Pi-KVM - Open and cheap DIY IP-KVM on Raspberry Pi
|Here some examples from us and our happy users. And the video demo!|
|Easy and powerful||The widest hardware support||Production features|
|Just a few cheap parts and half an hour of assembly and you will have the device that supports Full HD video, Mass Storage Drive, keyboard & mouse, control the ATX power and much more.||There are many ways to build a Pi-KVM. Raspberry Pi models 2, 3, 4, or ZeroW may be used. Video capture devices can be attached using the CSI-2 or USB interfaces.||Access via VNC, IPMI BMC support, Wake-on-LAN server, advanced authorization and SSL encryption. This is just a short list of what Pi-KVM can do out of the box.|
DIY Getting Started
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Fully-featured and modern IP-KVM
- Easy to build
A ready-to-use OS images and friendly build environment. The hardware can be made in half an hour and without soldering.
- Very low video latency
~100 milliseconds of video latency. This is the smallest delay of all existing solutions.
- Extra lightweight Web UI and VNC
No weird proprietary clients. No ugly applets. Just use your favorite browser to connect to the Pi-KVM. No flash plugins either! Ah, and VNC is also supported.
- Keyboard & mouse
Mouse usage works directly in the browser. The keyboard emulator supports displaying the state of the keyboard LEDs.
- Mass Storage Drive
On the Raspberry Pi 4 and ZeroW, Pi-KVM can emulate a virtual CD-ROM or Flash Drive. A live image can be uploaded to boot the attached server.
- ATX power management
With a very simple circuit that can be assembled on a breadboard, the power button of the attached server can be controlled using the ATX button headers on the motherboard.
Pi-KVM can be opened to the Internet and no one will get access without the authorization. SSL encryption is used to protect traffic from being intercepted by third parties.
- Local monitoring
Pi-KVM monitors the health of the Raspberry Pi board and will warn you if it's too hot or is not receiving enough power.
- Linux-based embedded OS
The Pi-KVM OS is based on Arch Linux ARM and can be customized for any needs. Thousands of pre-built binary packages are at your service and can be updated with a single command!
- Read-only filesystem
By default the OS runs in read-only mode, as an embedded system should. This prevents damage to the memory card due to a sudden power outage.
- VNC server
The managed server and its BIOS can be accessed using a regular VNC client which supports JPEG compression.
- IPMI BMC
Use ipmitool, ipmiutil or any existing network infrastructure that supports IPMI to monitor and manage the server's power.
Pi-KVM can be configured to power up a managed server using WoL. This will be available in the Web menu.
- Extensible authorization methods
Multiple Pi-KVMs can be configured to use a common authorization service. PAM and its rich authorization mechanisms can also be used to integrate Pi-KVM into your existing authentication infrastructure.
- Macro scripts
If repetitive actions must be perfromed on the attached server (or on several different servers), a macro can be recorded with keyboard & mouse actions and can be played back mutiple times.
- Open & free
Pi-KVM is Free and Open Source Software released under the GPLv3.
- Community & support
Pi-KVM has a large community. Join the Discord chat if you have any questions.
Pi-KVM was designed as a set of microservices with a plug-in architecture. It's very easy to modify and maintain.
- Comprehensive API
Everything that can be done via the user interface can also be done via a powerful HTTP API.
We created our very own MJPG video server written in C with multi-threading support and GPU video encoding - the fastest streaming solution available to provide the best video quality for Pi-KVM. We also tested a lot of hardware configurations so that you can be sure devices you assemble will work reliably.