Minimalistic HTTP blinds management *that supports percentages* for diy-ish projects.

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import homebridgeMinimalHttpBlinds from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/homebridge-minimal-http-blinds';



What is it?

homebridge-minimal-http-blinds is a minimalistic HTTP blinds or roller shutters management plugin for homebridge.

The features:

  • You can control your own blinds/roller shutters apparatus with three minimalistic HTTP requests.
  • The control is not a simple binary open/close: it support percentages. You can open your blinds at 50% or 65% for instance.
  • Your blinds can still be manually operated. As long at the get_current_position_url returns the right value, this plugin will update iOS Home app in real time.
  • Instant reporting using cached data if no recent (no_cache_duration_millis) app detected activity.

Who is it for?

Anyone who, just like me, don't know much about homebridge but still want a straightforward way to communicate with your own home-made Raspberry Pi blinds/roller shutters controller.

How to use it

1] Install it into your homebridge instance

The installation instructions differs depending on how you installed homebridge.

Usually, it's something like "add this to your homebridge's install.sh"

npm install -g homebridge-minimal-http-blinds

2] Minimal configuration

Here is an homebridge's config.json with the minimal valid configuration:

    "bridge": {
        "name": "DemoMinimalisticHttpBlinds",
        "username": "AA:BB:CC:DD:EE:FF",
        "port": 51826,
        "pin": "123-45-678"
    "description": "DEV NODEJS MACBOOK",
    "accessories": [
            "name": "Kitchen Blinds",
            "accessory": "MinimalisticHttpBlinds",
            "get_current_position_url": "",
            "set_target_position_url": "",
            "get_current_state_url": ""
    "platforms": []

Beware, I'm a lazy ass!
These three parameters are not checked!
(get_current_position_url, set_target_position_url, get_current_state_url)
If you forgot to write them in your accessory, the module will crash.

Also, in the set_target_position_url parameter, the placeholder %position% will be replaced by the value selected in the iPhone's Home App.

3] More configuration

There are more configuration options.
The names are self-descriptive.
Here are them all with their default values.

    "get_current_position_method": "GET",
    "set_target_position_method": "POST",
    "get_current_state_method": "GET",
    "get_current_position_expected_response_code": "200",
    "set_target_position_expected_response_code": "204",
    "get_current_state_expected_response_code": "200",
    "get_current_position_polling_millis": "500",
    "get_current_state_polling_millis": "500",
    "no_cache_duration_millis": "60000"

4] Protocol requirements

The three URLs specified in the accessory configuration must have the following data formats:

4.1] get_current_position_url

This URL must return the current blinds position in plaintext, from 0 to 100.
(0 being closed and 100 opened)

4.2] set_target_position_url

This URL must trigger the blinds movement.
(That's the part you've done with your Raspberry Pi)
The requested opening position is, once again, an integer from 0 to 100. Please note that is passed directly in the URL. (It's the %position% placeholder)

Yep, that's it.
Not a single trace of json.
Are we barbarians or are we not?

4.3] get_current_state_url

This is the trickiest URL.
It must return one of these three integers in plaintext:

  • 0 if the blinds are closing
  • 1 if the blinds are opening
  • 2 if the blinds are idling

Once again, that's your part of the job, the one you're supposed to implement in your blind manager thingymagic.

Click here to see an example implementation of this HTTP server.

That's all