Cloud install

You can run Dashkiosk on a PaaS like Heroku or Dokku. The Chromecast support is unlikely to work in this case but the remaining functionalities should work without any problem. The following documentation is done using exoscale PaaS (a Swiss cloud provider). The process should be quite similar with another provider.

We assume that you already have an account registered on exoscale. It comes with a free trial which should be sufficient to test Dashkiosk.

Deployment tool installation

The first step is to install the deployment tool. For exoscale, this is done with pip:

$ sudo easy_install pip
$ sudo pip install -U cctrl

You should get an exoapp command. You need to add your SSH key with exouser key.add.

Create the application

The next step is to create the Dashkiosk application. For that purpose, a modified buildpack needs to be used as Dashkiosk is using grunt to be built:

$ git clone
$ cd dashkiosk
$ exoapp dashkiosk4mycompany create \
         --buildpack \

You’ll have to replace dashkiosk4mycompany by another name. You can then build the application with the push command:

$ exoapp dashkiosk4mycompany push

If you want a custom branding, you have to modify Gruntfile.js to change the default branding at the top of the file.

Configure a database

By default, Dashkiosk will use an SQLite database. However, with a PaaS, this means that the database will be lost at each deployment. It is therefore more convenient to use a MySQL database:

$ exoapp dashkiosk4mycompany addon.add mysqls.tiny
$ exoapp dashkiosk4mycompany addon mysqls.tiny
Addon                    : mysqls.tiny

   MYSQLS_DATABASE          : aepfx9trwgz
   MYSQLS_HOSTNAME          :
   MYSQLS_PORT              : 3306
   MYSQLS_PASSWORD          : CfWYSgV841jS
   MYSQLS_USERNAME          : aepfx9trwgz

All those settings are available through environment variables of the same name. Unfortunately, Dashkiosk won’t use them. It is also possible to put them into a credential file but Dashkiosk won’t know how to use them either.

The easiest way is to arrange for those settings to be available as environment variables under the right name:

$ exoapp dashkiosk4mycompany config.add \
         db__database=aepfx9trwgz \
         db__username=aepfx9trwgz \
         db__password=CfWYSgV841jS \
         db__options__dialect=mysql \
$ exoapp dashkiosk4mycompany config.add SET_ENV_VARS=true

The last command ensures that the configuration variables are available in the program environment. Dashkiosk will take them from here.

Deploy the application

The application can now be deployed:

$ exoapp dashkiosk4mycompany deploy

If you get a problem, use the log subcommand:

$ exoapp dashkiosk4mycompany log error
$ exoapp dashkiosk4mycompany log access


Upgrading is just a matter of pulling new changes, pushing them to the PaaS and deploy the result:

$ git pull
$ exoapp dashkiosk4mycompany push
$ exoapp dashkiosk4mycompany deploy

The result should be visible at