Macintosh Home Automation With XTension

XTension has been automating the homes of Macintosh users since 1996! XTension provides more connections to more devices and protocols than any other comparable piece of software.


Get the latest version 8.0 Adding support for ZWave and Insteon devices through the Micasa Vera interface. Supporting the Phillips Hue Bridge and New RFXComm support, ZWave fixes and Thermostat integration and the New Web Interface Also including the new “arduino” interface with simple ascii protocol for talking to your own DIY devices. 854 adds support for ZWave thermostats through the Vera interface. For newer builds check the Beta Download and Changelog

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Video Control

recent motion report X2Web page control example last hour motion report

Plugins and addon programs can provide Web Interfaces and Graphing

More Than Remote Control

It's easy to build controls for your lights over there from over here. XTension can do this and so much more. Simple or complex scripts can be attached to any action or change in your list of units. The response can be simple, (when motion is detected on the porch turn on the porch lights for half an hour), or complex, (when motion is detected on the porch and it's dark out, turn on the lights for 30 minutes, if we're not home then take a picture from the camera in the driveway and send it via email to my iPhone email account and turn on the kitchen light for 10 minutes to make it look like someone is at home) by supporting the Apple Script language your scripts can be as simple or complex as you like. Start with the basics and add on and never be limited to the actions we happen to think of and stick into a popup menu of capabilities. You need not fear AppleScript! The simple actions are as simple with any other app and the impossible or impractical with menu driven action systems just require a little more thought.

Getting Started

If you're new to XTension please start at the Getting Started page, otherwise use the index or the search field to find what you're looking for.


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