Experimental Next-Gen Rules Engine Documentation 5 of : Actions

This tutorial post is very out of date and ultimately did not make it into the official docs. Do not use this except for historic purposes. See the Getting Started Tutorial sections on rules for how to get started with rules. Rules - Introduction | openHAB

Other Functions and Actions

OH supports a number of functions which allow one to cause something to occur in a script such as sending an email or scheduling something to occur at a later date. There are a number of built in functions and a number of add-ons called Actions that can be installed and used.


Schedules a function to execute sometime in the future.

// Native Quartz version
var ScriptExecution = Java.type("org.eclipse.smarthome.model.script.actions.ScriptExecution");
var DateTime = Java.type("org.joda.time.DateTime");
var runme1 = function(){ logInfo("Native Quartz Timer completed"); }
var timer1 = ScriptExecution.createTimer( DateTime.now().plusSeconds(5), runme1);

// Native Java/Nashorn
var Timer    = Java.type("java.util.Timer");
var timer2 = new Timer("setTimeout", true);
var runme2 = function() { logInfo("Native Java/Nashorn Timer completed"); };
timer2.schedule( runme2, 2000);

// Library version
// NOTE: This does not use the Quartz Scheduler like the above does
var runme3 = function(){ logWarn(logInfo("Library Native Quartz Timer completed"); };
var timer3 = createTimer( now().plusSeconds(2), runme3, "argument");
timer3 = timer.cancel();

// setTimeout Library version javascript like, with argument.
var runme4 = function(){ logWarn(logInfo("Library setTimeout completed"); };
var timer4 = setTimeout( runme4, 1000, "argument");

Unfortunately, unlike in the Rules DSL where we can have global variables that survive a Rule’s execution methods like cancel and reschedule will be less useful in NGRE.


Pauses execution of the Rule for the given number of milliseconds.

// Native and Library version


Retrieves a map of Item name and State pairs for the given list of Items. Because PaperUI rules do not support global variables, these may not be as useful. Typically, one will call storeStates and save those values somewhere, then later call restoreStates later on to restore those Items to the saved states.

// Native version
var states = events.storeStates(ir.getItem("Test"), ir.getItem("ColorTest"), ir.getItem("DimmerTest"));

// Library version - Untested as of this writing
var states = events.storeStates(ir.getItem("Test"), ir.getItem("ColorTest"), ir.getItem("DimmerTest")); 

Unfortunately, the utility of these two actions are greatly reduced as there is no way to persist the variable states across multiple runs of the Rule or across multiple Rules. TODO: However, one could parse the Map returned by storeStates into a String and post that to an Item and then parse it back to go the other way. Submit a PR to add this to the library.


Often it is useful to log certain information to the logs for debugging and monitoring. OH supports five levels of logging. Levels are used to limit how much gets saved to the log file. While debugging a problem or developing new Rules one might set the logging level to DEBUG or TRACE to get more information but set the level to INFO or WARN during normal operations. Each level includes the logging from the levels above it in the following table (i.e. WARN level also includes ERROR logs).

Level Purpose
ERROR Use to denote a fatal error that prevents a Rule from working.
WARN Use to denote something that is wrong or unexpected in a Rule but the Rule is able to manage it.
INFO Informational level info needed for general monitoring.
DEBUG Additional information that might be useful for writing new Rules or identifying problems.
TRACE Highly detailed information.

By default, the Rules loggers are configured to only output at the INFO level.

// Native
var logger = Java.type("org.slf4j.LoggerFactory").getLogger("org.eclipse.smarthome.model.script.Rules");
logger.error("This is an error log");
logger.warn("This is a warning log");
logger.info("This is an info log");
logger.debug("This is a debug log");
logger.trace("This is a trace log");

// Library
logError("This is an error log");
logWarn("This is a warning log");
logInfo("This is an info log");
logDebug("This is a debug log");
logTrace("This is a trace log");

In the Native version above, you can change the string in getLogger to be the name of where you want your logs to go. So, if for example, you want to put all the logs from one Rule or set of Rules in a separate logger so they can be separately filtered or saved in a separate log file, use a different path.

The library writes to "org.eclipse.smarthome.automation.module.script.rulesupport.internal.shared.SimpleRule".

