FullPageOS – Out-Of-The-Box Kiosk mode for the RaspberryPi October 17, 2015Posted by GuySoft in linux, open source, programming.
Tags: full screen, hdmi, kiosk, raspberry, raspbian, release
Today I am announcing a RaspberryPi operating system that addresses a small need we have – Get the RaspberryPi to display a webpage on full screen with no hassle.
The OS is called FullPageOS. And you can download it here.
Why I built it
A friend of mine, Tailor Vijay wanted something to stream video and add titles to it. Also I was looking for a way to start the RaspberryPi with a browser on full screen for a stats screen at work, and apparently the only thing available is complex guides that only partly work on today’s RaspberryPi.
So what I did last weekend is build a distro based off the code of OctoPi, the 3D printer operating system I built. All this distro does is start Chromium at boot on full screen, with a URL of your choice. The url can be changed conveniently from a text file on the /boot FAT folder. So all you have to do is set the wifi and url via text files, boot, and voilà!
Among the minor tweaking is the elusive setting of disabling the screen from blanking.
How to set it up
What’s nice about FullPageOS is that its simple, no need to install packages, just flash it like any distro, set your wifi and URL settings and boot.
- Open the FAT filesystem that is mounted as /boot
on the pi
- Set the URL you want in the file fullpageos.txt
- If you need to set up wifi, set your wifi settings with the file fullpageos-network.txt or any way you want are used to on the RaspberryPI
- Plug to HDMI display, internet and boot
Tags: linux, OctoPi, open source, Raspberry Pi, raspbian
OctoPi has got a lot of support, and it has been great to see people are adopting it.
I have released a new version of OctoPi, which has the following new features:
- Support for both Raspberry Pi camera and webcam. Depending on which you plug to the Pi (Thanks to Gina)
- New version of OctoPrint with ACL support
- OctoPrint now runs on HTTPS using HAProxy, allowing secure connection to your printer over the internet
I will note it was pretty nice get in to this release PiCam support, since I have no camera it required collaboration of both Gina and me, meaning we have a distro now that probably can cope with more hardware than you would have in your average personal configuration.
Also thanks Matvin for the storage, and we also have another mirror lined up in case of a overload, which happened last time.
Tags: 3D Printers, debian, OctoPrint, open source, programming, Raspberry Pi, raspbian
Update2: New mirror opened after Dropbox suspended my public links due to traffic. Download the image here.
Update: Dropbox have suspended my Public links due to “extreme traffic activity” so in a few hours I should be syncing the image to other mirrors. Other hosting would be appreciated!
I am happy to say that I am a backer of the Rigidbot 3D printer, (which you can pre-order already), I am expecting it to arrive in August. In the meantime, I have ordered a Raspberry Pi to play with and started visiting a local maker community known as XLN.
This led me to find a really cool project called OctoPrint, which lets you control 3D printers using a Raspberry Pi over a web interface, however people were not installing it on their Pis because there was no out-of-the-box solution. Today I am happy to announce that a solution is here! I give you Octoprint + Rapberry Pi = OctoPi. A raspberry Pi distribution which runs OctoPrint out of the box, with support for time-lapse video on webcams (there is also an experiential version in the works that supports streaming from a raspberry Pi camera).
Just dd the image on to an sd card, put the sd card in your Pi, boot it and connect to the network and printer, then point your browser to http://octopi.local and you have a fully functional 3D printer server! Plug in a webcam and can also make time-lapse videos. Just as simple as that. More details for windows users can be found on OctoPrint’s download page.
Pull requests, forks and issue reports are welcome. Also it would be helpful if someone could help me mirroring, since currently the images are hosted on my Dropbox account.
Share and enjoy,