We have a TV that is displaying what is basically a slide show: a series of static images that loop. Right now a windows PC running powerpoint provides the video feed.

I was wondering if there is a low-overhead software package for the raspberry pi that could run a slideshow. I would prefer not to use the X server, but I recognize there might be some really good solutions that require X. The invocation would be something like

slideshow --delay 8.0 -loop /media/1/slideshowpics/


while true; do 
    slideshow --delay 8.0 /media/1/slideshowpics/*

would also be fine. I need some way for it to pick up new pictures that we upload via the network.

Bonus points if you can get it to overlay the current IP address with a keystroke.

  • Did you check mplayer ? Jul 16, 2015 at 16:16
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    Not using the X server here is sort of like saying you want to drive somewhere without wheels because you feel they are too heavy and the car will be lighter without them.
    – goldilocks
    Jul 19, 2015 at 12:42

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You could use my software info-beamer. Is a software to build all kinds of visualizations. I have example code ready that displays all jpeg files in a directory. Just put the node.lua together with all images into a single directory, then start info-beamer giving that directory as argument. It will automatically pick up new images that are put into the directory. You don't need to start X to run info-beamer.


feh is a simple image viewer that should do what you want. feh requires X11.

You can give it a list of files or directories or URLs.

It looks like you might be able to use the --info option to display the IP address.

For displaying images on the console (without X11) you can use fbi. It is not a full featured as feh but it will do a simple slideshow.

Both fbi and feh can be installed via apt-get.

  • The feh I was able to install using apt-get install feh seemed to require X. I was not able to find any flags to make it work without X11 in man feh.
    – Mutant Bob
    Jul 16, 2015 at 21:30
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    You are correct. feh does require X11. I have used fbi for console image display. I will update the answer.
    – Craig
    Jul 17, 2015 at 23:12
  • Practically no GUI apps have flags to allow them to work outside of a GUI stack straight from a virtual console. There are a handful of framebuffer apps, such as fbi, but these are very unusual since they usually then can't run under X (making them very specialized, i.e., of limited use value). Put another way: I'm pretty sure fbi is your only choice here.
    – goldilocks
    Jul 19, 2015 at 12:46

For displaying just static images you can use fbi.

You probably want to have some control via your remote ssh session. The method below gives you that.

sudo apt-get -y install fbi to install fbi

sudo nano /home/pi/slideshow to create an easy slideshow script:

if [ $1 = "stop" ]; then
   sudo kill `ps aux | awk '/fbi \-T/ { print $2}'`
  sudo fbi -T 3 -a -d /dev/fb0 -noverbose --readahead -t 3 -1 -l fileimagelist.lst 

then chmod +x /home/pi/slideshow

(optionally) you can sudo nano /boot/config.txt to get rid of the black edges around the screen. For example:


It might take a while before you find the right exact overscan numbers for your system.

use ./slideshow to start, ./slideshow stop to stop. In fileimagelist.lst you just list all pictures line by line. This example uses the -1 flag, so it quits after it finishes 1 cycle of the slideshow. I need that because I have a seperate script which manages the fileimagelist.lst file.

I personally wouldn't show the IP on the screen itself. Rather use a crontabbed script to ping a server with the hostname and IP. Method to do this can be found over here, I've submitted this a couple days ago on this very same site.


Check this project out. I think it is just what you need: http://www.binaryemotions.com/digital-signage/raspberry-slideshow/


I Think piSignage is suitable for your requirement . * am not sure if you can directly upload slides but you can create your slides with all the effects , the just save your ppt slide as video and upload your video to pisignage.com. It works right.you can test it out for free.


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