IFTTT Integration/API Documentation

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Hello, I'd like to ask about the possibility of integrating the MyQ Garage door opener with IFTTT (you can ask about integration by going here). Or at the very least be provided with some documentation on the API for the MyQ Garage door opener so that I can build my own automation solution.

I know others have asked about this, but the last answer anyone got was 5 months ago.

Thank you for your time.
-Tim.
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Dawn, Official Rep

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Scullytr, 

We appreciate the information. It is still something we are looking into. I wish I could offer you a timeline but I don't have one. 
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scullytr

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Any possibility of getting some documentation on an API for the MyQ Garage Door Opener?
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Justin

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Chamberlain might also consider Launch Center Pro or Workflow integration as these two iOS apps can also integrate with IFTTT to create "recipes" for automation.

Ideally I think what we're all looking for with automation is a way for the MyQ app to automatically open and close the garage door using our proximity (through our phones and your app) to our home.  There's no good reason this shouldn't already be happening.
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Mark Harpur

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How would this work?  What's the difference between walking to your backyard and back and having the door open?  How would you prevent false positive/negative activations?  Would it have to be a complicated ruleset? "Only when Phone is in wifi and phone has not been in wifi for >3 hours and time is between 5am and 10pm and and and and.."?
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Justin

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I suppose it would all depend on the strength and size of your wifi connection. In your case IFTTT support doesn't sound useful, but that doesn't mean IFTTT support is useless for everyone else. Geo-fencing is here. The garage door is internet enabled. Let's harness that, instead of coming up with individual use cases that make automation a bad fit. A lot of us don't have yards, or are rarely in them. A simple recipe could allow the garage door to close itself if a user forgets, or open the door as soon as a user is in range. Individualized rules can absolutely help customize the automation against false positives, but they aren't necessarily a requirement for very real user benefit.
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Garry Paxinos

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I'm beginning to regret getting a chamberlain. No IFTTT nor HomeKit.
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JamesL

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I have six more days to return, while I do like the device, I feel that I can return it and wait just a bit longer for something with more integration.
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Pm

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Mark, why would Chamberlain care about this? It's up to the homeowner/customizer to program the garage door the way they want it to behave. If they want the garage door to close when to they go to the backyard for 5+ minutes then program it this way. They just have to understand that the accuracy of the phone's GPS might cause a false trigger. No big deal. The owner/customizer should be quite aware of this. That is no reason for them to delay offer a serious/useful interface.
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Marcus

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Echoing what others have said. We need some way to tie MyQ into the rest of our home automation, otherwise the value just isn't there. Making the API details public would go a long way in building cred with the core demographic that MyQ is after.
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Bryan Willett

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I would like to reiterate this request.  My use case is I want the ability to send alerts to lighting or other connected equipment in the house when the garage door is open at odd hours.
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Dale Boyles

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Why is this use hard for them to understand?  I've been hearing their sad story of "not yet" for the three years I've had my Liftmaster.  Home Automation is here to stay.  Either get on the train or get the fuck out of the way.
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dhrandy

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You can do this with the Wink hub connected through IFTTT. It integrates nicely with Wink.
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Paul O'Leary

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Please integrate with IFTTT. We use the garage door to open and close our dog's kennel. We like to keep the door open as much as possible, but want to be able to open and close the door if the weather gets bad, or if it gets too hot or too cold. With a nest and some temp sensors, we have all the pieces to make this happen, except one, the garage door opener. 
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Skip Wheeler

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Let us have IFTTT so that we can make it work for our own situations. Need more integration options (ie echo) if not IFTTT.
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Garry Paxinos

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Agreed.  I understand engineering cycles on Consumer products extremely well.   Chamberlain has had enough time to either implement HomeKit (unless there is a hardware deficiency).   And definitely enough time to create at least a bridge to IFTTT.     They need to provide real feedback and not the 'politispeak' non-answers.
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I'm also disappointed that MyQ won't work with IFFFT. And the Nest integration is rudimentary at best. I must admit I'm so far regretting having purchased the Chamberlain solution, and right now I'm not recommending it to friends because home integration does not appear to be a priority for them.
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Rowan Lawson

