This tutorial will run you through setting up a Raspberry pi that automatically launches a customizable dias-show from an external drive when booted.

What you will need

  • Raspberry Pi w/screen, mouse, keyboard and powersupply
  • 16gb micro SD card for Pi OS
  • USB Flash drive for media files


Setting up the Pi

  • Download the Raspberry Pi Imager Software and install the latest Raspberry Pi OS on your SD card
  • Boot the raspi and follow the setup wizard.
  • From the desktop go to pi > preferences > raspberry pi configuration > display and disable screen blanking:

  • Install feh and xscreensaver by running the following commands in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install feh

sudo apt-get install xscreensaver

  • From the desktop go to pi > preferences > screensaver. From the ‘mode’-dropdown menu click Disable Screen Saver.

  • Insert USB flash drive with photos and launch a slideshow using the following command:

feh -Y -x -q -D 7 -B black -F -Z -r /media/

Useful parameters to alter:

NB: To see full documentation from feh: Type ‘man feh’ in terminal.

Exit a running slideshow by pressing esc.

Configuring automatic launch on boot

In order to launch the slideshow automatically we need to setup a simple script that automatically runs after booting. The script should run a few seconds after booting has finished to ensure that the USB flash-drive is registered. We will achieve this by combining the time and os -modules in a python script.

  • Create a new python file in the home directory using Nano:

sudo nano

Paste this code and hit ctrl+s and ctrl+x to save and exit Nano

  • Check that your script works by opening a terminal and typing the following command:


hit esc to exit the slideshow and exit the python script with ctrl+c

  • Access autostart by typing the following command in the terminal:

sudo nano /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE-pi/autostart

  • Add the following line and hit ctrl+s and ctrl+x to save and exit Nano:

@sudo python3


Thats it! Reboot your Pi to make sure the slideshow is launched.
Remember that 10 seconds will pass on the desktop before the slideshow launches!