HomeBridge Plugin - homebridge-macosx-info

HomeBridge Plugin - homebridge-macosx-info

homebridge-macosx-info is homebridge plugin for Apple HomeKit, get and return somes systems informations from macOS system.

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Such as :

  • Temperature (C°)
  • Fan speed (rpm)
  • Uptime
    • show how long system has been running
  • Load average (%)
    • the load average of the system over the last 1, 5, and 15 minute
  • Free Mem (Mo)
  • Disk space avalable (%)
  • Users (nb)
  • CPU Power consumption (Watt)
  1. Exemple of .json data response file
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Installation
  4. Configuration
    1. STEP 1 : homebridge config.json file
    2. STEP 2 : Adapte homebridge-macosx-info.sh file in src/sh directory
    3. STEP 3 : Add NOPASSWD entry in your /etc/sudoers
    4. STEP 4 : restart homebridge
  5. Todo
  6. Known bugs
  7. Credits
  8. Disclaimer
  9. License

See changelog

You can see below four screenshots for illustrate homebridge-macos-info homebridge/HomeKit plugin.

homebridge-macos-info, Eve., screenshot

Screenshots are taken from iOS Eve.app

Exemple of .json data response file

    "updateTime":"Fri May 31 19:35:36 CEST 2019",
    "uptime":"up 13:21",
    "load":"2.52 2.17 2.07",


  • Install Homebrew (Homebrew installs the stuff you need that Apple didn’t)
  • Install node.js on macOS
  • Install Homebridge on macOS
  • Install Homebridge Config UI X on macOS (optional)
  • Install Eve.app on iOS (for all availables plugin function), or it’s possible to used “Home” app on macOS (only avalable for macOS Majave) or iOS (all plugin function aren’t availables on this app !)
  • Enable NOPASSWD for user in /etc/sudoers file


Used npm tool to install homebridge-macosx-info, and execute the command line below

npm i homebridge-macosx-info


STEP 1 : homebridge config.json file

Add this lines in config.json

"accessories": [
            "accessory": "MacOSXSysInfo",
            "name": "macOSX Info",
            "file": "/tmp/_homebridge-macosx-info.json",
            "serial": "042-03-000",
            "consumption": true,
            "user": true,
            "updateInterval": 60000
accessoryName of accessoryNoMacOSXSysInfo
namea human-readable name for your pluginNomacOSX Info
file.json respons fileyesdefault : /tmp/_homebridge-macosx-info.json
updateIntervalis time in ms of data updateyesdefault : null
consumptiontrue for log CPU Consumptionyesdefault : null
usertrue for log Users numberyesdefault : null

1. The index.js call <PATH of Node Module>/homebridge-macosx-info/sh/homebridge-macosx-info.sh shell script. You can find this script in the repository in /src/sh directory 2. It’s possible that you can change the path of homebridge-macosx-info.sh in readUptime function on index.js script

async function readUptime() {
    const exec = require('child_process').exec;
    var script = await exec('/usr/local/lib/node_modules/homebridge-macosx-info/src/sh/homebridge-macosx-info.sh',
        (error, stdout, stderr) => {
            if (error !== null) {
                //this.log("exec error: " + ${error});

STEP 2 : Adapte homebridge-macosx-info.sh file in src/sh directory

  1. You can change path of temporary .json files : JSON_DATA_FILE variable
  2. You can change path and option of check_osx_smc binary -> var CHECK_OSX_SMC
DIR=$(dirname $0)
JSON_DATA_FILE=/tmp/_homebridge-macosx-info.json # path of .json respons file
CHECK_OSX_SMC=$DIR/../../bin/check_osx_smc # path of check_osx_smc binary

function sys_mon()
    # See the hardware compatibility -> https://github.com/jedda/OSX-Monitoring-Tools/blob/master/check_osx_smc/known-registers.md
    # See README -> https://github.com/jedda/OSX-Monitoring-Tools/blob/master/check_osx_smc/README.md
    read -a fields <<< `$CHECK_OSX_SMC -s c -r TA0P,F0Ac -w 70,5200 -c 85,5800`

    read -a fields <<< `sudo powermetrics -i 500 -n1 --samplers cpu_power | grep "CPUs+GT+SA" | sed 's/Intel energy model derived package power (CPUs+GT+SA): //g'`


    _uptime=${_uptime%users*} ; _uptime=${_uptime%,*} ; _uptime=${_uptime#*up} ; _uptime=${_uptime%,*} ; _uptime=${_uptime#*up} ; _uptime="up ${_uptime# }"
    _load=${_load#*load averages: }

    _user=`who | wc -l`
    _user="${_user// /}"

    read -a fields <<< `vm_stat | perl -ne '/page size of (\d+)/ and $size=$1; /Pages\s+([^:]+)[^\d]+(\d+)/ and printf("%-16s % 16.2f Mi\n", "$1:", $2 * $size / 1048576)' | grep "free:"` ; _freemem=${fields[1]}
    read -a fields <<<  `df -h / | grep /` ; _disk=${fields[4]//%/}

    echo '{"updateTime":"'${_time}'","temperature":'${_temp:5:4}',"fan":'${_fan:5:4}',"power":'${_power}',"uptime":"'${_uptime}'","load":"'${_load}'","freemem":'${_freemem:0:6}',"disk":"'${_disk}'","user":'${_user}'}' > $JSON_DATA_FILE

STEP 3 : Add NOPASSWD entry in your /etc/sudoers

# root and users in group wheel can run anything on any machine as any user
root        ALL = (ALL) ALL
%admin      ALL = (ALL) ALL

Note: You must change the user <USER> by the user who run homebridge in your system

STEP 4 : restart homebridge

Combine the two commands in a terminal to restart homebridge background process

  • launchctl unload ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.homebridge.server.plist
  • launchctl load ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.homebridge.server.plist

This commands are only avalable for macOS


  • Generate all the measures in a .json file [#3]
  • Worked on performance
    • Use only sh built-in (no sed & no awk) [#4]

Known bugs

  • Uptime error in “homebridge-macosx-info” after more than one day ! [#1]
  • Temparature and fan mesures don’t work on all Apple hardware. Used now check_osx_smc binary. You can see the hardware compatibility here. [#2]



I’m furnishing this software “as is”. I do not provide any warranty of the item whatsoever, whether express, implied, or statutory, including, but not limited to, any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or any warranty that the contents of the item will be error-free. The development of this module is not supported by Apple Inc. or eve. These vendors and me are not responsible for direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages resulting from any defect, error or failure to perform.


This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE file for details

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