Presenting your add-on

If you decide to share your add-on to the public, paying attention to details is recommended. Of course, your add-on should have a proper name and description, but also gives you some other tools to present your add-on even nicer.

Adding documentation

Good documentation helps the consumer of your add-on to understand its usage, explains configuration options, points users in the right direction in the case they have questions or issues, and contains the license under which the add-on was published.

This file containing the documentation is usually referred to as the “README”, which is generally published as the file.

Take a look at other projects for inspiration. For example, see the of the Community Add-ons: Homebridge add-on.

In future versions of, the file will be displayed in the Home Assistant frontend.

Add-on icon & logo

A picture is worth a thousand words. Therefore, your add-on can be improved by adding a proper image icon and logo. Those images are used when showing your add-on in the Home Assistant panel and which will significantly improve the visual representation of your add-on.

Requirements for the logo of your add-on:

  • The logo must be in the Portable Network Graphics format (.png).
  • The filename must be logo.png.
  • It is recommended to keep the logo size around 250x100px. You may choose to use a different size or aspect ratio as you seem fit for your add-on.

Requirements for the icon of your add-on:

  • The icon must be in the Portable Network Graphics format (.png).
  • The filename must be icon.png.
  • The aspect ratio of the icon must be 1x1 (square).
  • It is recommended to use an icon size of 128x128px.

Keeping a changelog

It is likely you are going to release newer versions of your add-on in the future. In case that happens, the users of your add-on would see an upgrade notice and probably want to know what changes were made in the latest version.

A changelog is a file which contains a curated, chronologically ordered list of notable changes for each version of your add-on and is generally published as the file.

If you are in need of a guide on keeping a changelog, we would recommend checking the keep a changelog website. They have developed a standard that is used by many opensource projects around the world.

In future versions of, the file will be displayed in the Home Assistant frontend.


You can use own security profile for you Add-on with AppArmor. Default it is enabled and use the Docker default profile. Put apparmor.txt file into your Add-on folder and it will load this file as primary profile. Use the config options to set the name of that profile.


Ingress allow users to access the add-on web interface via the Home Assistant UI. Authentication is handled by Home Assistant, so neither the user nor the add-on developer will need to care about the security or port forwarding. Users love this feature, however it is not every time simple to implement for the add-on developer.

To add Ingress support, follow the following steps:

  • The add-on will need to provide the web interface on port 8099. Make sure that the add-on accepts only connections from on that port and that the connections are treated as authenticated.
  • Update add-on configuration and set ingress: true. Here it is also possible to configure the Ingress port (default 8099).
  • If you need to configure the application inside your add-on with the right path and port, query the add-on info API endpoint.
  • If the application doesn’t support relative paths or you can’t set a base url, you can use nginx filter to replace the URL with correct path.

Ingress API gateway supports the following:

  • HTTP/1.x
  • Streaming content
  • Websockets

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