Home Assistant 2023.11: What's New in the Latest Release - Kiril Peyanski's Blog (2024)

Home Assistant 2023.11 is arriving today, bringing a host of exciting features and improvements. Here’s a comprehensive rundown of the key highlights.

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Introducing the “todo” Entity

In the latest update, Home Assistant introduces a new “todo” entity. This entity represents a list of tasks, and its state indicates the number of tasks that are still open. Now, you can add todo lists directly in the Home Assistant sidebar.

My Home Assistant Link to add it – https://my.home-assistant.io/redirect/config_flow_start?domain=local_todo

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These lists can include both local and Cloud-based lists, including shopping lists. This is possible because Home Assistant integrations can now provide todos, since they are considered entities. Additionally, the recently introduced Shopping list is now also considered a todo entity.

My Home Assistant Shopping List – https://my.home-assistant.io/redirect/config_flow_start?domain=shopping_list

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But there’s even more to it! This new feature opens up opportunities to check the state of these tasks using scripts and automations, and add additional logic to them if needed.

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It’s important to note that if you have a todo list, integrations can utilize it as well. This means that you can now seamlessly integrate Todoist and Google Tasks todo lists into Home Assistant.

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These lists will be visualized as another todo list within Home Assistant. Essentially, you can now have both Google Tasks todo list and local todo lists running concurrently.

Empowering Tile Cards

Tile cards are taking center stage in Home Assistant, with a newfound flexibility that may soon make them the primary cards in Home Assistant, thanks to the added drag and drop functionality. The 2023.11 release allows for the creation of custom state content for Tile Cards, providing users the ability to define the state line according to their preferences.

This can be easily accomplished through the GUI, selecting the preferred state content from the appearance section. The versatility extends to all supported entities, including lights, switches, and climate controls and all others.

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Imagine the wealth of information you can now add to these compact tile cards, optimizing screen space while enhancing functionality.

Embracing Matter 1.2

Matter 1.2 is adding nine new device types, fixes some stability issues and have a lot of improvements across the board. But that is not the most interesting to me thing here. The most interesting is that the Matter 1.2 release was announced just several days ago, there are no Matter 1.2 devices yet, but nevertheless Home Assistant 2023.11 will support that latest version of the Matter standard. It is so fast.

On top, there’s a statement in the release notes, which is basically saying that a lot of Matter Device manufacturers are using Home Assistant as a playground, because of the good Matter support. And they are testing their devices on the Home Assistant Matter controller before all others.

That is really good news for all of us as Home Assistant is becoming more and more mainstream and we can expect all future smart home & IoT devices to work flawlessly on it.

If you didn’t join the fun yet, now is a great time to start your Home Assistant journey and if you need a little help getting started – join my totally free webinar – https://automatelike.pro/webinar

In the webinar I will talk about the official ways to get Home Assistant, some pros & cons and I will share one super simple way to start on a pc in 5 minutes. Link and QR code to the webinar registration can be found on your screen.

Custom Range Dates in Energy Dashboard

The energy dashboard in Home Assistant now have a date picker, allowing users to select a custom date range to analyze energy usage over specific periods. This feature proves invaluable for comparing different timeframes and identifying consumption trends.

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Expanded Capabilities for Conditional Cards

Conditional cards enable users to apply conditions to other cards, ensuring they are visible only under certain criteria. In the 2023.11 release, multiple conditions can now be defined, significantly enhancing the utility of conditional cards. Three new conditions—User, Numeric, and Screen—have been added, providing further customization options.

This empowers users to display or hide cards based on factors like user login status, numeric entity states, or device screen size.

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Enhanced Restart Options – Safe Mode

A small yet noteworthy addition is the introduction of a “Restart Home Assistant in safe mode” button. This feature allows Home Assistant to start without loading custom integrations, themes, and custom cards, streamlining the troubleshooting process for performance or frontend issues.

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Simplified Device Setup with Improv

Home Assistant 2023.11 now facilitates the setup of Improv devices directly from the platform. Improv is an open protocol used by various firmwares like WLED, Tasmota, ESPHome and simplifies the WiFi configuration process for newly flashed devices. This update automatically detects WiFi and Bluetooth-enabled devices with ESPHome firmware, enabling seamless integration with your home network and Home Assistant instance.

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Configurable Script Fields

In Home Assistant 2023.11, users can add custom fields to their scripts. This allows for greater versatility, such as creating scripts with custom text fields for notifications. These custom fields can be defined through the Home Assistant UI, providing options for names, variable keys, descriptions, selectors, default values, and required status.

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New Country Selector and Variable Type Checking

This Home Assistant 2023.11 release introduces a new country selector for Blueprints and custom script fields, offering configurability directly from the UI.

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Additionally, variable type checking is now possible in templates, providing more robust logic options for users regularly working with templates.

