Ubuntu on x64
Basically a step by step guide to install OpenHAB 1.8 on an Intel x86 machine using a few common bindings.
The content is mostly copy & pasted from other parts of the wiki.
I've picked the LTS version for stability.
- Download Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64bit
- Next, make a USB drive to install Ubuntu onto a spare machine:
- If you're using Windows: Download Rufus
- If you're using a unix machine:
sudo ddrescue -f (infile or your .iso file) (outfile or your usb drive)
sudo ddrescue -f ~/ubuntu-14.04-server.iso /dev/sda1
- DDRescue is usually better and more user friendly than just
ddas it gives you a timer and actual information as it works.
Install Ubuntu LTS
When going through the installation process, on the Packages options, pick the following options:
- OpenSSH server (To administrate the server using PuTTY or your favorite terminal)
- Samba Fileserver (To get access to the OpenHAB config files from Windows or OS X)
We need Java 8, which is not included in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, so we add a repository and install it:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:webupd8team/java sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer
It will ask you to accept the Terms and Conditions of Oracle to use Java.
MySQL for Persistence
sudo apt-get install mysql-server
Here, it will ask for a root password, saying that "While it is not necessary, it is suggested." Of which it is always a good idea to include a root password. Make sure, of course, to remember this password as well.
Start the Mysql commandline as root
sudo mysql -u root -p
Create a database for OpenHAB
CREATE DATABASE OpenHAB;
Create a user for OpenHAB
CREATE USER 'openhab'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'yourpassword';
Grant the user permissions for the database
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON OpenHAB.* TO 'openhab'@'localhost';
Quit the Mysql command prompt
Mosquitto as MQTT broker
MQTT, for those who don't know, is a machine-to-machine (M2M)/"Internet of Things" connectivity protocol.
Mosquito is the program/broker that implements the MQTT protocol.
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mosquitto-dev/mosquitto-ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install mosquitto
Setup TLS on Mosquitto (optional)
Copy the SSL CA to /etc/mosquitto/ca-certificates copy the SSL certificate and private key (.crt and .key) to /etc/mosquitto/certs
Protect your SSL certificate
cd /etc/mosquitto/certs sudo chmod 600 * sudo chown mosquitto *
sudo nano /etc/mosquitto/conf.d/tls.conf
Add the following
listener 8883 tls_version tlsv1 cafile /etc/mosquitto/ca-certificate/ca.crt certfile /etc/mosquitto/certs/server.crt keyfile /etc/mosquitto/certs/server.key require_certificate false
To restart Mosquitto, try one of the following;
sudo /etc/init.d/mosquitto restart sudo service mosquitto restart
Make sure you portforwarded the default mosquitto port 1883 to your server!
Configure the repository
wget -qO - 'https://bintray.com/user/downloadSubjectPublicKey?username=openhab' | sudo apt-key add - echo "deb http://dl.bintray.com/openhab/apt-repo stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openhab.list sudo apt-get update
Install the runtime
sudo apt-get install openhab-runtime
Get needed addons
sudo apt-get install openhab-addon-binding-astro openhab-addon-binding-http openhab-addon-binding-mqtt openhab-addon-binding-mqttitude openhab-addon-binding-networkhealth openhab-addon-binding-wol openhab-addon-binding-zwave openhab-addon-persistence-mysql
Extra addons that are popular
- openhab-addon-binding-hue - Philips Hue
- openhab-addon-binding-netatmo - Netatmo Personal Weather Station
- openhab-addon-binding-plex - Plex
- openhab-addon-binding-samsungtv - Samsung TV
- openhab-addon-binding-sonos - Sonos
- openhab-addon-binding-xbmc - XBMC
- openhab-addon-io-myopenhab - My.OpenHAB
Setup the configuration
Copy the default configuration
cd /etc/openhab/configurations/ sudo cp openhab_default.cfg openhab.cfg
sudo nano ./openhab.cfg
- Set default persistince to mysql
- Set Mysql server username, password and url
- Set MQTT Transport
- Set HTTP Binding cache item for weather
- Set Z-Wave port
- Set Astro binding latitude and longitude
Create items, sitemaps and rules
This is where you should create items, sitemaps and rules.
See the Configuring the openHAB runtime wiki page.
Symlink com ports for Zwave devices
The Symlink page has the best instructions on how to add the info for three popular Z-Wave USB Sticks, as well as how to find the needed info for any other USB Sticks.
sudo update-rc.d openhab defaults
Note that for UBUNTU 15.10 and Raspian Jessie - or if you prefer using
systemctl - this should be:
sudo systemctl enable openhab
Share the configuration files using Samba
This is for being able to see and edit the files easily from other machines, if you don't know how to use SSH.
sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf
Go to the bottom of the file and add
[OpenHAB] comment = OpenHAB Configuration path = /etc/openhab/configurations browseable = yes writeable = yes guest ok = no create mask = 0777 directory mask = 0777
sudo service samba restart
Change permissions on the OpenHAB config to 777
cd /etc/openhab sudo chmod -R 777 configurations/
Now you can go to your Windows machine using
\\hostname\OpenHAB from your file explorer. Type the string into the Address bar (where the Directory names are at the top) and it should try to access that location. Next, it will ask for your login information, use your Ubuntu credentials.
Now, it should show the files that are available inside of
Use Notepad++ since most files have Unix linefeeds.