Raspberry Pi As Chromecast Alternative (Raspicast)

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In this Instructables, I will show you how to use raspberry pi 3 as Chromecast alternative. It is also worth mentioning that this is not a direct clone to Chromecast and that there are limitations. This method does not support the cast button but will stream Youtube videos as well as local audio and video files directly from your smartphone using an Android application. And I believe this application is only for android devices.

So, actually what is Chromecast?

Chromecast is a streaming media adapter from Google that allows users to play online content such as videos and music on a digital television.
The adapter is a dongle that plugs into the TV's HDMI port; a cable connects to a USB port to power the device. A mobile app makes it possible to essentially use a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer as a TV remote. Once the streaming begins, it's not necessary to keep the app open, and the device can be used for other purposes. Chromecast can stream content from an increasing number of sources including Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Google Play music and movies and the Chrome browser.

Step 1: Hardware Required

  • Raspberry Pi 3 (All model will work, but then it will require a USB Wifi dongle).
  • Raspberry Pi Case.
  • Heatsinks for Raspberry Pi.
  • Micro SD card for storage.
  • Micro Usb charger and Cable

  • HDMI cable

  • SD card reader to load Raspbian onto the SD card

  • Mouse And Keyboard

Step 2: Assembling the Case and Adding Heatsink to the Board

Here Heatsink in not mandatory, but while watching full 1080p videos for long time makes the cpu warm much. So it's better to add these.

The case which I've is used is easy to assemble and work with.

Step 3: Download and Install Raspbian Onto SD Card

Download Raspbian operating system for the Pi here.

Now carefully follow the instructions to install it onto the SD card (Mac and Windows) here.

Step 4: Getting Started

Plug the mouse and keyboard dongle. Power through the micro USB cable and connect HDMI cable to a Screen.

After booting up, connect to a WiFi network.

Step 5: Enable SSH

You can enable SSH by navigating to Preferences > Raspberry Pi Configurations and click Interfaces then select SSH

Step 6: Essential for Software

We need to grab some software required by the omxiv so it can be compiled.

Now click on the black terminal icon on the top bar of the Raspbian desktop to open the Terminal.

Type,

$ sudo apt-get install libjpeg8-dev libpng12-dev

Step 7: Download and Compile the OMXIV for Casting

In terminal and type these commands in to download and compile the software, one by one

$ git clone https://github.com/HaarigerHarald/omxiv
$ cd omxiv $ make ilclient $ make -j4 $ sudo make install

Step 8: Download Raspicast on Android

Download and install Raspicast from Playstore. Download

Step 9: Retrieve Your IP Address of Your PI

Once everything is compiled discover your Pi's IP address so that you can connect to it over the network. To do this, click on the black terminal icon on the top bar of the Raspbian desktop to open the Terminal.

Type "ifconfig" and then find the wireless IP address ("inet addr") under "wlan0" that will look something like 192.168.43.252 and make a note of it. Note it is not "192.168.43.252", there should be a different address under "wlan0".

Make sure your raspberry pi and phone are connected to same WiFi network.

$ ifconfig

Step 10: Casting Your Content to Raspberry Pi

After everything is downloaded Open the software and click on the three dots on the top right corner, then you will be asked for an Hostname or IP address. At this point you now insert the IP address you got earlier along with the Username and password on your raspberry pi.

The default username will be "pi". Leave port to 22 as itself

Now you can open your YouTube app and select a video to cast. Then but clicking the share icon look for the “raspicast”.

You can also cast Pictures, Music and Videos which or on your Device directly to target destination.

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    rbeech1

    Question 3 months ago on Step 10

    Can you show how to cast from a PC?

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    VikasP54

    3 months ago

    Does it cast from other app like Voot, Hotstar etc?. I was able to cast youtube as well as local videos but not from these apps. I have not installed omxiv as well as any supporting library. May be they are present by default in latest Stretch

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    jadonegan75

    5 months ago

    Hi

    Just wanted to say, make sure you have username (rspi3 default is -pi) and password (rspi3 default is- raspberry) set on raspicast app or nothing happens and you get no warnings

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    JamesNights

    Question 6 months ago on Step 6

    When I try this command on my pi B+, I get an error: "Package libpng12-dev is not available, but is referred to by another package..." Any thoughts?

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    Maggie ShahJamesNights

    Answer 6 months ago

    Make sure you Raspberry pi is upaded.

    Open the Terminal app on your Raspeberry Pi, then enter command

    sudo apt-get update

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    polkdub

    7 months ago

    Great Post!!! Thanks.

    Do you think it can work on a Raspberry pi running archlinux?

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    WijnandV

    8 months ago

    Github.com asked for username and password? What to fill in?

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    Pieter van der Hijden

    9 months ago

    Nice tutorial, Maggie. It adds value to the earlier work of the developers of Raspicast and the RPi software, Could you give them some credits, please?

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    Raphango

    10 months ago

    Great! Do you know if it should work with RPi 1? Thanks!

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    zhivazhiva

    10 months ago

    Hey! Nice tutorial. Do you know if raspicast is available for ios? Wife has an iPhone ...

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    Maggie Shahzhivazhiva

    Reply 10 months ago

    Sorry but raspicast is only available for Android.

    Thank you. :)

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    BaReinhard

    10 months ago

    Great tutorial! I might give this a shot. If everything works out this would be a great feature to add to existing projects!!

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    Aerandir14

    10 months ago

    I prefer the OSMC distribution alternative as it provides more flexibility, but nice tutorial!

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    mfonseca2

    10 months ago

    great tutorial, simple instructions! ..however, it seems that the pi is not responding to any cast from raspicast. omxiv is installed and running, I have rebooted it, and I have the correct ip/usr/pwd combo. Can anyone else double-check that a step isn't missing, or am I just this dumb?

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    Maggie Shahmfonseca2

    Reply 10 months ago

    Just check your Raspberry pi's IP address and SSH setting of your Application. They should be the same. Thank you