I have some homekit objects and I would like to use them with apple automation system.

I don't have apple tv or ipad, so I would like to know if a raspberry project exists to do something like this.

I found homebridge project but it seems allow only add object, not working as a hub.


  • Hi there! Have you found a server, which is emulating the home hub or did you end up buying an Apple TV? Feb 20, 2018 at 15:46
  • Badly, I don't find anything to do that. And no I don't want to buy an Apple TV. Too expansive for nothing I think.
    – Kiva
    Feb 21, 2018 at 10:01

2 Answers 2


Per justme-1968:

no it is not possible. has been discussed many times.

atv (and iPad) are the only real ways to get remote access and push notifications.

pdlove followed up with:

It's how HomeKit's protocol works. It only communicates with the local network due to how the iPhone handles discovery. It's conceivably possible to have Homebridge communicate directly with iCloud and emulate and Apple TV or iPad, but the problem with that is that you would have to have a program written that is going to violate the iCloud terms of service and potentially get Apple to come after that project to shut it down.

So - it should not be possible to use a RPi as an Apple Home hub. Sorry for the bad news.


There is a system called: Home Assistant. It has an add on that can get the information from your devices and and pass it on to homebridge app. It's a bit out of the way of how it should work but it should.

This is how I started my really short way with Home Assistant. I looked for a way to work with homekit and found this. I started working with it, got few sensors working and expanding as I go.

I use the Home Assistant application but I know it can work with home bridge as well.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.