Homegear Reference


Homegear is a free and open source program to centrally manage and control IoT devices. It features the following interfaces - all with SSL support:

  • Binary-RPC
  • MQTT
  • WebSockets with PHP session authentication
  • HTTP (GET and POST)
  • REST

If needed new interfaces can easily be added to the source code - just contact us. Homegear also features:

  • A built-in rich featured web server with PHP 7 and IP cam proxy support. Together with WebSockets and the script engine you can easily create web pages to bidirectionally interact with all devices known to Homegear.
  • A built-in script engine using PHP 7:
    • All devices and device functions are directly accessible.
    • All PHP modules can be used.
    • Thread support using the PHP module "pthreads".
    • Low level peripheral support:
      • Directly access serial devices, I²C devices and GPIOs.
      • You immediately get notified on new data and GPIO state changes. No polling is necessary.
      • Using threads you can implement bidirectional and event driven communication.
  • A base library to easily implement your own device families
  • XML device description files with PHP script support to easily implement individual devices
  • Support for customized licensing modules supporting module online activation, license verification and script encryption

Homegear is written to make it as easy as possible to integrate new devices making them accessible through all the above interfaces.

Available References


Methods exclusively available in PHP.


Methods available for all communication interfaces and PHP