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Automatically populate lovelace cards with entities matching certain criteria.

For installation instructions see this guide.

Usage

type: custom:auto-entities
card: <card>
entities:
  - <entity>
  - <entity>
filter:
  template: <template>
  include:
    - <filter>
    - <filter>
  exclude:
    - <filter>
    - <filter>

show_empty: <show_empty>
unique: <unique>
sort: <sort_method>

Options

  • card: Required. The card to display. Specify this as you would specify any normal lovelace card, but ommit the entities: parameter.
  • entities: Any entities added here will be added to the card before any filters are applied.
  • filter:
    • template: A jinja2 template evaluating to a list of entries to include
    • include: A list of filters specifying which entities to add to the card
    • exclude: A list of filters specifying which entities to remove from the card
  • show_empty: Whether to display the card if it has no entities. Default: true.
  • unique: Whether to remove duplicate values after filtering and sorting. Set to true to remove exact duplicate entries. Set to entity to remove entries with the same entity id. Default: false.
  • sort: How to sort the entities of the card. Default: none. See Sorting entities for details
  • card_param: The parameter of the card to populate. Default: entities.

Filters

The two main filter sections include and exclude each takes a list of filters.

Filters have the following options, and will match any entity fulfilling ALL options:

  • domain: Match entity domain (e.g. light, binary_sensor, media_player)
  • state: Match entity state (e.g. "on", home, "3.14")
  • entity_id: Match entity id (e.g. light.bed_light, input_binary.weekdays_only)
  • name: Match friendly name attribute (e.g. Kitchen lights, Front door)
  • group: Match entities in given group (e.g. group.living_room_lights)
  • area: Match entities in given area (e.g. Kitchen)
  • device: Match entities belonging to given device (e.g. Thomas iPhone)
  • attributes: Map of attribute: value pairs to match.
  • last_changed: Match minutes since last state change (most useful as a comparison, e.g. last_changed: < 15)
  • last_updated: Match minutes since last update

Special options:

  • options: Map of options to apply to entity when passed to card.
  • type: Type of special entries to include in entity list. Entries with a type: will not be filtered.
  • not: Specifies a filter that entities must not match.
  • sort: Specifies a method to sort entities matched by this filter only.
  • or: Match any in a list of filters.

Template filter

The filter section template takes a jinja2 template which evaluates to a list of entities or entity objects.

How it works

auto-entities creates a list of entities by:

  1. Including every entitiy given in entities: (this allow nesting of auto-entitiesif you'd want to do that for some reason...)
  2. Include every entity listed in a filter.template evaluation
  3. Include all entities that matches ALL options of ANY filter in the filter.include section. The same entity may be included several times by different filters.
  4. Remove all entities that matches ALL options on ANY filter in the filter.exclude section.

It then creates a card based on the configuration given in card:, and fills in entities: of that card with the entities from above.

Matching rules

Wildcards

Any filter option can use * as a wildcard for string comparison. Note that strings must be quoted when doing this:

filter:
  include:
    - name: "Bedroom *"
    - entity_id: "sensor.temperature_*_max"

Regular expressions

Any filter option can use javascript Regular Expressions for string comparison. To do this, enclose the regex in /. Also make sure to quote the string:

filter:
  include:
    - name: "/^.* [Ll]ight$/"
    - entity_id: "/sensor.temperature_4[abd]/"

Numerical comparison

Any filter option dealing with numerical quantities can use comparison operators if specified as a string (must be quoted):

filter:
  include:
    - attributes:
        battery: "<= 50" # Attribute battery_level is 50 or less
    - state: "> 25" # State is greater than 25
    - attributes:
        count: "! 2" # Attribute count is not equal to 2
    - state: "= 12" # State is exactly 12 (also matches "12", "12.0" etc.)
    - state: 12 # State is exactly 12 but not "12"

Repeating options

Any option can be used more than once by appending a number or string to the option name:

filter:
  include:
    - state 1: "> 100"
      state 2: "< 200"

The filter above matches entities where the state is above 100 AND below 200. Compare to the following:

filter:
  include:
    - state: "< 100"
    - state: "> 200"

The two filters above together match entities where the state is below 100 OR above 200.