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Additional Home Assistant 2023.11 Noteworthy Changes

The release also includes several other notable updates:

  • A two-pane view now available in the calendar dashboard.
  • Enhanced intelligence in ZHA, providing repair guidance in case of network setting changes.
  • Fitbit integration improvements, with setup now accessible directly from the UI, along with support for Fitbit nutrition sensors.
  • Fibaro integration now supports event entities.
  • HomeKit Bridge receives updates for managing device capabilities seamlessly.

New Integrations in November Release

This November, Home Assistant welcomes several new integrations:

  • Google Tasks integration allows easy access to your Google Tasks to-do list.
  • Improv BLE streamlines connecting Improv-enabled devices to your network.
  • Local to-do list functionality lets you create and manage lists directly in Home Assistant.
  • Integration with Tami4 water bar, enabling control and monitoring of filter sensors.


Don’t forget to check the braking changes in the release notes as well as my Smart Home Glossary if something is not quite clear for you.

Here is one (or more) article that will be also interesting for you – https://peyanski.com/category/smart-home/home-assistant/

Thanks for reading I’m Kiril and until next one. Bye!

Home Assistant 2023.11: What's New in the Latest Release - Kiril Peyanski's Blog (2024)


What is better than a Home Assistant? ›

Open Source Home Automation

The best alternatives to Home Assistant are Gladys Assistant, Zuli Smartplug, and Josh.ai. If these 3 options don't work for you, we've listed a few more alternatives below. What do you think of Home Assistant? Home light switch automation made simple.

What is the difference between Home Assistant Yellow and green? ›

What is the difference between Home Assistant Yellow and Home Assistant Green? The most obvious difference is that Home Assistant Green is a plug-and-play system. It is designed to be used as-is. Home Assistant Yellow is designed to be extended by more RAM or more storage by adding an NVMe SSD.

Is Home Assistant easy to use? ›

Home Assistant has a huge range of possibilities, so it can start out as a simple setup and then become more and more complex. In the beginning you will find it easy with a graphical interface, then you will want to do small things that the graphical interface can't and you learn that skill then and succeed.

Is OpenHAB better than Home Assistant? ›

Conclusion from my side, Home Assistant is for beginners and simple setups. Openhab is more for experienced users and more complex setups which requires some kind of clean and well structured core system.

What is the most secure Home Assistant? ›

If you want secure remote access, the easiest option is to use Home Assistant Cloud by which you also support the founders of Home Assistant. Another option is to use TLS/SSL via the add-on Duck DNS integrating Let's Encrypt. To expose your instance to the internet, use a VPN, or an SSH tunnel.

Are home assistants worth it? ›

A home assistant will be useless and won't do anything if you don't have any smart home device in your home. However, if you are having one or more smart home devices a Home Assistant can be a great way to enhance the functionality and features that will not cost you a fortune.

How much does a Home Assistant cost? ›

Today we are introducing an affordable way for new users to start their smart home with Home Assistant: the Home Assistant Green – and it costs only $99 (MSRP). Learn more about Home Assistant Green.

How much RAM does Home Assistant Yellow need? ›

Min. 2 GB of RAM. Min. 16 GB of eMMC flash space. If you opt for the CM4 Lite: as it does not have an eMMC module, you must use an NVMe SSD hard drive. Some users reported that following SSDs are not working on the Home Assistant Yellow.

What OS is Home Assistant based on? ›

Home Assistant Operating System (formerly HassOS) is a Linux based operating system optimized to host Home Assistant and its Add-ons.

Who owns Home Assistant? ›

Nabu Casa, Inc was founded in 2018 by the founders of both Home Assistant, the open source home automation platform, and Home Assistant OS, the operating system that turns your device into a smart home hub powered by Home Assistant.

What can a Home Assistant do? ›

Once started, Home Assistant will automatically scan your network for known devices and allow you to easily set them up. Once you have integrated all your devices at home, you can unleash Home Assistant's advanced automation engine to make your home work for you. Alert you when you leave your garage door open.

Can Home Assistant run without Internet? ›

A cheap all in one modem-router-wifi box will do for small HA installations. You don't have to connect it to the internet - after Home Assistant is set up (internet is required for that).

Can Home Assistant work without wifi? ›

Home Assistant doesn't work without a local network that connects everything together. You do not need internet access after Home Assistant is installed, but you do need a local network.

Do I need a Raspberry Pi for Home Assistant? ›

Suggested Hardware

We will need a few things to get started with installing Home Assistant. Links below lead to Amazon US. If you're not in the US, you should be able to find these items in web stores in your country. Raspberry Pi 4 (Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is ok too, but the Model A does not have enough RAM).

What are the open source alternatives to Home Assistant? ›

Alexa, openHab, and Willow are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Home Assistant.

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