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Images on media tiles are not loading on Google Chrome browser on PC

sk108 3 months ago in Media Tiles / Images updated by Levan 3 weeks ago 26

Images on media tiles are not loading on Google Chrome browser on PC, however they load on the phone browser. When I try to edit those "Media" tiles, it says "Enter valid URL". Please note that the URL is valid and that media tile is showing correctly on the Android phone browser (Google Chrome). It is happening with all media tiles on the PC browser. It used to work fine till last week on PC as well as on phone. Please help, thanks in advance.


It appears that in a move for a more secure web, Chrome no longer allows to display images that are served over HTTP. It tries to upgrade the connection to HTTPS, but if the server is not able to respond, the image will not be loaded.

This is going to be a major problem for ActionTiles users who often use video camera streams on local network.

If I find a workaround for this, I will post it on this forum.


Bloomsky Image

KevinJ 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Images updated by bd0g 4 months ago 19

New to ActionTiles and I can't seem to figure out how to get my Bloomsky Weather Picture to show up? I have it setup as a device in SmartThings and I am getting the readings from the Bloomsky but I don't see where I can add the image. Is this possible?


ActionPiXX - Photo slideshow Media Tiles

Jay 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Images updated by Sidney 5 months ago 17

First, if this type of post isn't permitted please remove it, thank you.

I’m working on a simple application (it's free) that works like a web server for photos for ActionTiles. Basically you copy this application into a directory and point an ActionTiles Media Tile to the applications IP address.  The Application will serve up either a specific requested photo, or if you specify random.jpg it will serve a random photo from the directory.

You can also (optionally) specify different directories for different tablets etc.  So you could have vacation photos served to the kitchen tablet, while your spouse gets photos of the kids and the garage tablet shows hunting and car photos all while the ActionTiles media tile points to a single local Web URL.

Photos can be: jpg, jpeg, gif and png.

Example directory layout:

The Application Interface:

If anyone has an interest in this local photo server and wants to help in beta testing this please let me know.

I’m working on this in my spare time so response from me could be slow at times as I work full time.

What this program doesn’t do:  

Slideshow the photos in sequence (they are randomly presented).

Access directories outside of its own directory.

Charge for it's use (It's beggar ware)

Have an Apple version.

Thank you,


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Add onerror to image tags?

Jon Rohan 9 months ago in Media Tiles / Images updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 9 months ago 1

Every once and awhile a camera goes offline and displays a broken image..

Would it be possible to add something along the lines of:

<img src="imagenotfound.gif" alt="Image not found" onerror="this.src='imagefound.gif';" />

Web server for randomized image slideshow media tile

bytecave 10 months ago in Media Tiles / Images updated 10 months ago 2

Apologies if this kind of post isn't allowed; admin, please delete if so.

I have several tablets mounted to my walls, each displaying a slideshow using ActionTiles. If you are in a similar situation, you looked for a method to return a random image from a specified folder in response to an http request. ActionPixx ( does a good job with this (and a lot of other stuff too!), but it repeats images. I was looking for a solution that guaranteed each image would be displayed at least once before any repeats.

ByteCave Image Server (BIS) is a FREE open-source mini webserver that sends a random image to your browser when a client sends any GET request. You provide a recursively processed folder containing the images to display. Those images are then shuffled and never repeated–on a per client connection basis–until all images have been displayed once. The process then repeats itself for subsequent image requests.

You can specify different folders for each IP address connected through easy UI controls. Thumbnails show you which images are being served. The program can auto-launch on login, minimize to tray, and will remember your settings and numbers of images displayed each time you start.

BIS is a small (~600K) standalone, multi-threaded executable: no installation is required and it doesn't depend on any other system files or DLLs. It supports Windows XP and later, and can also be compiled as-is to run on Linux too. You can view the source code, or just compile it yourself!

PureBasic source code and binaries for both version 1 and version 2 are on GitHub. You can find download and GitHub links on my webpage:

<keywords: images slideshow image server slide show>


Script to load random photo into a Media Tile

Thyamine 1 year ago in Media Tiles / Images updated 11 months ago 2

For anyone else who is interested, I wanted a way to have photos load directly into a Media Tile, but I wanted it to change or randomize based on my own intervals.  I put together a script that I run every 10 minutes on my local Synology which looks at my photo folder, randomly selects a picture, saves it to a local folder with a set filename, and I can then point the Media Tile at. 

The Media Tile can be pointed at a static URL, and in the background the script does all the heavy lifting.  The tile just needs to know how often to reload which is dependent on how often you run the script to change the photo.



Let me know if you have any comments or questions.

