raspberry pi - getting some commands to fire when it starts

Posted on 2014-01-22
Last Modified: 2016-08-13

I have a raspberry pi which I am going to use to display information on tv screens.  The information it is going to display is web based and the device itself, once deployed, will have no input methods, so keyboard and mouse will be not connected once setup.

When the pi boots up I need to open iceweasel in fullscreen mode (F11)

how can i do this?


Question by:cycledude
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Author Comment

ID: 39799531
I have managed to get iceweasel start on boot by adding


to the following file


just need iceweasel to start in fullscreen mode now..

Expert Comment

ID: 39799605
I don't have iceweasel working, but isn't there an option within iceweasel to start full screen?

I found this:
Once installed, go to Tools > Add-ons > Extensions. Select Full Fullscreen then press the Options button. Check "Fullscreen at startup" and press OK.

And this:
Command line option: -fullscreen

(both from: - they are talking about Firefox, but isn't that essentially what Iceweasel is?)

Author Comment

ID: 39799663

thanks for the info.  the command line trick would have been great but didn't do anything...

I have a little issue with iceweasel, in that even though I can get the pie to connect to the internet via the local proxy, and I can setup netsurf to connect, i don't seem able to get iceweasel to connect to external sites...  which includes the addins...

I can download the ff_fullscreen add on from netsurf, but I don't know how to get iceweasel to accept it... I put it in the /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins folder and restarted but still not worked... any idea how to do it?

Expert Comment

ID: 39799742
Is there a reason why you need/want to use iceweasel?

There a number of other browsers you could try.
Midori (but not Netsurf), for example, will restart in fullscreen if you have it full screen before closing it.

Author Comment

ID: 39799791

yes, the reason is that iceweasel (firefox) renders pages much better, and has far greater compatability with css3 and jquery... the browsers that come with pi are only good for very basic websites... for example, try netsurf on the BBC website... it doesn't do very well at all.

Accepted Solution

Beneford earned 500 total points
ID: 39799815

Just found this: (

Open firefox and go to and install the autohide extension. AFAIK this is the only way to start firefox in fullscreen mode. Does anyone know if this is going to change in future releases or another way to do it? There really needs to be a way to start firefox automatically in F11 fullscreen mode without an extension. Close firefox.

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