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Motion camera plugin for Homebridge


  1. Install Homebridge using npm install -g homebridge
  2. Install this plugin npm install -g homebridge-camera-motion
  3. Update your configuration file - see below for an example
  4. Install and configure Motion

Add to your ~/.motion/motion.conf:

on_picture_save printf '%f\t%n\t%v\t%i\t%J\t%K\t%L\t%N\t%D\n' > /tmp/motion-pipe
target_dir /tmp
  1. Copy to /home/pi/ and add /home/pi/ to your rc.local file :
$ cat /etc/rc.local
#!/bin/sh -e
# rc.local
# This script is executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel.
# Make sure that the script will "exit 0" on success or any other
# value on error.
# In order to enable or disable this script just change the execution
# bits.
# By default this script does nothing.

exit 0
  1. Pair to the camera (requires pairing separately from the rest of the Homebridge)


  • accessory: "CameraMotion"
  • name: descriptive name of the Camera service and platform
  • name_motion: name of MotionDetector service
  • motion_pipe: path to a Unix named pipe where motion events are written (will be created if needed, should match output file pipe written to by Motion on_picture_save)
  • motion_timeout: reset the motion detector after this many milliseconds
  • ffmpeg_path: path to ffmpeg for streaming (optional)
  • ffmpeg_source: URL to stream source, should match as configured by motion

Example configuration:

    "platforms": [
        "platform": "CameraMotion",
        "name": "Camera",
		"name_motion": "Motion Sensor",
		"motion_pipe": "/tmp/motion-pipe",
		"motion_timeout": 2000,
		"snapshot_path": "/tmp/lastsnap.jpg",
        "ffmpeg_path": "/usr/local/bin/ffmpeg",
        "ffmpeg_source": "-re -i"


Creates a MotionSensor service and CameraSensor service.

Currently working: snapshots (still images) and motion detection. Video streaming