openHABian 1.7 released

Dear community members,

we have released openHABian v1.6.

You may or may not know that openHABian is continuously being updated so you already get the very latest (stable) code on every fresh install even if you start with the old 1.5 image.
There’s milestones however to mark the completion of new features and to update the image so this is where we are now.

We have an exciting set of new features to share such as a VPN server, choice of Java 8 and 11, support for installing offline (in BETA) - hence the growth in image size - and a fully automated backup procedure.

Most of the work has been spent under the hood, though, to improve code and documentation quality and to enhance overall user experience. I hope you agree when you start using.

Find the new release over here at GitHub.

Please use the openHABian thread for discussion and feedback.

Special thanks go to Ethan Dye @ndye who has recently joined the team and put a tremendous amount of work into refactoring all of the code. Not quite the first thing you would do when starting on a project. And while that caused quite some headache (chewing on year old code you never wrote yourself ain’t easy), it will leverage quality a lot and already did.
Thanks also to Holger Friedrich @holgerf for his various contributions.



openHABian now also supports installing openHAB3 and migrates your system.

Eventually set debugmode=maximum right away or at any later time (also useful when using openhabian-config).
Read the debug guide if you encounter problems (it has no info specific to OH3 though so don’t bother looking for that).


Just released openHABian 1.6.1.
Let openhabian-config update itself as usual on start to get all the benefits.

This time there’s also a new image as this version contains the new hotspot feature
(and it’s hard to download anything from the Internet when you’re not connected).


v1.6.2 released, now installing OH3 by default


v1.6.3 released
removed Java 8 install capability (latest OH2 is known to work on Java 11, too).
announced end of development on OH2, removal of “master” branch.


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v1.6.4 released, essentially a cumulated set of patches.


v1.6.5 released, now set free of its Bintray legacy.


v1.6.6 released, a maintenance release to include all bugfixes to date.


Dear all,

we’re happy to announce openHABian v1.7.

The base operating system of the image for Raspberries is now Debian 11 ‘bullseye’. It’ll also run on top of any vanilla x86 Debian.

Here’s the images and release notes.
Please use the openHABian thread for discussion and feedback.