Raspberry Pi Kiosk

Instructions to go from zero to a Raspberry Pi Kiosk displaying a webpage with auto-refresh.

  • OS: Raspbian (Debian Wheezy) 2015-02-16
  • Browser: IceWeasel

Copy Raspbian to a SD Card (on OSX)

Instructions for other OSes.

$ diskutil list
$ diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk#
$ sudo dd bs=1m if=<raspbian-image-file> of=/dev/rdisk#

Note: The 'r' in /dev/rdisk# is not a typo. This is the raw path to the disk, which is faster than the buffered /dev/disk devices.

Power it up

  • Hook up your Pi: Plug in the mouse, keyboard, monitor, ethernet, sd card, and power.
  • First boot will take you to the raspi-config utility:
    • Expand the filesystem
    • Change the user password from the default (user: pi, pass: raspberry)
    • Enable boot to graphical desktop
    • I18n options -> Change keyboard layout -> Select your keyboard
    • Finish and reboot

Install xscreensaver and Disable the Screen Saver

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xscreensaver

Menu -> Preferences -> Screensaver -> Display Mode -> Disable Screen Saver

Launch IceWeasel on Startup

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install iceweasel
$ sudo nano /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE-pi/autostart

Install IceWeasel Add-ons

Configure the Browser

  • Right-click on page -> ReloadEvery -> Auto Enable New Tab
  • Set your homepage in the Preferences