Build a Raspberry Pi Webcam Server in Minutes

This Raspberry Pi webcam server tutorial will take you through on how to have your very own Webcam that is visible on a web page.

Raspberry Pi Webcam Server

If you’re after more of a security like system, then check out the Raspberry Pi security camera tutorial as it features fully-fledged web streaming, motion detection, recording and multi-camera functionality.

This tutorial is marked intermediate as it can be challenging to get working especially if you have hardware that differs to the versions used in this tutorial. If you find that you can’t get this to work, then the security camera solution linked above is much easier to get going.


Below are some of the pieces of equipment that you will need to be able to complete this tutorial.


Raspberry Pi (Latest version recommended for best performance)

Micro SD Card or SD Card (If you’re using an old version of the Pi)

Ethernet Cord or WiFi dongle

Raspberry Pi Camera or USB Webcam


USB Keyboard

USB Mouse

HDMI Cable

Video on Setting up the Webcam

If you’re more of a visual person and would prefer to watch how to set this up, then you check out my video below. If you like the video, then please subscribe to me, so you’re kept up to date with all the latest videos.

Unfortunately, the video is now out of date and uses an older method then what’s explained in the text version of this tutorial. I highly recommend that you follow the written tutorial, while I work to update the video.

How to Setup a Raspberry Pi Webcam Server

Firstly, we will need to install Raspbian onto the Raspberry Pi. If you haven’t already done, this then check out my awesome guide on installing NOOBs Raspberry Pi. It will take you through all the steps that you will need to do to get up and running.

In this tutorial, we will be using a package called Motion if you want to learn more about it you can check out their website at Motion.

Since the latest version of Raspbian is missing dependencies that Motion requires for it to work correctly, we will need to install a different precompiled version.

The package maintainer (Currently: Mr Dave | Previously: Calin Crisan) of Motioneye provides a package that has everything we need, and it works just fine with the Raspberry Pi.

1. We will be using the terminal, so open the terminal on the Pi or connect to it via SSH.

2. To begin, first, update the Raspberry Pi, so you’re running on the latest version.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Depending on the version of Raspbian you’re using you will need to do some different steps. For this tutorial, we will be installing Motion for Raspbian Buster. If you’re not already on it then I highly recommend that you upgrade.

3. First, install the following packages. This command will work both on the full and lite version of Raspbian Buster.

sudo apt install autoconf automake build-essential pkgconf libtool git libzip-dev libjpeg-dev gettext libmicrohttpd-dev libavformat-dev libavcodec-dev libavutil-dev libswscale-dev libavdevice-dev default-libmysqlclient-dev libpq-dev libsqlite3-dev libwebp-dev

4.Next, download the Motion deb file for Raspbian Buster from the GitHub and install it using the dpkg command.

sudo wget
sudo dpkg -i pi_buster_motion_4.3.1-1_armhf.deb

That’s all you need to do before moving on to configuring Motion so that it will run on your Pi.

Configuring Motion

1. Now we need to make some edits to the configuration file, motion.conf.

sudo nano /etc/motion/motion.conf

2. Find the following lines and update them to the following.

  • daemon on
  • stream_localhost off

Note: Change the following two lines from on to off if you’re having issues with the stream freezing whenever motion occurs.

  • picture_output off
  • movie_output off

Optional (Don’t include the text after the #)

  • stream_maxrate 100 This change will allow for real-time streaming but requires more bandwidth & resources. Needs to be added to the config file, default is 1
  • framerate 100 Changing this option will allow for 100 frames to be captured per second allowing for smoother video, default is 50
  • width 640 #This line changes the width of the image displayed, default is 640
  • height 480 #This option changes the height of the image displayed, default is 480

Altering these options can drastically affect the performance. You may need to tinker to get the best results.

3. Now we need to setup up the daemon. First, we need to edit the motion file.

sudo nano /etc/default/motion

4. Find the following line and change it to the following:


5. Once you’re done, simply save and exit by pressing CTRL + X then Y.

6. Now make sure the camera is connected and run the following line:

sudo service motion start

7. If you need to stop the service, simply run the following command:

sudo service motion stop

8. Now you should be able to check out the Webcam Stream at the IP address of our Pi so in your browser go to the following address.

