Controlling my home with Siri

With all this automation taking place, I’m getting lazier by the day. Even having to unlock my phone and open the bookmark for SmartVISU to activate a mood scene it taking too long / requiring too many actions.

Since Apple added HomeKit with its iOS 8, there’s now a way to integrate this with DomotiGa so I can control my devices with Siri! Yes voice control is finally here 😎

This is how it’s done. Note: this assumes you have DomotiGa already set up and running and know your way around Linux.


Installing on a Raspberry Pi? do this first:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install libkrb5-dev

You’ll also need the Avahi package:

sudo apt-get install libavahi-compat-libdnssd-dev

Homebridge is published through NPM, if npm isn’t yet installed on your system, do this first:

sudo apt-get install curl
curl -sL | sudo bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

Then install HomeBridge “globally” by typing:

sudo npm install -g homebridge

Then install the DomotiGa plugin (Thanks Samfox2):

sudo npm install -g homebridge-domotiga

Now that HomeBridge and DomotiGa plugins are installed you need to add your own config file. Create a file called config.
NOTE: Your config.json file MUST live in your home directory inside .homebridge.
You can start by copying / pasting the below sample and update to reflect your setup:

"bridge": {
"name": "DomotiGa",
"username": "CC:22:3D:E3:CE:32",
"port": 51826,
"pin": "031-45-154" 

"description": "This is an example configuration file with one fake accessory and one fake platform. You can use this as a template for creating your own configuration file containing devices you actually own.",

"accessories": [
"accessory": "Domotiga",
"name": "Sensor garden",
"host": "localhost",
"port": "9090",
"service": "TempHygroMeter",
"device": "81",
"valueTemperature": "1",
"valueHumidity": "2",
"valueBattery": "4",
"lowbattery": "3000" 
"accessory": "Domotiga",
"name": "PC",
"host": "",
"port": "9090",
"service": "Contact",
"device": "77",
"valueContact": "1",
"valueBattery": "2",
"lowbattery": "3000" 
"accessory": "Domotiga",
"name": "Printer",
"host": "",
"port": "9090",
"service": "Switch",
"device": "79",
"valueSwitch": "1" 


To run HomeBridge, type:


You may get warning messages as per below. These can be ignored. You should however not get any error message:

Homebridge Warnings

Homebridge Warnings

iOS App

Now you need an app on your iOS device. You can use Eve By Elgato Systems

In Eve, simply add an accessory:

Eve - Add Accessory

Eve – Add Accessory

(You’ll probably be asked to create a home the first time, call it anything you want, like “Home”.)

Tap on “Identify Accessory”:

Eve - Identify Accessory

Eve – Identify Accessory

Enter the code as per your config.json file, in this example: 031-45-154

You’re set up !

Hold your home button and ask Siri all kinds of stuff. On of my favourites is “Set Mood Scene Movies on” which sets my lighting accordingly 🙂


If you cannot see your accessories (DomotiGa device), try the following steps:

  1. Stop HomeBridge
  2. Delete the “Persist” folder in your home directory inside .homebridge.
  3. Try and change the username in your config.json file (anything else)
  4. On your iOS device, go to Settings > HomeKit and delete your Home
  5. Close Eve (double press the home button and swipe Eve up)
  6. Restart HomeBridge
  7. Restart Eve

Here are a few screenshots from Elgato’s website on what Eve can do:

eve-landing-ipadiphone_2 eve-app-screen-simple eve-app-screen-fingertip_1 eve-app-screen-glance