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How To Create Schedules in Home Assistant

A tutorial for creating schedules in Home Assistant right from your dashboard with the custom Scheduler Component & Card Combo by nielsfaber.

While the Automation Editor in Home Assistant is, in my opinion, one of it’s most powerful assets, it can be a bit tedious setting up automations for simple things. They can stack pretty quickly and keeping track becomes quite a tiring task.

For example, let’s say you have a thermostat you want to control through Home Assistant. You would have to create complex schedules with automations, develop a way to keep them in check and make sure nothing breaks. Further more, editing on the fly becomes a chore if you want to even slightly adjust things.

Developer nieslfaber (Niels Faber) created a custom Scheduler Component & Card combo for creating schedules for any entity of Home Assistant right from your Lovelace dashboard. You can buy him a coffee if you find it useful and appreciate his work.

This tutorial guides you in setting up this awesome component & card combo through examples and use cases.

Schedules in Home Assistant with the custom Scheduler Component & Card Combo SmartHomeScene



  • Open HACS
  • Click + Explore and Download Repositories
  • Under Integrations, search for Scheduler Component
  • Select the latest version
  • Click on Download
  • Click cancel to Restart prompt
  • Click + Explore and Download Repositories again
  • Under Frontend, search for Scheduler Card
  • Select the latest version
  • Click on Download
  • Click to Reload Resources
  • Restart Home Assistant


  • Clone or download the integration repo
  • Copy the scheduler-component directory to config/custom_components/scheduler-component/…
  • Download the latest release of scheduler-card.js here and place it into www/scheduler-card
  • If you are using Lovelace in YAML mode, add a resource reference URL:
    • Eg: /local/scheduler-card/scheduler-card.js
  • Restart Home Assistant

Adding the Integration

After Home Assistant has restarted, navigate to Settings > Devices & Services > + Add Integration

  • Search for “Scheduler
  • Click the integration and click Finish to close the dialog box
  • You can continue to setup the card in Lovelace.

Adding the Card

After you’ve setup the Scheduler Component & Card Combo, navigate to a dashboard that you would like to setup a schedule. Add a new card and select the Scheduler Card, from which you will be presented with a UI editor:

Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Adding Entities

The card automatically groups all your available entities by domain on the left side of the screen. You can use the toggles here to add entities which you intend to control with the Scheduler Component by expanding each domain with a click. Select an entity you wish create schedules for and toggle it on. You can select multiple entities instead of one, they will all be added and controlled individually in the card.

On the second tab of the built-in menu, Other, some settings for the card appearance and behavior can be found. You can preset the title of the card, the time step, primary and secondary info displayed and add some tags for quick toggling between multiple cards. You can also select between two sorting modes: Time remaining until next action or Display the title schedule. If you select to show the Header Toggle, you can disable all schedules with one master switch.

Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Initial Card Configuration

Once you are done, click save and the card will be added to your dashboard. If you open the YAML code for the card, it will look something like this:

#Scheduler Card in Home Assistant
type: custom:scheduler-card
  - climate.living_room
exclude: []
title: Thermostat Schedule
show_header_toggle: true
  - state
  - relative-time
  primary_info: default
    - relative-time
    - time
    - additional-tasks
  icon: action

Creating Schedules

Example 1: Thermostats

To create a schedule for your preselected entities, click the Add button of the card. You will be presented with a new dialog window to create a “New Schedule for the entities you added. If you’ve added multiple, they will be listed at the top:

Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Adding a Thermostat Entity
Select Your Climate Entity
Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Making a Scheme
Choose a direct Action or Make Scheme
Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Making a Direct Action
If you select a direct Action (eg. Heat), the Thermostat will execute the chosen action at you preset time. For example, daily, workdays, weekends or chosen days. You can choose a specific time or offset by Sunrise/Sunset using the icon
Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Making A Scheme with different Actions
If you select the Make Scheme option, you can define different Actions for any time range. For example, Heat from 06:00-12:00 than set Thermostat to Away from 12:00-17:00

In the Make Scheme dialog window, the timer are draggable for easy adjustments. At the end of the timeslot, there is no action executed. This means that if you turn on a device during a timeslot, you will have to add a second timeslot to turn it off. It is highly recommended (but not required) to assign actions to every timeslot, such that the behavior for the whole day is defined.

Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Additional Options and Conditions
In the Options tab, you can set the Schedule to run for a preset period of time and than Stop or get Deleted. As a condition, you can predefine an entity’s state (eg. Make sure some is home before Turning on thermostat)
Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Card Appearance When Schedules Are Added
Once you click Save, all your Schedules will be listed along with individual toggles for quick turn on/off. A Master toggle on the top controls all schedules that you’ve listed

If you decide you want to make changes, just click the text of the schedule in the middle of the card. This will open up the dialog window directly and you can make some quick adjustments. Simple, neat and easy.

Example 2: Lights

As another example, let’s create a few schedules for controlling lights in your home. I will create a list of available entities for the scheduler card and set a schedule individually for each.

Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Adding Lights For Scheduling
Add the Lights you want to control and select them from the Card. You can toggle Multiple in the corner to add more lights to a single schedule
Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Conditioning with a Device Tracker
As an example, we can precondition this schedule with a Device Tracker. Meaning, It will only run if someone is home
Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Adding Direct Actions For Lights
If you select a direct action (eg. Turn On), you can adjust the brightness of the lights and set a Schedule (eg. 20 minutes before sunset)
Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Making a Scheme For Lights
If you create a scheme, you can add as many Turn Off/Turn On Actions as you want for a group of lights.

You click save and you schedules will appear on your dashboard again. You can quickly edit them by clicking the descriptive text on the card itself like I mentioned.

Note: The default Sun Integration is required for using sunrise/sunset offsets in the Scheduler card.

Customizing Actions

By default, the Scheduler Card will display all available actions for the selected entity (eg. Heat/Cool/Turn OFF or Light Turn ON/OFF). An Action simply determines what will be executed once the timer expires and conditions are met. It is possible to predefine Actions for your entities and have them available in the UI when creating schedules. To add custom actions, you can predefine them under the customize variable in the YAML code of the card.

A defined action is similar to a service_call in Home Assistant. It requires a service and optionally some parameters given by service_data. Entity ID does not need to be included in the service call when customizing the field because the Scheduler Component ties the action automatically to the selected ID.

Let’s say for example you want to create a Schedule that will turn on your lights to 50% brightness on a preset time. And maybe add another one that will set light color to blue:

#Customizing Actions
type: custom:scheduler-card
  - device_tracker.s21ultra
  - light.dome_lights
  - light.kids_room
  - light.living_room
  - light.living_room_lamp
title: Lights Schedule
show_header_toggle: true
    name: Living Room light
    icon: hass:ceiling-light
      - service: turn_on
          brightness_pct: 50
        name: Set Brightness 50%
        icon: hass:lightbulb-on-outline
      - service: turn_on
            - 4
            - 0
            - 255
        name: Set Color Blue
        icon: hass:lightbulb-on-outline

Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Customizing Actions for Lights
Now when you add a schedule for that entity, you Custom Actions will be available for selection
Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Custom Actions in Schemes
If you select Make Scheme, you can assign them to run like any other action according to your schedule

It is also possible to customize the built-in actions for a particular entity. By default, the scheduler component looks up the properties of your HA entities to show the correct actions in the card. This provides the right behavior in most cases, but exceptions are possible. To overcome this, the Scheduler Component allows overwriting the built-in actions with your own defined parameters.

Here’s an example for customizing the Auto mode of a thermostat entity with a preset temperature range and step:

#Customize HVAC Auto Mode
      - heat       #Hide to avoid duplicates
      - set mode   #Hide to avoid duplicates
    actions:       #Custom Actions
      - service: set_temperature
          hvac_mode: auto
            min: 16
            max: 25
            step: 0.5
            unit: '°C'
        icon: 'mdi:fire'
        name: "heat[ to {temperature}]" #Display Name of Action in Card

Customizing Conditions

Similarly, you can use a specific entity as a condition in a schedule, that can be configured by defining it under the customize variable as well. To achieve this, we need to give it the possible states an entity can have from two options:

– Define a list of possible states under the states variable
– Define a numeric range under the states variable

For example, let’s say I want to define two conditions. One is an input boolean that indicates if somewhere is home or not and the other is the current level of CO2 in my home. Subsequently, I want to use both of these as a condition in my schedule:

– If no one is home at 10:00AM and the CO2 range (Provided by Aqara S1) is above 1200ppm, Turn on Fan:

#Possible States
      - 'on'
      - 'off'

#Numeric Range  
      min: 300
      max: 2000
      step: 50
      unit: ppm

To implement these conditions in the Scheduler Card:

Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Customizing Conditions for Fan
Select the Turn ON Action for the Fan
Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Customizing Conditions Direct Action
Select the Time, Daily at 10:00AM
Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Adding Presence Conditions
Select that no one should be Home as a Condition
Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Adding CO2 Level as Condition
Select that CO2 Must be Above 1200ppm as a condition
Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Selecting Which Conditions Are Active

Once both conditions are added, you will notice a small toggle in the top corner which you can use to determine whether both or any of the listed conditions should be met before the schedule runs.