See the logger docs for details on how to format and create the strings that get logged.


To execute a shell script or program from a script use executeCommandLine or executeCommandLineAndWaitResponse. These functions use the same underlying code to kick off the scripts that the Exec binding does so the same warnings and work arounds apply:

  • sometimes it will be required to replace spaces with @@
  • the command will run as the same user that openHAB is running as which is usually openhab
  • the openhab user doesn’t have a full set of environment variables so the full path to the command and files used by the command will need to be supplied.
// Native
var ExecUtil = Java.type("org.eclipse.smarthome.io.net.exec.ExecUtil");
var r1 = ExecUtil.executeCommandLineAndWaitResponse("echo 'wait for result'", 5000);
ExecUtil.executeCommandLine("echo `don't wait for result`");

// Library 
var r2 = executeCommandLineAndWaitResponse("echo 'wait for result2'", 5000);
executeCommandLine("echo 'don't wait for result'");


There will be times where one will want to call the transformation service from a script. This can be done with the transform function.

// Native
var ScriptServiceUtil = Java.type("org.eclipse.smarthome.model.script.ScriptServiceUtil");
var services = ScriptServiceUtil.getActionServices();
var tnsf = services.stream().filter(function(el){ return el.getActionClassName().contains("Transform"); }).findFirst().get();
logInfo(tnsf.getActionClass().static.transform("MAP", "locks.map", "21"));

// Library - TODO didn't work
logInfo(transform("MAP", "locks.map", "21"));

See the Transformation Service Documentation for the available services and how to use them.

HTTP Requests

There are a number of functions built in to OH to make simple HTTP requests to a web server.

var url = "http://demo.openhab.org:8080/rest/";
var timeout = 5000;

// Native Java
var HttpUtilNativ = Java.type("org.eclipse.smarthome.io.net.http.HttpUtil");

var results = HttpUtilNativ.executeUrl("GET", url, timeout);
logInfo("results GET: ", results);

results = HttpUtilNativ.executeUrl("PUT", url, timeout);
logInfo("results PUT: ", results);

results = HttpUtilNativ.executeUrl("POST", url, timeout);
logInfo("results POST: ", results);

// Library
results = sendHttpGetRequest(url, timeout);
logInfo("results sendHttpGetRequest: ", results);

results = sendHttpPutRequest(url, timeout);
logInfo("results sendHttpPutRequest: ", results);

results = sendHttpPostRequest(url, timeout);
logInfo("results sendHttpPostRequest: ", results);

results = sendHttpDeleteRequest(url, timeout);
logInfo("results sendHttpDeleteRequest: ", results);

//  Library executeUrlWithContent( httpMethod, url, httpHeaders, content, contentType, timeout)
var header  = "application/x-www-form-urlencoded; charset=UTF-8";
var results = executeUrlWithContent("POST", url, null, "", header, timeout);
logInfo("results executeUrlWithContent: ", results);

Thing Status

To obtain the online/offline status of a Thing.

// Native Action
var thingHelper = Java.type("org.eclipse.smarthome.model.script.actions.ThingAction");
var thingStatus = thingHelper.getThingStatusInfo("zwave:device:dongle:node6");

// Using things variable
var ThingUID = Java.type("org.eclipse.smarthome.core.thing.ThingUID");
var tUid = new ThingUID("zwave:device:dongle:node6");
var thing = things.get(tUid);
var status = thing.getStatus();

// There is no library function

TODO add PR to add this action to the library

The possible values from calling toString() on the ThingStatus are:



This is an action that is available in Rules DSL to call a subscript. Because NGRE has support for libraries this Action is deprecated.

Cloud Notification Actions

Publishes messages to apps connected through myopenhab.org.

// Native JavaScript
var NotificationAction = org.openhab.io.openhabcloud.NotificationAction;
NotificationAction.sendNotification("rlkoshak@gmail.com", "This is a directed notification");
NotificationAction.sendNotification("rlkoshak@gmail.com", "This is a detailed directed notification", "light", "WARN"); // TODO what is severity? "light" is the icon
NotificationAction.sendBroadcastNotification("This is a broadcast test");
NotificationAction.sendBroadcastNotification("This is a detailed brodcast test", "light", "WARN")
NotificationAction.sendLogNotification("This is a log notification");
NotificationAction.sendLogNotification("This is a detailed log notification", "light", "WARN");

// No library helper functions

TODO: Add library helper functions.

