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Samsung Smartthings Binding

This binding integrates the Samsung Smartthings Hub into OpenHAB. This is implemented as an OpenHAB 2 binding.

Supported things

The goal is to support all of the bindings in the Smartthings Capabilities list. However all of the devices have not been tested at this time. Please test with your devices. If you find one that doesn't work follow these instructions to collect the required data so I can work to support it.


Discovery allows OpenHAB to examine a binding and automatically find the Things available on binding. Discovery is supported and does work but needs more testing.

Discovery is not run automatically on startup. Therefore to run the discovery process perform the following:

  1. Start the PaperUI
  2. Click on Configuration > Things
  3. Click on ADD THINGS and select the Smartthings Binding.
  4. On the displayed screen select the Smartthings Hub.
  5. In the Configurations Parameters section enter the IP of Smartthings hub and enter the port number, which is probably 39500. Click on the check mark
  6. Click on Inbox
  7. At the bottom of the screen click on SEARCH FOR THINGS
  8. Select Smartthings Binding
  9. You should now see the Smartthings Things in the Inbox
  10. More information on using discovery is available in the configuration tutorial

Smartthings Configuration

Prior to running starting the binding the Smartthings hub must have the required OpenHAB software installed. Follow these instructions

** The binding will not work until this part has been completed, do not skip this part of the setup. **

OpenHAB Configuration

This binding is an OpenHAB 2 binding and uses the Bridge / Thing design with the Smartthings Hub being the Bridge and the controlled modules being the Things. The following definitions are specified in the .things file.

Bridge Configuration

The bridge requires the IP address and port used to connect the OpenHAB server to the Smarrthings Hub.

Bridge smartthings:smartthings:Home    [ smartthingsIp="", smartthingsPort=39500 ] {


  • smartthings:smartthings:Home identifies this is a smartthings hub named Home. The first two segments must be smartthings:smartthings. You can choose any unique name for the the last segment. The last segment is used when you identify items connected to this hubthingTypeId.
  • smartthingsIp is the IP address of theSmartthings Hub. Your router should be configured such that the Smartthings Hub is always assigned to this IP address.
  • smartthingsPort is the port the Smartthings hub listens on. 39500 is the port assigned my Smartthings so it should be used unless you have a good reason for using another port.

Thing Configuration

Each attached thing must specify the type of device and it's Smartthings device name. The formart of the Thing description is:

Thing <thingTypeId> name [ smartthingsName="<deviceName>" ]


  • thingTypeId corresponds to the "Preferences Reference" in the Smartthings Capabilities document but without the capability. prefix. i.e. A dimmer switch in the Capabilities document has a Preferences reference of capability.switchLevel, therefore the is switchLevel.
  • name is what you want to call this thing and is used in defining the items that use this thing.
  • deviceName is the name you assigned to the device when you discovered and connected to it in the Smartthings App


Bridge smartthings:smartthings:Home    [ smartthingsIp="", smartthingsPort=39500 ] {
    Thing switchLevel              KitchenLights           [ smartthingsName="Kitchen lights" ]
    Thing contactSensor            MainGarageDoor          [ smartthingsName="Garage Door Open Sensor" ]
    Thing temperatureMeasurement   MainGarageTemp          [ smartthingsName="Garage Door Open Sensor" ]
    Thing battery                  MainGarageBattery       [ smartthingsName="Garage Door Open Sensor" ]
    Thing switch                   OfficeLight             [ smartthingsName="Family Room" ]


These are specified in the .items file. This section describes the specifics related to this binding. Please see the Items documentation for a full explanation of configuring items.

The most important thing is getting the channel specification correct. The general format is:

{ channel="smartthings:<thingTypeId>:<hubName>:<thingName>:<channelId>" }

The parts (separated by :) are defined as:

  1. smartthings to specify this is a smartthings device
  2. thingTypeId specifies the type of the thing you are connecting to. This is the same as described in the last section.
  3. hubName identifies the name of the hub specified above. This corresponds to the third segment in the Bridge definition.
  4. thingName identifes the thing this is attached to and is the "name" you specified in the Thing definition.
  5. channelId corresponds the the attribute in the Smartthings Capabilities list. for switch it would be "switch".


Dimmer  KitchenLights        "Kitchen lights"           <slider>          { channel="smartthings:switchLevel:Home:KitchenLights:level" }
Contact MainGarageDoor       "Garage door status [%s]" <garagedoor>       { channel="smartthings:contactSensor:Home:MainGarageDoor:contact" }  
Number  MainGarageTemp       "Garage temperature [%.0f]"  <temperature>   { channel="smartthings:temperatureMeasurement:Home:MainGarageTemp:temperature" }  
Number  MainGarageBattery    "Garage battery [%.0f]"  <battery>           { channel="smartthings:battery:Home:MainGarageBattery:battery" }  
Switch           OfficeLight          "Office light"    <light>           { channel="smartthings:switch:Home:OfficeLight:switch" }


Until this binding has been added to the OpenHAB repository you will need to copy the binding "jar" file to your OpenHAB server.

  1. Locate the org.openhab.binding.smartthings-2.4.0-SNAPSHOT.jar file in the /target folder of the distribution.
  2. Copy this file to the addons directory of your OpenHAB server. If you are using Openhabian this will be in the Samba share: openHAB/addons.
  3. If openHAB is currently running it will need to be restarted (On Linux: sudo /etc/init.d/openhab2 stop followed by sudo /etc/init.d/openhab2 start)
  4. Add the appropriate configuration files (.things, .items, .sitemaps)

Known issues

  1. An exception is thrown when the the .things file is changed. Needs further research
  2. Testing has been limited to the small set of devices I own.

How to report issues

Testing has been limited to the small number of devices I own which are listed near the top of this document. If you discover one of your devices doesn't work as expected please follow the instructions in the Troubleshooting file and raise an issue on my Github Repo BobRak


  1. OpenHAB configuration documentation
  2. Smartthings Capabilities Reference
  3. Smartthings Developers Documentation
  4. Smartthings Development Environment