# JSONata

There are three functions added for JSONata expressions within the Home Assistant nodes.

  • $entity() returns the entity that triggered the node
  • $prevEntity() returns the previous state entity if the node is an event node
  • $entities() returns all entities in the cache
  • $entities(entity_id) returns a single entity from cache matching passed in entity_id

Expose Lodash (opens new window) functions

  • $sampleSize(collection, [n=1]) https://lodash.com/docs/#sampleSize (opens new window)

    Gets n random elements at unique keys from collection up to the size of collection.

  • $randomNumber([lower=0], [upper=1], [floating]) https://lodash.com/docs/#random (opens new window)

    Produces a random number between the inclusive lower and upper bounds. If only one argument is provided a number between 0 and the given number is returned. If floating is true, or either lower or upper are floats, a floating-point number is returned instead of an integer.

When JSONata appears in the conditional dropdown it expects the expression to return a boolean, true or false.


When it is chosen with a conditional, not JSONata it will return a value of the evaluated expression that will be checked against the conditional chosen.


# Examples

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