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Can ActionTiles activate an Alexa Routine?

andysims 2 years ago in Things & Capabilities updated by aloochke 4 hours ago 6

I have several Amazon Echo Routines which I use to play music in my backyard. For Instance, I say "Alexa, Smooth Jazz" and the Amazon Echo connected to my backyard sound system begins playing my smooth jazz station on Pandora. How do I create an Actiontiles tile that will start this routine? Is this possible? I can find instructions for activating a SmartThing routine with Amazon Alexa but I can't find anything that shows how to activate an Echo (Alexa) routine with SmartThings or Actiontiles.

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Stock Ticker Tile

Corey 2 years ago in Things & Capabilities / RSS & Feeds updated by Levahj 2 days ago 13

While I realize that this may veer slightly off of the smart home control aspect of Action Tiles, I was wondering if it would be possible to create a stock ticker tile to compliment your other Clock, Weather, Weather Forecast, Calendar, and RSS News Feed tiles?  I use my tablets for both smart home control as well as a "one stop shop" for information and it would be nice to have a tile where you could display the current prices of certain stocks, funds, etc., and have the tile scroll through them (realizing that it would/could not be real time information).

I assume this would be low priority compared to all the other activities you have going on, but am curious whether there are others who are interested in a stock ticker tile as well.  Thanks.


Can the Garage door tile operate a virtual switch?

I have multiple garage doors, so I have multiple tiles per garage door on my panel, is there a work around where touching the garage door panel tile (that shows open/close status) to operate that garage door, or have a sensor change the color of a tile?

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Capability Window Shade - Rolling Shutter Tile type

Zvika 1 year ago in Things & Capabilities updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 days ago 9

I installed Fibaro roller shutter and in Action Tiles it shows as type "Switch".
This means that it will show the open percentage of the roller shutter correctly but it will show OFF only when it will get to 0 %.
So even when the roller shutter is 3% the status will be ON .

In SmartThings it shows closde as I set the open/close offset to 45 %.

This make a confusion as I see it as open but it's not open .

Is there a way to make this the same as SmartThings status ? 

On Hold: Discussion Open

Logitech Harmony Activities

Good Evening,

Love the app! Harmony Activities (not direct integration with the Hub) would be awesome.

They are listed currently in the 'other device' settings when you set your devices and panels because it appears the only supported state is "switch"

If you all could accommodate this device type it would be great!!!


At the moment, the only way to integrate ActionTiles with Harmony is via Harmony Activity Switches.


HOWTO: Displaying printer's toner and drum life in AT

Max R 3 weeks ago in Things & Capabilities 0

Hi All, wanted to share an idea I've kicked around for a bit and figured out to implement to success this weekend. Family's  been making heavy use of the printer as of recently and I figured it would be cool to be able to a) keep an eye on the toner and drum life of my Brother laserprinter and b) be alerted once either reached a given threshold.

For this project I am using Webcore to do the handywork behind the scenes.

My printer is a Brother HL-L2395DW wifi printer, and it happens to provide a website with all the details I'm interested in. This model's website can be reached at http://your-printers-address/general/information.html. Per default it is not password protected.

Specifically I am interested in the page count, the drum unit and toner percentages as marked in yellow above.

Working backwards, the AT tile type which currently seems to make most sense for displaying a percentage, is a Humidity sensor. Fortunately SmartThings comes with a DTH for a Simulated Thermostat, which just happens to include a simulated humidity sensor. I created two virtual thermostats in the ST IDE and created tiles for them in my Office AT panel:

Note1: while I could probably rig up a DTH for a simulated energy meter or a simulated lux meter for displaying the page count, I chose to hold off from creating a tile for it now, as we still can't customize or remove the lower part of the AT tiles (looking over the rim of my glasses at you, Terry :B-) . It would look rather silly showing a tile with my pagecount, displaying watts or lux below) for now I'm just storing the pagecount value until I find something interesting to do with it.

Note2. When you create simulated devices in the IDE, you should go to the ST app and add (+) new devices, before trying to make them available to AT and Webcore.

As mentioned it's a Wecore piston which drives the tile updates once a day using a timer. The piston uses a simple webcall to pull the status page above. Unfortunately the result does not translate to Json, so I had to get real creative with indexof(), mid() and similar string operators to yank the numbers out and convert them to integers. 

In addition I have a threshold of 10% defined so if either drum or toner hits that limit a message will be pushed to my phone. Additionally if there's anyone detected by the office motion sensor, a VLCthing speech synth will speak the same message out in the room.

