Getting started


In order to use Zigbee2MQTT we need the following hardware:

  1. A Zigbee Adapter which is the interface between the Computer (or Server) where you run Zigbee2MQTT and the Zigbee radio communication. Zigbee2MQTT supports a variety of adapters with different kind of connections like USB, GPIO or remote via WIFI or Ethernet. Recommended adapters have a chip starting with CC2652 or CC1352. See supported Adapters. It's recommended to check out your adapter's recommendation details before the installation process, to find out whether it needs any additional configuration parameters.

  2. A Server where you would run Zigbee2MQTT. Most Raspberry-Pi models are known to work but you can run it on many computers and platforms including Linux, Windows and MacOS. It should have an MQTT broker installed. Mosquittoopen in new window (Tutorial for Raspberry-Piopen in new window) is the recommended MQTT broker but othersopen in new window should also work fine.

  3. One or more Zigbee Devices which will be paired with Zigbee2MQTT.


USB Cable To improve network range and stability use a USB extension cable. If you experience ANY trouble with device (timeouts, not pairing, devices unreachable, devices dropping from the network, etc.) this is the first thing to do to avoid interference. See Improve network range and stability.


You can run Zigbee2MQTT in different ways, see Installation. In this example Dockeropen in new window and Docker Composeopen in new window is used to set up and run Zigbee2MQTT.

1.) Find the Zigbee-Adapter

1.1) USB Zigbee adapter

After you plug the adapter in see the dmesg output to find the device location:

$ sudo dmesg

usbcore: registered new interface driver ch341
usbserial: USB Serial support registered for ch341-uart
ch341 3-1:1.0: ch341-uart converter detected
usb 3-1: ch341-uart converter now attached to ttyUSB0

As we can see the adapter was identified and mounted on ttyUSB0.

$ ls -l /dev/ttyUSB0
crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 188, May 16 19:15 /dev/ttyUSB0

Here we can see that the adapter is owned by root and accessible from all users in the dialout group.

1.2) Network Zigbee adapter

Zigbee2MQTT supports mDNS autodiscovery feature for network Zigbee adapters. If your network Zigbee adapter supports mDNS, you do not need to know the IP address of your network Zigbee adapter, Zigbee2MQTT will detect it and configure. Otherwise, you need to know the network Zigbee adapter's IP address:

  • Connect your adapter to your LAN network either over Ethernet or Wi-Fi, depending on your adapter.
  • Go to your router/switch setting and find the list of connected device.
  • Find the IP address and of your Ethernet Zigbee adapter.
  • You also need to know the communication port of your Ethernet Zigbee-Adapter. In most cases (TubeZB, SLZB-06) the default port is 6638. You can check the port at your Adapter's user manual.

2.) Setup and start Zigbee2MQTT

It's assumed, that you have a recent version of Docker and Docker Compose installed.

First, we create a folder where we want the project to reside mkdir folder-name. In the folder, we create we save the docker-compose.yml file which defines how Docker would run our containers. The following file consists of two services, one for the MQTT-Server and one for Zigbee2MQTT itself. Be sure to adjust the file to your needs and match the devices-mount in the case your adapter was not mounted on /dev/ttyUSB0 or in case you use a network adapter.

version: '3.8'
    image: eclipse-mosquitto:2.0
    restart: unless-stopped
      - "./mosquitto-data:/mosquitto"
      - "1883:1883"
      - "9001:9001"
    command: "mosquitto -c /mosquitto-no-auth.conf"

    container_name: zigbee2mqtt
    restart: unless-stopped
    image: koenkk/zigbee2mqtt
      - ./zigbee2mqtt-data:/app/data
      - /run/udev:/run/udev:ro
      - 8080:8080
      - TZ=Europe/Berlin
      - /dev/ttyUSB0:/dev/ttyUSB0

In the next step we'll create a simple Zigbee2MQTT config file in zigbee2mqtt-data/configuration.yaml.

# Let new devices join our zigbee network
permit_join: true
# Docker Compose makes the MQTT-Server available using "mqtt" hostname
  base_topic: zigbee2mqtt
  server: mqtt://mqtt
# Zigbee Adapter path
  port: /dev/ttyUSB0
# Enable the Zigbee2MQTT frontend
  port: 8080
# Let Zigbee2MQTT generate a new network key on first start
  network_key: GENERATE

For network adapters, serial settings should look like this:

  port: tcp://

Where is the IP address of your network Zigbee adapter, and 6638 is the port.

In case you adapter supports mDNS, you can omit the IP address and use a configuration like:

 port: mdns://slzb-06

Where slzb-06 is the mDNS name of your network Zigbee adapter.

We should now have two files in our directory and can start the stack:

$ find

# First start
$ docker compose up -d

# Check the logs
$ docker compose logs -f

After some short time you should see some log messages that Mosquitto and Zigbee2MQTT is running now. You can open the frontend using http://localhost:8080open in new window (or the hostname of your remote server).

We can now go on and pair our first device.

Connect a device

Search the supported devices for your device and follow the instructions how to pair.

If no instructions are available, the device can probably be paired by factory resetting it.

Once you see something similar to below in the log your device is paired and you can start controlling it using the frontend and MQTT messages.

Zigbee2MQTT:info  2019-11-09T12:19:56: Successfully interviewed '0x00158d0001dc126a', device has successfully been paired


It's important that permit_join is set to false in your configuration.yaml after initial setup is done to keep your Zigbee network safe and to avoid accidental joining of other Zigbee devices.