Making a status screen or kiosk using a Raspberry Pi


This tutorial will show you how to easily create a status screen or kiosk using nothing but a spare display and a Raspberry Pi. This assumes you have a web page that you want displayed on that screen, either running on your own server, locally, or some third party web site. It also assumes you already connected the Pi to the display and successfully installed the built-in Raspbian OS (or other distribution of your choice) on the flash card.

Setting up Chromium

First, install the following packages:

  • chromium
  • x11-xserver-utils
  • unclutter

On Raspbian, you can type:

apt-get install chromium x11-xserver-utils unclutter

Next, you need to disable the screen saver in X Window. Edit /etc/xdg/xsession/LXDE/autostart and comment out the screen saver line with a # at the beginning of the line.

Then, add the following lines to the same file:

@xset s off
@xset -dpms
@xset s noblank
@chromium --kiosk --incognito

And that's it! After you reboot the Pi, it should start Chromium automatically, and go to the specified web site.

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