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The first step is to install Home Assistant. We recommend a dedicated system to run Home Assistant. If you are unsure of what to choose, follow the Raspberry Pi guide to install Home Assistant Operating System.

Home Assistant offers four different installation methods. We recommend using one of the following two methods:

  • Home Assistant Operating System: Minimal Operating System optimized to power Home Assistant. It comes with Supervisor to manage Home Assistant Core and Add-ons. Recommended installation method.
  • Home Assistant Container: Standalone container-based installation of Home Assistant Core (e.g. Docker).

There are two alternative installation methods available for experienced users:

  • Home Assistant Supervised: Manual installation of the Supervisor.
  • Home Assistant Core: Manual installation using Python virtual environment.

The list below shows the installation method available based on the device and platform being used.

If you are using the Home Assistant Blue, the Home Assistant Operating System is already installed. Continue to onboarding.

Compare Installation Methods

OS Container Core Supervised
Uses container
Backups 1 1
Managed Restore 2 2
Managed OS
1: Backups for Home Assistant Core and Home Assistant Container is provided by the backup integration. 2: Backups for Home Assistant Core and Home Assistant Container are either a tool to migrate to HAOS or a completely manual restore of the backup.