9. If the web page isn’t loading, try restarting the service.

sudo service motion restart

10. If you’re using a Raspberry Pi camera, then you will need to do a few extra steps that are mentioned below.

There we have it a fully working Raspberry Pi Webcam server that you can place wherever you would like (Given it is within WiFi range) and be able to view the stream via the web browser.

If you want to allow external access to the camera, then check out my instructions towards the bottom of this tutorial.

raspberry pi USB webcam in action

Extra Steps for the Raspberry Pi Camera

If you want to use the Raspberry Pi camera module, then you will need to do a few additional steps to set it up.

Installing the Hardware

1. First, go to the CSI (Camera Serial Interface) ribbon cable slot on the Pi and with two fingers on each side of the connector pull up. This technique should now open the connector, now insert the ribbon cable with the metal leads facing away from the Ethernet Port.

2. Once you have lined it up gently press the connector back down and the cable should now be locked in one place.

Clips and Ribbon Cable

Configuring the Software

To get the Raspberry Pi camera to work with Motion, we will need to do a few extra steps.

1. First make sure the camera is switched on within raspi config, enter the following command and then enable the camera (Found in interfacing options). (You will need to restart once you have done this).

sudo raspi-config

2. Enter the following line to had the camera to modules. Make sure the camera is connected correctly before running this line otherwise it will thrown an error.

sudo modprobe bcm2835-v4l2

3. Alternatively, the following process should also work. First, open up the modules file by entering the following line.

sudo nano /etc/modules

4. Enter the following line at the bottom of the file if it doesn’t already exist.


Once done, save & exit by pressing CTRL + X then Y.

5. Now reboot the Pi, and the stream should now work.

sudo reboot

6. You should now be able to access the Raspberry Pi webcam stream by going to the Pi’s IP address on port 8081.

You should now have a fully working Raspberry Pi camera server that is accessible within your local network. If you want to allow external access to the camera, then please follow my instructions below.

Webcam Server Browser

Saving Motion Footage and Photos

By default, you will likely run into permission problems for saving the photos and video triggered by motion. I will go through the steps below on how to set this up to work correctly.

1. Firstly, let’s make a new directory for our photos and videos.

sudo mkdir /motion

2. Next, we need to change the group of the motion folder so motion can write into it. After that, we give the group; read, write and execute permissions.

sudo chgrp motion /motion 
sudo chmod g+rwx /motion

3. We now need to go back into the motion configuration file and change the target_dir to our new directory. First, open up the file.

sudo nano /etc/motion/motion.conf

4. Update the target_dir line, so it looks like the one below.

Make sure you remove the from the start of the line.

target_dir /motion

5. Next, restart the motion service, so the configuration is loaded correctly.

sudo service motion restart

6. Now, whenever the camera detects motion, it should be saved into the folder we specified above. You can check this by running the following command.

ls /motion

Be sure to check out our Linux permissions guide for more information on setting permissions correctly.

Setting up outside External Access

In order to enable external access to the Raspberry Pi webcam server, we will need to change some settings on the router. However, all routers are designed differently so you may need to look up instructions for your brand of router.

Please note, opening ports to the internet comes with a security risk.

If you need a more in-depth guide, then be sure to take a look at my guide on how to set up Raspberry Pi port forwarding and dynamic DNS.

The following steps are what I did on mine in order to get it to work. My router is an AC1750 TP-Link Router.

1. Go to the router admin page (This will typically be or 192.168.254)

2. Enter the username and password. Default typically is admin & admin.

3. Once in go to forwarding->Virtual Server and then click on add new.

4. In here enter:

  • Service port: In this case 48461
  • IP Address: (Address of your Pi)
  • Internal Port: We want this to be the same as the webcam server so make it 8081
  • Protocol: All
  • Status: Enabled

5. These settings will route all traffic destined for port 48461 to the webcam server located at the IP address and port you provided. For example:

6. You should now be able to connect to the Raspberry Pi webcam stream outside your network. You may need to restart the router for changes to take effect.
Router Port Forwarding

If you’re unable to connect outside your local network then you can try the following.

  • Check your router settings and confirm they are correct.
  • Check your IP hasn’t changed. Some internet service providers will provide you with a dynamic IP rather than a static IP) You can set up something called dynamic DNS to counter this you can find out more information via the link mentioned above.
  • Restart the router.

I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial on how to build a Raspberry Pi webcam server if you want more then, please check out all my Raspberry Pi projects I currently have completed. There will be much more coming in the future.


