Install Homebridge on Raspberry Pi (3 or 4 preferred)

This is for a fresh install of Homebridge with auto-start on reboot or error.

If you are trying to convert an existing install, this step-by-step will not work for you, and you’ll need to modify it to suit your needs.

  1. Create the Default Settings file:
    sudo nano /etc/default/homebridge
    …and paste this into it.
  2. Create the executable service:
    sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/homebridge.service
    …and paste this into it.
  3. Create a user to run the service:
    sudo useradd --system homebridge
  4. Create the directory for Homebridge to live in:
    sudo mkdir /var/homebridge
  5. Open up the directory permissions:
    sudo chmod -R 0777 /var/homebridge
  6. Reload all of the daemons
    sudo systemctl daemon-reload
  7. Enable the Homebridge service to start:
    sudo systemctl enable homebridge
  8. Start Homebridge yourself:
    sudo systemctl start homebridge


  • journalctl -f -u homebridge to view the logs
  • systemctl status homebridge to check the service status.

Contents of /etc/defaults/homebridge:

# Defaults / Configuration options for homebridge
# The following settings tells homebridge where to find the config.json file and where to persist the data (i.e. pairing and others)
HOMEBRIDGE_OPTS=-U /var/homebridge

# If you uncomment the following line, homebridge will log more
# You can display this via systemd’s journalctl: journalctl -f -u homebridge

Contents of /etc/systemd/system/homebridge.service:

Description=Node.js HomeKit Server

ExecStart=/usr/bin/homebridge $HOMEBRIDGE_OPTS