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openHAB JS Automation Tools

This library provides some utilites for the openHAB JS Scripting Add-On.

Please note that it depends on the openHAB JavaScript Library, which is included in the JS Scripting Add-On by default. Therefore, it is only listed in the devDependencies of this package.

js-semistandard-style npm version


  • Requires the openHAB JavaScript binding which comes with a version of the openHAB library.
  • Go to the javascript user scripts directory: cd $OPENHAB_CONF/automation/js
  • Run npm install @hotzware/openhab-tools (you may need to install npm)


This library depends on openhab >= 4.6.0 (which is included since openHAB 4.1.0 Milestone 2) and openhab_rules_tools >= 2.0.1.

openhab_rules_tools will automatically get installed by npm, openhab is already included with the add-on. Just make sure you have a compatible version installed (use console.log(utils.OPENHAB_JS_VERSION) to check the currently used version).


To have a look at all capabilities of this library, have a look at the JSDoc().

The README will only take care of the most important stuff, and explain the more complicated ones.


  • dimItem: Dims an Item step-by-step to a target state.
  • getGroupUtils: See Group Utilities

Group Utilities

The Group Utilities provide a number of functions on groups, e.g. arithmetic operations like min/max and count operations.

const { itemutils } = require('@hotzware/openhab-tools');
// The name of the member with the maximum state.
// The sum of states.
// Count how many members are on.
itemutils.getGroupUtils(group).membersCount(item => item.state === 'ON');

See JSDoc: GroupUtils for full API documentation.


  • createAlarmClock: See Alarm Clock.
  • createAlarmClockItems: Creates the required Items for an alarm clock and optionally also generates Sitemap code.
  • createSceneEngine: See Scene Engine.

Alarm Clock

Creates an alarm clock with time and days configurable over Items, therefore compatible with Sitemaps.

Under the hood, two rules are created. The first rule, the so-called manager rule, watches for configuration changes and updates the cron trigger of the second rule, the alarm clock itself. It also disables and enables the alarm clock rule based on the switchItem.

Required Items

Configuration Items must follow a specific naming scheme, switchItem can be anything.

Itemname-Suffix Purpose
switchItem Enable/disable alarm
switchItem_H Hour
switchItem_M Minute
switchItem_MON Monday
switchItem_TUE Tuesday
switchItem_WED Wednesday
switchItem_THU Thursday
switchItem_FRI Friday
switchItem_SAT Saturday
switchItem_SUN Sunday
switchItem_Time Displays the alarm time as String.
Alarm Rule
rulesx.createAlarmClock(switchItem, data => { console.log('Successfully tested alarm clock.'); });

See JSDoc: getAlarmClock() for full API documentation.

Scene Engine

Call scene by sending a command to the sceneItem.

When a member of the scene changes it's state, the rule will check whether a defined scene is matching the current states and which scene.

It creates a full rule with triggers and actions out of your scene definition.

The sceneItem

Must be a Number item. You can assign a scene to every positive integer value, except to 0.

0 is the value the Item is et to when no match with a scene is found on members' change.

Scene definition

Scene definition works with an array of objects.

const sceneDefinition = {
  controller: 'scene call item name',
  scenes: [ // For each numeric state of the controller Item one object.
    { // Object for the value 1 of the controller Item.
      value: 1,
      targets: [ // Target states of items in the scene. Parameters explained later.
        { item: 'Florian_Licht', value: 'ON', required: true, conditionFn: function() { return parseFloat(items.getItem('Helligkeit').state) >= 10000; } },
        { item: 'Florian_LED_Stripes', value: 'OFF', required: false }
    { // Object for the value 15 of the controller Item.
      value: 15,
      targets: [ // Target states of items in the scene. Parameters explained later.
        { item: 'Florian_LED_Stripes', value: 'ON', required: true }
Create the Scene Engine

See JSDoc: createSceneEngine() for full API documentation.


  • createReEnableThingWithItemRule: Creates a rule that re-enabled a Thing on command ON to a given Item.
  • createThingStatusRule: Creates a rule that posts Thing statuses to String Items.
  • reEnableThing: Re-enables a Thing by first disabling and then enabling it again.
  • MlscRestClient: Class providing state fetching from and command sending to music_led_strip_control.



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