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About KIP

KIP is powerful marine instrumentation package to display Signal K data. KIP, much like modern expensive MFDs, is very flexible and can be split up in any arrangements and display all kinds of data available to Signal K server.


Design Goal

The idea is to replicate the functionality of MFDs such as the B&G Triton, Raymarine i70, or Garmin GMI20.

  • Display should use the entire screen and not require any scrolling
  • Anything displayed should be as big as possible in the given space
  • Touchscreen user experience should be excellent
  • Layout and configuration should be both easy to operate and flexible
  • Phones, tablets, computers and other device and form factors should render well
  • Include support for latest Chromium and other modern browsers


Access from Phones, Tablets, Raspberry Pi and Computers

Once installed on the Signal K server, simply navigate to http://<Signal K Server URL>:<port>/@mxtommy/kip to load KIP and enjoy it's features remotely on any device.

Responsive Design

KIP adjusts to the device type and form factor for the best possible user experience.

Touch Devices

  • Swipe left and right to cycle trough your Page layouts.
  • Double tap to toggle Night / Day modes.

KIP Mobile App

Run KIP in full screen, with no browser controls visible, just like regular mobile apps. This feature is supported on most mobile OS. Each browser has it's own way of handling PWA deployments.

KIP PWA mode

To install KIP as an App, first load KIP in the browser. Then follow the steps below:


  1. Press the "Share" button
  2. Select "Add to Home Screen" from the action popup list
  3. Tap "Add" in the top right corner to finish installation. KIP is now installed and available on your home screen


  1. Press the "three dot" icon in the upper right to open the menu
  2. Select "Add to Home screen"
  3. Press the "Add" button in the popup KIP is now installed and available on your home screen

User Experience

Flexible and Easy

Meant to build purposeful screen(s) with however many widgets you want, where you want them.

Quickly split pages into multiple areas, resize and align to your liking, add the widget of your choosing to each area. Need more? Add as many additional pages as you whish to keep your display purposeful. Simply swipe left and right or use the bottom page navigation button to quickly cycle from page to page. Layouts Configuration Image

Easy basic widget configuration. Gauges Configuration Image

See what Signal K has to offer that you can leverage with widgets. Select it and tweak the display options to your purpose. Paths Configuration Image

Many units are supported. Choose your preferred App defaults, than tweak it widget-by-widget as necessary. KIP will automatically convert the units for you. Units Configuration Image

Reusable Widget Library

All KIP Widgets are visual presentation controls that are very versatile with multiple advanced configuration options available to suit your needs:

  • Numeric display: Create gauges to display any numerical data sent by your system - SOG, Depth, Winds Speed, VMG, refrigerator temperature, weather data, etc.

  • Text display: Create gauges to display any textual data sent by your system - MPPT state, vessel details,Next Waypoint, Fusion radio song information, noon and sun phases, any system components configuration detail or statues available, etc.

  • Date display: a timezone aware control with flexible presentation formatting support.

  • Boolean Control Panel: A switch board to configure and operate remote devices - light switches, bilge pump, solenoid, any Signal K path that support boolean PUT operations.

  • Linear gauge: Visually display any numerical data on a vertically or horizontally scale - Tank and reservoir levels, battery remaining capacity, etc.

  • Linear electrical gauge: A visual display for electrical numerical data - chargers, MPPT, shunt, etc.

  • Radial gauge: Visually display any numerical data on a radial scale - Boat Speed,Eond Speed, engine RPM,etc.

  • Compass gauge: A card or marine compass to display directionnal data such as heading, bearing to next waypoint, wind angle, etc.

  • Radial and linear Steel gauge: Old school look & fell gauges.

  • Wind Steering Display: Your typical sailboat wind gauge.

  • Freeboard-SK Chart Plotter: A high quality Signal K implementation of Freeboard integration widget.

  • Autopilot Head: Operate your autopilot from any device remotely.

  • Data Chart: Visualize data trends over time.

  • Race Timer: Track regatta start sequence.

  • Embedded Webpage: A powerful way of integrating any web based content or application within with your KIP layout - Grafana dashboards, Node-RED dashboard, your own standalone webapp,anything that does not cross domain!

Get the latest version of KIP to see what's new!

Widget Samples

Various Sample Gauges Image

Electrical and Tank Monitoring Sample Electrical Concept Image

Freeboard-SK Integration Freeboard-SK Image

Grafana Integration Embedded Webpage Concept Image

Night Mode

Keep your night vision with a simple double tap. The below image looks very dark, but at night...it's perfect!

Night mode

Harness The Power Of Data State Notifications

Stay informed with notifications about the state of the data you are interested in. As an example, Signal K will notify KIP when a water depth or temperature sensors reaches certain levels. In addition to KIP's centralized notification menu, individual Widgets offer tailored visual representation appropriate to their design objectives, providing an optimal user experience.

Multiple User Profiles

If you have different roles on board; captain, skipper, tactician, navigator, engineers or simply different people with different needs, each can tailor as they wish. The use of profiles can also offer the ability to tie specific configuration arrangements to use case or device form factors.

Connect & Share

KIP has it's own Discord Signal K channel to get in touch. Join us at https://discord.gg/AMDYT2DQga

Feature, Ideas, Support

See KIP's GitHub project for latest feature request. https://github.com/mxtommy/Kip/issues

How To Contribute

KIP is under MIT license and is built with Nodes and Angular using various open-source assets. All free!

Tools Linux, Mac, Pi or Windows dev platform supported

  1. Install the latest Node version (v16+, v18 recommended)
  2. Download your favorite coding IDE (we use the free Visual Code)
  3. Create your own GitHub KIP fork.
  4. Configure your IDE's source control to point to your forked KIP instance (With Visual Code, GitHub support is built-in) and get the fork's Master branch locally.
  5. Install npm and node. On macOS, you can use brew install node if you have homebrew.
  6. Install the Angular CLI using npm install -g @angular/cli


  1. From your fork's Master branch, create working branch with a name such as: New-Widget-abc or fix-issue-abc, etc.
  2. Checkout this new Branch.
  3. In a command shell (or in the Visual Code Terminal window), go to the root of you local project branch folder, if not done automatically by your IDE.
  4. Install project dependencies using NPM package and dependency manager: run npm install. NPM will read Kip project dependencies (see Steps 2), download and install everything automatically for you.
  5. Build the app locally using Angular-CLI: from that same project root folder, run ng build. CLI tool will build KIP.


  1. Fire up your local dev instance with npm run dev.
  2. Hit Run/Start Debugging in Visual Code or point your favorite browser to http://localhost:4200/@mxtommy/kip. Alternatively to start the dev server and connect using remote devices use such as your phone: ng serve --configuration=dev --serve-path=/@mxtommy/kip/ --host=<your computer's IP> --port=4200 --disable-host-check
  3. Voila!

As you work on source code and save files, the app will automatically reload in the browser with your latest changes. You also need a running Signal K server for KIP to connect to and receive data.

Apple PWA Icon Generation Use the following tool and command line: npx pwa-asset-generator ./src/svg-templates/KIP-icon.svg ./src/assets/ -i ./src/index.html -m ./src manifest.json -b "linear-gradient(to bottom, rgba(255,255,255,0.15) 0%, rgba(0,0,0,0.15) 100%), radial-gradient(at top center, rgba(255,255,255,0.40) 0%, rgba(0,0,0,0.40) 120%) #989898" -p 5%

Share Once done with your work, from your fork's working branch, make a GitHub pull request to have your code reviewed, merged and part of the next release.

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