Scripts to build OpenCV for the RoboRIO

OpenCV 3.2.0 build for RoboRIO

This is a set of scripts that will build OpenCV for the RoboRIO with bindings for:

  • C++
  • Python 3.6.0
  • Java (currently broken, but FIRST provides that so I'm not going to fix it)

The result of the compilation process is a zipfile that can be turned into IPK files using the roborio-packages repository.

NOTE: For 2017, OpenCV 3.1.0 is well-supported for C++ and Java by WPILib, so if you're looking to use those languages you should use their stuff instead.

RoboRIO Installation

The easiest way to install these packages is to set up the RobotPy opkg feed on your RoboRIO. Create a .conf file in /etc/opkg (e.g. /etc/opkg/robotpy.conf) containing the following line:

src/gz robotpy

Once the feed is added, issue an opkg update and then you can install packages using the following commands (requires internet access).

For Python3:

opkg install python36-opencv3

For C++:

opkg install opencv3

For Java (Java programming support must be installed separately):

opkg install opencv3-java

Offline Installation

You can use the RobotPy Installer Script to do offline opkg installs. First, download the package:

python3 download-opkg opencv3

Then, connect to the network with the RoboRIO, and install it:

python3 install-opkg opencv3

Manual Installation

TODO: document this


For detailed information about OpenCV, see their website. There's lots of documentation and tutorials/etc available.

Using the Python bindings

See the image processing section of the Programmer's Guide at the RobotPy documentation site for details.

Building your own version of OpenCV

You probably just want to use the compiled version on our releases page or from our opkg feed. This build has only been tested on Ubuntu 14.04 using the included VM configuration.

Build steps

First, install Vagrant. Then...

vagrant up
vagrant ssh
sudo /vagrant/

If you're building on your own Linux host, you can probably just execute the following:

sudo ./

But... I'd recommend using the VM instead.


  • zlib.h: No such file or directory: For some reason if zlib1g-dev is installed on the system, the cmake included with Ubuntu 14.04 messes up the configuration and it breaks. Uninstall zlib1g-dev and it will work.

Contributing new changes

This is intended to be a project that all members of the FIRST community can quickly and easily contribute to. If you find a bug, or have an idea that you think others can use:

  1. Fork this git repository to your github account
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push -u origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request on github