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How can I switch Google Chrome to work in kiosk mode on OS X Lion?

I've tried:

open /Applications/Google\ Chrome.app http://www.google.com`

from the terminal without luck.

My goal is to obtain a web kiosk with OS X Lion and I'm trying to accomplish it using Chrome but any other suggestion is appreciated.

UPDATE 1 preferably the kiosk don't have to display anything more than a HTML5 website. No toolbars/commands/url/title.

UPDATE 2 the system needs to boot in kiosk mode a.k.a. with just the browser in full screen as written above in UPDATE 1.

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Can you trust your users not to do something stupid? Like, exiting, force quitting ... –  slhck Oct 29 '11 at 14:05
    
Is there a particular reason you want to remove all UI elements? Is this for use of a specific web site? –  Daniel Beck Oct 29 '11 at 14:14
    
@slhck At the end, the kiosk will have only a touch screen and the browser will display just one specific HTML5 website. It's safe to assume that the user will have no-device control rather than what it's needed to interact with such website by the touchscreen (no-keyboard no-mouse hardened kiosk). This way how they can force-quit? –  microspino Oct 29 '11 at 16:50
    
@DanielBeck Yes, it is for use with an HTML5 application, sort-of digital-signage-mode but for museums or monuments commentaries. –  microspino Oct 29 '11 at 16:52
    
Do the users have a keyboard? If not, take a look at Firefox. I know some touchscreen terminals that did this successfully -- touch to click a link; otherwise no menus, right click, nothing. –  Daniel Beck Oct 29 '11 at 17:37
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There's a nice little gimmick built into Lion called the "Safari Mode".

According to Apple forums, you can enable it by:

  • Rebooting the Mac
  • Immediately after it turns on, holding cmd-R
  • Choosing the Safari icon from the options

It allows you to run the computer in a mode where only Safari is allowed, and no data is being read or written from/to your hard drive. This is the most effective kiosk mode I can imagine, because there's no way for the user to mess with the system.


Also, Daniel has an answer over there, which suggests that kiosk mode in Chrome is just not enabled in the OS X builds. But there's some kind of a workaround, which automatically enables full-screen.

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It could be possible to coming this with Lion's new file vault to prevent even accidental reboots into the installed system. –  Daniel Beck Oct 29 '11 at 13:07
    
Isn't possible to set a firmware password or similar? –  slhck Oct 29 '11 at 13:12
    
@DanielBeck could you tell me more about using it with file vault feature? –  microspino Oct 29 '11 at 13:19
    
@slhck "Safari Mode" could not be an option since requires manual restarting and pressing the two keys. Then end result needs to be more like the Chrome kiosk full screen mode DanielBeck mentions in the answer you pointed me to. –  microspino Oct 29 '11 at 13:23
    
Does something similar exists for Windows or Linux? –  Juzer Ali Apr 19 '12 at 4:17
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