Non-core Actions

Actions beyond the the above core set can be installed and called from scripts.

// Native JavaScript

// Library version, a collection of all available Actions are put into a collection that can then be
// called by name.

//To send a Mail:
getAction("Mail").static.sendMail("mail@you.de", "subject", "message");

I’ve not tested the code below this point yet.

TODO: Call an Action


//Returns actionList like = Voice,Transformation,PersistenceExtensions,ThingAction,Audio,Mail,XMPP,Telegram
logInfo("getActionList:", getActionList());

//To send a Mail:
getAction("Mail").static.sendMail("mail@you.de", "subject", "message");

  • third party installed Actions

TODO: Create an Object

  • in Rule body
  • reusable across multiple Rules

TODO: Migrate JSONDB Rules to Stand Alone .js Files

  • how to build up a JSON Rule in a separate file (JSR223 docs for building a Rule)

TODO: Rule Templates

  • what are they?
  • how do I create them?
  • how do I use them?

TODO: Creating Libraries

Will probably be a new posting.

  • reusable functions
  • reusable Rules

TODO: Comprehensive Examples

  • shows multiple rule trigger types
  • shows rules enabling/disabling each other
  • shows many if not all of the above
  • maybe pick one or more DPs as the example

Trouble Shooting

  • errors
  • where to look
  • how to interpret

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I have installed the Rule Engine (experimental) in the paperUI, set a rule to send broadcast notification to openhab cloud and worked. After 2-3 days all of a sudden the notification rule stopped working. I deleted the rule thinking that something messed it up and made a new one to test the notification. Upon closer inspection, in the log viewer I get a ClassNotFoundException.
Here is the complete log:

    2019-03-18 12:01:33.371 [WARN ] [omation.core.internal.RuleEngineImpl] - Fail to execute action: 1

java.lang.RuntimeException: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.openhab.io.openhabcloud.NotificationAction.sendBroadcastNotification

	at jdk.nashorn.internal.runtime.ScriptRuntime.apply(ScriptRuntime.java:397) ~[?:?]

	at jdk.nashorn.api.scripting.NashornScriptEngine.evalImpl(NashornScriptEngine.java:449) ~[?:?]

	at jdk.nashorn.api.scripting.NashornScriptEngine.evalImpl(NashornScriptEngine.java:406) ~[?:?]

	at jdk.nashorn.api.scripting.NashornScriptEngine.evalImpl(NashornScriptEngine.java:402) ~[?:?]

	at jdk.nashorn.api.scripting.NashornScriptEngine.eval(NashornScriptEngine.java:155) ~[?:?]

	at javax.script.AbstractScriptEngine.eval(AbstractScriptEngine.java:264) ~[?:?]

	at org.eclipse.smarthome.automation.module.script.internal.handler.ScriptActionHandler.lambda$0(ScriptActionHandler.java:60) ~[?:?]

	at java.util.Optional.ifPresent(Optional.java:159) ~[?:?]

	at org.eclipse.smarthome.automation.module.script.internal.handler.ScriptActionHandler.execute(ScriptActionHandler.java:57) ~[?:?]

	at org.eclipse.smarthome.automation.core.internal.RuleEngineImpl.executeActions(RuleEngineImpl.java:1199) [249:org.eclipse.smarthome.automation.core:0.10.0.oh240]

	at org.eclipse.smarthome.automation.core.internal.RuleEngineImpl.runNow(RuleEngineImpl.java:1047) [249:org.eclipse.smarthome.automation.core:0.10.0.oh240]

	at org.eclipse.smarthome.automation.core.internal.RuleEngineImpl.runNow(RuleEngineImpl.java:1063) [249:org.eclipse.smarthome.automation.core:0.10.0.oh240]

	at org.eclipse.smarthome.automation.rest.internal.RuleResource.runNow(RuleResource.java:288) [258:org.eclipse.smarthome.automation.rest:0.10.0.oh240]

	at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method) ~[?:?]

	at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:62) ~[?:?]

	at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:43) ~[?:?]

