tvid is a redirection manager for televisions, lobby displays, status dashboards, and the like, so that you can set all of the displays in your organization to one URL and manage them via the web.
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README.md

tvid

Problem

You want to deploy a bunch of cheap $150 giant TVs to display dashboards and status stuff, but you don’t want to image the Raspberry Pis separately or hook up keyboards/mouse.

Solution

Make a single OS image for all your display-driving SBCs that goes to a non-unique URL: this app.

This app lets you set all the kiosk/display TVs in your organization to the same URL. Each will be cookied with a unique ID that will display on each display in big letters, with no preconfiguration required.

Log in to the admin panel (/admin) and enter the URL target for that display, and within 60 seconds, that display will bounce to that URL, or any other time it turns on.

You can reconfigure the target URL at any time, and the next time that display reboots or reloads (you should be rebooting your displays daily) it will get redirected to the new target.

configuration knobs

environment variables

  • set ADMIN_PSK to the admin password (for /admin url)

state storage

  • writes sqlite database into /data, mount that volume somewhere

todo

  • fix CSRF bug
  • fix FIXMEs
  • fix logging output (that is, make it log anything)
  • put git short id into version string
  • make sure cookie expiration is correct
  • sessions maybe
  • configuration in db to support password changes
  • perhaps load the target in a fullsize iframe so that the target can be changed by the js on server update instead of having to reboot the display box

screenshots

Display ID screen

(This is what gets displayed on a TV. It animates to avoid screenburn.)

screenshot one

Login Page

screenshot two

Admin Panel

screenshot three

license

WTFPL

status

This is not enterprise-production-grade software yet.

It has a CSRF bug (low severity) and it stores your unhashed auth password in a cookie. I didn’t even check how long the per-device cookie expirations are, so it might have a big painful bug there too. I made it to scratch an itch and I am running it in production; I may improve it further but it works for my purposes (being able to flash a half-dozen display driver raspberry pis with the same image) as-is.

Patches and improvements and bug reports are welcome. Send me an email at the address below.

author

sneak <sneak@sneak.berlin>