Hue Emulation: Update from openHAB 2.5.x to 3 - Alexa didn't find items

Hi openHAB-Community,

Hue Emulation 3.0.0 with openHAB 3 didn’t find any items from Amazon Alexa in my installation.

I have a fresh openHAB 3 installation und integrated all ITEMS und THINGS files from my openHAB 2.5.x installation. I have read the documentation here: openHAB Hue Emulation - System Integrations | openHAB (I’m not sure about the right steps).

Hue Emulation with Amazon Alexa did not work on my openHAB 3 installation. In the Alexa-App no items were discovered from openHAB 3.

Is there a best practice how to switch from openHAB 2 to openHAB 3 with Hue Emulation and Amazon Alexa?

I have also tested with this SNAPSHOT 23.01.2021 - Getting Hue emulation working with Alexa again - #13 by MikeJMajor (I’ll get the same error).

In the debug-mode from Hue Emulation I did not found any problems.

I’ll have installed openHAB 3 under port 8080 (the same port on openHAB 2.5.x)

If I call http://IP/api/status, I’ll get this:

Self test
To access any links you need be in pairing mode!

Pairing mode: Off (V2) Enable | Enable with bridge V1 emulation

58 published lights (see http://IP:8080/api/testuser/lights)
209 published sensors (see http://IP:8080/api/testuser/sensors)
UPnP discovery test
service not registered

serial no name

16:EE:27:85: openHAB Hue Emulation (IP)

Reachability test
URL Responds? Ours?
http://IP:8080/description.xml yes yes
http://IP/description.xml no no
http://IPV6:8080/description.xml yes yes
http://IPV6/description.xml no no

16:EE:27:85: ist not the whole ID from the bridge! - I’m not sure if this is a problem …
On openHAB 3 I’ll get “service not registered” on openHAB 2 “registered”.

When I switch back to openHAB 2.5.x it works fine and new items wer discovered.

I have not installed NGINX. Is it needed for openHAB 3?

Should I do my next tests with Hue Emulation 3.0.0 or Snapshot 3.1.0?

Is there a “Tutorial” what steps I can do?

Thanks for your help!

Best regards,

For OH 3.0 you need to install nginx as mentioned in the documentation to be able to pair with Alexa

Hi Mike,

thank you very much. I have don the nginx and now the items were found.

At the Moment I have a problem mit the german umlauts:

  • Licht Gästezimmer (Hue Emulation 3, openHAB 3)
  • Licht Gästezimmer (openHAB 2.5.x)

Do you have any idea for the umlauts?



I have tested with 3.1.0 SNAPSHOT from 23.01.2021 then all german umlauts are ok.


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