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Live Traffic travel time Tile! Image from query text using

Rob Cummings 1 year ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic • updated by RLane 28 minutes ago 50

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...

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!


Kindle Fire tablet 8 Battery draining while plugged in

Mike Glen Ellyn 18 hours ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Amazon Fire • updated 16 hours ago 2

I have a new Kindle fire tablet 8 with Action tiles and Fully Kiosk browser running.

I have it mounted on a kitchen cabinet and the cable is running to a power strip in the cupboard. 

The battery drains throughout the day and gives me a battery warning.

Any ideas? Is it the cable? I'm using one that was suggested  with a right angle connection to fit in the frame.


Show me your Panels! - Gallery 2

Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 4 months ago in Panels (dashboards) • updated 17 hours ago 78

Continuing from very popular first Gallery of Panels:

Here's a place for Customers to share their Panels and related stories. This content may be copied to other sharing services like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc..

NB: Inquiries about the techniques used to create the particular Panels, frames, etc., may be spun off by the Moderator into new Topics or Help Desk tickets to avoid too much threading here.


Windows 8.1 RT Surface with Kiosk Sp Browser

mbarbonneau 19 hours ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Windows • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 19 hours ago 0

I'm using a Kiosk SP browser from Microsoft Store its working fine but there no way to save the credential for Actiontiles I was wondering if someone had any luck using embedded credential I'm not sure how to do that. Also is there a software that you would recommend for Microsoft surface with 8.1 RT?

Thank you!

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Anyone able to get Nest camera working?

Jeff Terrace 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) yesterday at 4:35 a.m. 93

I have the nest-manager device types installed for my cameras from:

This lets me see an image of my cameras in the SmartThings app, but when I look in ActionTiles, it shows only two capabilities: Switch and Image Capture. I tried importing Image Capture but the tile doesn't seem to do anything.

I've also tried using the image URL approach, but this only works for a short time until my browser logs out of Nest and the URL no longer works.

The Nest thermostat integration works really well though!

Anyone have any success with the cameras?


The integration with Nest Cam was just deployed. Please give it a try.


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Option to for still image Media to open streaming video tile upon zoom

Sgni 1 day ago in Media Tiles • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) yesterday at 4:30 a.m. 1

I'm pretty sure this has been discussed, but I couldn't find anything recent about it. So...

Has there ever been any more discussion about having the option to click a still image media tile and have it open the mjpg video feed when it enlarges? 

I assume the reasoning is obvious, but for me, it would be ideal if I could have the thing that's on all the time just be an occasionally refreshed still image, and then go 'live' when I click on it.


Security on Panel Shortcut Tiles

Sean 1 year ago in Security • updated by John Gauthier 2 days ago 6

I would love to be able to set a password on short cuts rather then doing each individual tile. (Eg. All the security objects on tile then have a shortcut on the main tile with a lock on it to the security tile.  

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Ring Pro (doorbell camera)

dennybono 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 days ago 23

Im looking into getting a Ring Pro doorbell but would I be able to add the live feed into action tiles?




Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, the Ring Pro uses a closed video feed locked to their cloud, and thus it cannot be accessed by ActionTiles.

Here's a reddit that discusses the issue:

But more up to date; SmartThings Community Topic:

We recommend that customers encourage their camera providers to provide video feeds in standard LAN (local area network) accessible formats.

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Smart Home Monitor (SHM) intention colors

ash stokes 1 year ago in Colors Icons Fonts Themes • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 days ago 7


I think what would be useful with the tile intention options, is for the smart home monitor tile, if disarmed, just display grey (as it currently does), if it's Armed (Stay) it should be yellow (as it currently does), but if it's armed (away) then should be red. The reason being is I've got outside motion sensors e.g. garage connected to the alarm which are rarely gone in and then motion sensors in the main rooms we'd go in if we were home so looking at the dashboard would easily be identifiable by colour to see if smartthings had failed to return the alarm to Home (stay) by geo-location, stopping walking in and setting the alarm off.



