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A Homebridge plugin integrating Shinobi for motion detector cameras


  1. Install Homebridge using: npm install -g homebridge
  2. Install this plugin: npm install -g homebridge-shinobi
  3. Update your configuration file. See a sample config.json snippet below.
  4. Ensure ffmpeg is installed and on the path.

NOTE: Currently there is no support for streaming audio from a camera.


Example config.json entry:

"platforms": [
        "platform": "Shinobi",
        "shinobi_api": "http://x.x.x.x:8080",
        "api_key": "xxx",
        "group_key": "house",
        "monitors": [
                "monitor_id": "front"
                "monitor_id": "rear",
                "use_substream": true
        "web_hook_port": "8443",
        "https_key_path": "/cert/privkey.pem",
        "https_cert_path": "/cert/fullchain.pem",
        "ffmpeg_input_args": "-fflags +genpts",
        "ffmpeg_process_args": "-vsync drop -vcodec copy -an"


  • shinobi_api is the base URL for the Shinobi API
  • api_key is the Shinobi API key (configured in the Shinobi dashboard API menu)
  • group_key is a Shinobi group key
  • monitors contains a list of monitors consisting of:
    • monitor_id
    • use_substream if true will use configured sub-stream for the monitor.
  • web_hook_port is the port that the platform should listen on for motion event webhooks from Shinobi
  • ffmpeg_input_args are the arguments that are applied to the ffmpeg command before the -i flag (add -rtsp_transport tcp for poor network conditions)
  • ffmpeg_process_args are the arguments that are supplied to the ffmpeg command directly after the source stream URL

If the optional properties https_key_path and https_cert_path are configured to point at HTTPS key and cert files available on the Homebridge server the webhook server will be hosted on HTTPS.

Shinobi Integration

The specified shinobi_api and api_key will be used to make all Shinobi API requests.

Each of the specified monitor IDs will be used with the specified group_key to add a new accessory to the platform consistent of a Motion Sensor service and camera.

When viewing video, the plugin will use the information returned from the API for a specific Monitor to determine the source video stream to use with the following logic:

if use_substream == false
  if direct stream URL found in monitor config
    use direct stream URL
    use the first proxy provided by shinobi in monitor config
  if direct sub-stream URL found in monitor config
    use direct sub-stream URL
    integrate with the [Shinobi Dynamic Substream Functionality](https://hub.shinobi.video/articles/view/xm9HJFXI1XITt1y)
    use the first proxy provided by shinobi in monitor config

FFmpeg is used to stream from the determined source and forward to HomeKit. If possible, the video will not be re-encoded.

If the dynamic sub-stream functionality is in use, the plugin will:

  check substream enable state and toggle to on if required   

  check substream enable state and toggle to off if required   

Snapshot images for each Monitor are simply pulled from the Shinobi API. To ensure these are available, enable the JPEG API for each configured Monitor:

Edit Monitor

A webhook URL should be configured for each Monitor within the Shinobi 'Global Detector Settings' with the following format:


For example, assuming the Homebridge instance is available at and using the above sample config, the two Monitors front and rear would have webhook URLs configured as:


Help etc.

If you have a query or problem, raise an issue in GitHub, or better yet submit a PR!

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