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What does it means by "Location / Hub" for licence??

Jean-François Villemure 4 days ago in License & Purchasing updated 6 minutes ago 4


sorry if the question has already been asked, I did some research and I didnt seem to find the answer; when it says "one license per Location / Hub" does that mean one license per house (like no matter how many smartthing hubs are in that house), or is it a license for each physical smartthings hub (like if I have more than one hub in the same house/smarrhing location will I still need to buy a license for each one?) ?

thank you! and again sorry if the question has already been asked



Hi Jean-François, thank you for this great question, which is asked frequently.

ActionTiles requires one license per one logical Location/Hub.

A Location in SmartThings is an entity that encapsulates a set of devices, apps, automatons and scenes. A location is not tied to a geographical coordinate. Usually, one location contains one hub, but it's possible to set up so called "hubless" locations or locations with multiple hubs that act as repeaters.

Let me give you some examples:

Boat house with a constant hub that moves across the globe requires one license.

A Location without a hub that only uses cloud connected devices requires one license.

A large house with several repeater hubs connected to the same logical Location requires one license.

A large house with several hubs connected to distinct logical Locations requires one license per hub.

A multi unit building that has several hubs connected to distinct logical Locations requires one license per hub.

If you replace a hub, or reset it due to malfunction, then SmartThings considers it a new Location. All your existing hub data and tiles will be lost. We permit license transfer to a replacement hub, no new ActionTiles license is required. Please contact ActionTiles support and include your account information.

If you move to a new place and take your hub with you, the hub will remain licensed, no action required.


Share your favorite Weather Media Tiles?

Den 4 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by ryanhall66 16 hours ago 164

This national weather radar is so far my most useful Media Tile. I configured it for 3x2 tile size. Someday I intend to have a front door camera Media Tile.

  • If the image in a Post has been placed with a full URL link to the original; just right-click and choose "Copy image address."
  • There might be enough clues in the address to find the source website so you can find variations, such as local weather.
  • When posting, if you used the "<>" (HTML edit feature) to surround the URL of the image source with <pre> and </pre>, then the URL will be show in text instead of the image ... or try the "Code" Formatting option (under the paragraph symbol ¶).

In Progress

Support for Hubitat?

I have a license for ActionTiles that I only just did a minimalistic setup of to POC wall mounted tablets as an interface to my smart home. I am writing to officially ask if ActionTiles can be enhanced to support Hubitat.

I would love it if This system could be migrated over to support it, and will happily buy another device license for that system.



Hubitat has created their own specialized web-app which mimics a lot of the functionality of ActionTiles. We're happy to see that product continuing to evolve and attract interest.

Realistically, we have plenty of consumer facing and non-consumer facing SmartThings related development to focus on before we can even consider diversion of resources to a niche platform. SmartThings is our birthplace and it is the platform of all our supportive customers' homes. The Votes on this Topic indicate that the future is open to many possibilities and the door remains open to anything ... eventually.


Show me your Panels! - Gallery 3 (enhanced Themes)

Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 year ago in Colors Icons Fonts Themes updated by Gyrrad Hibdon 4 days ago 217

Continuing from very popular first 2 Galleries of Panels:


Here's a place for Customers to share your Panels and related stories. This content may be copied to other sharing services like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc..

NB: Inquiries about the techniques used to create the particular Panels, frames, etc., may be spun off by the Moderator into new Topics or Help Desk tickets to avoid too much threading here.

More details (Release Notes) about ActionTiles v6.10.0 (enhanced Theme Builder) are at:

The biggest changes and new Features of this Release are the enhancements made to Theme Builder (and thus, much more powerful customization of Panel Appearance). On a related note, Tiles also have new Animations and Effects options!

I've pasted a snapshot at the end of this Post showing off some of the new Theme Builder.

Be creative - Go Wild!

We have had many Customer requests to allow Panels to be more vibrant, cool, textured, and fabulous. The new options in Theme Builder make this possible. You can use Google to find "wallpaper" library websites - many of which allow hot-linking of the images as a Panel Background Image. Tweak the opacity/transparency value of the Tile Background Color (for each Tile Intention) using the Color Picker, to decide how much of the beautify background to show through. And/or you can strategically use more Blank Tiles as windows to parts of the background, such as the blossoms on a tree branch, or the moons in a fantasy solar system...

