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Tooloop OS




Tooloop OS is a platform for media artists to safely and easily develop and deploy multimedia installations.

Tooloop OS is based on Ubuntu Server 22.04 LTS and the super lightweight window manager Openbox. Both are customized to fit the needs of live and public multimedia installations.

Many ideas of Tooloop OS are based on this article in the openframeworks book on keeping a linux installation up forever. However Tooloop tries to take the aproach one step further.

Tooloop OS comes with a set of management and maintenance tools and a set of default/example apps. You can configure and control it over the network and get built-in health and confidence monitoring.

Who should use it?

Tooloop is designed for any kind of public, live system such as museum installations, digital signage, kiosks, etc.

Being Ubuntu based, Tooloop OS can run pretty much any Linux software. However it’s specifically designed with these frameworks in mind:

If you have written an application using one of these, Tooloop might just be what you need to stop worrying about deploying your live system.


The system is stable and usable. In fact I am using it exclusivly for all my clients projects for years and you are warmly invited to give it a go and contribute.

Please check out the project website if you want to learn more. The manual and developer docs are a little outdated and incomplete, though.

Get involved

Help is very much welcome! If you want to have a look, install it in a virtual machine. Even better, if you have spare hardware or a project ongoing, use it and share your experience!

Open an issue here if you want to discuss ideas or changes.
You're also very welcome in the Tooloop OS Matrix chat room.


  1. Download and install Ubuntu Server 22.04 LTS
  2. Name the user tooloop
  3. SSH into your machine
    ssh tooloop@<IP_ADDRESS>
  4. Clone the repo
    git clone
  5. Run the install script
    cd Tooloop-OS
    sudo ./

You can get your Tooloop Box up and running in about 30 minutes ;-).


Tooloop OS is a minimal installation of Ubuntu Server with some post-install customization to fit the needs of public multimedia installations.