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And 5 months later I'm still not recommending this to anyone because opening and closing by cell phone is barely any more useful than a remote control, and there are so many better options out there. In addition, the response (now over several years) remains unchanged with "we're looking at it"? If the company strategy is to maintain a closed system then I have some bad news for you - you're going out of business.
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IFTTT integration in a Wi-Fi enabled garage door is a must. To not offer that ability is ridiculous. Many of us bought this garage door opener because we have automated homes. All my devices connect EXCEPT this garage door, the main way I enter my house. They say they have been looking into it for over a year now. Come on people!
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Dawn Spencer

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Just adding a "me too". I even got a Wink hub on other recommendations that it could act as a go-between for MyQ and IFTTT. It can't. As soon as a MyQ close (or open) action is added to a Wink shortcut, that shortcut is no longer available for use in IFTTT.
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Skip Wheeler

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I'm swapping to garagio. It allows geo fencing. Anyone want to buy a slightly used myQ?
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Greg Widener

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I would like to request this also. IFTTT would be perfect. I want to tell my Amazon echo to open the garage door!
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J Money

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This would only cost you 199 to integrate. Please consider !!! Make customers happy and stay ahead of the curve before you miss a great opportunity.
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MyQ Community Manager

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Hi everyone, 

We're excited by the fact that there's a conversation around this topic and we think the it's awesome how involved our customers are in the smart home conversation.

At Chamberlain, we looking into IFTTT feature because we know this is an important ask from you, our customers. Everything we do from an app and product standpoint must meet our strict safety and security standards so we'll thoughtfully consider all scenarios in which those components come into play. Please keep the feedback and ideas coming. 

Thanks!

Kylie
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Brad Graham

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Kylie the myq is a joke without integration to IFTTT/ alexa/ google home. Without the ability to integrate into a smart home the novelty of just using a phone to open/close very quickly wears off. It's not any more convenient than a garage door opener in my visor. No more "we're looking into" reply posts, please. Give us real info
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Rick Coopman

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I can't believe that we can't get the API documentation. I want to integrate the opener in my Crestron automation system. I have no desire to jump to multiple apps just to control the garage door. I currently have everything on one app.
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Ross Parker

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Absurd redirect. Again. Are you in league with Comcast? The customer service experience will soon surpass theirs. How about you answer a question that has been asked for -YEARS-. It is so entirely inappropriate to ignore the straightforward inquiry of a massive contingent of your users. What is the thought process each time myQ posts without answering. You would think they were running for political office. I'm not going to bother posting your awful device on eBay. No market exists for something that fails to deliver the functionality that most purchasers expected originally. I'll just throw it at something, and continue advising my clients (electrical contractor ) to avoid this product and offer a -better- alternative that delivers a satisfactory experience. If I modeled my business after this company, i wouldn't have a business. Ironically that's what you have now too. Perhaps you will sell openers forever, but that is an irrevelant product. Even sears still offers those. I thought they were the dinosaur in this technological era? Congrats. This could have been so easy. A single line response explaining this feature is not possible due to liability and risk management.
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Just bought a new home and had a Chamberlain installed specifically because the sales guy talked me into the myq stuff. I'm now going to ask for a refund and return the unit as it's unacceptable to not have the options for integration. Having no ability to work with Alexa, Google assistant, Tasker and the like while saying it's a connected device is just insane.
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Kylie, with all do respect, your recent post was almost the exact same post as a year ago. How long does it take to "look into" IFTTT?  You need to act now and integrate with the SmartHome movement, otherwise competitors are going to pass you by!
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I'm surprised that Chamberlin/Liftmaster is so slow at adopting Smart Home idea. They were the front runner when they released internet gateway. I wasn't expecting that to this day, it is still not possible to integrate my garage door, driveway gate, and light switches with any Smart Home devices (Google Home, Alexa, SmartThings...etc).

