Optional post-installation steps

Running as a system service

HomeGenie can be installed as a service. The procedure is different depending on the hosting operating system.

Recommended procedure for Linux

  1. Add a specific user for the service and copy the content of homegenie folder to the new user home directory:
sudo useradd homegenie
sudo cp -ar ./path-to-extracted-folder/homegenie /home/homegenie
sudo chown -R homegenie:homegenie /home/homegenie
  1. Create the file /etc/systemd/system/homegenie.service with the following content:


  1. Refresh SystemD configuration
sudo systemctl daemon-reload
  1. Start the service and enable HomeGenie to auto-start on next system boot:
sudo systemctl start homegenie.service
sudo systemctl enable homegenie.service

Other possible commands are status, stop and disable.

See also:

Depending on the hosting operating system, it might be required to run additional steps in order to allow the service to access the Serial port, USB devices and GPIO hardware.

Additional packages and settings

Enabling audio playback and voice synthesis:

# Audio playback utilities
sudo apt-get install alsa-utils lame
# Embedded speech synthesis engine
sudo apt-get install libttspico-utils

Granting access to the Serial port and/or GPIO to the homegenie user:

sudo gpasswd -a homegenie dialout
sudo gpasswd -a homegenie gpio

Enabling CM15/CM19 USB controller for X10 home automation:

sudo apt-get install libusb-1.0-0 libusb-1.0-0-dev

then, to grant access to CM15/CM19 USB devices to the homegenie user, create a new text file with the name /etc/udev/rules.d/98-cm15_cm19.rules and add the following lines to it:

# CM15 AND CM19 X10 controllers
ATTRS{idVendor}=="0bc7", ATTRS{idProduct}=="0001", MODE="0660", GROUP="homegenie"
ATTRS{idVendor}=="0bc7", ATTRS{idProduct}=="0002", MODE="0660", GROUP="homegenie"

save the file and unplug and replug the device again.

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