Share your Creations, please; as Comments:

Help inspire Customers to dive into the Enhanced Theme Builder. Let us know what wallpaper gallery websites you find attractive. Many of the images on such websites are completely free of restrictions for personal use.

Thousand thanks, everyone. Looking forward to seeing your Panels with just simple bits of flair as well as a few which will surely be incredible works of art. - No pressure! 😉

Please note: Per ActionTiles's Terms of Service, any or all images shared here may be used by ActionTiles for any purpose, including advertising and/or embedding in the app and/or our websites, social media, etc.. You are granting ActionTiles a perpetual royalty free unrestricted license to use the content you share in any way we see fit.

Thanks and ... have fun!

...Terry (& Alex)

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tinyCam Pro Android App web server: Stream RTSP and Wyze Cam to ActionTiles!

Geewiz 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Steven M Burnett 5 days ago 118

After attempting to stream using Blue Iris (CPU on the server went through the roof), and not having any success using some of the other methods found here on the forum, I decided to give tinyCam a try.   

There was another post that made a passing reference to the tinyCam webserver, so I installed the app on my Nexus 9, setup webserver and am now able to stream one of my outside security cams to a media tile.

Here's the media setup panel...

The problem I'm having is that I can't seem to address any of the other three cameras.  There is supposedly a parameter to select a camera, but it's not working for me.   Here's the request parameters from the Tinycam webserver API...

Perhaps there are others using tinyCam Pro Webserver that might share their experiences...


Demo / Tutorial Videos:

Our friend at TaylorTech (vlog) has added 2 YouTube tutorial/demo videos for this Topic:

Part 1:

Part 2:


iFrame Tiles - working sites

Kevin1 8 months ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated by Nick Reuter 5 days ago 23

Thought I would make a topic for known working sites for everyone to add to their ActionTile panels.  I'll start off with:

* - internet speed test

  -simple and works, just use

* - beautiful weather map with wind streams, radar etc

  -set the view you like, then use the top left menu at, select "embed widget in page".   When you paste into ActionTiles, delete the html tags so you end up with only the long URL between quotes following src=.  If you get this incorrect, ActioNTiles seems to embed ActionTiles site in the iframe tile instead.


Elements Theme Customization

John Yaglenski 6 days ago in Panels (dashboards) updated 6 days ago 2

Hey All:

Looking to customize a theme - and actually really like the simplicity of the elements theme - but when I go to build out my own in the theme creator - I can match up the colors etc of Elements (I just want to modify them slightly) but my locks which appear as RED blocks in the elements theme just come up as the "Normal" color in my theme.  

Why is that?  What makes the door locks RED in the default theme?  I actually like that as they stand out - but would like them to be orange instead.  

I'm sure as a relatively new user, it's something I'm just overlooking.



Discuss & Vote

TV panel

Tony Sorra 2 weeks ago in Configuration & Settings updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 6 days ago 1

Is there a way to use my TV as display panel?


Official Google Nest integration with SmartThings 2021

MarkusTec 1 week ago in Things & Capabilities 1

Is of this writing, it appears that Google devices (Cams, Thermostat and the Hello video doorbell) are now officially integrated with SmartThings and does indeed appear in the devices list within the SmartThings App. 

Can anyone confirm is all device integrations i.e. Cam, Doorbell and Thermostat are up and running on ActionTiles and if yes, what the experience is like, any limitations?  

Specifically, will I be able to see embedded live video feeds within ActionTiles?


How to add new nest devices?

patrickprinehart 1 week ago 0
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RELEASE v6.10.0: Enhanced Theme Builder: backgrounds, transparency, gradients! + Minor touches / fixes

Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 year ago in Announcements / Release Notes updated by John Senger 1 week ago 21

Major Release

Deployed August 15, 2019 - 1000h Pacific Time

Make your Panels prettier using the enhanced Theme Builder!

Visit the My Themes page to Build (+) a new Theme from scratch or a copy of an existing Theme; or to come back and edit your Themes.

