How to connect eWeLink and Sonoff devices

How to connect eWeLink and Sonoff devices

Following the positive reception of the Tuya Smart Life integration last month, I’m please to announce you can now also control your eWeLink or Sonoff devices directly from sequences. Read on to learn how to link your account.

Login to your account and navigate to the linked services page. Here’ll you find a number of services which are available to link to your account. Click Link account next to eWeLink / Sonoff to begin.

Click ‘link account’ to begin

You’ll be taken to a page where you should enter your eWeLink credentials. Either your email address or phone number is required, depending on what you used when creating your eWeLink account, along with your eWeLink password. Once you’ve entered your credentials, click Authorise to link your account.

Enter your eWeLink credentials then click ‘authorise’ to link your account

You will be redirected back to the linked services page, and it will show that your eWeLink account has been refreshed. If at any time you no longer wish to have your eWeLink account linked to SEQUEmatic, simply click unlink account to break the connection.

You can remove the connection at any time by clicking ‘unlink account’

Using eWeLink in your sequences

Controlling eWeLink devices from your sequences is simple. Just select smart device from the list of step types and a list of available devices will appear. For a single channel switch, there will be only one property which is switch, however others may have more than one channel which you can select.

In general, the only action available is to turn the device on or off. Click save once you’re done and you’re ready to go!

Use your eWeLink devices by choosing the ‘smart device’ step type

As always, if you have any questions post in the Q&A forum, leave a message in the comments below or contact me directly.

View custom webhook trigger payload

Many users are creating very powerful sequences using the custom webhook trigger. This feature allows you to trigger a sequence from another service via a webhook request, and you can even pass through JSON data. People are using this to trigger sequences from events on their Emby media server or based on weather updates.

In the past month there have been two important updates to this feature.

Viewing content of payload

To help debug sequences, it’s now possible to view the content of the payload which was sent to SEQUEmatic in the webhook call. Head to your sequence log and click the magnifying glass to view the detailed log of that sequence run.

Next to the trigger step you’ll see a link to ‘view the payload’ which will display the JSON which SEQUEmatic received. Note that this is only available for custom webhook requests which pass a JSON payload.

Access parameters from all levels of the JSON in your sequence

The key benefit of using the custom webhook trigger is the ability to pass additional data into SEQUEmatic. In the case of the Emby media server this could be the playback event or film title. In the case of a weather service it could be the current temperature or upcoming forecast.

SEQUEmatic allows you to access this data in your sequence using sequence parameters. Take a look at the JSON below:

Sample JSON for a Hogwarts student

Perhaps this payload is sent to SEQUEmatic every time a student walks through the door at Hogwarts. It provides information including their name and house. When this comes through into SEQUEmatic, you can access the data by enclosing the variable names in curly brackets, for example {House} to get the value Gryffindor.

Now, you can also get the value of second (and third, fourth, fifth, etc) level variables by connecting their names with a hyphen, such as {Student-FirstName} to get the value Harry.

This can be used in most steps which take text inputs, for example in checking a variable value, in the content of an email alert or stored in a variable for use in another sequence, as in the example below.

The webhook data {Student-FirstName} is stored in the SEQUEmatic variable student_name

You can read more about this in the docs.

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and see what you can create with the custom webhook trigger. I’d love to hear how you’re using this in the comments below, and as always if you have any questions just ask in the Q&A Forum or contact me directly.

Limit IFTTT applet to a certain time of day

Limit IFTTT applet to a certain time of day

IFTTT applets can be really powerful in automating your home, but sometimes you want them to run only during a certain time of day. Yes, you could enable and disable the applet throughout the day, but that seems to defeat the purpose of automation. Using SEQUEmatic, you can limit the time that your IFTTT applet runs so it only triggers during a certain timeframe or perhaps only at night or during the day. Read on to learn how.

The sequence itself is quite straightforward, and to help get you started you can import this shared sequence into your SEQUEmatic account. Here’s a screenshot of what it looks like.

Breaking this down, here’s what the sequence does:

  • First, it’s triggered by an IFTTT webhook call. Take note of the URL provided here as you will need this when setting up your IFTTT applet.
  • Then, it checks if the time is between 6pm and 10pm on any day of the week. You could modify this to a particular day, and also any time during that day. Or, maybe you want it to run only after dark or if it’s during daylight.
  • If this condition is met, then it makes a call back to IFTTT to trigger your device. You even have the option of adding multiple steps here so that more than one device can fire.

