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Motion camera plugin for Homebridge


  1. Install Homebridge using npm install -g homebridge
  2. Install this plugin npm install -g homebridge-camera-motion
  3. Update your configuration file - see below for an example
  4. Install and configure Motion

Add to your ~/.motion/motion.conf:

on_picture_save printf '%f\t%n\t%v\t%i\t%J\t%K\t%L\t%N\t%D\n' > /tmp/motion-pipe
target_dir /tmp
  1. Pair to the camera (requires pairing separately from the rest of the Homebridge)


  • accessory: "CameraMotion"
  • name: descriptive name of the Camera service and platform
  • name_motion: name of MotionDetector service
  • motion_pipe: path to a Unix named pipe where motion events are written (will be created if needed, should match output file pipe written to by Motion on_picture_save)
  • motion_timeout: reset the motion detector after this many milliseconds
  • snapshot_path: path of latest snapshot, should match target_dir + '/lastsnap.jpg`
  • ffmpeg_path: path to ffmpeg for streaming (optional)
  • ffmpeg_source: URL to stream source, should match as configured by motion

Example configuration:

                "platform": "CameraMotion",
                "name": "Camera",
        "name_motion": "Motion Sensor",
        "motion_pipe": "/tmp/motion-pipe",
        "motion_timeout": 2000,
        "snapshot_path": "/tmp/lastsnap.jpg"

Creates a MotionSensor service and CameraSensor service.

Currently working: snapshots (still images) and motion detection. Video streaming requires more work (partially implemented but appears broken, needs more investigation).