I have a RPI 3 with Raspbian Jessie, set up to boot in cli mode, autologin with user pi. I have installed matchbox window manager because it's lighter than lxde and I use only chromium and omxplayer. I added to .bashrc:

if [ -z "${SSH_TTY}" ]; then
  xinit ~/startup.sh


xset -dpms
xset s off
xset s noblank
unclutter -idle 0 &
matchbox-window-manager -use_cursor no -use_titlebar no &


os.system("omxplayer /var/test/video.mp4")

All scripts running fine, omxplayer starts, but i don't have video to my screen, the player runs somwhere in the background.

Any ideas on what I'm doing wrong?

Later Edit: If I remove "xinit" from "xinit ~/startup.sh" it works. But I don't what that, I use xinit to open also a chromium instance. Somewhere within x server and omxplayer is something strange...

  • I'm doing something similar, and used "-o hdmi" to the omxplayer command. I did have to disable the OpenGL video driver. Does omxplayer work properly if called from a terminal?
    – bobstro
    Sep 18, 2017 at 15:07
  • Yes, omxplayer works fine if called from terminal. OpenGL is disabled. Also try with "-o hdmi", no luck...
    – spooker
    Sep 19, 2017 at 7:03
  • When you write "the player runs somwhere in the background", do you mean you're hearing audio, or that you just see the process? Is there more than one omxplayer process?
    – bobstro
    Sep 19, 2017 at 15:54
  • I just see the process running, 2 procesess (omxplayer, omxplayer.bin). No sound or video.
    – spooker
    Sep 19, 2017 at 18:54

1 Answer 1


Make sure your GPU memory split is at least 128MB and that OpenGL is disabled.

sudo raspi-config

Advanced Options,Memory Split

Advanced Options,GL Driver

  • Hi CoderMike, Yes, gpu mem split is 128, also try with 192. GL Driver is disabled. If I run the script manually from console (logged as user pi), omxplayer start just fine, it's no problem. The problem is on startup.
    – spooker
    Sep 18, 2017 at 9:54

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