Let’s go through what is required in IFTTT to make this work. In this example, I want my Philips Hue lights to turn on when I arrive home but only between 6pm and 10pm.

The IFTTT trigger

To trigger the sequence, I need to create an IFTTT applet which is triggered by location and then uses the webhook service to run my SEQUEmatic sequence.

In the IF THIS component, select the location service and set the location you need to enter.

Set up a location trigger when you enter an area

In the THEN THAT component you select the webhook service and populate the URL field with the URL provided in the trigger step of your SEQUEmatic sequence. Apart from the URL, you can leave the other settings with their default values.

The action will be a call via the IFTTT webhooks service

That’s all there is to the IFTTT trigger applet. You can view the full applet here.

The IFTTT applet to control your devices

The final piece you need in IFTTT is an applet which will control your device. SEQUEmatic will trigger this applet if the time conditions are met.

In the IF THIS component, select the webhook service to receive a webhook request. The event name should match the name provided in your SEQUEmatic sequence. In this example it was named trigger_device.

Etner the event name you used in your SEQUEmatic sequence

In the THEN THAT component, select whatever service you want to run. In my example I want my Philips Hue lights to be turned on as you can see in the screenshot below.

My applet will turn on the balcony lights

And that is all you need. Your applet here might look quite different depending on which service you trigger, however if you’d like to look at the full applet you can find it here.


In summary, what you’ve now created is:

  • An IFTTT applet to trigger a SEQUEmatic sequence when a particular event occurs (eg entering an area)
  • A SEQEUmatic sequence which checks the time of day
  • Another IFTTT applet which is triggered by SEQUEmatic if the time conditions are met

Hopefully this has been helpful in getting you started, and you can now modify and expand on this set up for your own scenario.

As always, if you have any questions post in the Q&A forum, leave a message in the comments below or contact me directly. Also, if you’ve found this helpful share your use case in the comments!

June 2020 updates

June has been a big month for SEQUEmatic, with the biggest change being the introduction of Tuya Smart Life integration. With the announcement in May that Tuya would no longer support IFTTT, direct integration was introduced in SEQUEmatic to bridge the gap and many people have now started using this new feature.

Initially it looked like this would only support simple on/off commands, but it’s now possible to control just about any Tuya device, and run all sorts of commands including opening and closing blind shutters, changing the colour and brightness of lights and opening and closing garage doors.

Given the positive response, I’m now exploring other direct integrations to introduce into SEQUEmatic. If you have any preferences, please let me know.

In addition to this, there have been a number of smaller enhancements as well, including:

  • Improvements to the user settings page allowing you to set your location via a map
  • UI enhancements to a number of steps and additional informative text to explain how to set up steps
  • Ability to view input data from custom webhook triggers via the sequence log
  • Forced HTTPS for webhook calls, and email reminders if HTTPS is not used

I’m also collecting feedback via a survey to help improve SEQUEmatic. You should have received an email with a survey link, and if you have already responded then thank you very much! If you haven’t, I’d appreciate if you can spare a few minutes to provide your feedback to help improve the site.

As always, if you have any feedback please comment below, post in the Q&A forum or contact me here. And if you’d like to see an article about something in particular, just let me know.

Issue with Tuya Smart Life integration – RESOLVED

EDIT: This issue is now resolved. You may need to unlink and link your Tuya account via the linked services page in order to restore you Tuya devices in your SEQUEmatic account.

If you continue to experience issues please let me know.

An issue has recently arisen with the link to some Tuya Smart Life accounts breaking. This means that Tuya devices may not trigger as expected and some sequences may not appear correctly when viewing the steps.

In some cases, unlinking and linking your account can resolve the issue, but not always.

I’m currently working with the Tuya support team to find a resolution and will post an update here once it’s resolved.

If this happens to your account, please don’t delete or modify your SEQUEmatic sequences. The steps may not appear correctly now with device names and statuses missing (see the screenshot below), but should be restored once the Tuya integration issue is resolved so it would be best to leave the sequence as it is for the moment.

Thanks for your patience while I work through this.

How to connect IFTTT to Tuya Smart Life

How to connect IFTTT to Tuya Smart Life

With the recent shutdown of the Tuya Smart Life service on IFTTT, many people are left wondering how to integrate their Tuya Smart Life devices with other smart devices around the home.

