Getting started with Screenly

A quick introduction on how to get started with Screenly for digital signage

If you still haven’t managed to get Screenly running on your Raspberry Pi, please check out our video titled “How do I install Screenly on my Raspberry Pi?”. Just to be clear on definitions, we refer to your Raspberry Pi device as a “Screenly Player” once you successfully flash your Raspberry Pi device with Screenly software.

It is important to note that many Screenly users purchase a Screenly Player directly from one of our distributors. That is, these users purchase a Raspberry Pi device that is pre-flashed with Screenly software. If this is your situation, you do not need to watch the video above.

This document details how to use Screenly. Here’s a short overview of the key terms and concepts that we will discuss in this guide:

  • Screens - We define Screens as display screens that are hooked up to a Screenly Player. For Screens to function properly, the Screenly Player must be connected to a paid Screenly online account via a working internet connection.

  • Groups - Groups are collections of related Screens. Groups are created via your Screenly online account. Organizing your Screens into Groups helps you easily deploy the same content and content schedule across multiple related Screens.

  • Assets - Assets are individual pieces of digital signage content that are uploaded to your Screenly online account. Assets can be of a variety of media types, including web pages, images, and videos.

  • Playlists - Playlists are organized lists of Assets that you would like to play in a sequence. In your Screenly online account, you can easily distribute multiple Assets that are organized as a Playlist to multiple Screens that are organized as a Group.

You can easily manage your Screens, Groups, Assets, and Playlists on their respective tabs within your Screenly online account.

How to sign up and log in

To sign up and log in, please complete the following steps:

  1. Go to the Login page.
  2. Click Sign Up and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Once you have successfully signed up, use the credentials you entered during sign up on the original login page.

If you ever forget your password, there’s a Password Reset option on the same login page.


To set up a Screen, you need the following hardware:

  • A Screenly Player ordered directly from one of our distributors or built from a Raspberry Pi (Model B 3 or later) and our Screenly software
  • An available internet connection
  • A display attached to the Screenly Player’s HDMI port

If you have the needed hardware, complete the following steps on your Screenly online account:

  1. Go to the Screens tab.
  2. Click Add Screen and follow the on-screen instructions.

When you’re done with this setup, the newly setup Screen will show up under the Screens tab in your Screenly online account. In your online account, you can view a map that shows the location of each of your activated Screens.

To view the details of each screen, including the Assets that are currently scheduled to play on the Screen, simply click the Screen’s icon in your Screenly online account. Additionally, you can change each Screen’s name and location, and you can also disable each screen so that it stops displaying Assets. You also have the option of removing each Screen from your account entirely.


You can deploy Playlists (made up of Assets) to Groups (made up of multiple Screens) on your Screenly online account. To manage your Groups, simply navigate to the Groups tab in your account. You can also add and remove the Screens that belong to a group and change the Group’s name.

By default, there’s always one Group called “All Screens”. Unsurprisingly, this group is made up of all your Screens. Note that you can’t change or remove the All Screens Group, as it will be the default Group if no other Groups are set up.


As mentioned, Assets are the individual pieces of media content that are displayed on your Screens.

To upload a digital signage Asset on your Screenly online account:

  1. Go to the Assets tab.
  2. Click Add Asset.

Screenly supports the display of web page, image, and video Assets. If you would like to add a web page or media that is hosted online to your Assets, just type or paste the link to the content into the URL field in the Add Asset page.

If the image or video is on your computer, select to Upload this content. Please note that videos are automatically transcoded to display in the best format for your Screenly Player.

Also, you can edit an Asset listing in order to change its title and change the display duration for images and web pages.


In your Screenly online account, you can easily organize multiple Assets into Playlists. You can then deploy these Playlists to Groups of Screens. Additionally, you can change:

  • Playlist titles
  • Playlist start and end dates for when the Playlist displays
  • Groups each playlist will play on
  • Assets included in each playlist

Please view the above video to see a step by step guide on how to set up and manage Playlists on your Screenly online account.

Please note that there is a default Play on All Screens Playlist. Any assets that are added to this playlist will be automatically scheduled to play on all of your Screens.

Still having trouble?

We hope this page has helped answer your questions regarding getting started with Screenly. If you are still having trouble, be sure to check out our FAQ page.

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