Linutop TV Tutorial

Linutop TV is an online Digital Signage Service available on the internet or in local private server. More info on

Linutop Documentation Index

Table of Contents
1. Linutop TV
User interface layout
2. Library
Add Medias to the Library
Edit a template
Visual Mode
HTML Mode (for advanced users)
View and save your template
3. Playlist
Set up a playlist
Add and Organize medias in your Playlist
Modify your Playlist
4. Display your Playlist
5. Local installation of your Linutop TV private server
6. Installation of your Linutop TV private server on a VM (Virtual Machine)
7. Connect your Player to your Linutop TV account
Player connexion to Linutop TV online
Player connexion to Linutop TV private server
Other method
Private playlist server

Chapter 1. Linutop TV

Linutop TV is an online Digital Signage Service.

Display your medias on your screens in 3 steps:

User interface layout

  • Library : List all uploaded files
  • Playlist : Let you organize your playlist items
  • Options - Player status : Organize your broadcasted playlist

This tutorial will help you configure your own Playlist.

Chapter 2. Library

The Library is an online space where you can upload and stock your files (pictures, videos, musics, urls and templates). Upload your files in your Library by clicking on the "Add" button (located at the top of the Library).

Add Medias to the Library

Add a picture or a movie: Upload it from your computer.

Add an Internet website or video stream: Type the website that you would like to display.

Add a HTML page: Select a template, edit and name it.

Once the fields have been filled, click on "Submit" to upload data to your Library.

Note: The upload can take a few minutes depending of the size of your files.

The Library "Total Size" is limited to 1Gb (listed on the top of the Library panel).

To modify a template, click on the reading glass just opposite to the file. To remove a file from the Library, click on the cross just opposite to the file.

Linutop TV formats:

  • Videos (.avi, .mov, .mpg, .wma, .mp4, .flv)
  • Pictures (.png, .jpeg, .gif, .png)
  • Audio (.mp3, .wav, .ogg, .flac)
  • URLs (http://, https://, ftp://, rtsp://)
  • HTML templates

Edit a template

A template is a html page which can be edited. You can place a picture or a text. Linutop TV offers some pre-edited models.

To add a Template, click on one of the pre-edited templates, then "Submit"

You are now able to configure the template according to two different methods.

Visual Mode

This mode let you display and edit your template

The bottom area let you edit the text with regular text edit interface.

HTML Mode (for advanced users)

Click on the button. The HTML code of your template is now accessible. The edition of the code results in the automatic update of the preview.

View and save your template

You can preview your template by clicking the button then the button to return to editing your template.

Once your modifications are done, you can save them by clicking (do not forget to name your template).

Chapter 3. Playlist

A Playlist is a list of different medias, which are present in your Library.

Set up a playlist

  • Click on the drop-down list "Playlist / Create a Playlist"
  • Name it (only alphanumeric characters)
  • Your Playlist will appear in the drop-down menu

Add and Organize medias in your Playlist

Drag a media from your Library and drop it on your Playlist.


  • The Display time with the hh / mm / ss format for each media
  • The Display order (using drag and drop)

Delete a file from your Playlist by clicking on the red cross associated with the file (at the end of its line). It will be the same process to delete a Playlist or a loop.


The loops are used to organize the Playlist. They allow for example to:

  • Start to display a Playlist at a specified time
  • Choose to display your Playlist only the monday
  • Stop to display the Playlist and shut down the screen
  • ...

Add a loop by clicking on the "New loop" button.

  • From/To: Enter the loop starting and ending dates. If none, the loop will always be displayed.
  • Time/Duration: Enter the loop starting time (HH:MM format) and duration (HH:MM format).
  • Repeat: The Playlist will be displayed only on selected days.
  • Shuffle : Click this button to shuffle the loop. By default it will be played in the order and when you click on the button, the reading will be done in random order.
  • OFF : Click on the button to turn off the player's screen. When extinction is activated the loop bar is dimmed.

Modify your Playlist

The Playlists are saved automatically after each change. The result will not be displayed immediatly on your screens

The displayed Playlist is updated every 30 minutes by default. This can be changed in the Linutop Kiosk configuration.

In addition, it is possible to insert an element belonging to a different loop , setting the time of broadcast.

Note: Between each element, the player checks if another loop should be displayed.

If you need or want to see your modifications sooner:

  • Validate your modifications on Linutop TV
  • Restart the Linutop Kiosk on your Linutop Player

To delete a Playlist, select it and click on the red cross on the right side of the "new loop" button.

Chapter 4. Display your Playlist

Once the playlist has been edited (files order, display time, loop, etc.), click on "Settings". A menu will allow you to associate a Player (screen) with a Playlist (created online).

Chapter 5. Local installation of your Linutop TV private server

For maximum privacy, a Linutop TV Server can be installed on your local network.

Go to the Panel Configuration : "Linutop" - "Panel Configuration".

In the "Install" tab, enter your invoice number and address email and confirm by clicking the "Login" button.

A list of available configurations appears in the bottom frame. Select "Linutop TV private server setup installation" in this list. Click "Apply".

A message will confirm the installation. Exit Configuration Panel by clicking the "Ok" button.

Your server Linutop TV is now ready to use.

It is accessible with a web browser on your local network by typing the IP address of your computer, available in the "About" tab of the Configuration Panel

Now you can create your playlists.

Chapter 6. Installation of your Linutop TV private server on a VM (Virtual Machine)

Open VM VirtualBox Manager

Select button New


Now you Virtual machine is ready to receve the Iso Image

Your VM is ready to boot the Iso Image Just press start. You can now test linutop OS demo in your VM

To install the full version just use the install menu and install it on the second device :

Once installed, you can removed the installed demo iso device and boot on the full version and then install your Linutop TV Private Server and proceed like a private local private installation (Chapter 5).

Chapter 7. Connect your Player to your Linutop TV account

Player connexion to Linutop TV online

To access your playlist, you must now configure the Kiosk. Go to the Linutop Kiosk Setup menu : "Linutop" - "Linutop Kiosk - Setup".

The Kiosk Configuration window opens. Click on "Linutop TV Server" and enter your id (invoice number and email address) and then sign in using the "Connect" button.

Player connexion to Linutop TV private server

If you use a private server you need to select Linutop TV server and to check Private then enter the url or ip address of your server. once done you need to use your login and password to access the playlist (by default admin/linutop). Then choose the playlist you want to diplay and hit the OK button.

To quit the kiosk application hit Esc. If a password is set, use Ctrl+q and enter your password instead.

Other method

On your player, start "Linutop" - "Configuration Panel".

On the "Install" tab, type your invoice number and email adress. Validate with the "Login" button.

A list of available configurations will appear in the frame bellow. Select the Linutop TV configuration in the list. Validate with the "Apply" button.

A message will confirm that the configuration has been applied. Leave the Configuration panel by clicking on "OK". The Linutop Kiosk software is now configured to display your online Playlist.

To see it, start the Linutop Kiosk : "Linutop" - "Linutop Kiosk - Launcher".

Private playlist server

On the Linutop Player web browser, log in Linutop TV and open the "Settings" window, click on the screen number.

Then you arrive on the page below. Copy the address thereof.

Go to "Linutop" - "Linutop Kiosk - Setup"

Paste the address in the "Private playlist server".

Validate by clicking the "Ok" button.

Go back in the "Linutop" - "Linutop Kiosk - Launcher" menu. Your Playlist will be displayed on your Player.