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v1.3-stable.19 (Sept 10, 2020)

Linux .deb

Ubuntu / Debian derivatives

Windows Installer

Win7 / Win8 / Win10

Platform agnostic .tgz

macOS / Others

Install instructions


Download HomeGenie Windows Installer and run it. Once installation process is completed, HomeGenie UI will be opened. The UI can be also opened by right clicking on the tray icon.

Ubuntu, Raspbian and others Debian derivatives

Follow the instruction to add the Mono repository to your system (only add the repository, do not install mono). If you already have a previous version of mono installed, upgrade it by running sudo apt-get upgrade.

Install HomeGenie Server by entering the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gdebi-core
sudo gdebi homegenie_1.3-stable.19_all.deb

HomeGenie will be installed in the /home/homegenie foder. Once installed, HomeGenie UI can be opened by entering the following URL in your web browser: http://<linux_box_address>:<port>/ (where <linux_box_address> is the name or ip of the host where HomeGenie is installed and <port> is the port where the service is listening on).

The default http port is 8080, but if it's already taken, HomeGenie will try to bind the next available address. The actual bound port is written to a file named serviceaddress.txt in the HomeGenie home folder.

Optional packages

# SSL client support
sudo apt-get install ca-certificates-mono
# Embedded speech synthesys engine
sudo apt-get install libttspico-utils
# Arduino™ programming from *HG* program editor
sudo apt-get install arduino-mk empty-expect

Note HomeGenie requires mono runtime version 4.6.2 or later.

Enabling access to serial port and other devices

The user account from which HomeGenie will be run (which is homegenie in the default installation) must be granted of the required permissions in order to access devices such as the serial port, GPIOs, USB controllers.

For example, on most debian systems the user must belongs to the dialout system group in order to have access to the serial port device.

Consult the operating system documentation about user privileges required to access installed devices.

macOS and other UNIX systems

HomeGenie can also be installed on other systems (eg. macOS and other UNIX based systems) by following the procedure described below. See Mono supported platforms for a complete list of compatible systems.

Installing prerequisites

Download and install mono runtime.

Enter the following command from terminal (apt-get is shown here, eventually replace it with the package manager used in your system):

sudo apt-get install mono-runtime libmono-corlib4.5-cil libmono-system-web4.0-cil \
     libmono-system-numerics4.0-cil libmono-system-serviceprocess4.0-cil \
     libmono-system-data4.0-cil libmono-system-core4.0-cil libmono-system-servicemodel4.0a-cil \
     libmono-windowsbase4.0-cil libmono-system-runtime-serialization-formatters-soap4.0-cil \
     libmono-system-runtime-serialization4.0-cil libmono-system-xml-linq4.0-cil mono-mcs \
     libusb-1.0-0 libusb-1.0-0-dev alsa-utils lame libv4l-0

Optional dependencies

In order to activate some features, optional dependencies may be required to install.

# Audio playback utilities
sudo apt-get install alsa-utils lame
# Embedded speech syntesys engine
sudo apt-get install libttspico-utils
# SSL client support
sudo apt-get install ca-certificates-mono
# LIRC Infrared inteface
sudo apt-get install lirc liblircclient-dev
# Video4Linux camera
sudo apt-get install libv4l-0
# X10 CM15 Home Automation interface
sudo apt-get install libusb-1.0-0 libusb-1.0-0-dev
# Arduino™ programming from *HG* program editor
sudo apt-get install arduino-mk empty-expect

Downloading and uncompressing tgz archive file

Enter the following command terminal

tar xzvf homegenie_1.3-stable.19.tgz

Running HomeGenie

After uncompressing, the homegenie folder will be created. Enter the following commands from terminal to start HomeGenie:

cd homegenie
mono HomeGenie.exe

You can now start using HomeGenie opening the following URL in your web browser:


where <server_address> is the name or ip of the host where HomeGenie was installed and <port> is the port on which HomeGenie is listening for web requests (defaul port is 8080).

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