Kiosk Browser SE

*** If your device has no menu button and offers no on screen menu button, a fast swipe up on the left side of your screen will bring up the settings menu. ***

Kiosk Browser SE will allow you to lock your Android tablet to a specific web site or group of sites preventing end users from escaping to the underlying operating system. You can develop your user interface using HTML, Javascript and CSS – You can even use WebKit based CSS transformations and animations.

Home Screen

You can make Kiosk Browser SE the device home screen so that when pressing the home screen, or back button the user ends up in Kiosk Browser and not the ‘desktop’.

Orientation Lock

Kiosk Browser SE can lock the screen in landscape or portrait mode. No amount of rotating the device will make it change.

Wake Lock

If you don’t want your kiosk to sleep you can force it to stay awake.

Force Sleep

If you don't want your screen on at all outside office hours you can specify when it should turn off. You can also specify when it should wake up again, read for the next day.

Idle Timeout

If there’s no input from the user you can jump back to the start url after a number of minutes you specify.

Capture Images

You can automatically capture images from the front camera and/or the screen when the user interacts with Kiosk Browser SE. You can have either image captured or both. If you have both each image filename is stamped with the same time. You can tag your kiosk files with a specific identity to help keep files unique. You can also activate face detection so that only those images that they system thinks have faces in will be saved for upload.

** Face detection depends on underlying Android OS and the hardware used. **

Upload Images

Captured images can be FTP’d to a server, once complete they are removed from local storage to free up space. The target FTP path can also be specified.

Remote Load

On boot Kiosk Browser SE will check for a local configuration file and then optionally a remote one. The local configuration file can be automatically deleted once loaded so can be used for initial provisioning. Settings are saved internally so after configuration updates the kiosk can operate without the presence of the configuration file on the remote server. Remote configurations can be reloaded if required based on a timer.

XML Configuration

Configuration is via XML, you can also configure with the preferences screen which can generate xml for provisioning larger installs.


Q: The button bar is visible on my device.

A: Please note that if you are running Android >=3 you will not be able to hide the button bar - this is a restriction placed by Google (they assume everyone is a consumer). If your device is rooted then there are ways to kill the bar completely, you can ask me how this can be done.

Q: I get force closes when trying using face detection.

A: Face detection requires quite a bit of CPU disable it.

Q: Face detection does not work.

A: On some devices, particularly those running non standard or third party ROMs, face detection will not work. If you are running a ROM not provided by the manufacturer try face detection after installing their ROM.

Q: My screen doesn't go off at the time specified in the Display -> Sleep Time setting

A: If you are running from an external power source ensure that the system setting Application Settings->Development->Stay awake is not selected.

In The systems settings Display Settings ->Screen Timeout pick a low timeout, like 15 seconds. In Kiosk Browser SE set The Wake lock to "Full" and enable "Disable keyguard". You may also want to enable Dim screen timeout. The screen should go off at the time specified, plus the system timout )eg 21:30 + 15 seconds.

Additional documentation is available at

Do not run on devices with Android <2.3.2
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What's New

*** If your device has no menu button and offers no on screen menu button, a fast swipe up on the left side of your screen will bring up the settings menu. ***

******* IMPORTANT UPDATE ******
Please see for alternative method of accessing menus.

Changelog now at

Last update 4 June 2013
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Additional Information

August 3, 2013
Current Version
Requires Android
2.3 and up
Content Rating
Interactive Elements
Unrestricted Internet
Offered By
Andy Powell
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