Creating Multi-Section Panels using iFRAMES

Ike O. 1 week ago in Panels (dashboards) • updated 4 days ago 2

Some people are wondering how I created my iframe Action Tiles panel and I wanted to share a very simple guideline here.

First of all, if you want to use Iframes your pages must be hosted either in a local web server or one of those cheap web hosting sites. Creating a local host is actually a very simple process.

Let me share how my iPad on the wall looks like:

This is a simple webpage with a bunch of Iframes in it.

Each frame reads a panel URL or Jpeg picture from the server. 

If we break it down it would look like this:

And if I took everything out, it would look like this:

You can use any webpage editor to create Iframes. You just give the coordinates, the size and that's it. I even saw online iframe creators while searching for ways to do this. 

Here is an example of how Iframe looks like in an editor:

Pros : 

- Your imagination is your limit:) You can create amazing looking panels.

- You don't have to switch between the panels. you can direct an URL to any Iframe you want.

Cons :

- Tablet browsers are not in love with Iframes. Especially older models. Maybe once a month or so I see my browser just shut down, I have to start the browser again. (though that might be due to camera feeds, not to sure)

- addition to above, Ipads are sooo not friendly to iframes:)) (2015 and earlier)

Please feel free to ask any questions (keep in mind I am not a coder and/or web site designer, just a hobbyist:)))

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Webcams not refreshing when opened

Jani 5 days ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 4 days ago 1


I have two different panels with webcam feeds (mjpeg). When viewing panel and clicking one of the webcam feeds I get bigger window of that certain webcam. When I close that windows it doesn't show feed anymore because it freezes and shows only still photo of that moment when bigger window was closed. Whole panel has to be refreshed to wake webcam stream again. Opening one of the streams doesn't freeze other webcam feeds. It only freezes one that was opened. If I open other still working feeds they all act same way. Any ideas how to fix this?

It doesn't matter if I'm using laptop or tablet. It happens in every device.


Hi Jani,

Media Tiles are very tricky for us, since we are trying to find technical solution that would work for most browsers and camera models. Unfortunately, there are more combinations of software and hardware than we can reliably support.

Some cameras only allow one stream to be opened at one time, so when the image is enlarged, the camera might be having trouble closing one video stream and opening another one right away.

We have come across some new information and have a new idea to implement. This would hopefully address your issue, however we cannot provide an ETA for a solution at this time.

We invite you to reach out to ActionTiles community or SmartThings User Group on Facebook for peer support. We have great and helpful communities.



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Open Android App or App activity via URL formatted Shortcut

Paulo Nóbrega 2 years ago in Shortcut Tiles • updated by Thomas Goulart 4 days ago 183

hi there....

Is there a way to open android apps, ou executy an app activity?

I use chromecast audio for multiroom, i can't seem to find a way to open the Google Play Music within smartthings...
In my dashboard and just wanted at least to open the app, and then the music app can handle where to play the music...

Does anyone found any shortcut to open Play Music? I've tried as shortcut the app name, the activity to open app but nothing works... In the dashboard when i click that shortcut it takes me to configuration of the tiles. LOL

Does it make sense?

JB Bentz 1 year ago

The latest Fully Kiosk Browser release has helped a bunch with opening Android apps from actiontiles. You can now select apps for the whitelist.  You can also figure out the app intent URL very easily, by turning on the new single app mode and selecting the app you want.  It will then load the intent URL which you can copy and paste it into a shortcut tile.  So far I have gotten it to work with Spotify and Hangouts.  Works like a charm.

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Weather Tile widget generation from

JB Bentz 1 year ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 6 days ago 24

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:

The source can be found here -

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Run webCoRE pistons from ActionTiles

Essavant 1 year ago in Things & Capabilities / CoRE and webCoRE • updated by Bruce Young 6 days ago 24

Is there planned support for WebCore? I'd like to remove all my SmartThings Automations Routines and replace with WebCore automations - and I would, except I would lose the ability to use them as Routine Tile(s) in ActionTiles Panels.