	at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:498) ~[?:?]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.server.model.internal.ResourceMethodInvocationHandlerFactory$1.invoke(ResourceMethodInvocationHandlerFactory.java:81) [172:org.glassfish.jersey.core.jersey-server:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.server.model.internal.AbstractJavaResourceMethodDispatcher$1.run(AbstractJavaResourceMethodDispatcher.java:144) [172:org.glassfish.jersey.core.jersey-server:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.server.model.internal.AbstractJavaResourceMethodDispatcher.invoke(AbstractJavaResourceMethodDispatcher.java:161) [172:org.glassfish.jersey.core.jersey-server:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.server.model.internal.JavaResourceMethodDispatcherProvider$ResponseOutInvoker.doDispatch(JavaResourceMethodDispatcherProvider.java:160) [172:org.glassfish.jersey.core.jersey-server:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.server.model.internal.AbstractJavaResourceMethodDispatcher.dispatch(AbstractJavaResourceMethodDispatcher.java:99) [172:org.glassfish.jersey.core.jersey-server:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.server.model.ResourceMethodInvoker.invoke(ResourceMethodInvoker.java:389) [172:org.glassfish.jersey.core.jersey-server:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.server.model.ResourceMethodInvoker.apply(ResourceMethodInvoker.java:347) [172:org.glassfish.jersey.core.jersey-server:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.server.model.ResourceMethodInvoker.apply(ResourceMethodInvoker.java:102) [172:org.glassfish.jersey.core.jersey-server:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.server.ServerRuntime$2.run(ServerRuntime.java:326) [172:org.glassfish.jersey.core.jersey-server:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.internal.Errors$1.call(Errors.java:271) [171:org.glassfish.jersey.core.jersey-common:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.internal.Errors$1.call(Errors.java:267) [171:org.glassfish.jersey.core.jersey-common:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.internal.Errors.process(Errors.java:315) [171:org.glassfish.jersey.core.jersey-common:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.internal.Errors.process(Errors.java:297) [171:org.glassfish.jersey.core.jersey-common:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.internal.Errors.process(Errors.java:267) [171:org.glassfish.jersey.core.jersey-common:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.process.internal.RequestScope.runInScope(RequestScope.java:317) [171:org.glassfish.jersey.core.jersey-common:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.server.ServerRuntime.process(ServerRuntime.java:305) [172:org.glassfish.jersey.core.jersey-server:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.server.ApplicationHandler.handle(ApplicationHandler.java:1154) [172:org.glassfish.jersey.core.jersey-server:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.servlet.WebComponent.serviceImpl(WebComponent.java:473) [169:org.glassfish.jersey.containers.jersey-container-servlet-core:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.servlet.WebComponent.service(WebComponent.java:427) [169:org.glassfish.jersey.containers.jersey-container-servlet-core:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.servlet.ServletContainer.service(ServletContainer.java:388) [169:org.glassfish.jersey.containers.jersey-container-servlet-core:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.servlet.ServletContainer.service(ServletContainer.java:341) [169:org.glassfish.jersey.containers.jersey-container-servlet-core:2.22.2]

	at org.glassfish.jersey.servlet.ServletContainer.service(ServletContainer.java:228) [169:org.glassfish.jersey.containers.jersey-container-servlet-core:2.22.2]