SEQUEmatic now supports direct integration with Tuya Smart Life. Combined with the IFTTT webhook service, SEQUEmatic can bridge that gap! Read on to learn how.

Link your Tuya account

First, you need to link your SEQUEmatic account to Tuya. Navigate to your settings page and click the Linked Services button.

Next, click Link account next to the description of the Tuya Smart Life service.

You will be redirected to the secure Tuya Smart Life login page, where you should login with your Tuya credentials.

Tuya will explain what it means to link your account, then you will need to click Confirm authorization to complete linking.

Once linking is complete, you will be redirected back to the Linked services page. You’ll notice the link which previous read Link account now reads Unlink account, confirming your account was successfully linked.

If you ever wish to disconnect your Tuya account from SEQUEmatic, you should return to this page and click the Unlink account link.

Create your sequence

If all you want to do is hook a service from IFTTT into your Tuya Smart Life device, then the SEQUEmatic sequence is very simple. However, if you’re new to SEQUEmatic I’d encourage you to explore the other step types and see what else you can achieve. Sequences can be very powerful and you might be able to create an even better home automation than you had before!

Anyway, the sequence you need will look like this. You can also view this here in the shared sequence library.

Let’s go through this step by step. First you should select the IFTTT webhook trigger. Enter anything for the event name, as long as it’s meaningful to you. Leave all the parameter fields blank. Here’s what I used in the sample sequence:

Then, you just need one other step which is the Tuya Smart Life step. I’ve chosen a single device, but you could also use a device group or scene. Select the action you want to perform or the property to modify as well as the new value, and that’s it! Here’s the step I created in the sample sequence.

While you’re here, if you want multiple Tuya Smart Life devices to be triggered, you can add any number of Tuya Smart Life steps to the sequence.

The IFTTT applet

Next head to IFTTT and create a new applet. The trigger, or if this component, should be the other smart device which should cause your Tuya Smart Life device to be triggered. In this example I’m using an eWeLink plug. Set up the trigger as you need, and then click next to create your action.

The action, or then that component, will use the webhooks service. There’s only one action available in this service, the make a web request action.

The only field you need to set in this action is the URL field. Head back to the SEQUEmatic sequence, and copy the URL provide in the trigger. Once copied, paste it into IFTTT.

Copy the URL highlighted here
Then paste it into this part of the IFTTT webhook service

Click through to save the applet, and your finished product should look something like this.

Now, when the other device (in this example the eWeLink plug called water feature) fires, it will make a webhook call to SEQUEmatic and trigger the sequence. The SEQUEmatic sequence will then control your Tuya Smart Life device!

If you have any questions getting set up, head over to the Q&A forums, post in the comments below or contact me here.

Tuya Smart Life integration

Tuya Smart Life integration

As many people are aware, the integration between Tuya Smart Life and IFTTT has now ceased. This has left a lot of people unable to run the handy automations they previously had set up between the Tuya Smart Life devices and other smart devices supported by IFTTT.

Following user feedback, I’m please to announce that SEQUEmatic now supports direct integration with Tuya Smart Life!

EDIT: It is now possible to control any property of any Tuya smart device direct from SEQUEmatic. Not all Tuya Smart Life devices are created equally, so if you run into any problems either post in the Q&A Forums or send me an email.

So how do you set up your sequences with Tuya Smart Life? Read on for the step-by-step process.

Connecting your SEQUEmatic account to Tuya

First, you need to link your SEQUEmatic account to Tuya. Navigate to your settings page and click the Linked Services button.

Next, click Link account next to the description of the Tuya Smart Life service.

You will be redirected to the secure Tuya Smart Life login page, where you should login with your Tuya credentials.

Tuya will explain what it means to link your account, then you will need to click Confirm authorization to complete linking.

Once linking is complete, you will be redirected back to the Linked services page. You’ll notice the link which previous read Link account now reads Unlink account, confirming your account was successfully linked.

If you ever wish to disconnect your Tuya account from SEQUEmatic, you should return to this page and click the Unlink account link.

Using Tuya Smart Life in sequences

Once your account is linked, using Tuya Smart Life in sequences is simple.

Either create a new sequence, or edit an existing sequence and click the Add step button. From the Step type dropdown select Tuya Smart Life. The form will update, displaying available devices by default.

Select the device name, the action to perform or property to modify, and the new value to set.

