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Fix for the Kobo Weather station hack

Ok this does NOT WORK as described. You have to apply for a free api license key from http://www.worldweatheronline.com

Use the API explorer to generate an link with your key and zip code. Use XML format. It will look something like this.


Don't pick any of the options, they're not used just enter your zipcode though you can enter zip code or latitude longitude.

Once you have that get the koboroot.tgz file here


Decompress it in a folder, it's a gzipped tar file so you'll have to find a tool for it for windows.

inside it is a file called weather.py, it's located at mnt/onboard/.apps

Edit it and find the worldweatheronline link which will be this

weather_link='http://free.worldweatheronline.com/feed/weather.ashx?q={0},{1}&format=xml&num_of_days=5&key=525804183f140652120211'.format(lat, lon)

Delete everything from ' to the end like this


paste in the link you made


save it and then compress the mnt directory into another file named koboroot.tgz and follow the instructions on how to get that loaded into the kobo.

I am working on a clock that updates every second if I can figure out how to make the screen only refresh every minute and not let the script keep updating the weather every second.

Once I fixed it I ran the script that sets it up to update every hour. it will get a nice frame to hide the power plug and get hung in my kitchen.