Changes (may be updated):

  • Theme Builder:
    • Color Picker now is a an RGB color wheel with hue and transparency/opacity adjustment.
    • Transparency / Opacity for Tile backgrounds and content.
    • Gradients for Panel background and Tile background.
    • Blur and Opacity options for Panel background image (wallpaper) and Tile background images.
    • Background (wallpaper) images. Choose from a selection of included stock images or use a URL to an image (such as from a wallpaper or photo gallery site).
    • Tile background image.
    • Tile border color and width.

  • Panel and Tile backgrounds have 3 layers: color, image and gradient.
    Each layer is configured independently and each preference is optional.
    • Panel color (optional), defaults to black.
    • Panel background image (optional) can be selected from the provided gallery of stock images, loaded from URL or custom CSS property. This layer has preferences for image blur filter and opacity.
    • Panel gradient (optional) is applied on top of background image. It can be a selected from one of the preset values or loaded from a custom CSS property.
    • Tile backgrounds work the same way as Panel backgrounds.

  • New per Tile Styles (in Panel Builder / Tile Settings for each Tile):
    • Icon Animations: breathe, blink, bounce, nudge, pulse, shake, spin, spin fast, vibrate.
    • Icon Effects: glow, fade (fade is the default for the Normal Intention in all Themes).
  • Clock Tile: Option to hide AM/PM indicator.
  • Media Tile implementation change. Should help if media streams are unstable or freeze when zooming.
  • PIN Code can be entered using keyboard keys.
  • Smart Home Monitor (Classic) and Garage Door Tile: Added the option to select custom icons and Tile Intents.
  • Some Thermostat Tile changes (more coming).
  • Consolidated Panel Preferences and Tile Preferences pages.

We will update various open "Bug & Idea Topics" soon if their status has been affected.

Over time, we will post "Tips" in our Knowledge Base, Forum, and Social Media.

...Terry & Alex.


Ooo... I forgot to link this new Gallery Topic!

Yes - Please share your Panel designs & Themes to the post linked below:


Grouping of Hue Lights Question

ScottU 3 years ago in Things & Capabilities updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks ago 7

I am new to ActionTiles, but so far I love it!  However, I have been scratching my head trying to figure out how to setup groups of lights for specific tasks.  I know how to group them for on and off using a routine, but how do I change colors, or adjust colors of the group?  I see how to do this on individual bulbs, or single lights with the 3 dots that appear, but doing each one individually is cumbersome.  An example is I have 6 Hue BR30 color bulbs in our living room.  If I want to dim them or change the color, they have to each one be done manually instead of in the group.  

I have the Philips Hue hub (latest version), as well as the latest version of the Samsung SmartThings hub.  I saw something in the forums about a Hue (re)Connect app, but that appears dead now. 

Am I missing something or doing something wrong?  Any help is greatly appreciated!


Custom stock ticker tile (or any Google Sheets data)

Hank Scorpio 2 weeks ago in Media Tiles / Images 0

I spent some time this week trying to figure out how to add stock data as a media tile and thought I'd share what I learned. There are a few steps involved and it's not as simple as I initially hoped, but it's also pretty flexible and could easily be expanded to other uses. Essentially, this can turn any Google Sheet into a media tile, so it can be used for much more than stock data.


This started by wanting to display stock tickers as a media tile. I first came across a great post on being able to turning any json data into a badge, but this had the limitation of only being able to display one piece of data. I wanted to be able to display a few different tickers in one tile.

(As an aside, Google provides instructions for getting JSON feeds from spreadsheet data:

I also came across this post explaining how to create a media tile from a stock chart, but that also wasn't quite what I wanted:

Part 1 - Create a public link to Google Sheets data

Example spreadsheet -

First create a spreadsheet that contains whatever information will be displayed in the tile and share it (File->Share) so it doesn't require a login to view. Then take the spreadsheet ID (the long string in that URL) and sheet ID (the part after gid=) from the link to that sheet and insert them into this link below. You can also specify a range of cells if you only want to use a portion of the sheet. (Reference)

For this example, the link is:

This link can be used to create an iFrame tile under "My Shortcuts" in ActionTiles and you can stop here if that's all you need. The main shortcoming is that shortcut tiles don't auto update until you refresh the browser. You'll also need to adjust the width and height of the cells so that it fits well into the tile. 