- Thy


Media does not refresh in Kiosk Browser after screensaver

Sergio Ferreira 1 year ago in Media Tiles / Images updated by sergiovasferreira 12 months ago 4


Kiosk Brower

Screensaver with Dakboard

Action Tiles with Media image (refresh every 5 seconds)

The Media image does not refresh anymore after leaving screen.

This was working...

If I try in Chrome works fine. Anyone with same issue?

0 Megathread

Eric Wright 1 year ago in Media Tiles / Images updated 1 year ago 1

I wanted to create a thread with the interface for folks to share their thoughts and ideas. I really enjoy this method of creating image tiles as it is very dynamic and versatile.

First and foremost, we need to understand what is. is a website hosting a free and open source web app capable of making "badges" utilizing API integration for dynamic text display. I've so far only seen one awesome idea with using ActionTiles, but it turns out it works perfectly for our Media Tiles! The only downside is the amount of text being displayed. I would not recommend any more than four 4-letter words, as any more than that generates an image with text too small to read and with great length it looks horrible. 

I will update this thread as new ideas are added. Please do not discuss in this thread those ideas, instead, please create a new thread, discuss the idea there, and I will add it's link here. Thanks!!

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Ring Doorbell image snapshots?

Krypto69 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Images updated by Eric Wright 1 year ago 6


Got my Skybell connected (thanks). It now shows the camera icon and when I push it it says "capturing image". This is great but all I see is the default camera icon. It never showst the image from the camera. 

I thought actiontiles showed me the captured image on the dash? I don't have an image just an icon. I know skybell won't send actiion tiles a live feed video. 


Capability "Image Capture" has been removed from SmartThings's published list of Capabilities, so the slight optimism we may have had regarding getting the image from SmartThings is completely off the table.

We have no indication whatsoever that Ring will open an API for small developers to grab the image either.

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Refresh Still Image Media more frequently than 1 second

Eric Wright 1 year ago in Media Tiles / Images updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 year ago 5

Web script for a Countdown Media Tile

Thyamine 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Images updated 2 years ago 2

I wrote a script for creating a countdown image.  I wanted to be able to supply a date (or dates), and then have a countdown that updates each day.  You do need somewhere to run the script and a PC that can be a web server (most can do this without to much issue). 

You can pick the date, adjust the font, the font size, and even add a background image to the tile if you want.

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Rotate through list of images or feeds in 1 Media Tile

MichaelB 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Images updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 years ago 0

Media tile that can be configured with two or more URL’s such that the tile rotates among the multiple images every ‘n’ seconds. Would enable rotating among multiple video cameras on a single tile, or rotating between video camera and weather images, for example. 


Media Tile Sunrise Sunset Graphic

Charley Rathkopf 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Images updated 2 years ago 3

Does anyone have a link for a graphic that indicates the sunrise and sunset times, and perhaps the location of the sun on its arch through the sky?


Photo Streams

Thomas Coleman 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Images 0

Is it possible to add a stream of photos to a tile?

I have photos in Apple iCloud and would like to have a rotation of images in a tile next to some Smartthings controls to build a dashboard come photo frame.  

I have tried the urls for the shared iCloud albums, and also the urls for a DakBoard i also use, but i can't get ActionTiles/Smartthings on the same screen.  

Any ideas?

Thank you

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Media link broken only in Fully Kiosk

Ryan Teeples 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Images updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 years ago 3

I have an odd issue where one of my links to a media image won't work in Fully Kiosk. Works in Chrome (top image). Any ideas?


Media Tile not refreshed on initial page load

needlerp 4 years ago in Media Tiles / Images updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 4 years ago 8

I've got a couple of media tiles (static image with 10s refresh time). I've noticed that when I first load up the panel the initial image is one from several days ago - it takes until the first refresh (i.e. 10 seconds) to load the correct image. Also, every so often on a refresh cycle it reverts back to the 'old' image for one cycle, before properly refreshing again.


Media Tile with GIF image not refreshing or updating

bne 4 years ago in Media Tiles / Images updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 4 years ago 47

I have a media tile for national radar and it doesn't seem to update on its own. If I refresh the browser it updates but not otherwise. The one on the left is SmartTiles and the right is ActionTiles, screenshot taken side by side. I have tried adjusting the refresh rate without any luck.


OK doke...

Thanks everyone for your patience with this problem, your helpful symptom and diagnostic details, and your validations / verification of the fix we implemented in ActionTiles v6.2.4.

While there's a chance there are still some remaining or new glitches with similar symptoms to this Topic; we're going to close this one off and start with a clean slate.

Happy ActionTiling!