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Intel® Movidius™ Neural Compute SDK

This Intel® Movidius™ Neural Compute software developer kit (NCSDK) is the legacy SDK provided for users of the Intel® Movidius™ Neural Compute Stick (Intel® Movidius™ NCS). New users of this device as well as all users of the newer Intel® Neural Compute Stick 2 should install the OpenVINO™ Toolkit as described in the Getting Started Guide

Intel® Neural Compute Stick 2 (Intel® NCS 2)

Users of the Intel® NCS 2 device cannot use the NCSDK and must use the OpenVINO™ Toolkit as described in the Getting Started Guide

For legacy users of the original Intel® Movidius™ Neural Compute Sticke that want to continue with the NCSDK, read on...

Neural Compute SDK2

NCSDK v2 releases are now available.

All documentation in the docs directory is now in HTML format which is best viewed from the documentation site:

With this release the existing NCAPI v1 has been rearchitected into NCAPI v2 which will pave the way for future enhancements and capabilities, as well add some now! While users are transitioning to this new NCAPI v2 the legacy NCSDK v1.x release will stay on the master branch and NCSDK2 will be on the ncsdk2 branch. At some point in the not too distant future, NCSDK2 will move to the master.

To help you get ready for NCSDK2 you can take a look at some of the changes in NCAPI v2 as well as the NCSDK2 Release Notes.

To install NCSDK 2.x you can use the following command to clone the ncsdk2 branch

git clone -b ncsdk2

Or if you would rather install the legacy NCSDK 1.x you can use the following command to clone as has always been the case

git clone


The provided Makefile helps with installation. Clone this repository and then run the following command to install the NCSDK:

make install


The Neural Compute SDK also includes examples. After cloning and running 'make install,' run the following command to install the examples:

make examples


For additional examples, please see the Neural Compute App Zoo available at The ncappzoo is a valuable resource for NCS users and includes community developed applications and neural networks for the NCS.


The complete Intel Movidius Neural Compute SDK documentation can be viewed at

Getting Started Video

For installation and general instructions to get started with the NCSDK, take a look at this video

Troubleshooting and Tech Support

Be sure to check the NCS Troubleshooting Guide if you run into any issues with the NCS or NCSDK.

Also for general tech support issues the NCS User Forum is recommended and contains community discussions on many issues and resolutions.