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Share your favorite Weather Media Tiles?

Den 7 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by WillPierson 4 weeks ago 209

This national weather radar is so far my most useful Media Tile. I configured it for 3x2 tile size. Someday I intend to have a front door camera Media Tile.

  • If the image in a Post has been placed with a full URL link to the original; just right-click and choose "Copy image address."
  • There might be enough clues in the address to find the source website so you can find variations, such as local weather.
  • When posting, if you used the "<>" (HTML edit feature) to surround the URL of the image source with <pre> and </pre>, then the URL will be show in text instead of the image ... or try the "Code" Formatting option (under the paragraph symbol ¶).


Current outside temperature or sensor that works with smartthings

Clint 6 months ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Steve Campbell 6 months ago 1

I am looking for a tile for just the current outside temperature. I do not want a multiday tile, just a super basic current outside temperature. I am also fine with buying a sensor that I can mount outside that will work with smartthings

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SmartThings weather tile doesn’t update info

Daniele 1 year ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 10 months ago 24

Hi all I’m new on AT and I have an issue with the SmartThings Weather. I have created the Simulated switch as per procedure but the data in AT are not update as you can see in the image. Any suggestion on how to fix it? Thanks

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While a SmartWeather Station Tiles is displayed, ActionTiles pulls the latest data from SmartThings every 30 minutes and issues the update command.

If SmartThings fails to update or provide accurate data, there's nothing else that could be done from our side. 

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Cant get my weather widget to update

William Meringolo 12 months ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 12 months ago 1

I know i must be doing something wrong but for the life of me can't figure it out

this is the widget


Weather Tile not working

DaveJake 1 year ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 year ago 14

The Weather Tile - linked to the SmartThings Weather app is not working since the migration.  Is there a fix coming?

Answered: Discussion Open

Weather Tile widget generation from

JB Bentz 6 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Dan Jarvis 1 year ago 32

I found a new resource that could come in handy for AT.  It's a weather widget that can generate an image, rather than just html.  Its fully customization, and may work for other tile sizes.  I just started screwing around with it. check it out:

Image 1897The source can be found here -

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Weather forcast tile?

Steve Laminack 5 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by GregW 1 year ago 3

I want to add a weather forecast tile but I am new to AT and really don't know where to start. What is the best place to look and find details on how to do this?

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Here is a super helpful video:

It covers:

  1. Finding a weather forecast / radar image for using in a Media Tile
  2. and MTG (jggdev) Media Tile Generator (Media Tile Generator (MTG jggdev): Weather, Calendar, News)


I created a Sunrise/Sunset Tile!

Kris L 5 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated 2 years ago 11

I'm sharing this for others to use!

Use this Media Still Image URL:

Use the base URL for sunset and for sunrise

Required parameters: 

lat (latitude)

long (longitude)

bgcolor (background color  - hex color without #)

fgcolor (foreground color - hex color without #)

Optional parameters:

timeformat=24 (For 24 hour time)

offset= (number of minutes, positive or negative)

Please set the refresh time to at least every 12 hours (43200 seconds) to be nice to my server.

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Severe weather alert tile

dbnewell 6 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Harris Brodie 3 years ago 12

Is there a way to build a severe weather tile that uses the smart weather station data from my ST hub?

Answered: Discussion Open

FIXED: See Answer for details! What happened to Weather & News for Media Tiles?

949BFN 6 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Ilias Konstantinidis 3 years ago 36

Any idea what happened to this website? The weather forecast url for AT worked very well, but it disappeared a few days ago.

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Thanks to everyone for your validation of this migration of @jggdev's tools to ActionTiles's Cloud in Beta mode!!!

But even bigger, super, thanks to John (@jggdev) for his creative and innovative development of this, sharing it with ActionTiles's customers over the past several months, and now licensing it to Thingterfaces LP, the makers of ActionTiles.

We caught and fixed a couple bugs and noted your comments for possible future tweaks, and perhaps eventual new features.

While we might do a "bulk migration" of all the existing* Media Objects in our database, you are now welcome and encouraged to self-migrate.

Please note that stability is not guaranteed. This is a "bonus feature" of ActionTiles. All usage is subject to ActionTiles's Terms of Service as well as any terms associated with the original scripts and/or JGG's website. ActionTiles takes no responsibility for the content provided. Please do not use copyright protected sources.

To migrate:

  1. Replace this portion of your Media Tile URLs: "" with ""

To use:

  1. Instructions for the 3 different generators (weather, news, and calendar) and their optional parameters, currently still reside at:  ; but will be moved soon to an ActionTiles KB Article on

  2. Please set the Still Image Media Tile "Refresh Rate" to greater than 900 seconds; preferably 3600 seconds or more (1 hour).



Please do not use the Beta URL anymore - unless invited. We may disable the beta server at anytime.


Refresh on radar map

William Meringolo 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Brian Diehl 3 years ago 1

I am not seeing this refresh

should i have it set as a Gif with a refresh rate?

please help!!


Travel Time

Catsheep 4 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 4 years ago 1


I am brand new to AT and am excited about all the possibilities that it has. I have searched the internet for a way to display a current travel time for my wife to get to work in AT, but have come up empty. Most posts that I have seen related to this are approximately 3 years old and not helpful. I am hoping that there is an easy way to accomplish this goal. 

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Live Traffic travel time Tile! Image from query text using

Rob Cummings 6 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Ted Chen 4 years ago 95

I thought I'd post this to help others. I figured out a way to display the travel time for my wife's commute to work. See the pink tile in the screenshot below...

