Intent Handling

After a voice command has been transcribed and your intent has been successfully recognized, Rhasspy is ready to send a JSON event to Home Assistant or Node-RED.

Regardless of which intent handling system you choose, Rhasspy emits JSON events over a websocket connection.

Home Assistant

Add to your profile:

"handle": {
  "system": "hass"

"home_assistant": {
  "access_token": "",
  "api_password": "",
  "event_type_format": "rhasspy_{0}",
  "url": "http://hassio/homeassistant/"

If you're running Rhasspy as an add-on inside, the access token is automatically provided. Otherwise, you'll need to create a long-lived access token and set home_assistant.access_token manually.

See rhasspy.intent_handler.HomeAssistantIntentHandler for details.


Rhasspy will send Home Assistant an event every time an intent is recognized through its REST API. The type of the event is determined by the name of the intent, and the event data comes from the tagged words in your sentences.

For example, if you have an intent like:

set the (bedroom light){name} to (red | green | blue){color}

and you say something like "set the bedroom light to blue", Rhasspy will POST to the /api/events/rhasspy_ChangeLightColor endpoint of your Home Assistant server with the following data:

  "name": "bedroom light",
  "color": "blue"

In order to do something with the rhasspy_ChangeLightColor event, create an automation with an event trigger. For example, add the following to your automation.yaml file:

- alias: "Set bedroom light color (blue)"
    platform: event
    event_type: rhasspy_ChangeLightColor
      name: 'bedroom light'
      color: 'blue'

See the documentation on actions for the different things you can do with Home Assistant.


In addition to events, Rhasspy can also publish intents through MQTT (Hermes protocol). This allows Rhasspy to send intents to Snips.AI.

Add to your profile:

"mqtt": {
    "enabled": true,
    "host": "localhost",
    "username": "",
    "password": "",
    "port": 1883,
    "reconnect_sec": 5,
    "site_id": "default",
    "publish_intents": true

Adjust the mqtt configuration to connect to your MQTT broker. Set mqtt.site_id to match your Snips.AI siteId.

Add to your Home Assistant's configuration.yaml file:



See the intent script documentation for details on how to handle the intents.

Self-Signed Certificate

If your Home Assistant uses a self-signed certificate, you'll need to give Rhasspy some extra information.

Add to your profile:

"home_assistant": {
  "pem_file": "/path/to/certfile"

Set home_assistant.pem_file to the full path to your CA_BUNDLE file or a directory with certificates of trusted CAs.

Use the environment variable RHASSPY_PROFILE_DIR to reference your current profile's directory. For example, $RHASSPY_PROFILE_DIR/my.pem will tell Rhasspy to use a file named my.pem in your profile directory when verifying your self-signed certificate.


Once an intent is successfully recognized, Rhasspy will send an event to Home Assistant with the details. You can call a custom program instead or in addition to this behavior.

Add to your profile:

"handle": {
  "system": "command",
  "command": {
      "program": "/path/to/program",
      "arguments": []
  "forward_to_hass": true

When an intent is recognized, Rhasspy will call your custom program with the intent JSON printed to standard in. You should return JSON to standard out, optionally with additional information. If handle.forward_to_hass is true, Rhasspy will look for a hass_event property of the returned JSON with the following structure:

  // rest of input JSON
  // ...
  "hass_event": {
    "event_type": "...",
    "event_data": {
      "key": "value",
      // ...

Rhasspy will create the Home Assistant event based on this information. If it is not present, the remaining intent information will be used to construct the event as normal (i.e., intent and entities). If handle.forward_to_hass is false, the output of your program is not used.

The following environment variables are available to your program:

  • $RHASSPY_BASE_DIR - path to the directory where Rhasspy is running from
  • $RHASSPY_PROFILE - name of the current profile (e.g., "en")
  • $RHASSPY_PROFILE_DIR - directory of the current profile (where profile.json is)

See for an example program.

See rhasspy.intent_handler.CommandIntentHandler for details.


Disables intent handling.

Add to your profile:

"handle": {
  "system": "dummy"

See rhasspy.intent_handler.DummyIntentHandler for details.