Syncing an On Call Calendar to Home Assistant

I thought it might be useful if Home Assistant knew when I was on call. I could use this to make sure the office doesn’t get too cold overnight, or to send me a notification if I leave home without my laptop.

Home Assistant Notification

We use PagerDuty, which gives you an iCal calendar feed, so I assumed I could just use this. Unfortunately while Home Assistant has integrations for Local Calendars and CalDAV, neither of these support just fetching a single .ics file over http.

After a bit of digging around I discovered that Home Assistant stores local calendars in the .storage folder alongside its config files, so I figured I can just overwrite this file manually using a shell_command. You need to create the calendar first (under Settings > Devices & Services > Add Integration > Local Calendar). Once it’s created, add an event to get Home Assistant to create the local calendar file.

The shell_command goes into configuration.yaml:

  update_on_call_calendar: 'curl > /config/.storage/local_calendar.on_call.ics'

We can then use the shell command in an automation, followed by homeassistant.reload_config_entry to get Home Assistant to reload the file from disk. I have this running on an hourly time_pattern trigger, but you could increase the update frequency for a calendar that changes more regularly.

alias: Refresh On Call Calendar
description: ""
  - platform: time_pattern
    minutes: "0"
condition: []
  - service: shell_command.update_on_call_calendar
    data: {}
  - service: homeassistant.reload_config_entry
      entity_id: calendar.on_call
    data: {}
mode: single

Once the calendar has updated you should see events show up in Home Assistant. The calendar state can be used in automations:

alias: On Call Laptop Check
description: "Send a push notification if I leave my laptop at home when I'm on call"
  - platform: state
      - person.tom_henderson
    to: not_home
  - condition: and
      - condition: state
        entity_id: calendar.on_call
        state: "on"
      - condition: device
        device_id: <device_id>
        domain: device_tracker
        entity_id: device_tracker.toms_m2
        type: is_home
  - device_id: <device_id>
    domain: mobile_app
    type: notify
    message: You're on-call. Did you leave your laptop at home?
mode: single

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