Xibo User Manual
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Xibo User Manual
The Xibo software comprises of a central Content Management System (CMS) where content is created/uploaded and scheduled to Displays. A Player application downloads new content and schedules from the CMS to display on screens:
- The Player application runs on hardware attached to each screen.
- The Player regularly connects to the CMS to check for any new/edited content or schedules which it needs to download.
This User documentation has been created to cover core concepts and CMS features to educate and showcase Xibo capabilities to Users. Pages have been catagorised into clear neat sections to make it easier to find the relevant documentation to match your User role within the CMS.
If you are an Administrator, further information on the Installation and Set up of the system is available from our Administration Documentation
Throughout this manual you will see tables to show Player and CMS version support for key features and functionality:
Digital Signage For All!
Xibo provides a flexible and powerful application which has a core ethos in “Digital Signage for all”, regardless of skill level or technological knowledge.
The Xibo software centers on 5 core concepts:
Users are added to the CMS by Administrators and given a Username and Password to securely log in.
A Display is the connection from the Player to the CMS which groups together content and schedule information. Each Display is uniquely identified in the CMS so that each Display can have its own Media content, Layout designs and Schedules available each with uniquely identified Reporting statistics.
Media is the content we want to show on Displays which is generally split into two categories:
- File based media - media uploaded and stored in the Library (images and video files for example)
- Layout based media - media configured directly on a Layout which does not have an associated file (RSS feeds and Weather forecasts for example)
A Layout is the complete content design to be shown on Displays. With a powerful Layout Editor Users can easily create eye catching content without having to leave the Xibo CMS. Layouts can then be added to Campaigns to play sequentially when scheduled.
Scheduling is highly flexible and supports scheduling to single Displays as well as to Display Groups. Displays check for new scheduled content periodically and will download new items in advance of playback.
Xibo gives Users 2 main workflow options:
- Creating content from the Layout Editor
- Selecting Video/Image files or saved Playlists to directly Schedule:
The heart of the software is Open Source, including the entire CMS platform and Windows Players, and has been for many years! We’re committed to keeping it that way. The code can be downloaded and used in accordance with our AGPLv3 Licence.
Please ensure that any content you wish to use complies with Copyright law and is used in the manner as described within its own license. Xibo takes no measures to regulate what is put on displays, beyond what is described in these Manual pages.
Customers on a Professional, Business or Enterprise Plan have access to our experts on our Help Desk. Please open a ticket via My Account if you need assistance.