Raspberry Pi Kiosk Mode using full Raspbian
Using full Raspbian is heavier but it just works. If you're in a hurry, or lack confidence with your pi, do it this way.
Why use full Raspbian? For a start it's a lot simpler.
It just works , if you compare this to the same instructions for Raspbian Lite the first thing you'll notice is that this post is a lot shorter. Most of the stuff you have to install/setup as extra's on Raspbian Lite to make this work come baked in on Raspbian. There's no faffing around trying to work out how to auto-mount USB sticks, they're plug and go and they show up where your users expect to find them so they don't need a detailed explanation of where to look. If you have the computing power (are using a Pi 3) then I recommend this route.
- Download and install Raspbian I recommend using Apple Pi Baker if you're on a mac.
- Setup SSH by dropping a file named
sshinto the root folder of the disk image you have just created.
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y upgrade
sudo apt-get install vim
sudo apt-get install unclutter
sudo vim home/pi/.xsessionAnd add the following to it:
xset s off & xset -dpms & xset s noblank & unclutter & /usr/bin/chromium-browser --incognito --kiosk --window-size=7000,7000 --start-fullscreen --window-position=0,0 https://tamarisk.it
Lets break down that last line a bit:
- incognito - so that no data is saved
- kiosk - so there's no chrome on our chromium install
- window-size - set initially to huge so that it's always going to be bigger than the screen being used*
- start-fullscreen - sets the browser window to the actual size of the screen*
- window-position - ensures the window is located correctly
- For some reason passing the screen size to chromium from the
.xsessionscript doesn't seem to work, this is a hacky workaround but it does mean that you don't have to ensure you have the correct pixel size for your screen every time you use the script on a different one.
That's it you're done. If you want to you can now set up your Pi to run a Flask App locally.
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