Object attributes

Some entity attributes actually contain several values. One example is hs_color for a light, which has one value for Hue and one for Saturation. Such values can be stepped into using keys or indexes separated by a colon (:):

filter:
  include:
    - attributes:
        hs_color:1: ">30"

The example above matches lights with a hs_color saturation value greater than 30.

Sorting entities

Entities can be sorted, either on a filter-by-filter basis by adding a sort: option to the filter, or all at once after all filters have been applied using the sort: option of auto-entities itself.

Sorting methods are specified as:

sort:
  method: <method>
  reverse: <reverse>
  ignore_case: <ignore_case>
  attribute: <attribute>
  first: <first>
  count: <count>
  numeric: <numeric>
  • method: Required One of domain, entity_id, name, state, attribute, last_changed last_updated or last_triggered.
  • reverse: Set to true to reverse the order. Default: false.
  • ignore_case: Set to true to make the sort case-insensitive. Default: false.
  • numeric: Set to true to sort by numeric value. Default: false except for last_changed, last_updated and last_triggered sorting methods.
  • attribute: Attribute to sort by if method: attribute. Can be an object attribute as above (e.g. attribute: rgb_color:2)
  • first and count can be used to only display <count> entities, starting with the <first> (starts with 0).

Entity options

In the options: option of the filters, the string this.entity_id will be replaced with the matched entity_id. Useful for service calls - see below.

Examples

Show all entities, except yahoo weather, groups and zones in a glance card:

type: custom:auto-entities
card:
  type: glance
filter:
  include: [{}]
  exclude:
    - entity_id: "*yweather*"
    - domain: group
    - domain: zone

Show all gps device_trackers with battery level less than 50:

type: custom:auto-entities
card:
  type: entities
  title: Battery warning
filter:
  include:
    - domain: device_tracker
      options:
        secondary_info: last-changed
      attributes:
        battery: "< 50"
        source_type: gps

Show all lights that are on:

type: custom:auto-entities
show_empty: false
card:
  type: glance
  title: Lights on
filter:
  include:
    - domain: light
      state: "on" # Remember that "on" and "off" are magic in yaml, and must always be quoted
      options:
        tap_action:
          action: toggle

Also show all lights that are on:

type: custom:auto-entities
show_empty: false
card:
  type: entities
  title: Lights on
  show_header_toggle: false
filter:
  include:
    - domain: light
  exclude:
    - state: "off"
    - state: "unavailable"

Show everything that has "light" in its name, but isn't a light, and all switches in the living room:

type: custom:auto-entities
card:
  type: entities
  title: Lights on
  show_header_toggle: false
filter:
  include:
    - name: /[Ll]ight/
      not:
        domain: light
    - type: section
    - domain: switch
      area: Living Room

List every sensor belonging to any iPhone:

type: custom:auto-entities
card:
  type: entities
  title: Phones
  show_header_toggle: false
filter:
  include:
    - device: /iPhone/

List the five last triggered motion sensors:

type: custom:auto-entities
card:
  type: entities
filter:
  include:
    - domain: binary_sensor
      attributes:
        device_class: motion
sort:
  method: last_changed
  count: 5

Put all sensors in individual entity cards in a grid card:

type: custom:auto-entities
card:
  type: grid
card_param: cards
filter:
  include:
    - domain: sensor
      options:
        type: entity

Turn on scenes by clicking them:

type: custom:auto-entities
card:
  type: glance
filter:
  include:
    - domain: scene
      options:
        tap_action:
          action: call-service
          service: scene.turn_on
          service_data:
            # Note the magic value this.entity_id here
            entity_id: this.entity_id

Example using templates:

type: custom:auto-entities
card:
  type: entities
filter:
  template: |
    {% for light in states.light %}
      {% if light.state == "on" %}
        {{ light.entity_id}},
      {% endif %}
    {% endfor %}

Or:

template: "{{states.light | selectattr('state', '==', 'on') | list}}"

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