raspberry pi camera plugin for homebridge
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homebridge-camera-rpi

raspberry pi camera plugin for homebridge

Note: An SD card image is available here.

Prerequisite

  • camera module activated (raspi-config)
  • module bcm2835-v4l2 loaded (add bcm2835-v4l2 to /etc/modules and reboot)
  • ffmpeg installed (sudo apt install ffmpeg)

Installation (as homebridge plugin)

npm install -g homebridge-camera-rpi

edit config.json and add platform rpi-camera

{
  ...
  "platforms": [
    ...
    {
      "platform": "rpi-camera",
      "cameras": [{"name": "Pi Camera"}]
    }
  ]
}

restart homebridge

add extra camera accessory in the home app (the setup code is the same as for homebridge)

Installation (standalone)

optionally install in opt:

cd /opt
sudo mkdir homebridge-camera-rpi
sudo chown pi homebridge-camera-rpi

install:

git clone https://github.com/moritzmhmk/homebridge-camera-rpi
cd homebridge-camera-rpi
npm install

test:

node standalone.js

optionally create systemd service /etc/systemd/system/hap-camera-rpi.service:

[Unit]
Description=HAP Camera RPi

[Service]
ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/node /opt/homebridge-camera-rpi/standalone.js -c /etc/homebridge-camera-rpi.conf.json
WorkingDirectory=/opt/homebridge-camera-rpi
Restart=always
RestartSec=10
User=pi

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

create config file /etc/homebridge-camera-rpi.conf.json:

{
  "name": "Pi Camera",
  "id": "Pi Camera",
  "pincode": "031-45-154",
  "username": "EC:23:3D:D3:CE:CE"
}

id is used to generate the uuid and defaults to name when not defined

enable and start the service:

sudo systemctl enable hap-camera-rpi
sudo systemctl start hap-camera-rpi

Options

{
  "name": "Pi Camera",
  "id": "Pi Camera",
  "rotate": 0,
  "verticalFlip": false,
  "horizontalFlip": false
}

Note: rotate currently only works for 0 and 180 degrees.