ESPHome Devices for Home-Assitant in container

I have a new Home Assistant installation (Core: 2024.1.5 Frontend: 20240104.0) that run in a container environment. The host have no bluetooth adapter. HA is running correct and have a bluetooth error (correct bluetooth not exist).

I also have an ESPHome device (ESP8266) in the Network. the ESPHome device does not appear in the discovered list (UPnP devices are listed).
When I want to add the ESPHome device manually (see HA-ESPHome-Docu), then I get an error: Unable to set up dependencies of ‘esphome’. Setup failed for dependencies: bluetooth

What am I doing wrong? Does ESPHome only work with Bluetooth?

I have the same configuration and it works fine. Not sure where the Bluetooth error is coming from…All I can suggest is to check that you don’t have an incorrect integration installed. The other thing to confirm is that your container has been installed with host networking. You can get it to work with a private container network but you lose mDNS so you have to specify ip addresses for everything and you lose auto discovery.

I have an empty config directory: /…/home-assistant-config

Than I run new Home Assistant with following command:

podman run -d --name homeassistant --privileged -e TZ=Europe/Berlin -v /…/home-assistant-config:/config -v /run/dbus:/run/dbus:ro --network=host

Than I go to http://IP-ADDRESS:8123/ and follow the initial instruction.

After that when I go to SettingsDevices & servicesadd integrationESPHome an than I get this error: Error: Config flow could not be loaded: Failed dependencies bluetooth

There is an error in the error log:

Logger: homeassistant.setup
First occurred: 6:38:58 PM (1 occurrences)
Last logged: 6:38:58 PM

Error during setup of component bluetooth
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/src/homeassistant/homeassistant/", line 333, in _async_setup_component
    result = await task
  File "/usr/src/homeassistant/homeassistant/components/bluetooth/", line 152, in async_setup
    await manager.async_setup()
  File "/usr/src/homeassistant/homeassistant/components/bluetooth/", line 132, in async_setup
    await super().async_setup()
  File "src/habluetooth/", line 217, in async_setup
  File "/usr/local/lib/python3.12/site-packages/bluetooth_adapters/systems/", line 36, in refresh
    await self._bluez.load()
  File "/usr/local/lib/python3.12/site-packages/bluetooth_adapters/", line 39, in load
    self._packed_managed_objects = await _get_dbus_managed_objects()
  File "/usr/local/lib/python3.12/site-packages/bluetooth_adapters/", line 103, in _get_dbus_managed_objects
    bus = await MessageBus(bus_type=BusType.SYSTEM).connect()
  File "/usr/local/lib/python3.12/site-packages/dbus_fast/aio/", line 225, in connect
    await self._authenticate()
  File "/usr/local/lib/python3.12/site-packages/dbus_fast/aio/", line 492, in _authenticate
    response = self._auth._receive_line(await self._auth_readline())
  File "/usr/local/lib/python3.12/site-packages/dbus_fast/", line 99, in _receive_line
    raise AuthError(f"authentication failed: {response.value}: {args}")
dbus_fast.errors.AuthError: authentication failed: REJECTED: ['EXTERNAL']

I don’t understand why it’s trying to load the Bluetooth integration, what type of device are you specifying the IP address of when you try and add the integration?

I didn’t have to add the integration, it was auto loaded when the first ESPHome device was detected on the network. Are you sure your ESPHome device is connected to the network and has the API enabled?

I’d also check you can add other integrations OK.