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For your repository to be added there are several criteria that need to be met.

General requirements

Only public repositories on GitHub will work with HACS.


Your repository on GitHub needs to have a description that in a few words describes the purpose of the repository. This description is used in HACS.


Your repository on GitHub needs to have topics. Topics are not displayed in HACS, but they can be used for searchability in the HACS store.


Your repository needs to have a readme with information about how to use it. This is not used in HACS, unless you have defined the key render_readme in hacs.json below.

If you want to add a richer experience for your users you can add an file to the root of your repository, this file will be rendered under the repository description. It does not support the full styling options from GitHub, so use with care. This is optional, if you do not have this file you need to set the key render_readme in the hacs.json file to true.


This is a special manifest file that both defines the information that HACS shows in the UI and what files/paths that HACS should use. This file must be located in the root of your repository.

The following keys are supported:

Key Type Required Description
name string Yes The display name that will be used in the HACS UI.
content_in_root bool No Indicates whether the content is in the root of the repository as opposed to in a subdirectory.
zip_release bool No Indicates whether the content is in a zipped archive when releases are published on GitHub. If you use this you also need to add filename. This is only supported for integrations.
filename string No Name of the file HACS should look for, only applies to single item categories (plugin, theme, template, python_scripts, zip_release).
render_readme bool No Tells HACS to render the file instead of
hide_default_branch bool No Tells HACS to not offer downloading the default branch.
country string No Two character country code in ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 format. ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 on Wikipedia
homeassistant string No The minimum required Home Assistant version.
hacs string No The minimum required HACS version.
persistent_directory string No A relative path (within the integration directory) that will be kept safe during upgrades. _Can only be used with integrations.*


The AwesomeVersion demo can validate and check version compares. That is the same library that HACS and Home Assistant use when checking versions.


  "name": "My awesome thing",
  "content_in_root": true,
  "filename": "my_super_awesome_thing.js",
  "country": ["NO", "SE", "DK"]
  "name": "My awesome thing",
  "country": "NO",
  "homeassistant": "0.99.9",
  "persistent_directory": "userfiles"

Allow Home Assistant beta versions by appending b0. Without b0, only official releases will be allowed.

  "name": "My awesome thing",
  "country": "NO",
  "homeassistant": "2021.12.0b0",
  "persistent_directory": "userfiles"


If the repository uses GitHub releases, the tagname from the latest release is used to set the remote version. Just publishing tags is not enough, you need to publish releases.

If the repository does not use tags, the 7 first characters of the last commit will be used.

Want to add your repository to the store as a default?

See here for how to add a custom repository.

Tell your users that your repository can be tracked with HACS by adding a my-link link to your documentation.

Generate a unique link for your repository here: