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Indigo is an intelligent home automation server for Mac OS X that integrates an assortment of hardware modules to provide complex automation and control of your home in one easy to use environment. Home automation is more than just another way to directly control your environment. You can save money, conserve water, help secure your home and reduce electrical usage by automating your home with Indigo's unlimited scheduling and control logic.

Indigo provides its own internal Web server (no cloud reliance here!) that gives you remote access to control your house from anywhere via Web browser. Also available is Indigo more...

What's New

Version 6.0.13:

Application Changes:

  • Added support for EasyDAQ DO24PRMx stacks for support up to 96 relays on a single USB port.
  • Added support for INSTEON PAR 38 LED Bulb (2674-222).
  • Added support for additional variant of INSTEON SwitchLinc 220V Relay (2477SA1).
  • Added Z-Wave support for Duwi / Z-Wave.Me Remote Double Switch (ZME-WCD2).
  • Added Z-Wave more...


  • OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • Registration code
  • This version is only compatible with Indigo Touch 1.7 or higher
  • INSTEON or X10 computer interface

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Col123 Member IconReview-1

The best home automation software just got better with Indigo 6, the team have added support for Z-Wave and python and many more features.
what I love about this software is the constant development and fantastic support from the guys at Perceptive Automation.

Try it, you will love it.

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Version 6.0.7
sragalev Member IconReview-1

An amazing piece of software from committed developers. Its power and extensibility is unparalleled on the Mac.

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Version 6.0.3
neil456 Member IconReview+10

It works just like the marketing material says, its a great app, and it has excellent support. It's run here 24 x 7 for the last 5 years. There are not many programs that I'll pay this much for, but this is one of them.

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Version 5.1.4
Steve Frawley Member IconReview+188
Steve Frawley

Amazing software! Online forum is great help in controlling complex systems. Adding new features regularly.

Potential is phenomenal and allows integration of new Insteon modules and old X-10 modules side by side. I recently converted and am still coming up to speed, but impressed. Free iPhone app allows remote monitoring system.

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Version 5.0.0 b9
Georgew Member IconReview+12

The program is old code that also supports the PPC Macs. It will not run on the new Mac OS Lion. It also lacks iPad/iPhone/iPod support. In my view, this program has become too old and too high in cost to justify.

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Version 5.0.0 b7
Perceptive Automation, Llc. (Developer)

I am not sure what you mean by "old code that supports PPC Macs." Indigo 5 is a Universal Binary that is optimized to run on both Intel and PPC Macs natively. It does NOT require Rosetta.

Additionally, both Indigo 5 beta 7 and Indigo 4.1.17 are Lion compatible. They were both released BEFORE Lion became available today.

So, both the newest Indigo 5 beta and Indigo 4 can run on all newest Macs and the latest Mac OS X operating system. What specifically are you having problems with?


You don't know what you're talking about - they posted Lion compatible updates to both Indigo 4 and Indigo 5. They've also had a native iPhone/iPad/iPod touch app (Indigo Touch) for years.

Do your research mister "Business consultant" before posting useless drivel like this.

Harveyfl Member IconReview+2

Works perfect have automated my house the watering system and HVAC.. Just need the script to automate the kids...other then that..just what i needed including wife approval

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Version 5.0.0 b4
Dlwhite Member IconComment+153

Seems ripe for a completely re-written iPad app.

That's the future, baby.

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Version 4.1.5
hmurchison Member IconComment+158

When's the UI going to move away from brushed metal? It's looking pretty dated.

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Version 4.0

Disregard it appears the photo above is an old one from the brushed metal days. I saw a more Leopard appropriate UI on one of the Mac Automation sites. Phew. Indigo is too cool to be looking like 2004 tech.


really? have you used the app? Why is it so cool? Seems like I cant even buy these control things anywhere but on the web.

JimW Member IconComment+455

Thank you for your candid feedback about the direction of your product. I agree with you that X10 does have reliability problems and for someone just starting out it would be best to avoid it if possible. But for those of us that have hundreds of dollars invested in X10 lighting and security systems, with wall outlets and light switched wired with it, It just does not make economic sense to replace it with the more expensive Indigo system. I also suspect that Indigo is not the end to end all but rather a way-point on the path to home automation. I further suspect that in a few years their will be another more advanced and hopefully easier to configure and understand system to replace it.

