How to manually reload Chromium Kiosk


You are running a Chromium Kiosk e.g. on a Raspberry Pi using a command like

chromium-browser --noerrdialogs --disable-infobars --disk-cache-dir=/dev/null --disk-cache-size=1 --kiosk http://localhost

e.g. in /etc/xdg/openbox/autostart, but you don’t know how to manuy reload the Kiosk e.g. after you have changed the underlying website


In /etc/xdg/openbox/autostart or wherever your chromium-browser command is, enclose it in

while true ; do [CHROMIUM COMMAND] ; sleep 1 ; done

The complete command would look like this, for example:

while true ; do chromium-browser  --noerrdialogs --disable-infobars --disk-cache-dir=/dev/null --disk-cache-size=1 --kiosk http://localhost ; sleep 1 ; done

Now, to manually reload Chromium, all you have to do is to kill the process using

killall /usr/lib/chromium-browser/chromium-browser-v7

This will kill the Chromium process and the while loop will automatically restart it after one second.

In case you see an error message like

/usr/lib/chromium-browser/chromium-browser-v7: No such file or directory

you need to find out which executable is used for Chromium in order to pass that to killall. To find out the name of the executable, use

ps a | grep -i chromium

and look for a string similar to /usr/lib/chromium-browser/chromium-browser-v7.