	at com.eclipsesource.jaxrs.publisher.internal.ServletContainerBridge.service(ServletContainerBridge.java:76) [20:com.eclipsesource.jaxrs.publisher:]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.servlet.ServletHolder.handle(ServletHolder.java:865) [85:org.eclipse.jetty.servlet:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.servlet.ServletHandler.doHandle(ServletHandler.java:535) [85:org.eclipse.jetty.servlet:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.ops4j.pax.web.service.jetty.internal.HttpServiceServletHandler.doHandle(HttpServiceServletHandler.java:71) [186:org.ops4j.pax.web.pax-web-jetty:7.2.3]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.ScopedHandler.handle(ScopedHandler.java:146) [84:org.eclipse.jetty.server:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.security.SecurityHandler.handle(SecurityHandler.java:548) [82:org.eclipse.jetty.security:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.HandlerWrapper.handle(HandlerWrapper.java:132) [84:org.eclipse.jetty.server:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.ScopedHandler.nextHandle(ScopedHandler.java:257) [84:org.eclipse.jetty.server:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.server.session.SessionHandler.doHandle(SessionHandler.java:1595) [84:org.eclipse.jetty.server:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.ScopedHandler.nextHandle(ScopedHandler.java:255) [84:org.eclipse.jetty.server:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.ContextHandler.doHandle(ContextHandler.java:1317) [84:org.eclipse.jetty.server:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.ops4j.pax.web.service.jetty.internal.HttpServiceContext.doHandle(HttpServiceContext.java:293) [186:org.ops4j.pax.web.pax-web-jetty:7.2.3]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.ScopedHandler.nextScope(ScopedHandler.java:203) [84:org.eclipse.jetty.server:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.servlet.ServletHandler.doScope(ServletHandler.java:473) [85:org.eclipse.jetty.servlet:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.server.session.SessionHandler.doScope(SessionHandler.java:1564) [84:org.eclipse.jetty.server:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.ScopedHandler.nextScope(ScopedHandler.java:201) [84:org.eclipse.jetty.server:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.ContextHandler.doScope(ContextHandler.java:1219) [84:org.eclipse.jetty.server:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.ScopedHandler.handle(ScopedHandler.java:144) [84:org.eclipse.jetty.server:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.ops4j.pax.web.service.jetty.internal.JettyServerHandlerCollection.handle(JettyServerHandlerCollection.java:80) [186:org.ops4j.pax.web.pax-web-jetty:7.2.3]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.HandlerWrapper.handle(HandlerWrapper.java:132) [84:org.eclipse.jetty.server:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.server.Server.handle(Server.java:531) [84:org.eclipse.jetty.server:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.server.HttpChannel.handle(HttpChannel.java:352) [84:org.eclipse.jetty.server:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.server.HttpConnection.onFillable(HttpConnection.java:260) [84:org.eclipse.jetty.server:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.io.AbstractConnection$ReadCallback.succeeded(AbstractConnection.java:281) [75:org.eclipse.jetty.io:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.io.FillInterest.fillable(FillInterest.java:102) [75:org.eclipse.jetty.io:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.io.ChannelEndPoint$2.run(ChannelEndPoint.java:118) [75:org.eclipse.jetty.io:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.util.thread.strategy.EatWhatYouKill.runTask(EatWhatYouKill.java:333) [87:org.eclipse.jetty.util:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.util.thread.strategy.EatWhatYouKill.doProduce(EatWhatYouKill.java:310) [87:org.eclipse.jetty.util:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.util.thread.strategy.EatWhatYouKill.tryProduce(EatWhatYouKill.java:168) [87:org.eclipse.jetty.util:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.util.thread.strategy.EatWhatYouKill.run(EatWhatYouKill.java:126) [87:org.eclipse.jetty.util:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.util.thread.ReservedThreadExecutor$ReservedThread.run(ReservedThreadExecutor.java:366) [87:org.eclipse.jetty.util:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.util.thread.QueuedThreadPool.runJob(QueuedThreadPool.java:762) [87:org.eclipse.jetty.util:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at org.eclipse.jetty.util.thread.QueuedThreadPool$2.run(QueuedThreadPool.java:680) [87:org.eclipse.jetty.util:9.4.11.v20180605]

	at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:748) [?:?]

Caused by: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.openhab.io.openhabcloud.NotificationAction.sendBroadcastNotification

	at jdk.nashorn.internal.runtime.NativeJavaPackage.classNotFound(NativeJavaPackage.java:162) ~[?:?]

	at jdk.nashorn.internal.scripts.Script$17$\^eval\_.:program(<eval>:2) ~[?:?]

	at jdk.nashorn.internal.runtime.ScriptFunctionData.invoke(ScriptFunctionData.java:637) ~[?:?]

	at jdk.nashorn.internal.runtime.ScriptFunction.invoke(ScriptFunction.java:494) ~[?:?]

	at jdk.nashorn.internal.runtime.ScriptRuntime.apply(ScriptRuntime.java:393) ~[?:?]

	... 72 more

And this is the test script that I am trying to run:

var NotificationAction= org.openhab.io.openhabcloud.NotificationAction;
NotificationAction.sendBroadcastNotification("This is a detailed brodcast test", "light", "WARN");

Any help?

