12 Popular Home Automation APIs

The Internet of Things (IoT) is here and is changing the way we interact with the world around us, starting at home. Home Automation applications enable us to control nearly everything in our homes, including lighting, refrigerators, microwave ovens, sprinkler systems, smells, TV, music, thermostats, automobiles, security systems, and even the kitchen sink.

Developers wishing to get in on this rapidly growing market would need to find suitable APIs for creating applications.

What is a Home Automation API?

A Home Automation API is an Application Programming Interface that developers can utilize to programmatically access smart home software and devices. A great place to discover these APIs is in the Home Automation category on ProgrammableWeb.

Major players in the Home Automation arena include Amazon, Google, and Apple, but there are plenty of other choices. Below are the twelve most popular Home Automation APIs based on web traffic on ProgrammableWeb.

1. Google Chromecast API

Google Chromecast is a Google device that displays mobile entertainment in a TV screen. The APITrack this API offers ways interact with the sender or media content and to work with the receiver or the display screen. The Sender API reference covers parameters for configuration, requests, and all that is related to media (volume, display, TV show). The Receiver API consist of parameters for cast receiver, media playback, and possible properties (connected, inactivity, standby). Additional information about how to use Cast API supported by Google includes sample apps and developer resources.

2. Nest API

Nest provides a variety of smart devices for home automation. The Nest APITrack this API allows users to model a physical home or building as a structure with Nest Learning Thermostats, Nest Protects, and Nest Cams as devices within that structure. Developers can use this API to check that status of devices and to control them programmatically. Nest.com is part of the Google Store.

3. Apple HomeKit API

The Apple HomeKit APITrack this API allows developers to coordinate and control home automation accessories from multiple vendors using a single interface. This API can be used to discover compatible devices, add compatible devices to the home configuration database, manage data for devices in the database, and communicate with configured accessories to make them perform actions. This API is accessible using SDKs for iOS 8.0+, Mac Catalyst 14.0+ (Beta), tvOS 10.0+, and watchOS 2.0+.

4. Farm.bot API

FarmBot is an open source robotics system for tending backyard farms. The FarmBot APITrack this API does not control FarmBot itself, but instead handles image uploads, email delivery, and data storage, validation, and security. Data is stored in a centralized database to prevent data loss between reflashes. This also allows users to edit information when the device is offline.

Farm.bot offers open souce CNC farming devices and interactions via API

Farm.bot offers open souce CNC farming devices and interactions via API. Screenshot: Farm.bot

5. Samsung SmartThings API

SmartThings is Samsung's platform for turning a regular home into a smart home. The Samsung SmartThings APITrack this API allows developers to manage and integrate with IoT devices using the Samsung SmartThings platform. Connected devices can be organized into locations and rooms.

6. Smappee API

The Smappee APITrack this API allows developers to monitor Internet of Things device data in order to manage energy usage in commercial, industrial, and residential settings. This API can monitor the use of electricity, water, and gas as well as retrieve appliance events and a breakdown of energy usage per appliance.

Smappee API

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7. Netatmo Security API

Netatmo designs, produces and distributes smart devices for homes. Netatmo Connect API suite includes the Netatmo Security APITrack this API. This API allows developers to get notifications and to retrieve events and timelines of events for Netatmo's smart indoor cameras, smart outdoor cameras, smart smoke alarms, and smart door and window sensors. The Netatmo Security Streaming APITrack this API is also available for nearly instant notifications about security events.

8. Wink API

Wink is an app that syncs with home automation devices to provide a single point of control for lights, power, security, etc. It can work with multiple brands of devices at once including Nest, GE, Philips, Honeywell, and more. The Wink APITrack this API allows developers to connect devices registered with Wink to users, apps, each other, and the web in general.

9. Domoticz API

Domoticz APITrack this API helps create a central sensor-controlled portal for synchronizing home utility devices ranging from electrical devices, electronic gadgets, water, and gas as well as weather monitoring instruments. It is a RESTful API that generates JSON returns from HTTP requests. The Domoticz API is a free resource that comes with an optional sign-up access.

10. Sinric Pro API

Sinric Pro enables developers to integrate IoT development boards (such as the RaspberryPi) with third-party applications or with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. The Sincric Pro APITrack this API can be used to retrieve device logs, find devices, update devices, and get account details.

11. Google Smart Home API

Google Smart Home API allows users to gain control of connected devices via Google Home Applications and Google Assistant. It is available to manage devices such as smart speakers, phones, cars, TVs, headphones, watches, and more.

12. Home Connect API

Home Connect offers a RESTful APITrack this API to control and monitor enabled home appliances. The Home Connect API requires an open appliance interface that enables users to connect an application to home appliances with Home Connect. The API provides a way to configure, monitor and control programs.

Check out the Home Automation category for listings of more than 75 APIs, 55 SDKs, and 40 Source Code Samples.

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