Today we're making available another preview of the forthcoming Player for Linux.
This new version has the following changes over 1.8-alpha6:
- We have added a configuration utility accessible by starting
- The configuration utility automatically starts if the player has not been configured before.
- XMR (Push Messaging) has been included in this release.
We will continue to address the other feedback and issues found. You can see a list of known issues and other things we're working on here. We know there are problems with memory leaks, and this release is not intended to fix that.
Prepare your CMS
If you have a 1.8.12 CMS, then you can connect the Player directly to that as it already has support for Linux Players. You may need to create a Display Settings Profile for the Linux Player ahead of connecting your first Linux Player. Not all of the settings in the Display Settings Profile will work at present, but we've included them now in readiness for them being implemented into the Player.
If you have an earlier 1.8 CMS, then please see the post for the 0.3.3-alpha release for instructions on configuring your CMS to support the new Player.
Upgrading from an older release
Once your CMS is ready, we're now using an improved distribution system based on snapcraft "snap" packages to package the Player for deployment. It offers a clean, dependency free installation, as well as the potential for automatic upgrades in the future.
Many Linux distributions support snap packages out of the box now, but we've tested with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64 bit and 18.04 LTS 64 bit.
You can check to see what version of the Player you have installed by running
You should see an entry in the output like this:
Name Version Rev Tracking Publisher Notes xibo-player 1.8-alpha7 4 beta xibosignage -
Upgrading from 1.8-alpha6
To upgrade from the 1.8-alpha6 release,
snap refresh xibo-player --channel=beta
Remove the old snap
1.8-alpha6 is not upgradable from older alphas, so if you previously installed 0.3.3a, 0.4a or 0.5a and haven't removed it, then
snap remove xibo-player-test
After removing the older release, continue to install the Xibo Player.
Install the Xibo Player
If you've never run the test Player before, or you previously removed the snap package, then to install the Player, simply run:
snap install xibo-player --channel=beta
The Player will be installed without affecting any other software you might have installed on your machine.
Run the Player
To run the Player select Xibo Linux Player from the desktop/app drawer or open a terminal and run
If running for the first time, an options form will open asking for your CMS details. To get back to this options form in the future run
The CMS Address and Key are the ones you would normally use to register Players with the CMS. Please choose an appropriate local library for the Player to store its files. On the advanced tab a unique Display ID has been generated for you.
The Player will register with the CMS. Press Exit to quit and then launch the Player again.
Now in the CMS, authorise the display as normal. You can set a default layout for the Player to show, or make any other Scheduling/Layout changes as normal.
Please let us know of any rendering issues you encounter in the comments below. Depending on the response we get to this we may not be able to answer each comment individually, but will be reading the responses and investigating where feasible.
When you're finished testing, you can safely delete the files the Player created in your temporary directory, and if you want to remove the Player from your system, simply run
snap remove xibo-player