openHAB2 SIMPLE UI no config files!

Yes, there was a time that installing open source software was scary, but the job of any good open source software solution is to grow up and compete with there commercially backed brothers and sisters!

That time for openHAB is here.  In the following video I walk you through the simple steps involved in setting up openHAB smart home automation system on any computer you can find.  This used to be a very intensive command based trial and error mess, but no more as the release of openHAB2 has introduced a web based UI that rivals the interface found on comercial solutions such as Smartthings, Wink and Vera!

Keep in mind that there is never one solution that fits all, and if all you want is a scheduled light bulb to turn on once and while, Smartthings might just be the right tool for you, but if you think you might want to do more, check out this video and see how easy it is to get up and running.

Wait, you watched it, and all your looking for is the links, look below the video for all the details.

My Install links and details – like I said super simple!

1. Clean install – fresh OS High Sierra
2. Installed only Chrome and Screen Capture software
3. Download Java (Zulu version 8 (don’t use 9) –

5. Download openHAB (I like daily)

7. Install Java / then openHAB


Also, check out the openHAB website, they have a ton of great documentation that will help you get up in running on Windows, Mac, Linux and if your really daring even Docker!

Oh ya!  One more thing, if your interested in purchasing some home automation stuff, check out my links below!  They are all Amazon links, and although it doesn’t cost you anymore – Amazon pays me a commision for anything you buy with my links! 🙂 So Thanks!

—- Items I use all the time for my Home Automation —-
Z-Wave Stick Hardware –
Raspberry Pi –
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit –
Smartthings V2 HUB –
Wink Hub –
Vera Hub –

—-My Camera Video Gear —-
Sony A6500 –
Smallrig Cage for Sony A6500 –
Sony 10-18mm Wide-Angle Zoom Lens –
Rode VideoMic –