If you want the tile to update without refreshing the browser and adjust its size automatically to fit the cell, then it needs to be turned into an image that can be used for a media tile which has a refresh rate.

Part 2a - create an image to be used as a media tiles

    This part requires running a couple command line tools on a Linux server. I have a Raspberry Pi set up that I use for this.

    The first tool is wkhtmltoimage which converts any webpage to an image. This supports creating svg, jpg, bmp, or png images. I found that svg is the best quality. The command is:

    wkhtmltoimage --crop-w 224 --crop-h 112 --height 1024 "$imgURL" $outFile.svg

    crop-w - the width of the spreadsheet range

    crop-h - the height of the spreadsheet range

    height - this just needs to be larger than crop-h. I found that the default value used was too small

    imgURL - the public link to the spreadsheet URL

    outFile - where the resulting image is stored

    Here is the command I use for this example which outputs the image in a file called stock_example.svg

    wkhtmltoimage --crop-w 224 --crop-h 112 --height 1024 "" stock_example.svg

    Part 2b - Create a link to the image

    Now I use rclone to add the image to my Google Drive, but this also supports other services like Dropbox and Amazon Drive. (If you have your own web server, you could also just copy the file there and not worry about using rclone.) The command for rclone is:

    rclone copy <outFile> <driveName>:<folder>

    outFile - the path to the image that was created in the last step

    driveName - this should be the name of the drive you set up when configuring rclone

    folder - the name of the folder on my Google Drive where the image gets saved

    For this example (with a drive gdrive and folder ActionTiles) the command is:

    rclone copy stock_example.svg gdrive:ActionTiles

    Part 2c - Automatic updates

    Note: Here I explain how to share the image using Google Drive, but this could also be done with any service that rclone supports like Dropbox or Amazon Drive.

    The last step is to automate all of this so that the data is updated periodically. To do that, I put the wkhtmltoimage and rclone commands into a script called and then set up a cron job to run at the desired interval. Here's my cron entry which runs every 10 minutes while the market is open (9-4 Mon-Fri)

    */10 9-16 * * 1-5 /home/pi/actiontiles/

    Then in Google Drive, you need to share the image publicly and you'll get a link like this:

    The direct link to the image takes the below format, inserting the proper ID:

    So in this example the direct link to the image is:

    Then in ActionTiles, use that link for a media tile and set the refresh 600 seconds (or whatever refresh rate you prefer).

    Some final notes

    • One of the coolest parts of this is that any changes you make to the spreadsheet (values, colors, size, etc.) will automatically show up in ActionTiles. No extra steps are needed after the initial configuration.
    • The width and height of the cells in your spreadsheet should be modified so that they fit nicely in a tile
    • I also made the background color of my cells match the color used by the ActionTiles theme
    • When generating the .svg image, thin cell borders are added. I haven't found a way to get rid of this
    • wkhtmltoimage seems to cache the site. Sometimes it takes a few minutes after updating the spreadsheet before the image produced from this tool is updated

    If you made it this far, thanks for reading. Please comment if you have any questions or come up with other ideas of how to use Google Sheets to create interesting tiles!

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    Open Android App or App activity via URL formatted Shortcut

    Paulo Nóbrega 4 years ago in Shortcut Tiles updated by APatel 2 weeks ago 243

    hi there....

    Is there a way to open android apps, ou executy an app activity?

    I use chromecast audio for multiroom, i can't seem to find a way to open the Google Play Music within smartthings...
    In my dashboard and just wanted at least to open the app, and then the music app can handle where to play the music...

    Does anyone found any shortcut to open Play Music? I've tried as shortcut the app name, the activity to open app but nothing works... In the dashboard when i click that shortcut it takes me to configuration of the tiles. LOL

    Does it make sense?

    JB Bentz 3 years ago

    The latest Fully Kiosk Browser release has helped a bunch with opening Android apps from actiontiles. You can now select apps for the whitelist.  You can also figure out the app intent URL very easily, by turning on the new single app mode and selecting the app you want.  It will then load the intent URL which you can copy and paste it into a shortcut tile.  So far I have gotten it to work with Spotify and Hangouts.  Works like a charm.

