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I have been experimenting with various habit tracking and home automation prototypes for quite a while. While I like the idea of having smart buttons around my house, they are a bit expensive for what I want to do with them, and I have not yet had luck getting an IKEA Tradfri button working. A few weeks ago, I recalled the NFC tag support in Home Assistant and wondered if I could use that.

Having already configured MQTT in Home Assistant I just needed to create an automation .

My initial test required me to create a custom automation for each NFC tag I registered however this would get annoying the more tags I add. Since I handle a lot of my automation in some existing MQTT scripts, I wanted to send all NFC events to MQTT and then filter then out in my existing server code. After a bit of searching, I was able to come up with this snippet that would send all tag_scanned events to a MQTT topic based on the tag name which would send the NFC payload.

alias: NFC to MQTT
description: Send NFC Scan events to MQTT
  - platform: event
    event_type: tag_scanned
  - service: mqtt.publish
      topic: nfc/{{ }}
      payload: "{{ }}"
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