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WebRTC Camera

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Home Assistant custom component for real-time viewing of almost any camera stream using WebRTC and other technologies.

Starting with version 3 the streaming server has been changed from RTSPtoWebRTC to go2rtc.


go2rtc

This component uses the go2rtc application as a streaming server:

  • lowest possible streaming latency for many supported protocols
  • streaming from RTSP, RTMP, HTTP (FLV/MJPEG/JPEG), HomeKit cameras, USB cameras and other sources
  • streaming to RTSP, WebRTC, MSE/MP4 or MJPEG
  • support popular codec H264/H265, AAC, PCMU/PCMA, OPUS
  • on-the-fly transcoding for unsupported codecs via FFmpeg
  • autoselect streaming technology based on stream codecs, browser capabilities, network configuration

Read more in the go2rtc docs!

You can install go2rtc in several ways:

  1. Basic users - this component will automatically download and run the latest version of go2rtc, you don't need to do anything yourself.
  2. Advanced users - install the go2rtc or Frigate 12+ add-on.
  3. Hakers - install go2rtc as binary or Docker on any server in LAN.

You can change the go2rtc settings by adding the go2rtc.yaml file to your Hass configuration folder.

Important. go2rtc runs its own web interface on port 1984 without a password. There you can see a list of active camera streams. Anyone on your LAN can access them without a password. You can disable this in the go2rtc config.

PS. There is also another nice card with go2rtc support - Frigate Lovelace Card.

Installation

Method 1. HACS > Integrations > Plus > WebRTC > Install

Method 2. Manually copy webrtc folder from latest release to /config/custom_components folder.

Additional steps if you are using the UI in YAML mode: add card to resources

The custom_card will be automatically registered with the Home Assistant UI, except when you are managing the UI in YAML mode. If you are managing the UI in YAML mode then add this to your UI resources for the custom:webrtc-camera card to work:

url: /webrtc/webrtc-camera.js
type: module
  • Refresh your browser

Configuration

Settings > Devices & Services > Add Integration > WebRTC

If the integration is not in the list, you need to clear the browser cache.

Component doesn't create devices and entities. It creates only two services and lovelace custom card.

Custom card

As a url you can use:

  • any protocol supported by go2rtc (rtsp, rtmp, http, onvif, dvrip, homekit, roborock, etc.)
  • stream name from the go2rtc config
  • Jinja2 template (should render supported protocol or stream name)

As a entity you can use almost any camera from Hass.

As a poster you can use:

  • http-link (should be publicly available link)
  • camera entity from Hass
  • stream name from the go2rtc config
  • Jinja2 template (should render camera entity or stream name)

Minimal

type: 'custom:webrtc-camera'
url: 'rtsp://rtsp:12345678@192.168.1.123:554/av_stream/ch0'

or

type: 'custom:webrtc-camera'
url: 'camera1'  # stream name from go2rtc.yaml

or

type: 'custom:webrtc-camera'
entity: camera.generic_stream  # change to your camera entity_id

or

type: 'custom:webrtc-camera'
streams:
  - url: go2rtc_stream_hd
    name: HD      # name is optional
    mode: webrtc  # mode is optional
    media: video  # media is optional
  - url: go2rtc_stream_sd
    name: SD
    mode: mse
    media: audio

PS. You can change the active stream by clicking on the mode label. Or by clicking on the stream name with enabled ui: true.

Full

All settings are optional! Only required setting - url or entity or streams.

type: 'custom:webrtc-camera'

url: 'rtsp://rtsp:12345678@192.168.1.123:554/av_stream/ch0'
entity: camera.generic_stream
mode: webrtc,webrtc/tcp,mse,hls,mjpeg  # stream technology, default all of them
media: video,audio  # select only video or audio track, default both

server: http://192.168.1.123:1984/     # custom go2rtc server address, default empty

ui: true  # custom video controls, default false

digital_ptz:  # digital zoom and pan via mouse/touch, defaults:
  mouse_drag_pan: true 
  mouse_wheel_zoom: true
  mouse_double_click_zoom: true
  touch_drag_pan: true 
  touch_pinch_zoom: true  
  touch_tap_drag_zoom: true 
  persist: true  # zoom factor and viewport position survive page reloads

# digital_ptz: false  # to disable all mouse/touch digital zoom and pan

title: My super camera  # optional card title
poster: https://home-assistant.io/images/cast/splash.png  # still image when stream is loading
muted: true  # initial mute toggle state, default is false (unmuted)

intersection: 0.75  # auto stop stream when less than 75% of video element is in the screen, 50% by default
background: true  # run stream when not displayed (ex. for quick video loading), default false

shortcuts:  # custom shortcuts, default none
- name: Record
  icon: mdi:record-circle-outline
  service: switch.toggle
  service_data:
    entity_id: switch.camera_record

Pan, tilt, zoom controls: PTZ config examples.