  1. Avatar for Adil
    Adil on

    great project!can we send video stream with audio?

  2. Avatar for Cobusje
    Cobusje on

    Great project, works directly.
    Now I’m going to test it and see if it is possible to record motion. 🙂

  3. Avatar for kenny ball
    kenny ball on

    where do i view the stream….the pi looks like its doin what it should be with no errors…just cant view…any help ??? cheers

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Hi Kenny,

      You should be able to view the stream at your Pi’s IP address followed by the port 8081.

      For example my Pi address is so if I typed into the browser I will be able to see my stream. If that doesn’t work try replacing 8081 with 8080. If that still doesn’t work try a different browser.

      Let me know how you go!

    2. Avatar for kenny ball
      kenny ball on

      it now says the connection is too busy does the camera have to be on first ??

  4. Avatar for Danny Martin
    Danny Martin on

    Hey Gus, how are you coming with your project using multiple cameras. Anxious to see this in action.
    Have a great day.

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Hi Danny,

      I am currently working on it, I am hoping to have it up by the end of this week or sometime next week!

    2. Avatar for Andre
      Andre on

      When using Multiple cameras will that be one usb and one rapberry pi cam, or many usb cams

    3. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      At the moment I have only tested with one Raspberry Pi camera + 1 USB camera but I am pretty sure you could add more.

      You will be able to also run other Pi camera setups and then hook them up all under the one interface.

      I should have the full tutorial + video up over the weekend

  5. Avatar for squattingdog
    squattingdog on

    Besides having trouble figuring out what to specifically put in my Netgear Blackhawk router, I am also having trouble following the directions which seem very clear. Any help would be appreciated. BTW, I am not Linux savvy. I am running Raspbian on my Pi and using my Ubuntu desktop with Putty. Looks like thing aren’t going to well for me. I would appreciate any help given.


    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Hi SD,

      Can you please let me know if you have this running on the Raspberry Pi 2? There is an issue with dozencrow’s motion program on the new Pi. I am looking into a solution for this.

      If you’re running anything before Raspberry Pi 2 then please let me know and I will look into the problem!

  6. Avatar for SD
    SD on

    Would it be possible for someone to tell me how to setup my Netgear Blackhawk R7000 as outlined in “Setting up outside External Access” mentioned above? I think Netgear calls it port forwarding. Here’s a screen capture of the fields I need to fill in.


  7. Avatar for Wade
    Wade on

    HI Gus,

    This is perfect. Works great for me.

    Any way I can get the cd mmal and ./startmotion to start at reboot?



    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Hey Wade,

      Great question, If you do the following it should start back up on reboot. I have tested it and it worked for me, please let me know how you go with it.

      sudo nano /etc/rc.local

      And add the following line just before the exit 0. (If your path to the startmotion is different then make sure you update the following so it’s the same)

      su - pi -c /home/pi/mmal/startmotion &

      Save the file and reboot. The motion service should now start.

  8. Avatar for Danny Martin
    Danny Martin on

    Hey Gus thanks again for the tutorial. I got everything working now even being able to access the camera remotely. I have an ASUS router and had to enable DMZ to make it work. Is there anyway to improve the stream coming out of the camera, such as what you might see with raspivid?

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Hi Danny,

      In the sudo nano /etc/motion/motion.conf file try changing the following settings. (Changing these should allow for a much smoother playback like you will find from raspvid.

      webcam_maxrate 100
      framerate 100

      Let me know how you go, if you’re still having trouble Ill look further into it for you!

  9. Avatar for Dan
    Dan on

    Gus, thanks a lot for posting this great tutorial. Had 1 question for you. I went through steps 12-17, but after running ./startmotion my webcam is working as expected, but I’m not able to do anything else on the Pi. My screen shows “nohup: ignoring input and appending output to ‘nohup.out'” The only way I can exit that is Ctrl+C, which also disconnects my camera. I thought the point of the startmotion file was to allow use of the Pi while the camera is running?

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Hi Dan, The startmotion file is meant to prevent the command line from locking up. I’ll take another look at it and find out what is going wrong.

    2. Avatar for Nick
      Nick on

      Did you ever figure out why some of use are getting the “nohup: ignoring input and appending output to `nohup.out’ [/n] Segmentation fault” message from the ./startmotion command?

    3. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Hi Nick,

      Yes! This is because the package I used for the Pi camera isn’t supported on the Raspberry Pi 2 and looks unlikely to be updated for it.

