The Raspberry Pi official touchscreen in Moode

A guide on how to install the Chromium browser in Moode and how to start it automatically on boot

Posted on January 29, 2017 by @lorenzoferrara

WARNING: Please note that this article describes my experience and the results you might get reproducing what I did could be different. Please understand that I am not responsible for the results you might get reproducing what I did. If you choose to follow my notes and something bad happens, don't blame me, you are responsible for what you do. In doubt, my advice is to go and read some news.

Moode is one of my favorite music player for the Raspberry Pi. It supports a lot of devices and the interface is straightforward. Also, it's based on Raspbian, the official operating system for the Raspberry Pi.

Like many of the best music players, Moode has a web-based interface. You find the IP address of the Raspberry Pi and you open it in a browser. This is what you get:

Moode in a big screen Moode in a big screen

In this guide we're going to configure it so that we can use the official Raspberry Pi 7" touchscreen, without needing to use a different computer to access the Moode interface. The guide works with Moode version 3.1.

Before doing anything, you need to have:

  • The Raspberry Pi and the touchscreen connected
  • Moode installed
  • Your DAC configured in Moode

Once you've got Moode up-and-running and you're getting the audio out of the DAC, be sure to have expanded the filesystem: in the Configure menu (top right of the Moode interface) click on System, in the Maintenance section check Expand SD Card storage and click on Set. The system will reboot.

At this point we're ready to proceed with the guide.

After having expanded the filesystem and you're able to reconnect to Moode, you must connect to the Raspberry Pi via ssh. In your favorite terminal application run:

ssh pi@

You must replace with the IP address of your Moode system. When asked for the password, type raspberry and press Enter.

Once you've logged in you can start installing the new software:

sudo apt-get update
apt-get install -y xinit xorg lsb-release xserver-xorg-legacy chromium-browser

When the installation is complete, the line allowed_users=console must be replaced with allowed_users=anybody in the /etc/X11/Xwrapper.config file:

sudo sed -i "s/allowed_users=console/allowed_users=anybody/" /etc/X11/Xwrapper.config

Next you need to create the service script that will start the GUI:

sudo wget -O /opt/start-gui
chmod +x /opt/start-gui

Finally, enable auto-start of the GUI:

sudo wget -O /lib/systemd/system/start-gui.service
sudo systemctl enable start-gui.service
sudo systemctl start start-gui.service

You should see a Chromium session on the Raspberry Pi Touchscreen.

This is all it takes to get the Raspberry Pi touchscreen working in Moode. There are a couple of caveats:

  • The Moode interface does not fit perfectly in the small screen so some scrolling might be needed
  • You won't be able to configure Moode because some of the modals are to high and you won't be able to scroll

But there are some great feature:

  • Chromium is a great browser and the touch works really nice
  • You will be able to do much of the needed stuff to use Moode
  • With the Raspberry Pi 3 the speed of the browser is great

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