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This is a fork of http://sourceforge.net/projects/mjpg-streamer/ with added support for the Raspberry Pi camera via the input_raspicam plugin.

mjpg-streamer is a command line application that copies JPEG frames from one or more input plugins to multiple output plugins. It can be used to stream JPEG files over an IP-based network from a webcam to various types of viewers such as Chrome, Firefox, Cambozola, VLC, mplayer, and other software capable of receiving MJPG streams.

It was originally written for embedded devices with very limited resources in terms of RAM and CPU. Its predecessor "uvc_streamer" was created because Linux-UVC compatible cameras directly produce JPEG-data, allowing fast and perfomant M-JPEG streams even from an embedded device running OpenWRT. The input module "input_uvc.so" captures such JPG frames from a connected webcam. mjpg-streamer now supports a variety of different input devices.

Security warning

WARNING: mjpg-streamer should not be used on untrusted networks! By default, anyone with access to the network that mjpg-streamer is running on will be able to access it.


Input plugins:

Output plugins:

Building & Installation

You must have cmake installed. You will also probably want to have a development version of libjpeg installed. I used libjpeg8-dev. e.g.

sudo apt-get install cmake libjpeg8-dev

Simple compilation

This will build and install all plugins that can be compiled.

cd mjpg-streamer-experimental
sudo make install

By default, everything will be compiled in "release" mode. If you wish to compile with debugging symbols enabled, you can do this:

cd mjpg-streamer-experimental
make distclean
sudo make install

Advanced compilation (via CMake)

There are options available to enable/disable plugins, setup options, etc. This shows the basic steps to enable the experimental HTTP management feature:

cd mjpg-streamer-experimental
mkdir _build
cd _build
sudo make install

Debian package generation and installation for Raspberry Pi (Raspbian)

To build and create a Debian package for installation on a Raspberry Pi

cd mjpg-streamer-experimental
mkdir _build
cd _build
cpack -G DEB

To install package

sudo dpkg -i mjpg-streamer_2.0_armhf.deb


From the mjpeg streamer experimental folder:

./mjpg_streamer -o "output_http.so -w ./www" -i "input_raspicam.so"

See README.md or the individual plugin's documentation for more details.

Usage with systemd

To start mjpg-streamer with a camera on /dev/video0 for example

sudo systemctl start mjpg_streamer@video0

To stop mjpg-streamer

sudo systemctl stop mjpg_streamer@video0

To enable mjpg-streamer on startup

sudo systemctl enable mjpg_streamer@video0

To disable mjpg-streamer on startup

sudo systemctl disable mjpg_streamer@video0

Discussion / Questions / Help

Probably best in this thread http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=45178


mjpg-streamer was originally created by Tom Stöveken, and has received improvements from many collaborators since then.


mjpg-streamer is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; version 2 of the License.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.