Here's a green screenshot of how I put v1 togother:

On Hold: Discussion Open

Proper WebCore presence status integration

Mrl72 2 years ago in Things & Capabilities / CoRE and webCoRE updated by waller bean 1 month ago 8

Hey all! 

I was kinda upset that ST doesn't provide a way to capture the proper presence status that could be displayed in ActionTiles so being a developer I've created my own web service that shows a real status vs just "Present" or "Not Present."

You simply setup a new piston in WebCoRE that passes the current location to a small web service which takes the status and dynamically creates a Tile that you can display by using the Media Image Tile.

Here's an example of how it looks on an ActionTiles Panel:

Some features:

  • You can upload a pic for the icon or use a system one.
  • You can choose any background color to match your existing dashboard.
  • You can set any tile size to match your existing tiles.
  • Status is updated as fast as you need it. 

I'm currently adding the final touches but would love to open this up to the community!


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Run webCoRE pistons from ActionTiles

Essavant 2 years ago in Things & Capabilities / CoRE and webCoRE updated by HomersRevenge 2 months ago 30

Is there planned support for WebCore? I'd like to remove all my SmartThings Automations Routines and replace with WebCore automations - and I would, except I would lose the ability to use them as Routine Tile(s) in ActionTiles Panels.


That makes more sense... ☺️ It didn't occur to me that webCoRE Pistons are used as form of "super Routine".

Not currently in our immediate plans...

  • webCoRE users are a relatively small bunch of customers (though growing...).
  • There's a pretty easy (?) available workaround for power-users: Create Virtual Momentary Buttons or some other triggers for your Piston.

But we'll leave this Topic open to collect  Votes  and discussion. Don't forget to Vote on your own Topic... Thanks!!!

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Nexxhome Garage controlller

Mike Geldert 3 months ago in Things & Capabilities updated by finn 2 months ago 8

I received this garage controller for xmas and have set it up according to directions.  It's listed as "works with smartthings", and I've set it up in smartthings and it works great.  (shows current open/close status and will open or close the door by pressing the icon/button).

When I go to authorize this device in Actiontiles, it isn't showing up as a device. 


SmartThings Routines being discontinued

levi 2 months ago in Things & Capabilities updated by Orange Bucket 2 months ago 2

SmartThings is trying to phase out the Classic app, and has actually made it impossible to add new routines if you have deleted the existing ones in the Classic app. Is ActionTiles going to be adding Scene support? It seems like there is an API ( which is what was noted as the original issue (

Any word on this front?

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ecosmart light bulbs

Steve Brightman 2 months ago in Things & Capabilities updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 months ago 1

I purchased some eco smart bulbs from Home Depot and added them to SmartThings. These bulbs can be dimmed and also adjust the color temperature. The first screenshot shows how they appear in SmartThings. However when adding them as a tile in AT I can adjust the dimming but there is no color temperature adjustment - see second picture.


Ring Tile

Most of the Ring topics are years old. I guess I’m late to the party. In the gallery saw someone with a Ring tile.  What are they doing with the tile? Opening to live view? It seems pretty involved to get Ring on the panel. Or is not?  Still learning a bunch of stuff. I have a Ring 2. Thanks. 

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Generic Information Tile

Jeff Davis 2 years ago in Things & Capabilities / CoRE and webCoRE updated by El Lobo 3 months ago 23

I would like to see a generic information tile that I could programmatically update with something like WebCoRE.  The title of the tile should also be user-defined.

Example 1: Post the name and time of the last motion sensor triggered within a tile entitled "Recent Activity."

Example 2: Post the name and time of the last person who left the premises within a tile entitled "Last to Leave."

Example 3: Post the time when motion is first encountered in the morning within a tile entitled "Rise and Shine."

... so why not set a text string variable for a simulated device? Then Action Tiles could just display it like any other device tile, maybe?

Probably something we've also answered several times, though I can't find an exact Topic match to point to...

ActionTiles is designed to conform to the SmartThings Capability paradigm. It abstracts the set of Commands and Attributes of any Device into a specific Capability or Capabilities with a standard documented definition.

Because we can trust this definition, we can trust that the Tile Types we define based on each Capability will function as expected.

SmartThings currently also allows a Device Type Handler developer to add arbitrary ad-hoc / custom Commands and/or Attributes, but there are absolutely no standards for this. One developer might call an Attribute "fullness" and another call it "volume". Without the Capability standards, ActionTiles would have to have an Artificial Intelligence engine; or major enhancements to the Builder to allow ad-hoc / custom Tile Types to be defined in concert with such arbitrary custom Commands and Attributes.