I don't quite understand the logic behind their business decision considering they haven't improved and added any major features to their existing app (other than scheduling) in years. I still love their products but let's open up the APIs!
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How about looking harder, theres no need for this to take half a year to “look into” let alone to integrate, but given how crappy your mobile app is already I can see why it would take so long. You've yet to update your iOS app to support higher resolution screens/images which happened YEARS ago. The status bar is being scaled  and still looks like its 3 times the size it should be and all you had to do was add a higher resolution splash screen to get native support. If you want to advertise yourself as a smart garagedoor company then build things which keep up with technology, otherwise just build garage doors like the rest of the industry and don't fool us. I thought I was buying a garage door that would be useful in 2016. Im a software developer for a living, if you need to pay someone to update your worthless app and integrate your API with useful apps, let me know, its not going to take 12 months, thats for sure. 
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Hi Kylie, any update on ETA for the integration with IFTTT?  Thanks!
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MyQ Community Manager

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The topic of IFTTT is an active conversation within our organization. Understandably, I can't share confidential information about the company's plans in detail....however, with that said, I can assure you that a lot of progressive action has been taking place behind the scenes here. 2017 is going to be a positive, active year for MyQ. I personally feel very optimistic about what lies ahead. ;)
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LD

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Oh good lord. You said that about 2016. Now 2017 is the year everything is happening. Forgive me if I wouldn't recommend anyone hold their breath based on promises from Chamberlain on new features and timelines. When will we have HomeKit support as promised by Cory Sorice to be delivered in 2015?
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Just as important as ifttt in my opinion would be Smartthings, Wink, etc. Integration. This could be done by releasing an API. And don't leave us Craftsman owners out in the cold either. You should merge the liftmaster, Chamberlain, and Craftsman products into the same database to allow application cross compatibility when (or IF) smart home integration is made available.
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Pm

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I second the need for a public API that anybody can use to integrate with commercial and even home built automation systems. Also don't charge us a monthly fee for this. This should work with existing lm828 units.
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I third the need to an OPEN API.  Let me say that again, an OPEN API.  For Christ's sake, my Venstar Thermostats from 3 years ago have an OPEN API which I can use to control from Home Control Assistant.
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I think what the underlying Chamberlain dodge is here, is that the security repercussions for allowing "automated" garage door opening are too high for them to safely release this ability, yet.

If they'd put out a beta program that we have to "opt-in" to, and we basically sign an agreement stating if someone breaks into our home due to the negligence of our setting up of geofencing and garage doors opening when they aren't supposed to, I'd imagine the nay-sayers might quiet down a bit, but at least we'd have the option.
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Pm

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I agree that this is a source of concern. Actually, closing the garage door might be an even bigger concern (somebody or something that might get hit). Having said that, there are so many other items that are being automated these days, a garage door really is not much different. This should not cause years of delays to catch up with current technology. Much larger companies have gone out of business because they ignored new trends. Chamberlain/LiftMaster really has to not just catch up to current technology but be a leader again...
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Dale Boyles

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The closing the door line is BULLSHIT.  They have the 30 second beeping, light flashing going onto cover their ass in that department.  RELEASE THE API!!!!!!!!!
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Mark Harpur

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One of the things that has happened locally (on our local news) was a man calling the police because his chamberlain door opener alerted him (erroneously) that the door opened while he was at work.

He gets an alert, thinks 'noone should be opening the door', and calls the cops on his empty house.

He then gets charged a 'false alarm' fee from the police. Chamberlain is very possibly not interested in being liable for the unreliability of the sensors.

(A strong wind gust could rattle the door causing the sensor to trip, etc.)
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Pm

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I really don't see how this could be an issue. Yes, there is a chance that a wind gust could momentarily trip a sensor but that is really not difficult to eliminate. Besides that, there are many other stories from other sensors that alerted 911 falsely and the owners got charged for the false alarm. In the case you mentioned it was even the owner who called in (rather than an automated call. He probably was just really upset and called the press to publish his case to make a big fuss so the company takes over the charge). It's more likely a company goes out of business because they don't offer new advanced features and be a leader than being overly cautious.