I was bored, I had a spare TV screen and a Raspberry Pi 3. I also love watching colorful charts on Grafana 📈

As I’m currently learning about Ansible, I decided to write a playbook that sets up a Headless Raspberry Pi in Grafana Kiosk mode.

This quick guide shows you how to create a Kiosk of your own.

You’ll need:

  • A Raspberry Pi with an empty SD card
  • Ansible on your local machine
  • A display or TV to connect to your Raspberry
  • A Grafana instance that is reachable by the Raspberry

Installing the OS

I used the GUI rpi-imager to bootstrap my SD card with Raspberry Pi OS Lite (32bit) for my Raspberry. I think it’s quick and easy and offers you some distro options to choose from.

You can get the tool from the AUR if you’re using Arch:

yay -S rpi-imager

Here’s a screenshot of the GUI (select an image, select SD card, write!):


To make the raspberry auto-connect to your WiFi on boot, create a new file wpa_supplicant.conf inside the boot directory of your flashed SD card with the following contents.

ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev
country=<Insert 2 letter ISO 3166-1 country code here>

 ssid="<Name of your wireless LAN>"
 psk="<Password for your wireless LAN>"

To enable remote access over ssh after boot, create an empty file called ssh inside the boot directory as well.

Installing grafana-kiosk

grafana-kiosk is a simple wrapper script that starts a fullscreen Chrome session and opens a configured Grafana URL with optional authentication. This Grafana URL usually points to a Grafana Playlist which switches between different Grafana dashboards.

I wrote a simple Ansible role to set up Headless Raspberry Pi Grafana Kiosks ™️.

Ansible Playbook

Here’s my personal Ansible playbook.

It assumes that you have a fresh Raspberry with no graphical environment. Like what we’ve set up during “Installing the OS”.

The playbook will install and configure the following things to autostart on boot:

  • openbox
  • chromium
  • grafana-kiosk

To get started on your own RPI, you can fork my repo and apply at least the following changes:


This role contains tasks to disable password login via ssh and upload ssh keys to the RPI. You can either get rid of this if you don’t need it or provide your own ssh keys:

# roles/ssh-keys/tasks/main.yml
- name: Deploy SSH Key
    user: pi
    state: present
    validate_certs: False
    - Restart sshd

- name: Disable Password Authentication
    dest: /etc/ssh/sshd_config
    regexp: '^PasswordAuthentication'
    line: "PasswordAuthentication no"
    state: present
    backup: yes
    - Restart sshd


Provide the IP of your RPI in the hosts.yaml:

# hosts.yaml
      ansible_host: "<YOUR-RASPBERRY-IP-HERE>"



Provide a configuration for the grafana-kiosk utility script, this is where you specify the path to the Grafana instance and Playlist ID that you want to display on your kiosk:

# my-grafana-kiosk-config.yaml
  kiosk-mode: full
  autofit: true
  lxde: false

  login-method: local
  username: pi-grafana-kiosk
  password: pi-grafana-kiosk-password
  playlist: true
  URL: https://<YOUR-GRAFANA-HOST-HERE>/playlists/play/<YOUR-GRAFANA-PLAYLIST-ID>?kiosk&autofitpanels
  ignore-certificate-errors: false

⏯ Run the playbook in the repo directory

ansible-galaxy install -r requirements.yaml
ansible-playbook install-grafana-kiosk -i hosts.yaml --ask-pass

You’ll need to connecto the RPI to a screen and reboot it. If all went well, you should be greeted with your Grafana Playlist after booting.

If there are still issues with my Ansible voodoo, feel free to create a PR on Github 😸