Carousel API

Need to get data in or out of Carousel? This is the right place!

INTEGRATION OPTIONS

There are many ways to integrate your data with Carousel. With RSS and iCal, the Carousel server will reach out to your servers to
download the data, and format for display. With HTML, the Carousel players will simply show the web page.
If you need to push data at Carousel, the REST API is a great option.

RSS

Consume RSS feeds with media extensions. This is a great option for lists of things or even single pieces of data. There are filtering and sorting options specifically for RSS feeds.

ICal

Consume a calendar in iCal format. This is great for showing time-based things like events. There are filtering and sorting options specifically for iCal feeds.

HTML

Website addresses are passed to the media players, and viewports are scaled to the zone dimensions. The players implement a full Chrome browser, and all of your scripts will work.

REST API

Our entire web user interface is build exclusively on our own REST API. You can do everything with this API! It's a great option if you want to push data into Carousel.

RSS FEEDS

Use this for list-based data
  • Create a new RSS bulletin
  • Type in the URL to your feed
  • Set the feed properties
  • Use the #hashtags# to define where the data from your RSS feed will go.
    Make sure to expand the 'Dynamic Fields List' under the content tab
  • Carousel will download, render, and publish the content every 15 minutes
Pro Tip: Use a service like zapier to convert data into an RSS feed. We use it all the time!

ICAL FEEDS

Use this for time-based data
  • Create a new Event Schedule bulletin
  • Type in the URL to your iCal feed
  • Set the feed properties
  • Use the #hashtags# to define where the data from your calendar feed will go
    Make sure to expand the 'Dynamic Fields List' under the content tab
  • Carousel will download, render, and publish the content every 15 minutes
Pro Tip: Google Calendar has an iCal feed.

HTML CONTENT

Use this for interactive touch content or highly custom applications
  • Create a new interactive bulletin
  • Type in the URL to your web page
  • Set when Carousel should reload the webpage, or use Javascript to update your content
  • Note: This only works on BrightSign and Windows players
    Use the WebPicture blocks feature for Apple TV
Pro Tip: Google Data Studio is a great way to build dashboards

REST API

Use this for pushing data at Carousel or
if you need super responsive content changes
Pro Tip: Check out this awesome PHP Package that we made for the Carousel API.

CAROUSEL LABS

Open source projects you can use as examples
  • PHP Package for the Carousel API
    A Composer package for interfacing with the Carousel 7+ API.
  • Carousel RDA Tester
    Utility for testing commands sent to Carousel's Remote Data Adaptor service.
    This is for legacy Carousel platforms.
  • PageToTemplate
    Page to Template is a utility to convert a bulletin package to
    a media package of templates.
  • InformaCast RDA Integration
    This script takes a HTTP GET from InformaCast by SingleWire and
    converts it to an Carousel RDA command

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