But we also invite DTH developers to make use of Capabilities that are documented, but don't have any common use case examples. Maybe Capability "Notification" could be something we could latch onto. But why bother if nobody uses it?

Yes... This isn't totally out of the question; but there's a lot of evolution going on at SmartThings right now (a whole new API!!!); and that's just one of many reasons to defer in-depth work on this.

Please do browse the various related Topics, though ... these and more:




Set Honeywell Lyric temperature by number or shortcut

rsantone 4 months ago in Things & Capabilities updated 3 months ago 2

I have a Lyric Round thermostat that works well with Smartthings and ActionTiles but I have to adjust the temperature 1 degree at a time. Is there a way to just tap a tile and set a temp, say having a tile for 58 and 68 degrees?


Temp tiles

Ernesto Rodriguez 3 months ago in Things & Capabilities updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 months ago 3

I am new to Actiontiles and have been soaking everything up. I noticed in panel galleries that a lot of people have room temps. What are they using to get that?  Is it just a st multi sensor, a motion sensor or something else? I searched the forums and can’t seem to find an answer. The forum’s knowledge is much appreciated. Cheers! 

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Displaying a WebCore piston countdown as a Tile

I'm not sure if this is possible or not but i'll ask anyway. 

Is there a way to display a WebCore's piston countdown timer as a tile?

Let me explain with a few examples (all within WebCore):

  • EX1: I have a mode changer that will change the mode based on time. Next to the piston it will display the time until the next change as a countdown timer. 
  • EX2: My kitchen has an automation in which, when no motion is detected, it will wait 3 minutes until it turns off the kitchen. Once the piston starts its wait phase, it counts down from 3 minutes. If motion is detected within those 3 minutes, the piston resets and the wait phase will start over.

It would be cool to display that time in some form so that i can see how much time that piston has until it completes. I have many automations with wait timers and being able to display them next to its tile would be awesome. 

Maybe it's already possible but in a different way?

Would love to hear thoughts and suggestions. 


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Compatibility with other platforms?

JonnySax 2 years ago in Things & Capabilities / Non-"Works With SmartThings" devices updated by Jeff Avery 3 months ago 14

wow!  this seems like a beautiful way to have quick intuitive access to my smart home controls.  Its just a shame it only works with SmartThings ... Is there any plan to expand to other smart home platforms?  I specifically use Axial Control with an Aeon Labs stick on a windows PC, but I'm sure owners of other hubs would love to have AT as their visible interface.  

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We've actually answered this dozens of times, so I'm just leaving this open for discussion until I get a chance to merge or paste in any existing answers.

ActionTiles is not a portal app. It is the #1 Dashboard Panel builder for SmartThings, which, in turn, is the #1 smart home platform, which, in turn, can intergrate with hundreds and hundreds of devices (Things) from many different vendors. It would take a significant distraction and diversion of our resources to integrate with "other platforms". Not saying it won't ever happen; but this is further down on the to-do list than Features which will benefit our thousands of existing, loyal Customers.


Show Current Light color in the Color Picker

Jeff Terrace 1 year ago in Things & Capabilities updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 months ago 7

It doesn't look like the *current* color of an RGB light shows up anywhere on the dashboard. Even if you pick a color from the color selector, the next time you open it up, the color isn't selected. Am I missing something?


There's a bug such that only DTHs which also set the deprecated Attribute "color" in "#rrggbb" format will trigger the Tile to display the Color Bulb in the footer.

The updated Capability spec only requires Hue and Saturation to be set by a DTH, so we need to fix our code sometime for this.

We'll note this and leave this Topic open for related discussion.

Thanks for finding this little quirk!



Thermostat Tile with Setpoint Display (non-interactive) only

Puskaitis 4 months ago in Things & Capabilities updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 4 months ago 0

Need to display setpoint but have a "controlled increase button" on separate tile for guests, so that increase is limited to function over only 2 degrees of increase or decrease. I can set the controls in WebCore, but need a setpoint display with no + or - function.


HEOS or Logitech Harmony link for Action Tiles?

MOD220 4 months ago in Things & Capabilities updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 4 months ago 1

Only threads I found were from several years back, and no resolution.  Is it possible to have a tile, ideally with HEOS and Logitech logos, that take me to those apps on my Kindle Fires?