Multiple Dashboards

You can define multiple dashboards in Home Assistant. Each dashboard can be added to the sidebar. This makes it possible to create separate control dashboards for each individual part of your house.

You can manage your dashboards via the user interface. Go to Settings -> Dashboards. Here you can see all defined dashboards and create new ones.

Using YAML for the default dashboard

To change the default dashboard, create a new file ui-lovelace.yaml in your configuration directory and add the following section to your configuration.yaml and restart Home Assistant:

  mode: yaml

A good way to start this file is to copy and paste the “Raw configuration” from the UI so your manual configuration starts the same as your existing UI.

  • Click Overview in your sidebar.
  • Click the three dots menu (top-right) and click on Edit Dashboard.
  • Click the three dots menu again and click on Raw configuration editor.
  • There you see the configuration for your current dashboard. Copy that into the <config>/ui-lovelace.yaml file.

Once you take control of your UI via YAML, the Home Assistant interface for modifying it won’t be available anymore and new entities will not automatically be added to your UI.

When you make changes to ui-lovelace.yaml, you don’t have to restart Home Assistant or refresh the page. Just hit the refresh button in the menu at the top of the UI.

To revert back to using the UI to edit your dashboard, remove the lovelace section from your configuration.yaml and copy the contents of your ui-lovelace.yaml into the raw configuration section of Home Assistant and restart.

Adding more dashboards with YAML

It is also possible to use YAML to define multiple dashboards. Each dashboard will be loaded from its own YAML file.

  mode: yaml
  # Include external resources only add when mode is yaml, otherwise manage in the resources in the dashboard configuration panel.
    - url: /local/my-custom-card.js
      type: module
    - url: /local/my-webfont.css
      type: css
  # Add more dashboards
    lovelace-generated: # Needs to contain a hyphen (-)
      mode: yaml
      filename: notexist.yaml
      title: Generated
      icon: mdi:tools
      show_in_sidebar: true
      require_admin: true
      mode: yaml
      title: hidden
      show_in_sidebar: false
      filename: hidden.yaml

You can also add YAML dashboards when your main dashboard is UI configured:

  mode: storage
  # Add yaml dashboards
      mode: yaml
      title: YAML
      icon: mdi:script
      show_in_sidebar: true
      filename: dashboards.yaml

Configuration Variables

mode string Required

In what mode should the main dashboard be, yaml or storage (UI managed).

resources list (Optional)

List of resources that should be loaded. Only use this when mode is yaml. If you change anything here, click the three dots menu (top-right) and click on Reload resources to pick up changes without restarting Home Assistant. You can also call lovelace.reload_resources service directly.

url string Required

The URL of the resource to load.

type string Required

The type of resource, this should be either module for a JavaScript module or css for a StyleSheet.

dashboards map (Optional)

Additional YAML dashboards. The key is used for the URL and should contain a hyphen (-)

mode string Required

The mode of the dashboard, this should always be yaml. Dashboards in storage mode can be created in the configuration panel.

filename string Required

The file in your config directory where the configuration for this panel is.

title string Required

The title of the dashboard, will be used in the sidebar.

icon string (Optional)

The icon to show in the sidebar. You can use any icon from Material Design Icons. Prefix the icon name with mdi:, ie mdi:home.

show_in_sidebar boolean (Optional, default: true)

Should this dashboard be shown in the sidebar.

require_admin boolean (Optional, default: false)

Should this dashboard be only accessible for admin users.

As a super minimal example of a dashboard config, here’s the bare minimum you will need for it to work:

title: My Awesome Home
    # View tab title.
  - title: Example
        # The markdown card will render markdown text.
      - type: markdown
        title: Dashboard
        content: >
          Welcome to your **dashboard**.

A slightly more advanced example:

title: My Awesome Home
    # View tab title.
  - title: Example
    # Unique path for direct access /lovelace/${path}
    path: example
    # Each view can have a different theme applied. Theme should be defined in the frontend.
    theme: dark-mode
    # The cards to show on this view.
        # The filter card will filter entities for their state
      - type: entity-filter
          - device_tracker.paulus
          - device_tracker.anne_there
          - 'home'
          type: glance
          title: People that are home

        # The picture entity card will represent an entity with a picture
      - type: picture-entity
        entity: light.bed_light

    # Specify a tab icon if you want the view tab to be an icon.
  - icon: mdi:home-assistant
    # Title of the view. Will be used as the tooltip for tab icon
    title: Second view
        # Entities card will take a list of entities and show their state.
      - type: entities
        # Title of the entities card
        title: Example
        # The entities here will be shown in the same order as specified.
        # Each entry is an entity ID or a map with extra options.
          - entity: light.living_room
            # Override the name to use
            name: LR Lights

        # The markdown card will render markdown text.
      - type: markdown
        title: Dashboard
        content: >
          Welcome to your **dashboard**.