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These instructions are helpful if you would like to create a computer kiosk. The instructions are designed to run Chromium (the open-source version of Google's Chrome browser), but can be adapted to run any GUI program in a kiosk/fullscreen mode.
This guide was last tested against Debian 9.4 (Stretch) GNU/Linux.
Note that this guide is not intended to create a perfectly secure system, and may be vulnerable to tampering by knowledgable users.
Create a user on the system for the kiosk. In my case, the user is
useradd -m kiosk-user
Update the package list.
Install required packages.
apt-get install \ sudo \ xorg \ chromium \ openbox \ lightdm
Edit the lightdm config script at
/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf to enable autologin.
That file needs to only contain this content for autologin to work.
[SeatDefaults] autologin-user=kiosk-user user-session=openbox
Reboot to verify autologin works. You should now be logged in as
Create the openbox config directory for
it does not exist.
mkdir -p $HOME/.config/openbox
Create a script at
$HOME/.config/openbox/autostart for the
kiosk-user. This script will be run at login.
chromium \ --no-first-run \ --disable \ --disable-translate \ --disable-infobars \ --disable-suggestions-service \ --disable-save-password-bubble \ --start-maximized \ --kiosk "http://www.google.com" &
& at the end is required for
every command in the
Reboot, and you should see the machine automatically login and run chromium in kiosk mode.