In addition to devices, you can also control device groups. Simply change the Type to Device Group and a list of available groups will display. Finally, you can also trigger Scenes which have been set up within your Tuya Smart Life home. Using scenes you can create some very complex and powerful automations to trigger from your sequences.

You can learn more about the Tuya Smart Life integration here in the docs. And if you need help getting set up, head to the Q&A Forum, post your questions in the comments below or contact me here.

If you do start using the Tuya Smart Life integration, I’d love to hear how you’re putting it to use in the comments below!

May 2020 updates

I’m pleased to let you know of a number of enhancements which were made to SEQUEmatic this month. These include:

  • Improved performance on the sequences page, reducing the page load time from several seconds to under one second
  • New features on the sequence log page allowing you to view all sequence log entries, as well as filter and sort
  • Updates to the toggle variable webhook to also recognise yes/no and on/off
  • Enhancements to the custom webhook trigger allowing you to access variables at any level of the JSON structure
  • Improved UI on the edit sequence page, collapsing the action buttons under a mini menu

More to come!

And there are further enhancements planned throughout the month of June including additional log details for custom webhook triggers and a number of UI enhancements to make it even easier to create and edit your sequences.

As always, if you have any feedback please comment below, post in the Q&A forum or contact me here.

Shared sequences

Have you created an amazingly useful sequence that you want to share with others? Well now you can!

Simply navigate to the edit sequence page and scroll down to the share sequence button at the bottom of the page.

Shared sequences are then available to others in the shared sequences page.

If you want to import a sequence into your account, browse the shared sequences and once you’ve found one you like click the import sequence button at the bottom of the page to copy it into your account.

Do you need help creating a particular sequence? Post in the comments below or in the Q&A Forum and I’ll create a shared sequence to help get you started.

Incorporating the weather in your sequences

A couple of weeks ago we added a new option in the variable value condition which allows you to check if a variable contains a particular value. This can be useful if you have variables which hold a string of text and there’s something in particular you’re looking for in that text, without it needing to be an exact match.

One example a user came up with for this was to use the Weather Underground service at IFTTT to pull the current weather into their sequences. The set up is quite simple, and can allow you to add some handy conditions to your sequences.

Accessing parameters from a webhook call

Let’s get started by setting up the sequence in SEQUEmatic. There’s a handy feature which allows you to access values from webhook parameters directly in your sequence. All you have to do is enclose the parameter names in curly brackets like this – {weather_conditions}.

Firstly, add the IFTTT webhook trigger to your sequence. For any parameters you want to access in your sequence, you should specify their names in the step. In the example below we will be passing the current weather condition in the first parameter and the current temperature in the second parameter.

With this configuration, you can access the value of those two parameters when updating a variable or checking a condition by referencing them as {weather_condition} or {temperature}. Note that these values are only available for the current sequence, so to use them in other sequences you should store them in one of your SEQUEmatic variables.

You can do this easily using the change variable step as follows. Add a step to change a variable. Set a name for your variable, such as temp, and then set the change to ={temperature}. If we break this down, the = sign tells SEQUEmatic to set the value of the variable and {temperature} will take the value passed in the second parameter from IFTTT.

You can add another step to capture the weather conditions as well. Overall your sequence should look something like this.

With the weather conditions now stored safely in your variables, you can reference them in any other sequence using the variable names! Here’s an example of what you might see in your variable page after the sequence has run:

Setting up the IFTTT applet

The final step to get this working is to put the correct URL in the IFTTT applet. Firstly, take the URL provided in the first step of your sequence. In our example this is:

And now you need to add IFTTT ingredients for the two parameters. Parameters should be added on the end of the URL, separated by a forward slash / . So, to pass the current conditions and current temperature, your URL would look like this:{{CurrentCondition}}/ {{CurrentTempCelsius}}

You can view the full IFTTT applet below. Just click the thumbnail to view the full image.

Using the contains condition

Now you have this set up, how can you build the weather into your sequences?

An example of a comparison might be that if it’s cloudy then you want to open your blinds. There are many different weather conditions which can come from the Weather Underground service, so it may not always be cloudy, but instead something like partly cloudy. Using the contains feature we mentioned at the start of this post you can cover all the different cloudy variations. Here’s what your sequence might look like:

Every day at sunrise this sequence will check if it’s cloudy and then either open or close the blinds

If you have any questions setting up the sequence and IFTTT applet, or some ideas on how to use it differently, please post in the comments below!