For your repository to be added there are a few criteria that need to be met.

General requirements


Your repository on GitHub needs to have a description that in short tell what the content in the repository do.

This description is also used in HACS.


Your repository on GitHub needs to have topics, topics are not displayed in HACS, but they can be used for searchability in the HACS store.


Your repository needs to have a readme with information about how to use it. This is not used in HACS, but without this it's hard for the user to get started.

If you want to add a richer experience for your users you can add an file to the root of your repository (this is optional, if you do not have this you need to set render_readme in the hacs.json file), this file will be rendered under the repository description, it does not support the full styling options as Github so use with care.

See the Templates section on how you can make this awesome


This is a special manifest file that both give information to HACS that are used in the UI, and tell it what to use and where it is, this file needs to be located in the root of your repository.

The following keys are supported:

nameTrueThe display name that will be used in the HACS UI
content_in_rootFalseBoolean to indicate that the content is in the root of the repository.
zip_releaseFalseBoolean to indicate that the content is in a zipped archive on the release, if you use this you also need to add filename
filenameFalseName of the file HACS should look for, only applies to single item categories (plugin, theme, python_scripts, zip_release)
render_readmeFalseTells HACS to render the file instead of
domainsFalseA list of domains, ["sensor", "switch"]
countryFalseA2(ISO) variant of the country name
homeassistantFalseThe minimum required Home Assistant version
persistent_directoryFalseThis will only apply to integrations, a relative path (under the integration dir) that will be kept safe during upgrades.
iot_classFor integrationsThe type of communication with the service/device


"name": "My awesome thing",
"content_in_root": true,
"filename": "my_super_awesome_thing.js",
"country": ["NO", "SE", "DK"]
"name": "My awesome thing",
"country": "NO",
"domains": ["media_player", "sensor"],
"homeassistant": "0.99.9",
"persistent_directory": "userfiles"

key option country

This key can be a single value, or a list.

"country": ["NO", "SE", "DK"]
"country": "NO",

key option iot_class

This is only for integrations.

Here you can use the same as Home Assistant uses


If the repository uses GitHub releases, the tagname from the latest release is used to set the remote version. (**NB: just publishing tags is not enough, you need to publish releases)

If the repository does not use those, the 7 first characters of the last commit will be used.


You can use Jinja2 templates to control what and how the info is displayed. In addition to the default templates of Jinja these are added:

Template valueDescription
installedTrue / False if it is installed.
pending_updateTrue / False if a update is pending.
prereleaseTrue / False if it's a pre release.
selected_tagThe selected version.
version_availableThe latest available version.
version_installedThe installed version


{% if prerelease %}
### NB!: This is a Beta version!
{% endif %}


Here Travel Time
{% if installed %}
## Changes as compared to your installed version:
### Breaking Changes
### Changes
### Features
{% if version_installed.replace("v", "").replace(".","") | int < 141 %}
- Added `mode: bicycle`
- Added `mode: publicTransportTimeTable` - Please look [here]( for differences between the two public modes.
{% endif %}
{% if version_installed.replace("v", "").replace(".","") | int < 142 %}
- Release notes are shown in HACS depending on your installed version
{% endif %}
### Bugfixes
{% if version_installed.replace("v", "").replace(".","") | int < 143 %}
- Fix for `mode: publicTransportTimeTable` returning `No timetable route found`
{% endif %}
{% endif %}


Some examples of files

Custom Header


Lovelace Swipe Navigation




Want to add your repository to the store as a default?

See here for how to add a custom repository.


Tell your users that your repository can be tracked with HACS.

Default repository

If your repository is in the default store.





Custom repository

If your repository can be added as a custom repository.




Last updated on 4/4/2020