That makes more sense... ☺️ It didn't occur to me that webCoRE Pistons are used as form of "super Routine".

Not currently in our immediate plans...

  • webCoRE users are a relatively small bunch of customers (though growing...).
  • There's a pretty easy (?) available workaround for power-users: Create Virtual Momentary Buttons or some other triggers for your Piston.

But we'll leave this Topic open to collect  Votes  and discussion. Don't forget to Vote on your own Topic... Thanks!!!


Windows shortcut tile for Spotify and other apps

win88ice2004 6 days ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Windows • updated 6 days ago 2

Hello all!  I have tablets running Andriod and all can launch into Spotify and various other apps using the intent URL no problem.  However i also have a windows surface i am trying to get working similar.  Is there a way for me to launch Spotify, Sonos, Harmony etc, from a windows exe in action tiles?  

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All or Multiple Contact Sensors Tile

David Latham 2 years ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles • updated by Gene Clark 6 days ago 18

How about a tile that combines multiple contact sensors? On my phone it takes up a lot of space to have a tile for each sensor. Could we have one that says "All doors - closed / Door open". Then if a door is open have a pop up window that lists the open doors.

Another description from Merged Topic:

Would it be possible to add a summary tile, for the purpose of summarizing a bunch of similar devices?

For example - if any open/close sensor (in a specified group of sensors) is open, display an orange tile, else a gray tile. Possibly if you tap on the tile it would take you to a user-defined panel (which the user would have set up up to display the appropriate devices).

I thought about setting up a virtual switch, but I don't see a way to have that switch represent "all windows closed" vs. "any window open".

Another example (more complicated than I need, but might be useful to some) - the average, minimum, and maximum temperatures of a set of temperature sensors.

My rationale - on my main panel I have an "at a glance" section that displays the status of three doors (open/closed) and two doorlocks (locked/unlocked). I have now added 6 window sensors, which would make the "at a glance" be more like a novel.


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Enhanced webCoRE presence sensor integration

Shane William 1 year ago in Things & Capabilities / CoRE and webCoRE • updated by KalaCanel 1 week ago 2

When using the webcore presence sensor it is possible to set a "home" location and that works great with actiontiles for showing present/not present. I am wondering if it would be possible to enhance it further to have the location show at the bottom since you can set multiple geofences in webcore. So when i'm in my "home" location it would light up like normal, however when i leave, if i arrive at another geofence location it would not light up but at the bottom the text would read "work" or whatever the geofence name i have setup in webcore would be. I'll post an example picture below shortly. 

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How Send notifications/text sensor is triggered in actiontiles

Patrick McCabe 6 months ago in Panels (dashboards) / Notifications & Sound • updated by Sam 1 week ago 7

I have tried to use Smart Home Monitor to send a text or notification when motion or multi-sensor is triggered. Problem is that it is sending reminder text every hour. 1) I know you can dismiss it in the samsung smartapp, but I would like to do it on the actiontiles panel. 2) If 1 is not possible can we send notifications/ texts in actiontiles or another way through Samsung besides using the monitor. Thanks in advanced

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Admin Notes Field in Panel Builder

Max R 1 week ago in Configuration & Settings • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 week ago 1

Hi, when working with multiple panels I would find it useful to have a notes field in the admin interface. If you could add a multiline text field, for example under the panel name it would be great. It doesn't have any connection to the rendered panels, just a place where I can store descriptions, purposes, todo's and similar stuff.

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Blue Iris MJPEG Video stream stops or locks up

jwebstas 12 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 week ago 11 

Basically its the same thing thats is occuring in the topic above

OS -  android

Browser - Firefox 52

Camera Feed - Blue iris Mjpg feed


The feed works great for 5-8 hrs then it freezes on the panel, a refresh fixes it and it works again for another 5+