      If you check out my Raspberry Pi Security camera tutorial this will give you pretty much the same thing (Raspberry Pi Webcam Server) but with a nicer UI.

  10. Avatar for cuyler
    cuyler on

    Any word on a tutorial for a full security like setup. I am looking at embarking on such an evdevor in about a month. Thanks !

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Hi Cuyler, I have it scheduled to be worked on after the next couple of projects. I aim to do about a Raspberry Pi project a week so I should have it ready within 2 months.

  11. Avatar for Danny Martin
    Danny Martin on

    Have working webcam portion of tutorial. While doing second part upon entering command “sudo apt-get install motionsudo apt-get install libjpeg62″I get the following message:
    Reading package lists…Done
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package motionsudo
    E: Unable to locate package apt-get
    E: Unable to locate package install
    Can you give me some insight what the problem is?

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Hi Danny,

      Sorry there was a formatting issue with that line (It should’ve been two lines) I have fixed it now.

      It should have been the following:
      sudo apt-get install motion
      sudo apt-get install libjpeg62

  12. Avatar for nachofly
    nachofly on

    didn’t twice… still same error :/

    pi@raspberrypi ~/mmal $ ./motion -n -c motion-mmalcam.conf
    [1978606456] [NTC] [ALL] conf_load: Processing thread 0 – config file
    [1978606456] [NTC] [ALL] motion_startup: Motion mmaltest Started
    [1978606456] [NTC] [ALL] motion_startup: Logging to file
    mmal: mmal_vc_component_create: failed to create component
    ‘’ (1:ENOMEM)
    mmal: mmal_component_create_core: could not create component ‘’ (1)
    Segmentation fault
    pi@raspberrypi ~/mmal $

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Hi Nahcofly,

      Are you doing this on the Raspberry Pi 2 ? I think there may be an issue with the package on the pi 2. I am looking into it.

    2. Avatar for kirikenz
      kirikenz on

      I’m on the Pi 2 and am getting this output as well, any news on a workaround?

    3. Avatar for Marco
      Marco on

      After 3 attempts with RPi2 getting nowhere….

      sudo: unable to execute ./startmotion: No such file or directory

      Perhaps this only works with RPi 1 Models B+ or A+…
      which do you recommend?
      Thanks for helping me learn Linux!

    4. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Hey Marco,

      That error is claiming the file isn’t there.

      If you try the following it should work:

      sudo /home/pi/mmal/startmotion

      It is highly likely that you will get a segmentation fault when trying to run this. (An issue with the motion package on the Pi 2)

      I recommend taking a look at the security camera tutorial. It works on the Pi 2 and you get a pretty good stream from it!

      Hope this helps

    5. Avatar for yohnnyjoe
      yohnnyjoe on

      I had this problem too on my B+. I tried running raspivid and got an error about the vchiq. vchiq (in /dev) is in the video group. Anyone who created a separate user from the default pi is not part of video group. Fix this by typing: usermod -G video (username) . Then reboot.

    6. Avatar for Gary
      Gary on

      I found another user on another site that used the LD_PRELOAD command to point to prior to execution. This worked for me.

      Just stop the motion service and run the command "LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/uv4l/uv4lext/armv6l/" and restart the service.

      For more info go to

  13. Avatar for Danny
    Danny on

    Trying to set up webcam with your configuration. I get all the software installed and updates run and successfully start motion. However I cannot see anything on my PC using (this is my Hostname for the Pi). Must I use a browser other than IE or is there some additional software needed to be installed on the Pi? I have a Microsoft webcam and it has worked with other applications. Hope you can help.

    1. Avatar for Danny
      Danny on

      Thanks Gus for this tutorial, I did get the first part working, after I installed Firefox. Still a little confused on how to access from the internet (outside my network). Thanks in advance

    2. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Hi Danny,

      On your router you will need to port forward to port 8081 to (eg. your Pi).

      If you router varies way too much from what I have explained you can try googling port forwarding “your router model here”.

    3. Avatar for Danny
      Danny on

      Gus when I have all the port forwarding correct what address to I type into a web browser to access my Pi from outside the network?

    4. Avatar for Dan
      Dan on

      Try this website – – find out what your IP is and then enter that “:8081” (without the quotes, assuming you’re using that port) in the URL of you browser and it should work. Only seems to work with Firefox, not sure why.

