View Full Version : [all variants] How to achieve a blank "kiosk mode" desktop for customers?

March 28th, 2012, 10:16 AM
I want to provide to the visitors of a museum a Touchscreen-PC, on which just a single software is running forever (in a fullscreen borderless topmost window), thus, only left-clicks and left-double-clicks can be created by the user. Therefore, I want to use some Linux, preferably some Ubuntu-derivate. Even though the desktop is usually hidden (as long as the software does not crash), I want it to be absolutely free of any panels - just a black screen. Most important: I do not want to display any notifications and other stuff ever (e.g. on updates, summertime, screen lock, etc.). However, pressing Ctrl+Alt+T should still open a new terminal (for maintaining when plugging in a keyboard).

Is there some simple flag or some package "kiosk mode", which enables this behaviour?

Or do I have to remove all the panels and notifications on my own? If yes, do you know a complete list of things (panels, notification-manager, ...) that I have to disable or remove?

Any comments are welcome!

April 3rd, 2012, 08:04 AM
...just replying to myself.

Well, of course I tried the search function before posting, but the word "kiosk" came to my mind while writing the post, so I did not search for it. However, googling for "ubuntu kiosk mode" provides the following solution:


It especially describes how to start an XSession without any window-manager at all (just starting some software and going back to login screen when it has ended). This provides exactly the functionality I needed.

Further, if anyone is interested in some browser kiosk mode, try Opera. It has the best kiosk mode a browser can have (compared to Chromium, Firefox and IE), including several flags for customization (e.g., hide context menu, disable keys, etc.):


Lars Noodén
April 3rd, 2012, 11:21 AM
This HowTo looks promising: