Using display output on a BeagleBone Black

Hey guys, I’m going to get right to the point. I am stumped.

I have a project that already works under a vanilla Debian system. I wanted to transfer this to Balena. The project is this; there is a backend that does what backends do and then I’ve got a frontend that displays the process or result or whatever it is through a web browser like midori or firefox. And the web browser is made visible by using a display connected to the BeagleBone Black directly. I guess it’s kind of like a kiosk without any input.

All solutions that all a gui or browser to be displayed are either not applicable because I can’t add any dependencies to the HostOS, or the BeagleBone Black is not supported.

Put simply, I am having trouble finding a solution that will display a browser to the screen hooked up to my device because…well, Docker containers. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

@aslansutu Firstly, welcome to the forums! Great to have you here.

I wonder if one of our existing projects or blocks might help with this, I’d suggest you check out balenaDash and/or the Browser Block which. Links to both below:

balenaDash tutorial - Make a web frame with Raspberry Pi in 30 minutes
Browser Block - GitHub - balenablocks/browser: A drop-in web browser block

Let us know how you get on!

I had already tried both but to no avail. Thanks though. I guess I’ll keep tinkering

Hi there, out of interest what happened when you tried the browser block on the beaglebone? On its github page it doesn’t say that BBB is supported, but maybe its worth trying anyway? If it doesn’t work exactly, perhaps you could take inspiration from that block/modify it :slight_smile:

Hello @aslansutu I discovered this open issue and I wanted to know if you succeed on this? tested something innovative or you are still thinking how to solve this.

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