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Simple Home Automation solution with MQTT


  • Home Automation with MQTT
  • Cloud-based Micro Service Architecture (only the bindings to control the devices are running locally)
  • Completely independent from the used technology (btw. most bindings are actually written in node.js)



System Architecture

System Architecture


    git clone
    cd homepi
    sudo npm install -g cordova ionic gulp
    npm install
    gulp install
  • Publish your configuration to MQTT with the topic "username/home/config" (see

Example configuration:

    "id" : "ceiling_light",
    "type" : "on_off",
    "value" : false,
    "name" : "Ceiling Light",
    "topic" : "denschu/home/devices/livingroom/ceiling_light/value"
  • Run with local HTTP Server
cd www
python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8080
mosca --http-port 8000 --http-bundle --verbose | bunyan

Open http://localhost:8080 in a webbrowser and provide your credentials to connect to the MQTT Broker.

  • Run it as native app
sudo npm install -g cordova ionic
ionic platform add ios
ionic build ios
ionic emulate ios
  • Run the complete stack with Docker
docker run -p 1883:1883 -p 8000:8000 -v /var/db/mosca:/db denschu/mosca-secure
docker run -d -p 80:80 denschu/homepi

MQTT topic conventions

When you create the above device configuration for the GUI then you always define the topics it will subscribe to.


The GUI application will always add a "/set" to the topicname from above when it publishes a message. The payload of the message contains the value to set on the device.

<username>/home/devices/<room>/<device-name>/value/set <value>
denschu/home/devices/living_room/light1/value/set true

Available MQTT Bindings (separate git-Repositories)

Take a look at my puppet manifests to setup the Raspberry Pi very easily with puppet. You also get some help for the manual setup.

At the moment the following "experimental" MQTT bindings are available:


  • MQTT
  • Ionic Framework (with AngularJS)
  • node.js

For further informations please refer to my blog posts:

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