In this guide, I’m going to show you how to backup Home Assistant to a file share or mapped network drive using the Samba Backup addon. Specifically, I’m going to show you to backup your HA instance to a Windows Server 2019 file share.

This will get installed via the Supervisor addon store. Once installed, it will allow you create full or partial Home Assistant snapshots and store them on a computer or NAS you have at your house.

Although many of you already use the Home Assistant Google Drive Backup (myself included!), it’s a good idea to have a secondary local backup to follow the standard 3-2-1 backup rule.

Personally, I use this to create local “offline” backups to an external harddrive. I basically plug in the harddrive before the backup is scheduled (or trigger it manually), and once complete – I unplug it. Super easy!

This tutorial will show you how to create a Windows file share, install the Samba Backup addon, and then configure it to run. If using Synology, Proxmox, OpenMediaVault or something else – there are usually “Samba” addons you can install in those OS’s to create a shared folder.

Let’s get started!

Download Samba Backup Addon

Navigate to Supervisor > Add-on Store tab.

Click the 3 dots in the top right-corner > Repositories.

Then, paste this URL and click Add:

Once complete, it should show up in your list of Add-ons:

Install the Addon

Next, under your Add-on Store tab, search for Samba Backup. Click it, then click Install.

Create Windows File Share

Although this guide covers how to backup snapshots to a Windows computer or server, everything is basically the same for a NAS, Proxmox, Synology, etc. You just create the Samba share and provide the paths/credentials in the next step.

For Windows, I am using my C:\ drive as the target.

  1. Open File Explorer (Windows key + E)
  2. Double-click your C:\ drive.
  3. Right-click > Create new folder. Name it HABackup or similar.

Inside that folder, create a subfolder names snapshots.

Right-click the parent HABackup folder > Properties > Sharing. Click Share and then Share again.

Great! Your target folder is now shared and should be accessible with Home Assistant. The last step is to configure the addon.

Configuring the Samba Backup Addon

After installing the addon and creating the shared folder, we need to edit it’s configuration. This can all done from the UI.

This is where you can specify the time the backup runs, the path the snapshots will go, whether or not you want to exclude any addons, or the credentials used to access the share.

Supervisor > Add-On Store. Search for Samba Backup.

Click the Configuration tab at the top. I have mine scheduled to run at 10:45pm each night and have it backup everything (full snapshot).

  • host (required) = the IP address of the PC your share it is (To find your IP address, open CMD > ipconfig > ipv4 address)
  • share (required) = the parent folder your shared (HABackup)
  • keep_local (optional) = how many snapshots you want saved in Home Assistant.
  • keep_remote (optional) = how many snapshots you want saved in your Windows file share.

I recommend reading through the addon documentation to view everything you can configure. In my example config – I have keep_local and keep_remote set it to All, but I highly recommend changing this otherwise you might max out storage space in Home Assistant.

share: HABackup
target_dir: snapshots
username: Danny
password: password
keep_local: all
keep_remote: all
trigger_time: '22:45'
  - Mon
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  - Sat
  - Sun
exclude_addons: []
exclude_folders: []

I wasn’t able to get it to work using my computer name (Danny-Desktop), so I had to use the IP address instead.

Security Recommendations

I don’t recommend storing your Windows administrator username & password in plain text in the configuration. The proper way to store sensitive info in HA is to use Secrets, but that’s a little out of scope for this guide.

You can also probably create a local standard Windows user account, grant it access to the share, and enter those creds into the configuration as another method to limit access – but since I’m using secrets, I haven’t tested that out yet.

Testing It Out

After saving the configurating, click the Log tab to make sure Home Assistant can access the share. If it can’t, you’ll see some red text letting you know what the problem is. Check your paths and credentials and ensure the folder is correctly shared, and use the IP address instead of computer name in case DNS doesn’t resolve it correctly.

To test, set the backup time in the config 1 minute ahead of your current time. Then, switch to the Log tab to verify you see “Backup Running...“.

Once the log shows Backup finished, you should see your snapshot in Windows!

Other Questions

Here’s just a few questions I had when setting this up. I thought it might be helpful to include before you set it up.

Where are Home Assistant snapshots saved?