    5. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      As dan already mentioned check out the what is my ip website to get your external IP. Then use that IP to connect outside your network (with the relevant port)

      If you have a dynamic IP (an ip that changes often) you can setup dynamic DNS by following my other tutorial here: Raspberry Pi Dynamic DNS

    6. Avatar for Placid7
      Placid7 on

      Just to throw in my 2 cents. Depending on your Router, even if you have EVERYTHING 100% configured correctly, some just do not like it. I had a router I struggled with for a long time, thinking I was the problem. When it died and I bought a higher end router port forwarding was never a problem.
      Just keep that in mind. Routers are designed to be secure and some companies don’t want people exposing risk even at their own peril.

  14. Avatar for magbob
    magbob on

    Hi Gus,

    Thanks for the great tutorial, but it’s not working for me. I think I must be doing something wrong. I can see the control page at port 8080 but when I try going to port 8081 it gives me the error “unable to load the webpage because the server sent no data.” I really don’t know why it’s doing this, do you have any idea what I could have configured incorrectly?

    Thanks a lot

    1. Avatar for Alexander Boothby
      Alexander Boothby on


      Mine does the exact same thing! Any ideas how to fix?

  15. Avatar for Jeff
    Jeff on

    Is there any way to get up to 800×600 or even 1024×768 or better using the picam module? As soon as I change the values in the conf file the page stops loading.

    Thanks for all of your work!

  16. Avatar for Jason
    Jason on

    Gus, Thanks for the instructions. I can watch my stream in VLC, but not in my web browser on my pc or tablet. Any thoughts?

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Interesting, can you please let me know the browser you’re using and Ill take a look and see if I can reproduce the problem. Are you getting any errors at all ?

  17. Avatar for Alessio
    Alessio on

    Very nice and clear post. great!

    I followed all the instructions but the result is a gray rectangle with the text:

    unable to get to open video device
    since 2015-04-04 16:20:40

    and in the bottom, the seconds that flow

    (so something is arriving)

    i suppose that the streaming (as itself) is working and then camera doesn’t.
    How may i test the webcam directly on then raspberry with a player (possibly oxmplayer) to see if the camera works?

    Another possibility can be that, for my webcam(an old one) the settings in the file /etc/motion/motion.conf are different from those you posted.

    note aside:
    – the webcam is a creative ct6840.
    – the pc from where i want to see the stream is on the same subnet of the raspberry.
    – i see the gray rectangle with FireFox and Vlc player.
    – with InternerExplor i see a black page but starts automatically the downlod (i think this proves that some packets are coming).
    – with crome doesn’t happen anything .
    – if can be useful, the output of the command: ls -ltr /dev/video* is crw-rw—-+ 1 root video 81, 0 Nov 11 09:06 /dev/video0

    1. Avatar for Shane Greer
      Shane Greer on

      I have having the same issue. I am using a Rasperry Pi 3 with a Rasperry Pi v2.1 camera and just get the gray box. If I use a USB webcam it works tho.

    2. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Have you completed the extra steps for the Raspberry Pi camera? If not then you will get errors.

    3. Avatar for Shane
      Shane on

      Hello Gus. Yes I did the rest of the steps for adding a PI camera. Still get a gray box with it. A Logitech camera works no problem. Just the PI camera v2.1 doesn’t.


    4. Avatar for Billy
      Billy on

      Has anyone solved this issue? I have the same problem.

    5. Avatar for Gary
      Gary on

      I am having the same issue. USB camera works, PI v2 camera does not.
      Also ls /dev/video* — No such file or directory.
      I think that I did all of the steps.

    6. Avatar for Gary Kahrau
      Gary Kahrau on

      Sorry, I found a typo. Pi camera is now working 🙂

    7. Avatar for Maureen
      Maureen on

      I had this problem and it may have been due to other Motion processes that were not shut down properly. I found this suggestion:
      Note that Motion occasionally fails to start up due to previous Motion processes that have failed to shut down properly and are running in the background. If you suspect this, try running the following:

      ps aux | grep motion
      sudo kill -9 [pid]
      pid refers to the Process ID that you get from the ps aux command.

      It worked for me.

