Tellstick Binding

This binding is tested against Tellstick DUO, it should also work with a basic Tellstick. It supports RF 433 Mhz protocols like: Nexa, HomeEasy, X10, CoCo (KlikAanKlikUit), Oregon e.o.

See further information from

The binding supports sensors (temperature and humidity) and devices (switches, dimmers and dimmers without an absolute level).

There is also a binding specifically for openHAB 2 here.


First of all you need to make sure that your JVM is matching your installed Telldus Center.

This normally means OpenHab must run on a 32bit JVM for windows and a 64bit JVM for linux.

For Windows, the binding is hardcoded to look for Telldus Center in Programs Files (“C:/Program Files/Telldus/;C:/Program Files (x86)/Telldus/”).

You will have to use Telldus Center to add all your devices. It is also easiest to find the sensor ID by using the Telldus Center. To configure a device, you need the name and type of device, to configure a sensor you need the ID and Type of sensor. I recommend using tdtool -l to list all your devices and sensors. Run openHAB in DEBUG mode to see that everything starts up correctly and that you are receiving sensor/device updates.

Binding Configuration

The binding can be configured in the file services/tellstick.cfg.

Property Default Required Description
library_path   No Set to the local folder of the tellduscore.dll or if you have trouble getting the telldus core library to work.
max_idle   No If you don’t have a Tellstick Duo or the number of device events is less than 1 every 10 minutes you should increase this value to a higher number like 600000

Item Configuration

The format for devices is:



  • <deviceName> matches the name in Telldus Center.
  • <deviceType> is either Command for on/off or DimmingLevel for absolute dimmable device.
  • <specialCase> is used for the dimmable without absolute level (devices that are dimmable with clicking twice). For this case use Dimmable
  • <resendCount> is just the number of times to resend command.

The item configuration for a sensor is:



  • <sensorId> is the sensorId taken from Telldus Center or debug logs.
  • <valueType> is either Temperatur or Humidity, based on sensor.
  • <useValueType> is for special cases where the value in <valueType> is actually something else, supports BatteryLevel (Humidity:BatteryLevel) and Motion (Temperature:Motion). This is implemented for homemade temp/humid and motion sensors (see the Forum).
  • <protocol> if you have multiple sensors with same ID you might need to specify the protocol to make it unique


Basic Items


Switch  GF_Dining_Aquarium "Aquarium" <aquarium> { tellstick="Aquarium:Command" }

Dimmer without absolute (dims when clicking on button twice):

Switch  GF_Kitchen_Wall "Wall"  { tellstick="Kitchen Backwall:Command:Dimmable:1" }

Temp sensor:

Number  GF_Kitchen_Temp "Temperature [%.1f °C]" <temperature> { tellstick="14:Temperature" }

Temp sensor with protocol defined:

Number      GF_Temp "Temperature [%.1f °C]" <temperature> { tellstick="21:Temperature:Temperature:oregon" }

Wind sensor

Number      Outside_Wind_Avg "Wind Average [%d]"  <wind>  { tellstick="22:WindAvg" }                  

Battery Level

Number  GF_Kitchen_Battery "Battery [%d]" <battery> { tellstick="82:Humidity:BatteryLevel" }

Using the Python library Instead of this Binding

Below is an example of how to capture events from Telldus Tellstick and forward them to the openHAB bus as events through REST. The example works for on/off switches and wireless sensors but can easily be extended to dimmers, etc. Events are sent to openhab regardless if a telldus state change originates from a wireless remote or from other software (e. g. Switchking or Telldus Center). In other words, the script keeps openHAB in sync with telldus states.

You need:

Tested on Ubuntu Server 13.04.

#!/usr/bin/env python

import sys
import time

import tellcore.telldus as td
from tellcore.constants import *

import httplib

openhab = "localhost:8080"
headers = {"Content-type": "text/plain"}
connErr = "No connection to openhab on http://" + openhab

           TELLSTICK_BELL: 'BELL',
           TELLSTICK_TOGGLE: 'toggle',
           TELLSTICK_DIM: 'dim',
           TELLSTICK_LEARN: 'learn',
           TELLSTICK_EXECUTE: 'execute',
           TELLSTICK_UP: 'up',
           TELLSTICK_DOWN: 'down',
           TELLSTICK_STOP: 'stop'}

def raw_event(data, controller_id, cid):
    string = "[RAW] {0} <- {1}".format(controller_id, data)

def device_event(id_, method, data, cid):
    method_string = METHODS.get(method, "UNKNOWN STATE {0}".format(method))
    string = "[DEVICE] {0} -> {1}".format(id_, method_string)
    if method == TELLSTICK_DIM:
        string += " [{0}]".format(data)
    url = "/rest/items/td_device_{0}/state".format(id_)
        conn = httplib.HTTPConnection(openhab)
        conn.request('PUT', url, method_string, headers)

def sensor_event(protocol, model, id_, dataType, value, timestamp, cid):
    string = "[SENSOR] {0} [{1}/{2}] ({3}) @ {4} <- {5}".format(
        id_, protocol, model, dataType, timestamp, value)
    url = "/rest/items/td_sensor_{0}_{1}_{2}/state".format(protocol, id_, dataType)
        conn = httplib.HTTPConnection(openhab)
        conn.request('PUT', url, value, headers)

    import asyncio
    loop = asyncio.get_event_loop()
    dispatcher = td.AsyncioCallbackDispatcher(loop)
except ImportError:
    loop = None
    dispatcher = td.QueuedCallbackDispatcher()

core = td.TelldusCore(callback_dispatcher=dispatcher)
callbacks = []


    while True:
except KeyboardInterrupt: