libfreenect is a userspace driver for the Microsoft Kinect. It runs on Linux, OSX, and Windows and supports
- RGB and Depth Images
Notice: If you have the newer Kinect v2 (XBox One), use OpenKinect/libfreenect2 instead.
To build libfreenect, you'll need
- libusb >= 1.0.18
- CMake >= 2.6
- python >= 2.7 or >= 3.3 (only if BUILD_PYTHON=ON or BUILD_PYTHON2=ON or BUILD_PYTHON3=ON or BUILD_REDIST_PACKAGE=OFF)
For the examples, you'll need
- OpenGL (included with OSX)
- glut (included with OSX)
- pthreads-win32 (Windows)
git clone https://github.com/OpenKinect/libfreenect cd libfreenect mkdir build cd build cmake -L .. # -L lists all the project options make # if you don't have `make` or don't want color output # cmake --build .
Use CMake options to control what gets built. For example, to build the python wrapper:
cmake .. -DCMAKE_BUILD_PYTHON=ON make python2 wrappers/python/python2/test.py python3 wrappers/python/python3/test.py
You can specify a build with debug symbols:
cmake .. -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=debug # or with optimizations # cmake .. -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=RelWithDebInfo
You can build .deb, .rpm, and/or .tgz packages with
cmake .. -DBUILD_CPACK_DEB=ON -DBUILD_CPACK_RPM=ON -DBUILD_CPACK_TGZ=ON cpack
For audio support, you must upload firmware to the device.
Newer Kinect models may require audio firmware for motor and LED support.
The best method is to insert firmware at runtime just after calling
Alternately, firmware for Kinect model 1414 can be downloaded automatically by specifying:
cmake .. -DBUILD_REDIST_PACKAGE=OFF
Note that firmware may not be legal to redistribute in your jurisdiction!
brew install libfreenect # or get the very latest: # brew install --HEAD libfreenect
sudo port install git-core cmake libusb libtool
Continue with Fetch & Build.
The version packaged in Ubuntu may be very old. To install newer packaged builds, see the wiki. Continue with this section for a manual build.
sudo apt-get install git cmake build-essential libusb-1.0-0-dev # only if you are building the examples: sudo apt-get install freeglut3-dev libxmu-dev libxi-dev
Continue with Fetch & Build.
There is also a debian branch for packaging purposes.
There is a live ebuild for your convenience in platform/linux/portage/dev-libs/libfreenect/.
As of February 2015, libusb still does not support isochronous transfers on Windows. This support may be patched in by performing these steps or their GUI equivalent.
git clone https://github.com/libusb/libusb.git cd libusb git remote add jblake https://github.com/JoshBlake/libusbx.git git fetch jblake git cherry-pick c5b0af4 1c74211 MSBuild.exe msvc/libusb_2013.sln
Use Zadig to install the libusbK driver for each device you wish to use. Follow Fetch & Build or use Github and CMake GUI tools. Remember to supply paths to CMake so it can find dependencies. For example:
cmake .. -DLIBUSB_1_INCLUDE_DIR="C:\path\to\patched\libusb\include" -DLIBUSB_1_LIBRARY="C:\path\to\patched\libusb\libusb.lib"
Interfaces to various languages are provided in wrappers/. Wrappers are not guaranteed to be API stable or up to date.
- C (using a synchronous API)
- Java (JNA)
In order of importance:
- Make sure to sign commits:
git commit -s
- Use a feature branch in your own fork and target master with pull requests
- Tab indentation, no trailing whitespace
Ongoing Development and Maintenance by the OpenKinect Community
- Original Code and Engineering: Hector Martin (marcan)
- Community Lead: Josh Blake (JoshB)
- Integration: Kyle Machulis (qDot)
The libfreenect project is covered under a dual Apache v2/GPL v2 license. The licensing criteria are listed below, as well as at the top of each source file in the repo.
This file is part of the OpenKinect Project. http://www.openkinect.org Copyright (c) 2010 individual OpenKinect contributors. See the CONTRIB file for details. This code is licensed to you under the terms of the Apache License, version 2.0, or, at your option, the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2.0. See the APACHE20 and GPL2 files for the text of the licenses, or the following URLs: http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0 http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.txt If you redistribute this file in source form, modified or unmodified, you may: - Leave this header intact and distribute it under the same terms, accompanying it with the APACHE20 and GPL2 files, or - Delete the Apache 2.0 clause and accompany it with the GPL2 file, or - Delete the GPL v2 clause and accompany it with the APACHE20 file In all cases you must keep the copyright notice intact and include a copy of the CONTRIB file. Binary distributions must follow the binary distribution requirements of either License.
Information about the OpenKinect project can be found at http://www.openkinect.org
For questions, support, and discussion, check out the google groups mailing list at http://groups.google.com/group/openkinect
Or the IRC channel at #openkinect on Freenode
We are also on twitter at http://twitter.com/openkinect