Optionally, you can select the Behavior After Completion (Repeat, Stop, Delete) and Period of the Active Schedule (Date Range).

At the bottom, you will notice a Tags field, which simply groups the schedules in the card’s UI on your dashboard for a more unified appearance. For example, “vacation” can be added to multiple different entities from different domains which will be grouped as one.

Card Display Options

By default, the card displays your added schedules in a standardized list, showing entity and action on the first line, and remaining time until next trigger on the second line. You can customize the appearance of the schedules, by arranging the elements under the display_options variable and some HTML magic:

Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Default Card Appearance
Default Appearance
Scheduler Card in Home Assistant: Custom Card Appearance
Customized Appearance

#Customized Appearance of the Scheduler Card
type: custom:scheduler-card
  - climate.living_room
exclude: []
title: Living Room Schedule
  - state
  - relative-time
    - <i><b><u><h3 style=color:green>{entity}</style></b></i></u>
    - action
    - <i><b>Next Run</b></i>{relative-time}
    - <i><b>Schedule</b></i> {days}
    - additional-tasks
  icon: entity
show_header_toggle: true

You can experiment with HTML markup to achieve some desired custom effect and inline the appearance with your dashboard.


The Scheduler Component & Card are an easy way to create simple schedules for your entities right from your dashboard in Home Assistant. Developer nielsfaber went above and beyond in developing this custom integration by adding a bunch of customizability options for actions, conditions, entity states etc.

So, what the difference? Why use the Scheduler component over the built-in Automation Editor in Home Assistant? Naturally, the automation editor remains the most powerful and versatile tool for developing complex automations. But for simple schedules editable quickly in a user-friendly interface I feel like the Scheduler Card can’t be beat.

For example, scheduling a Thermostat properly in the automation editor will require a bunch of different automations relying on complex operation logic that you would have to provide and develop. The more complex your needs are, the more issues you are going to encounter making it work as it should.

With the Scheduler card, it’s quite the opposite. Add the entity, select a direct action or make a scheme of actions, select the time and optionally add a condition. Click save and the schedule is ready, active and displayed on your dashboard.

Whether you want to bother with it, I suggest you try it out and decide for yourself. Consider treating developer nielsfaber with a coffee for developing this awesome integration if you find any use for it. If you like to see more awesome tutorials like these, you can buy us a coffee too.

4 thoughts on “How To Create Schedules in Home Assistant”

  1. I grabbed this when you mentioned it during your thermostats review. Fantastic. My “learning” thermostat wasn’t learning properly, so I’ve set up the scheduler to adjust things based on sunset/sunrise. It’s still a range that the power company can override (they’ll drop or raise it by a degree, typically) but it’s better controlled now.

    • The integration is awesome, I use it with a bunch of things that I do not want to create automations for.

      Good thing is it can be as a simple as you want it or as complex as you need it!

  2. Excellent.

    I have just set it up to control use of battery and charge from grid on my inverter. Very nice… BUt, as there always is 😉
    It would be amazing fantastic if i could have the schedule for more than one entity present at the same time to avoid mistakes when setting these to schedules, another possibility which would make it even easier would not to have to select on/off but one schedule with choice of individual states for each entity…But this will definitely save me a lot of work not needing to change automations manually any longer every day according to the electricity-price, so a big thank you for the brilliant project you made 🙂

  3. I just found this integration and card and testet it successful – thank you so much!
    My question (may be a little opposite to the idea of a user friendly configuration with drag&drop):
    Would it be possible to set the values of time slots via other input helper? As some guys already mentioned it is hard to nearly impossible to set these values on small screen – I do have a problem setting an interval of 10 minutes on a 27″ monitor 😉
    Maybe it is already possible with som YAML code, but I didn’t find it yet.
    Thanks for any tip!

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