Among other things, Slideshow can also display weather forecast from the internet on the screen. Displayed weather forecast consists of an icon, date and temperature range for a day. Optionally, you can enter custom text that will be displayed above the forecast.

Forecast for 4 days on entire screen

Setting up weather content

You can setup displaying weather forecast by creating a new content with type “Weather” and adding it to your playlist. Alternatively, you can use sample screen layout “With side panels” as a starting point.

Slideshow can display weather for a maximum of 4 days, vertically (with number of columns set to 1) or horizontally (with number of columns set to 4).

The temperature is displayed in degrees Celsius by default. Switching to degrees Fahrenheit is possible by enabling option “Temperature in °F” and changing the “Text template” to EEEE': %.0f to %.0f °F' in the content.

By selecting icon style on the Edit content page, you can change the style of the weather icon displayed on screen. Samples from the available styles are in the image below.

Available weather icon styles
Available weather icon styles: Default, Colorful, Simple, Outlines

Weather sources

Different online sources of weather forecast can be used in Slideshow. In order to use some of these sources, you have to first create an account on the respective site (usually for free). You can find comparison of the sources in the table below.

Setup of the weather source is through the web interface – menu SettingsDevice settings.

Name of the
forecast source
Open-MeteoOpenWeatherMapHERE Maps
RegistrationNot required
Limit for free account10 000 requests per day60 requests per minute250 000 request per month
Where to get the API key Not required – Generate new key – create new project and generate key in the REST section
What to enter in the Slideshow’s Device settingsWeather source: Open-MeteoWeather source: OpenWeatherMap (hourly)
API key for weather: {API key} (change for your actual value)
Weather source: HERE Destination weather
API key for weather: {API KEY} (change for your actual value)

Slideshow caches weather forecast for a particular location for 1 hour, so a single free account on both services is good enough for displaying weather information on several devices. However, if you are looking for guaranteed SLA or have over 50 devices, we recommend looking into the paid accounts on either of the services.

Also, don’t forget to read through the license terms of the weather source and add credit to the provider if required. Some of the services might restrict the usage to non-commercial only.


Each time the weather is refreshed from the server, there is an entry in the Slideshow’s logs (web interface – menu InformationLog):

2020-10-25 17:47:20 INFO - Weather refreshed (location=Punta Arenas)

In case something goes wrong while downloading new weather data, there is a warning entry in the logs. For example, if API key is missing, there will be following entry in logs:

2020-10-25 21:46:16 WARN - Can't refresh weather: OpenWeatherMap API key not found, please obtain it on and enter it in the Device settings