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    HAP Router



    A Middleware HAP Router for bringing HomeKit functionality to your Home Automation.

    HAP Router is a middleware NodeJS server that allows you to take advantage of Apples HomeKit technology, and bring it in to your automation ecosystem.

    This is achieved by creating simple, software based accessories, that can be enrolled into HomeKit.

    The difference however, compared to most implementations of this kind, is that the events that occur on them are directed (or routed) to a transport of your choice.

    These transports can be a UDP broadcast, a message sent to an MQTT broker, sent to Node Red or any other automation platform.

    The accessories have also been created for you, and you simply select the type of accessory you wish to create
    and set their associated information.

    Transports are the medium, in which the event is travelled. By default, the following transports (or routes) are available:

    • HTTP
    • UDP Broadcast
    • File
    • MQTT
    • Websocket
    • Console (Mainly for testing)

    When I say 'by default' - what I mean here, is that you can develop your own route modules.

    The transport/route will receive the following JSON payload.
    There are 3 event types: characteristicUpdate, pairStatusUpdate, identifyAccessory


      accessory: {
        AccessoryID: '8D6497BC70A1',
        AccessoryType: 'Fan',
        AccessoryName: 'My Fan',
        AccessorySerialNumber: '2ND2PB12EQO3',
        Bridged: false
      route: {
        Name: 'Output To Console',
        Type: 'Console Output'
      eventType: 'pairStatusUpdate',
      eventData: true


      accessory: {
        AccessoryID: '8D6497BC70A1',
        AccessoryType: 'Fan',
        AccessoryName: 'My Fan',
        AccessorySerialNumber: '2ND2PB12EQO3',
        Bridged: false
      route: {
        Name: 'Output To Console',
        Type: 'Console Output'
      eventType: 'identifyAccessory',
      eventData: true


      accessory: {
        AccessoryID: '8D6497BC70A1',
        AccessoryType: 'Fan',
        AccessoryName: 'My Fan',
        AccessorySerialNumber: '2ND2PB12EQO3',
        Bridged: false
      route: {
        Name: 'Output To Console',
        Type: 'Console Output'
      eventType: 'characteristicUpdate',
      eventSource: 'iOS_DEVICE',
      eventData: {
        characteristic: 'RotationSpeed',
        value: 62

    If you're a Home Automation Enthusiast, or just a tinkerer, Hap Router allows you to explore Homekit, and build with it.

    Nice! how do I get started

    The server is managed by a gorgeous looking Web User Interface (if the above images haven't already suggested so), It is a breeze to use, and at the basic level you:

    • Create a Route (Routes can be used by more than 1 accessory)
    • Create an Accessory (20 different accessory type thus far)
    • Enroll the device in HomeKit.
    • Have Fun.

    Devices can be 'published' in 2 ways:

    • Attached to a bridge (HAP Router can also act as a Bridge)
    • Exposed as a seperate device.

    If you have Enrolled HAP Router in your HomeKit environment as a bridge, then any accessories attached to this Bridge, will be seen when published. else, you enroll the accessory as a separate entity.

    Manipulating accessories using non apple devices.

    HAP Router has a web based API, as well as an MQTT client built in.
    The web API uses BASIC HTTP Authentication, and the login details are the same as the management UI.

    Method Address Description
    GET /api/accessories Lists all accessories and there current characteristics
    GET /api/accessories/{{AccessoryID}} Same as above but for the identified accessory
    POST /api/accessories/{{AccessoryID}} Sets characteristics for the identified accessory

    To turn the fan accessory on at full speed using the web API, you will:
    Send a post request to: http://{{IP ADDRESS}}:7989/api/accessories/8D6497BC70A1
    And include the following POST body (with a type of application/json)

      'On': true,
      'RotationSpeed': 100

    If you have enabled the MQTT client in the UI, the same message will be sent.
    Just ensure the topic of the message ends with the Accessory ID.
    By default the subscribed topic is HAPRouter/IN/+

    Command line arguments

    Argument Description
    reset Completely resets HAP Router to a default state
    installmodule {{Name}} Installs the specified route module from NPM
    passwd {{Username}} {{Password}} Set the UI and API login information

    Installing and Running

    Make sure you have Node >= 10.12.0 installed

    Simply install via NPM npm install hap-router
    to run the server just call node HAPRouter.js


    HAP Router is based on the awesome HAP-NodeJS library, without it, projects like this one are not possible.

    Version History

    • 1.7.0

      • Bump WS dependancy for haprouter-route-websocket
      • Added a combined Temp and Humidty Sensor
    • 1.6.0

      • Added a Humidity Sensor Accessory.
    • 1.5.0

      • Route Module status is now displayed in the UI.
      • Route Module description added to UI (taken from package.json).
      • Custom Route Modules now contain a callback in the constructor, which can be used to
        update the user with the status of the Module.
    • 1.4.1

      • Adding an environment variable of DELAY_ROUTE_SETUP delays the setup of routes, for the specified milliseconds.
    • 1.4.0

      • Added a new combined/Multsensor accessory (Motion, Light, Temp)
      • Added a new NULL output, Which can be used for switchs that are used as a state, in homekit automations.
    • 1.3.0

      • AccessoryType in the API response now matches the AccessoryType in events.
      • Exposed accessory specific actions in the accessory info UI
      • Improvements to Camera code.
      • Added Backup/Restore features
    • 1.2.2

      • Added .github and .gitattributes to package exclusion
    • 1.2.1

      • Moved purging/clearing configuration to the del package
        for better cross platform support.
      • Fixed potential exception when creating node_modules directory on start up
      • Bump Chalk package
    • 1.2.0

      • Initial Release

    To Do

    • Continue to add more accessory types


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