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Bridge Z-Wave to MQTT

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Z-Wave to MQTT bridge

This utility publishes to MQTT topics when sensor reports are published from multilevel-sensor devices on a Z-Wave network, and set values when messages are received on relevant topics. So far it has been tested with the Aeotec Z-Stick, MultiSensor 6, and SmartSwitch 6 devices.

The repository also includes a helper that republishes Z-Wave messages on MQTT to topics that are compatible with JSON-format OpenEnergyMonitor messages.


The bridge is started by running the zwave_mqtt_bridge executable. This takes a number of options, which are described in the help for the tool:

usage: zwave_mqtt_bridge [-h] [-U MQTT_USER] [-p MQTT_PASS] [-d DEVICE]
                         [-u USER_PATH] [--basetopic BASETOPIC]

MQTT interface to Z-Wave sensors.

positional arguments:
  mqtt_host             MQTT host

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -U MQTT_USER          MQTT username
  -p MQTT_PASS          MQTT password
  -d DEVICE, --device DEVICE
                        Path to Z-Stick device
  -u USER_PATH          Path to write user files (e.g. current Z-Wave
  --basetopic BASETOPIC
                        Base topic to publish/subscribe to

DEVICE is often /dev/ttyACM0 (and this is the default value. BASETOPIC defaults to zwave.

Once running, the tool publishes updates to <basetopic>/updates/<node_id> as JSON objects, where each key is the value that was updated, and the value is the new value it was set to. For example, {"Temperature": 20.5}.

It also subscribes to <basetopic/refresh/#>. The user can publish messages to subtopics named by node ID (e.g. zwave/refresh/5) with a list of values that they wish to refresh (e.g. ["Power"]) (the labels are those used by OpenZWave). This should cause a message to the corresponding update topic shortly after with the current value.

Finally, it subscribes to <basetopic/set/#>. The user can publish messages to subtopics named by node ID (e.g. zwave/set/5) with a JSON object identifying values to be updated (e.g. {"Switch": true}). These will then be set: typically they will be reflected in the updates topic.

ZWave to Emon republisher contains a script ( that subscribes to messages published by emonhub (a tool for capturing measurements published by OpenEnergyMonitor devices and posting them to MQTT, amongst others) and posts them to EmonCMS (a data storage/graphing site).

The MQTT bridge here uses a different topic structure to allow for bi-directional communication, and the types of updates from Z-Wave devices is much more varied that needs to be posted to EmonCMS, so I wrote a utility (zwave_emon_republisher) that captures just the relevant messages from the Z-Wave network, reformats, and reposts them to be captured by

The usage is similar to zwave_mqtt_bridge: simply provide MQTT host details, and the base topics you are using for Z-Wave messages and emon messages and it takes care of the rest.


Install using pip, e.g. pip install zwave-mqtt-bridge.

To run at startup you can use the provided example systemd files, which needs to be installed in the /etc/systemd/system directory. Note that the provided example assumes that there is a user called zwave that will have access to the appropriate serial device for the Z-Stick (usually /dev/ttyACM0), and will create working files in that user’s home directory. You can create this user using, for example, the adduser command:

sudo adduser --system --no-create-home --ingroup dialout zwave

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