    Discuss & Vote

    Images on media tiles are not loading on Google Chrome browser

    sk108 4 months ago in Media Tiles / Images updated by Jeff M 2 weeks ago 27

    Images on media tiles are not loading on Google Chrome browser on PC, however they load on the phone browser. When I try to edit those "Media" tiles, it says "Enter valid URL". Please note that the URL is valid and that media tile is showing correctly on the Android phone browser (Google Chrome). It is happening with all media tiles on the PC browser. It used to work fine till last week on PC as well as on phone. Please help, thanks in advance.


    It appears that in a move for a more secure web, Chrome no longer allows to display images that are served over HTTP. It tries to upgrade the connection to HTTPS, but if the server is not able to respond, the image will not be loaded.

    This is going to be a major problem for ActionTiles users who often use video camera streams on local network.

    If I find a workaround for this, I will post it on this forum.


    Please List your Camera brand here if you got it working

    MrMilu 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by John Williamson 2 weeks ago 114

    Since the rtsp support seems to be on hold for now I had to return the second camera I ordered on Amazon. But I managed to make one of my old camera work.

    PLEASE list the exact brand for your camera here if you can confirm it works for you. This will help others with the new purchases.

    Please list the http mask (URL format) you used.

    Amazon purchase link also very much appreciated.

    Feel free to add sreenshots to your camera tile too.


    Tip to find URLs to open iOS Apps from a shortcut tile - Iconical app

    John Williamson 2 weeks ago in Shortcut Tiles 0

    I'm new to Action Tiles and  I've been testing it on an old iPad (works with my Hikvision cameras which use admin:password in the url whereas Android, Fire, Fully won't)

    I thought I'd share a tip for other iOS users with regard to app URL shortcuts.  I searched high and low on the internet for an easy way to retrieve these url's the way you can using Fully on Android but could find nothing of use.  Then I came across a suggestion to use the app Iconical.  It's used to make customised icons for your iOS apps but in doing so it reveals the url shortcuts needed.  You leave it scanning your installed apps, which takes some time as it compares them with around 130,000 in their database.  You can then click the test button next to the suggestion to see whether it works/goes to the correct app (some are found as random unknown apps but click them anyway to check which app they're associated with). If it works and opens the app you want you can then just read off and note down the url for use in your shortcut tile.  Perfect and well worth 2.99.

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    Tile wrapping

    Henry 2 years ago in Configuration & Settings updated by Jer Granzy 2 weeks ago 6

    Apologies for the basic questions, I did search through all settings menus and also on this forum but couldn't find an answer.

    In one tileset, I have a 2x2 tile followed by two 1x1 tiles. I would like the two 1x1 tiles to be in a column, as opposed to a row. As an example, in the attached screenshot, I would like the 'Posh lights' tile to be underneath the 'TV lights' tile as opposed to the right of it. 

    Secondly, is it possible to hide the status of a switch on a tile? I.e. the 'on' or 'off' wording at the bottom of the tiles.

    I am currently in the free trial time, but plan on purchasing a licence.

    Thank you in advance.


    Changing ZSE40 4-in-1 Sensor's Display

    Ct_Formula 2 weeks ago in Things & Capabilities updated 2 weeks ago 2

    Since the new ST app I can't seem to change the "display value" to temperature or Humidity its stuck on motion as the default. I have two of them and want one to do Temp the other to do humidity.

    I contacted Zooz and they said they THINK AT can help me with this. Does anyone know if this is possible? 

    Thanks in advance 

    iOS Mac Windows
    In Progress

    Updated Honeywell Thermostats in ST, lost Dual Thermostat Control in AT

    ChrisP 1 month ago in Panels (dashboards) updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks ago 4

    A few weeks ago, my two Honeywell TCC 9000 thermostats stopped having the ability to control set points in ST.  I found on reddit that others had the same issue, and had to remove and re-add them (via cloud connection to TCC again).  THis fixed the issue in ST, but then resulted in the thermostats being identified as "placeholder" for type in AT.

    I went into the IDE, changed the type to what it was before, and now I can use them.  However, there is no Dual Control tile like before that allowed for heat/cool control in a single tile.  I have to add seperate heat and cool tiles now.