How Popular is Home Assistant

We are now in 2024 and Home Assistant has been around for over 10 years but just how popular is Home Assistant and how does it compare to the competition?

I take a deep dive into the stats to showcase its growing community of developers and end-users.

How Popular is Home Assistant

Home Assistant is hugely popular and as of February 2024, it boasted over 360,000 active installations via its built-in analytics tool. The Home Assistant Core GitHub repository currently has over 67,000 stars and the project has been forked over 27,000 times.

Although these statistics may seem impressive, how exactly do they compare to similar smart home automation software and platforms? I will take a look and compare it with three other similar products and conclude with if popularity really matters or not.

Home Assistant Popularity in Numbers

Until recently it was almost impossible to determine how many people were actively using Home Assistant then in May 2021, the development team implemented an opt-in feature called Home Assistant Analytics. The analytics integration aggregates usage statistics data from users and shares this data with the public. It is used by the development to prioritize which areas of development need focusing on.

Home Assistant usage statistics.
Statistics gathered on 2nd February 2023

Home Assistant Popularity by Country

CountryActive Installations (Febuary 2024)
United States56,272
United Kingdom19,027

Home Assistant installations by Country

Europe is the most popular region accounting for over 120,000 active users.

In October 2019 Home Assistant was announced to be the 10th biggest open-source project on the GitHub platform comprising 6,300 contributors. By 2020 the number of contributors had grown by over 25% to 8,100 making it by far the most popular open-source software for home automation.

What Makes Home Assistant So Popular?

The popularity of Home Assistant can be attributed to a number of factors such as how long the project has been around and the wide range of supported devices and integrations compared to other platforms.

I believe the main reason it is so popular (which is the reason I use it myself) is because of its primary focus on local control and privacy. I want all of my IoT devices to not depend on the internet and certainly don't want them sending data to remote servers across the internet. Home Assistant delivers on this and more!

The History of Home Assistant

For a long time, Home Assistant was known for being quite complex and not very user-friendly in configuring devices and automations due to its lack of GUI configuration options. Every time you needed to add a device, set up a new automation, or change anything really, you would have to edit a YAML file and apply the configuration there which required moderate technical knowledge. This alienated a lot of new users who were not very technical and found it difficult to set up even the most basic tasks.

In recent years the developers of Home Assistant have recognized this and have been slowly moving away from using YAML configurations to making the web GUI the primary place for its users to make their changes.

Home Assistant Popularity Compared to Its Competitors

To compare Home Assistant with similar products on the market we need to use various tools to gather meaningful statistics.

I will use three sources and combine the results to determine the winner.

  • Google Trends

  • GitHub Star Count

  • Reddit Community Size

To begin with, I have compiled a list of similar products to use in our comparison.

  • OpenHAB

  • Homebridge

  • Domoticz

  • SmartThings

Google Trends

Home Assistant on Google Trends.
Home Assistant compared on Google Trends February 2022 to February 2023

GitHub Stars

Stars on GitHub represent overall popularity but also the quality and general confidence in a specific project. In the table below I recorded the star count for each repository where possible. Samsung SmartThings was excluded from this comparison due to it being a closed system that is not open-source.

ProjectStar Count (April 2022),688,802,099

Home Assistant compared to the competition using GitHub star count

Reddit Community Size

The Reddit community size for each product is not particularly important but the data in the table below can be useful in comparison with one another. Home Assistant is the clear winner here and we are seeing fairly similar community sizes between Homebridge and SmartThings.

ProjectCommunity Size (April 2022)
Home Assistant168,350
Samsung SmartThings47,655

Home Assistant compared to the competition using Reddit community size

Final Results

ProjectGoogle TrendsGitHub StarsReddit MembersOverall Place
Home Assistant1st1st1stFirst
Samsung SmartThings2ndN/A3rdSecond*

Final results combined

  • SmartThings came second overall due to its GitHub star ranking not being calculated. Its GitHub ranking would have had to be 4th or higher to lose the overall second place.


Home Assistant came first place in each category and is the overall winner in the popularity contest with Samsung SmartThings as its closest rival.

It's also worth noting that Homebridge is the newest project of the group and its Google Trends result might not be fully accurate as I had to use "search term" instead of "software" as the topic.

Ultimately each of these home automation platforms are great to use and there is no reason to not try more than one to see what works best for you. If you are not very technical savvy then picking a platform with the biggest community could benefit you the most as you will have lots of questions.

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