    8. Avatar for Ricardo
      Ricardo on

      Go to : sudo nano /etc/modules,
      add : bcm2835-v4l2

      save and reboot 😉

    9. Avatar for Stuart
      Stuart on

      I also had a typo and initially only got a grey screen.
      Be careful – it’s an l (ell) not a 1 (one) in bcm2835-v4l2

  18. Avatar for Barry
    Barry on

    Trying to unpack motion-mma1.tar.gz as per your project instructions but get this error message:

    gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
    tar: Child returned status 1
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

    any suggestions?

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Just been testing it out again for you. Did you copy and paste the command ? I have found that has been causing issues for me. I have fixed this now and should work correctly.

      If that doesn’t work can you type ls and let me know the contents of that directory.

    2. Avatar for Barry
      Barry on

      Hi Gus

      Thanks for reply. Afraid it still doesn’t work – I get the same error message. I did ls and the directory contains only motion-mma1.tar.gz. There seems to be an issue with the file format as my Pi keeps reporting the error not in gzip format. So for now my webcam project is on hold until I can work out what is wrong.

    3. Avatar for Brad
      Brad on

      rm motion-mmal.tar.gz

      check your address for the file for typos, download and try again

  19. Avatar for Zach
    Zach on

    Thanks for the walk through! I am trying to locally view the video but my browser will not display the video. I am using Chrome. Am i missing an extension?

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Hi Zach,

      The stream should work without any modification to chrome, can you please let me know the exact error(if any) you’re getting?

    2. Avatar for Zach
      Zach on

      Thanks for the reply Gus. I am able to view the stream locally but not from a different PC. I think this has something to do with my router settings. I do not quite understand the 48461 port use. Will this be different in each application?
      Thanks for you help,

    3. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Hi Zach,

      The port 48461 is an example if you want to access the stream outside your network. Port 8081 is a common port thus probably should be avoided if port forwarding from the outside world.

      If you’re on another PC within your local/home network you should be able to type the IP of your Raspberry PI with the port 8081 and get the stream.

      For example:

    4. Avatar for Isaac
      Isaac on

      Hey, great guide. I’ve been breaking my head the whole day trying to make this thing work with old guides. I am glad to have found yours but I am stuck on step 9. I’m using the rpiB with the camera module. I was doing okay until it was time to test it using ./motion -n -c motion-mmalcam.conf . Running the commands basically tells me that I am missing . I am stuck here for the day. Can’t think anymore. Already did all the updates and rechecked my work to make sure I did everything okay. I’ll give it another go tomorrow but any tips or help would be appreciated. Thanks!

    5. Avatar for Stefan
      Stefan on

      Hi Gus,

      Thanks for great guides and I’ve tried the first one today!

      But I didnt get it to work and I was stuck at the same place as Isaac (from October 31) and I couldn’t run the test: ./motion -n -c motion-mmalcam.conf and I get the same fault message.

      I tried to look after a ‘solution’ or some guiding from you that may help me get on with my camera project.

      Thanks in advance,


    6. Avatar for Rich
      Rich on

      Because, as usual, nothing EVER works first time in a Linux operating system. If this was Windows it would have worked first time. I am also stuck and am unable to connect to: IP:8081 after following this guide to the letter.

      Another failed Linux / PI project that will no doubt never get up and running.


    7. Avatar for Matt
      Matt on

      You’re probably right. Of course, had this been a Windows project, you wouldn’t be using a $40 Pi, since just the copy of Windows by itself is $100. Then also because Windows is more resource intensive, you’d need more RAM, a better processor, much more storage, all of which rack up the cost and size of the device. The entire point of the Pi is to have a small, cheap, easy-to-replace platform that encourages exploration and experimentation. So experiment a little instead of giving up the moment you run into something that the tutorial doesn’t explain. Isn’t that the fun part?

    8. Avatar for Tristan
      Tristan on

      Did you try typing “localhost:8081” instead of the provided IP address?

    9. Avatar for Peter
      Peter on

      I have several of these little cameras running on different Pi’s. Both with webcams and the Pi Cams.

      Yes they do work. Chances are Windows would work the first time as well (Assuming you could set it up correctly the first time). Difference here is that After it works in Windows the first time, MS would add a security update, patch or enhancement that would kill the video and other aspects of the OS.

      Or the more I understand Windows the more I like Linux. 🙂

      Have a nice day!!

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      Jason on

      Tristan For The Win!
      localhost worked for me!

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    Paul jelly on

    Awesome project I need a webcam server to keep an eye on our new puppie when we are out the house.


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