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This page is reference material which explains every setting and option for this section of an MPF yaml config file. See the instructions for config files for formatting and other details. See our guide to config file examples for more examples of real configs in action.

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The show_pools: section of your config is where you configure a pool of shows. When used one of the shows is selected from the pool based on a configurable pattern called type.

This is an example:

#! shows:
#!   show1:
#!     - duration: 1
#!   show2:
#!     - duration: 1
#!   show3:
#!     - duration: 1
      - show1
      - show2
      - show3
    type: random

Required settings

The following sections are required in the show_pools: section of your config:


List of one (or more) values, each is a type: string name of a shows: device. Defaults to empty.

A list of shows which are part of the show pool

Optional settings

The following sections are optional in the show_pools: section of your config. (If you don't include them, the default will be used).


Single value, type: one of the following options: random, sequence, random_force_next, random_force_all. Default: sequence

How the next show is selected. See Assets for details.

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