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I used a Google Maps Distance Matrix API call and displayed the result in a Shields.IO badge. (Check out Then I added the whole darn deal to the My Media section in Action Tiles.

Here's the link I used, broken into pieces...

Base URL:

Badge Options (no label, pink color, time query, badge style): ?label= &colorA=ff69b4&colorB=ff69b4&prefix=&suffix=&query=$..duration_in_traffic.text&style=flat-square

Google Maps API call: &[origin address]%26destinations%3D[your destination address]%26key%3D[your API key]

You'll have to generate and use a Google API key and the URI has to be encoded with all those silly % escape codes. The Dynamic Generator at the bottom of the page will help you out with the pieces. It was a bit of trial and error. Here's what it looks like all put together in the My Media image URL field... &colorA=ff69b4&colorB=ff69b4&prefix=&suffix=&query=$..duration_in_traffic.text&style=flat-square&[your origin address]%26destinations%3D[your destination address]%26key%3D[your API key]

As everything seems to be, it's a little bit of a hack (text not centered), and the image and text proportion is stretched/crunched from the original (just like weather maps, camera images, etc.) but it seems to be working pretty well. One of the cool things is that it's actually an SVG, so no quality is lost if you make the tile bigger or look at it in a full-screen view. 

Hope this helps!

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New wifi router, now media tiles not working

MattS 4 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 4 years ago 3

I run actiontiles on 3 fire tablets throughout the house.

I just changed my home wifi.

I updated the wifi info on the tablets and everything works except 3 of the 4 media tiles.

I went to my PC to update the media tiles, but they work just fine on the computer.

What's wrong with the tiles on the tablets?

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weather station tile using a local sensor

der faust 4 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 4 years ago 1

hello :).... is there a way to display a local sensor like the aeotec multisensor 6 in the format of a smart weather station tile?...  it would be cool to be able to have multiple things on one tile.  


UK Weather tile link

Does anyone have any links for UK north Wales weather, I can't find any image or gif for UK? Thanks.


XML, GRIB, JavaScript, PHP

Norrbag 4 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic 0

Hi there!

My weather service provider has open data in XML, GRIB, JavaScript, PHP formats.

Not sure how to integrate any of these, any pointers would be fantastic!

Open data sources:

Answered: Discussion Open

Weather Forecast Tile for Canada?

John Abraham 6 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by El Lobo 4 years ago 11

I’m trying to find a good way to get the weather forecast for my location in Canada.  There doesn’t seem to be a SmartThings device that exposes the high/low forecast for the day without custom code.  (The Accuweather tiles don’t seem to work at all).  Would it be best to pursue a media item from a URL?  

Or am I just missing something obvious?

Answered: Discussion Open

Help me to add a "valid url" in order to see Google Traffic as an Refresh still image?

Joshua 7 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Hala A 5 years ago 15

So this is the URL i want to add so that it posts STILLS of the traffic nearby every X amount of seconds.,-79.8821124,5140m/data=!3m1!1e3!5m1!1e1?hl=es

Mike Liu 6 years ago

Well, this is a bit hacky, but gets the job done for now in the way I need.

I use a local batch file to generate a screenshot of the desired google maps page using phantomjs

phantomjs traffic.js

Here is an example of a traffic.js file used by phantomjs:

var page = require('webpage').create();
//viewportSize being the actual size of the headless browser
page.viewportSize = { width: 1024, height: 1024 };
//the clipRect is the portion of the page you are taking a screenshot of
page.clipRect = { top: 200, left: 200, width: 800, height: 800 };
//the rest of the code is the same as the previous example',-96.8176253,11.31z/data=!5m1!1e1', function() {

Using ImageMagick tools, my batch file creates a watermark for the current time to apply to the traffic image, so I know when the map data was captured:

convert -size 300x50 xc:grey30 -font Arial -pointsize 20 -gravity center -draw "fill grey70  text 0,0  '%time%'" stamp_fgnd.png
convert -size 300x50 xc:black -font Arial -pointsize 20 -gravity center -draw "fill white  text  1,1  '%time%'  text  0,0  '%time%' fill black  text -1,-1 '%time%'" +matte stamp_mask.png
composite -compose CopyOpacity  stamp_mask.png  stamp_fgnd.png  stamp.png
mogrify -trim +repage stamp.png
composite -gravity north -geometry +0+10 stamp.png  traffic_raw.png traffic.png

Then I have this file uploaded to a website (I just grabbed a free site at using curl.

curl -T c:\data\traffic.png

I'll have the batch file run the above every 30 min.

and tell the tile to refresh every 15 min since the timing of the AT sync might not match with the timing of the batch file.

Here's the full screen version of the traffic tile (my AT is 3x3 and is a decent thumbnail of the full image):



Fetch Weather and Crop Images: Script & Instructions

Thyamine 5 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 5 years ago 0

For anyone else who is interested, I also wanted to have weather displayed on my screen. Thanks to others on this site, I found that the local news station did have static URLs for the daily/local weather, so I could just add those to a media tile, and it worked fine.

However, the images had a lot of unused space, and on the tablet was hard to see. I also then found I didn't want a lot of the extra data, and decided to poke around. I ended up writing a script that copies the images down locally, then crops the images, and for one of them combines two images into a single image.

It's more complex than some people may want, but for those of you who like to tinker and hack at what we can do, you will probably appreciate it.

The general explanation is here:

and if you want the script straight out, you can get it here: