Create a Siri shortcut on Domoticz and Jeedom

To control your home automation devices with Siri and Jeedom or Domoticz, there are several ways. Use a Homekit gateway, or use the new Siri shortcuts in iOS 12.

Homekit gateway

Setting up a gateway between your Jeedom or Domoticz server, and Homekit allows you to easily control your home automation devices. It works very well, but with the disadvantage of a rather complex configuration and advanced knowledge in your home automation system. In addition, all home automation devices are not compatible with Homekit.

Shortcuts and Siri actions

iOS 12 introduces a new feature that can simplify the use of Siri: Siri actions.

Unlike Homekit, using a Siri shortcut allows the user to create their own shortcuts with Siri, by using your own keywords. This has the advantage of being very simple to set up, and above all, it allows you to control any type of device, as long as it is available in your home automation server, in Pilot.

And Pilot in all this?

Since version 2.4, Pilot supports Siri shortcuts. You can create your custom actions, and enjoy integration with Siri on your iPhone and iPad.

Also, the actions performed in Pilot will automatically be offered by Siri. For example, if Siri finds that you launch the “Hello Home” scenario every morning with Pilot, then Siri could offer you to do so directly from your lock screen!

How does it work?

Creating a Siri shortcut is done in a few steps:

  1. First, make sure you have iOS 12, essential for using Siri shortcuts!
  2. Start by opening Pilot, and trigger the action you want: turn on a light, open a shutter, set the lighting intensity of a halogen, open the garage door, set the temperature of a thermostat, etc.
  3. Then, on your iPhone, return to the home screen, then go to Settings> Siri and search> All shortcuts
  4. On this screen, you find the shortcuts of all your applications. Scroll to find the history of Pilot actions used
    Select the desired action to create the associated shortcut. Siri will then ask you to dictate your shortcut for it to be registered!
  5. There you go ! You can now trigger Siri and dictate your keyword so that it triggers the associated action.

Bear in mind

  • The Siri shortcuts you create can be used on your iPhone, but will also be automatically available on all your other devices: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod!

Feel free to ask your questions in the comments;)

11 thoughts on “Create a Siri shortcut on Domoticz and Jeedom

  1. Taco

    Hey Hey. I really like this update. Great job. Just question, switching lights on via fibaro unit and domoticz software leave a trigger within the Siri search and trigger can be made. Switching the same lights off does not leave a trigger and so no trigger can be created. Why?

    1. patrickferreira Post author

      Hi, you should be able to see all the shortcuts created in the settings of your iPhone, in the Siri settings page.

  2. Boudewijn Beckers

    Hi,

    I updated to iOS 12 and the latest Pilot and created 2 shortcuts. When I try to trigger them it says there’s a problem with the Pilot app and just stops there..

    Seen that before?

    1. patrickferreira Post author

      Hi,

      Tell me some more:
      * How many servers setup? Are they Jeedom or Domoticz?
      * Do you have a local network address set up?
      * Have you tried setting up other kinds of devices, see if they all bug?

      Let me know 😉

      1. Boudewijn Beckers

        Only one server running Domoticz.. Local server on or off makes no difference.. I tried with both the thermostat as well as lights and also poweredcycled the phone to be sure..

        Any suggestions?

  3. Joe Dondelinger

    So I set a few shortcuts, but Siri keeps saying “sorry there was a problem with the app!” Rebooting phone didn’t work. Any suggestions?

    1. patrickferreira Post author

      Can you try triggering the shortcuts from the search field in the home screen, see if it works?

      If it doesn’t work, can you please give me some more info:
      * How many servers setup? Are they Jeedom or Domoticz?
      * Do you have a local network address set up?
      * Have you tried setting up other kinds of devices, see if they all bug?

  4. Joe Dondelinger

    I tried triggering from the home screen search field and still get an error telling me “there was a problem, try again”.

    I have 5 Domoticz servers programmed in the app the first one is my home Domoticz(the one I’m trying to set up the shortcuts for) it is on a local IP and the other 4 are on external IP’s. And of course I am on my local network while accessing my home Domoticz.

    1. patrickferreira Post author

      Can you try deleting all the shortcuts you created, and then create new ones, but for other devices?

      Last resort would be to reinstall the app, but even doing that, I am not 100% sure it will work. A few users are reporting the same issue, and as of today, I don’t know how to fix it. I will keep looking, maybe there is something wrong with iOS itself.

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