT Broker configuration. This will replace the default configuration.

Example configuration.yaml entry mqtt: embedded: Your HBMQTT config here. Example at:

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