Paused by default

type: custom:webrtc-camera
poster: dahua1-snap  # stream name from go2rtc.yaml (http-snapshot)
streams:
  - url: ''          # empty url, so only poster will be shown
  - url: dahua1      # stream name from go2rtc.yaml (rtsp-stream)

Video aspect ratio issue

style: "video {aspect-ratio: 16/9; object-fit: fill;}"

Video rotation

  1. On client (free CPU):
    style: 'video {transform: rotate(90deg); aspect-ratio: 1}'
  2. On server - FFmpeg transcoding (high CPU cost)

Hide mode label

style: '.mode {display: none}'

Hide fullscreen button

style: '.fullscreen {display: none}'

Hide screenshot button

style: '.screenshot {display: none}'

Hide PIP button

style: '.pictureinpicture {display: none}'

Shortcuts position

style: ".shortcuts {left: unset; top: 25px; right: 5px; display: flex; flex-direction: column}"

PTZ position

style: ".ptz {right: unset; left: 10px}"

Mode label position

style: '.header {bottom: 6px} .mode {position: absolute; bottom: 0px}'

Header line position

style: '.header {top: unset; bottom: 6px}'

Two-way audio

  • Only for supported sources in go2rtc
  • Only for Hass with HTTPS access, this limitation is from the browsers
  • Only for WebRTC mode
  • HTTPS is also important for Hass Mobile App!

You should add microphone to media param. You can use two streams: one with mic, second without:

type: 'custom:webrtc-camera'
streams:
  - url: go2rtc_stream
  - url: go2rtc_stream
    mode: webrtc
    media: video,audio,microphone

PS. For Hass Mobile App ensure that you can use microphone with the built-in Assist.

Snapshots to Telegram

read more

Cast or share stream

Component support streaming to Google Cast Chromecast devices (including Android TV and Google Smart Screen). Read more in wiki.

Also component support creating a temporary or permanent link to a stream without sharing access to you Home Assistant. Read more in wiki.

Stream to camera

go2rtc support play audio files (ex. music or TTS) and live streams (ex. radio) on cameras with two way audio support. You need to:

  1. Check if your camera has supported two way audio source
  2. Setup camera stream in go2rtc.yaml config
  3. Check audio codec, that your camera supports
  4. Create virtual Media Players for your cameras in configuration.yaml:
media_player:
  - platform: webrtc
    name: Dahua Camera
    stream: dahua
    audio: pcmu/48000
  - platform: webrtc
    name: Tapo Camera
    stream: tapo
    audio: pcma

FAQ

Q. Exernal access with WebRTC doesn't work
A. Read more and don't create new issues.

Q. Audio doesn't work
A. Check what audio codec your camera outputs. And what technology do you use to watch videos. Different technologies support different codecs.

Debug

Add to your configuration.yaml:

logger:
  default: warning
  logs:
    custom_components.webrtc: debug

Known work cameras

Brand Models Comment
ActiveCam AC-D2121IR3
ActiveCam AC-D7121IR1W support sound
Android IP Webcam Pro support sound, rtsp://192.168.1.123:8080/h264_ulaw.sdp
Dahua DH-IPC-HDPW1431FP-AS-0280B, VTO2211G-P support sound
Dahua VTO2202F-P-S2 read more
EZVIZ C3S rtsp://admin:pass@192.168.1.123:554/h264/ch01/main/av_stream and /h264/ch01/sub/av_stream
EZVIZ C3W, C3WN, C6CN, C6T rtsp://admin:pass@192.168.1.123:554/h264_stream
EZVIZ C8C rtsp://admin:pass@192.168.1.123:554/channel80
Foscam C1 rtsp://user:pass@192.168.1.123:554/videoMain
Foscam C2M, R2M rtsp://user:pass@192.168.1.123:88/videoMain
GW Security GW5088IP rtsp://192.168.1.123:554/mpeg4cif?username=admin&password=123456
GW Security GW5078IP rtsp://192.168.1.123:554/stream0?username=admin&password=123456
GW Security GW5071IP Not working yet, something similar to rtsp://admin:123456@192.168.0.207:554/live/main or rtsp://192.168.0.207:554/live/main?username=admin&password=123456
Hikvision DS-2CD2T47G1-L, DS-2CD1321-I, DS-2CD2143G0-IS rtsp://user:pass@192.168.1.123:554/ISAPI/Streaming/Channels/102
Hikvision IPC-HDW3849H-AS-PV, IPC-EW5531-AS wired to nvr DHI-NVR2108HS-8P-I using custom component
Imou IPC-F42-B2E3 (Bullet 2C 4MP) rtsp://admin:password@192.168.1.123:554/cam/realmonitor?channel=1&subtype=0
QNAP QUSBCam2 rtsp://username:password@192.168.1.123:554/channel1 docs
Raspberry Pi PiCam read more
Reolink RLC-410, RLC-410W, RLC-510WA, E1 Pro, E1 Zoom, 4505MP RLC-510WA support sound, E1 Zoom support sound, PTZ and zoom
Reolink E1 rtsp://admin:password@192.168.1.123:554/h264Preview_01_main
Sonoff GK-200MP2-B support sound and PTZ, rtsp://rtsp:12345678@192.168.1.123:554/av_stream/ch0 and /av_stream/ch1
SriHome SH035 rtsp://192.168.xxx.xxx:8554/profile0 and /profile1 and /profile2
TP-Link Tapo C100/C200/C310 rtsp://user:pass@192.168.1.123:554/stream1 and /stream2
TVT/Secutech NVR-0808B2-8P rtsp://user:pass@192.168.1.123:554/chID=1&streamType=main and chID=2&streamType=main
Unifi G4 Dome, G4 doorbell, G3 Bullet, G3 Flex
Wyze Cam v2/v3, Cam Pan v1/v2 support sound
Xiaomi Dafang with hack, rtsp://192.168.1.123:8554/unicast
Video: H264, size: 1920x1080, bitrate: 1000, format: VBR, frame rate: 10
Audio: PCMU, rate in: 8000, rate out: 44100
Yi Hi3518e Chipset with hack
Yi MStar Infinity Chipset with hack