Snapshots are saved in Supervisor > Snapshots. Since this addon leverages the built-in Home Assistant snapshot capability, you can also view them directly within Home Assistant.

Does this automatically backup to Google Drive?

If you are also using the Home Assistant Google Drive Backup addon, then yes. Any snapshots that are taken from this Samba Backup addon will also automatically be uploaded to Google Drive.

Samba Backup Entity

After installing, an entity is also created (sensor.samba_backup). More details on the sensor are found in the documentation. You can add this sensor to a basic entities card to view the status:

IMPORTANT: The sensor will be unavailable after Home Assistant reboots. To restore the sensor, create an automation.

Restore Sensor Automation

This automation is required. Whenever Home Assistant restarts, you will lose the attributes of the Samba entity which means the backup job will never trigger.

Configuration > Automations > Create new automation > Edit in YAML. Then, paste in this code exactly and save.

alias: Restore Samba sensor on startup
description: ''
  - platform: homeassistant
    event: start
condition: []
  - service: hassio.addon_stdin
      addon: 15d21743_samba_backup
      input: restore-sensor
mode: single

Samba Backup Status Card

If you’d like to create a Lovelace card that shows things like Backup Status, number of local and remote backups, when the last backup was, etc – you can create a simple Entities card. Thanks to Tom_I in the Community Forums for this neat card.

Add Card > Manual. Paste in this code:

  - entity: sensor.samba_backup
    icon: 'mdi:file-replace-outline'
    name: Backup Status
  - attribute: backups_local
    entity: sensor.samba_backup
    icon: 'mdi:file-outline'
    name: Local Backups
    type: attribute
  - attribute: backups_remote
    entity: sensor.samba_backup
    icon: 'mdi:file-move-outline'
    name: Remote Backups
    type: attribute
  - attribute: total_backups_succeeded
    entity: sensor.samba_backup
    icon: 'mdi:file-check-outline'
    name: Succeded Backups
    type: attribute
  - attribute: total_backups_failed
    entity: sensor.samba_backup
    icon: 'mdi:file-cancel-outline'
    name: Failed Backups
    type: attribute
  - attribute: last_backup
    entity: sensor.samba_backup
    icon: 'mdi:file-clock-outline'
    name: Last Backup
    type: attribute
show_header_toggle: false
title: Samba Backup
type: entities

I did ran into a few errors adding this card (below image). Eventually after a few tries it allowed me to save. Here’s two other ways I was able to get it added:
1. Put a # sign in front of each icon: OR
2. Move show_header_toggle:, title:, and type: from the bottom of the card to the top.

After doing either of those, I could save the card successfully.

Samba Backup Notifications

Again, thanks to Tom_I for the notification automation.

- alias: Samba Backup Notifications
    platform: state
    entity_id: sensor.samba_backup
  - condition: not
    - condition: state
      entity_id: sensor.samba_backup
      state: IDLE
  - service: notify.notify
      title: '*Information*'
      message: "Samba backup {{ states('sensor.samba_backup')|lower }}."
  - service: logbook.log
      name: Samba Backup
      message: "{{ states('sensor.samba_backup')|lower }}"

Trigger Manual Snapshots from Lovelace

If you’d like to quickly create a snapshot from Lovelace, paste this into a Manual card:

name: Manual Samba Backup
icon: mdi:database
type: button
  action: call-service
  service: hassio.addon_stdin
    addon: 15d21743_samba_backup
    input: trigger
show_state: true

Wrapping Up

Hopefully this guide helps you set up your Samba share so you can backup locally! Although I had backups to Google Drive already, I’ve been wanting a way to backup my instance locally and this was a great solution.

The documentation for this addon was great, but I went ahead and create a step-by-step guide and basically went through this entire Community Forums post so save you a bunch of time, so you don’t have to guess how to setup the card and notifications.

My Favorite Home Assistant Devices

Below are some of the Home Assistant-compatible devices I personally use in my home. I highly recommend each of them.

The full list of all Home Assistant compatible & recommended devices I use can be found on my Equipment List page.

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  1. I just found your post and it saved me a whole lot of time! Thanks for the awesome job. The card integration and automations were a great plus.

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