This topic is meant for building out the documentation for the NGRE, so it would be better to create a new topic for your issue. But… I’m guessing you tried testing your rule by clicking the runNow button, before it was actually triggered. This is a known issue, which needs to be migrated over to the openhab-core repo. I’ve tested your rule and got the same error when using runNow. After saving the rule again and triggering it (I had it hooked up to a switch), the rule executed properly when triggered and runNow could be used without an error.

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Hey @rlkoshak

this is working… you just need to add:

var action = getAction("Transformation").static;
logInfo(action.transform("JSONPATH", "$.data[0].position.where", json));

This example is working in the latest snapshot #1601 with the new (moved) openhab-helper-libraries

Maybe you want to check if this is also working on other/stable versions of OH

And thank you for this series of documentation… this helped me alot! :slight_smile:

Thanks for the heads up. I’ve all but abandoned this tutorial for now. There too many changes underway with the helper libraries and the new UIs for OH 3 that I felt that it wasn’t worth the considerable time to continue the effort right now. We have a thread started though to write create docs and these will be part of that I’m sure.


I am using jsr223/javascript. It works so far, but I wanted to access Things (and not only Items) so I tried using the few code lines above. However, my script stops execution already at this line:

var thingHelper = Java.type(“org.eclipse.smarthome.model.script.actions.ThingAction”);

Is it possible that this error has to do with things having been moved from org.eclipse.* to another ‘path’? If so, can someone give me the right path?

Thing actions are available in the default script scope (no need for imports). Which one are you trying to use?

Here is an example for MQTT…

I wanted to access the online status of my Hue bulbs, which is only possible through the Thing. Up to now, I implented everything in rules, and I am trying to do it in javascript now.
In the rules, I did it with the following line:


It would be best if in Javascript the Thing objects were accessible with getThing(“hue:0210:1:bl”), so they can be accessed in the same way as Items, but unfortunately that doesn’t work.
I also don’t understand how I can apply your link, which refers to actions, to the access to a Thing object.

Your import led me to think that you were trying to access Thing actions. Accessing Things is simple…

var log = Java.type("org.slf4j.LoggerFactory").getLogger("jsr223.javascript.TEST");
var ThingUID = Java.type("org.eclipse.smarthome.core.thing.ThingUID");
log.warn(things.get(new ThingUID("hue:0210:1:bl")).status);
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Thank you very much, @5iver! This was what I was looking for. Now it would just be useful to know where to find that information (without having to ask here). The only OpenHAB specific information that I have found on jsr223/javascript is on GitHub, and it writes nothing on this topic. Where did you find out? I understand that documentation is work in progress, but those that write the docs must also have some sources :slight_smile:

Mainly from reading the source and using it. All of my rules have been converted and there’s not much functionality that they don’t use. I have a PR in the works for updating the non-helper library info, but most of that will end up in the HL docs until we can use tabs to separate the languages nicely in the OH docs. So check in here and let me know what’s missing and I’ll add it in (or submit your own contribution)… https://openhab-scripters.github.io/openhab-helper-libraries/index.html. If you don’t find it under JS, look at the Jython tab. Most things, like this one, are nearly identical.

Since it is clearly said in the documentation-1 “The Day of week condition is currently broken as the dialog doesn’t let us click on the days to select them, or it is not showing that we have selected a day”.
I have a requirement of using this condition type in my rule.
I have even tested it in newer openhab release version it is not fixed yet.
Can I expect that this issue can be fixed sometime in near days.

Thanks in advance

Yes… if you are planning to submit the PR :slightly_smiling_face:. There is a new UI in development, so it’s unfortunately unlikely anyone from the community will take the time to fix this. If you make a comment in the issue it may get a developer’s attention…

You do have some work around options. You can configure Ephemeris and use “Is in dayset” or one of the other Ephemeris conditions (last set of five Conditions in the list). See the Ephemeris docs on the Actions page for details on how to define a custom dayset.

Another alternative is to use https://github.com/openhab-scripters/openhab-helper-libraries/pull/282 as an example for how to access Ephemeris Actions from “a given script evaluates to true” and call Ephemeris directly. It should work fairly close to the same in JavaScript as it does in the Python at that link.