Additionally as far as I know, Indigo, or anyone else other than X10 does not offer an affordable wireless self monitoring security system. All the other systems I have seen are wired, have expensive hardware, and/or must have a professional monitoring service. It just does not make economic sense to me to have to pay for both the security sensors and alarm system, along with a monthly fee for professional monitoring, when there are plenty of alarm companies that will provide the hardware for free if you sign up for a monitoring contract. There seems little difference in the monitoring cost for this, and any difference saved will take a very long time to amortize the cost of a separate purchase of the equipment.

With X10, so long as I can live with its quarks, I have an integrated lighting and security system, that when working properly, works very well. The only issue is that occasionally it does not work very well at all, and admittedly it can be very frustrating at times. I wish I knew of a better affordable wireless security/control system other than X10, but so far I have not found one.

In any case, it sounds like you sort of agree with me regarding 1.8 in that 2.0 strong points are found in its on-line operation in an always on system. For those that would rather work with a dedicated controller running off-line, it sounds like 1.8 should be adequate and a better value for our needs. Hopefully you still plan to provide any serious bug fixes and Leopard compatibility for it.

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Version 2.0b16
JimW Member IconComment+455

I would never argue the point that the previous released version was solid, functioned as advertised and was a decent value. What I will contest is if the added expense of 2.0 is cost effective to the majority of your users. Judging from your web site referral, I am not alone in my concerns. There are a few who feel it is worth it overall as they will use the added features; their are many who feel a particular feature that fits their niche need makes it worth it, but there are also many that feel it the added cost is not effective value for their needs.

You may promoting Insteon as the next new thing, but what about users with a major investment in X10? Despite its shortcoming not everyone has the means to toss all their X10 controllers and replace them with the more costly Insteon. Then their is the issue of security systems. Some users like myself have the X10 security system integrated with their controllers. Are we supposed to just throw all that away just so we can have the latest thing - at least for this year. Why should I spend good money on a new system when my old system doesn't need fixing? True it has its quirks and limitations. But does it make good sense to toss hundreds of dollars worth of useable equipment and replace it simply to have the latest revision? I think not.

My suggestion would be the have two supported versions of the product - one that provided off line automation basics but full supported all of the technology; and one that had advanced capability with on screen interfaces to support the advanced user or hobbyists. Let your customers buy only the sophistication they need and can use rather than capability they might never have a need for. That sure makes common sense to me.

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Version 2.0b15
Perceptive Automation, Llc. (Developer)

You are correct that not everyone will see enough value in the 2.0 features to justify the price increase. For you, the value isn't there. There are enough others that do want the features and are willing to pay for the advanced functionality. I definitely don't think every customer should upgrade to 2.0 just because it is 2.0. If the features they want are there for a price they find acceptable, then they should upgrade. Otherwise, wait for 2.1, 2.5 or even 3.0.

There are two classes of users using Indigo: those that leave their Mac on and do advance functionality, and those that don't leave their Mac on and just want basic control. Clearly, 2.0 is targeting the former group. But that isn't because I'm abandoning the latter group. But I have limited development resources, so I have to focus each release around a theme. In this case the theme was client/server and web based control.

I also agree that it would be ideal to have two products, or some other way to meet the needs of both customer groups. It wouldn't surprise me if that happens eventually, but again this will take some time to get there.

Lastly, I'm not telling anyone to dump their X10 hardware and use INSTEON. I'm not sure why you think I'm encouraging folks to do that... for newbies I definitely push towards INSTEON because it avoids some of the X10 reliability problems. But a majority of the features in Indigo 2.0 work with X10 as well. All of the client/server functionality, built-in web server, control pages, irrigation controller support (the X10 IrrMaster and Rain8 work as well as the INSTEON EZRain) work for the X10 user as well. There isn't much in the way of new X10 hardware hitting the market these days, but we are seeing more and more INSTEON devices. For this reason, you will see more and more INSTEON support in Indigo. But that doesn't mean I'm deprecating any of the X10 functionality.


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Date 26 Jun 2014
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $199.95
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