I have my Raspbian running Chromium in kiosk mode and works nicely. However, I would like it to turn the HDMI display off at 10pm and wake it up at 7am. I could not find such a setting in Raspbian.

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I am using xset dpms force off to turn off the display. This command uses Display Power Management Signaling.

In a cron job, you'll need to set the DISPLAY variable, so that the crontab entries become something like:

0   22  *   *   *   DISPLAY=:0 xset dpms force off
0   7   *   *   *   DISPLAY=:0 xset dpms force on

Make sure the X server is started with -dpms.

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    This will run every minute of 22h and 7h. @andré-düwel's answer configures the cronjob to run at 22:00 and 7:00 and better answers the original question.
    – Chadi
    Commented Mar 1, 2019 at 7:24
  • @Chadi Running repeatedly might be better if, for example, the device was turned off at 7 am.
    – daiscog
    Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 10:12
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    Good catch. I fixed it above. Thanks, @André-Düwel and Chadi! Commented Feb 19, 2020 at 7:18
  • this worked when other suggestions for cec-util and tvresource failed to work (Raspberry Pi 4B) failed to work
    – Fred
    Commented Aug 13, 2023 at 19:30
  • How does one "make sure the X server is started with -dpms"? I am running a Pi4 with stock Raspian.
    – cdeerinck
    Commented Oct 10, 2023 at 16:55

You may want to look into HDMI CEC which allows you to send commands such as power on/off via HDMI to a TV set. There's a libcec for this, as well as an cec-client. For instance, this blog post about switching on/off a TV may help: https://timleland.com/raspberry-pi-turn-tv-onoff-cec/

Then set up a cron job to run cec-client in the evening and the morning.

  • Unfortunately I am using a monitor which is not CEC compatible.
    – Kashif
    Commented Jun 6, 2017 at 2:34
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    Maybe you should add relevant commands to your answer. Commented Jan 18, 2019 at 9:38

Like Steffen Uhlig wrote, using xset dpms force [on|off] is the solution for normal displays. Please note that his cronjob is running every minute in the specified hour.

crontab -e (as normal pi user) will allow you to add a cronjob, where you just need to add the following lines at the end:

0   22  *   *   *   DISPLAY=:0 xset dpms force off
0   7   *   *   *   DISPLAY=:0 xset dpms force on
  • Good find. This should really be a comment to the answer you refer to, but I know you can't post comments yet. Commented Jan 18, 2019 at 9:28
  • thats my problem, feel free to add the comment to the accepted answer or suggest an edit :) Commented Jan 18, 2019 at 16:46
  • I added that to my cron: off at 22 and on at 07. To make a try, from command line I executed the off command, it worked. Then I executed the on, also worked but after a while the display turned off again. Second time executed on command and again display turned off after a while. Don't realize why
    – dstonek
    Commented May 28, 2019 at 13:23

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