Template won't trigger

Well, this drives me nuts for 2 days now:

alias: Morning alarm
description: ''
  - platform: template
    value_template: >-
      '{{ states("sensor.date_time") ==
      (as_timestamp(states('sensor.motorola_razr_5g_next_alarm'))| int -60)|
      timestamp_custom("%Y-%m-%d, %H:%M") }}'
condition: []
  - service: mqtt.publish
      topic: blinds/side/percentage
      payload: '10'
mode: single

MQTT works, Template works(checked with developer tools>Templates) but TRIGGER never happens.
Help please.

Remove the outside quotes around template.

Thanks! It worked. I’ve found so many different variations of this template and all were wrong. Perhaps version changes introduce new syntaxes?

#HateC++ :slight_smile:

No, it’s been like this since I started using HA three years ago.

You need to quote your template if you enter it inline:

value_template: '{{ ... }}'

But if you use multi-line YAML, you do not:

value_template: >
  {{ ... }}

Also, be careful how you use quotes inside quotes. You had:

'{{ ... 'xxx' ... }}'

If your outside quotes are single quote characters, then you should use double quote characters inside (and vice versa.)

'{{ ... "xxx" ... }}'


"{{ ... 'xxx' ... }}"

I think that’s were the problem originated. Try entering template into as a single line in the “New Automation” screen in Visual Editor. Save that automation and then open “Edit in YAML”. You will see that your single line is converted into >- multiline but the quotes are still there.