Software for Linux

Simple access to industrial cameras in Linux

The Imaging Source Linux package simplifies access to The Imaging Source USB and GigE cameras. It consists of Gstreamer modules and tools for camera configuration. The software is available as source code in its entirety, making it platform independent. Additionally, binaries can be downloaded for Ubuntu 18.04 and Raspbian.

Key features

  • Access to cameras via software
  • Extensive use of GStreamer software
  • Programming samples
  • Compatible with all The Imaging Source cameras
  • Easy customization of camera features, such as exposure time, gain, white balance, video formats and refresh rates
  • Easy transfer of images to e.g. OpenCV OpenCV

Supported hardware

The following hardware is fully supported, without additional drivers:

Desktop PC Desktop PC
Raspberry Raspberry
Odroid Odroid
Nvidia Tegra Nvidia Tegra
x86 and ARM x86 ARM

The Imaging Source USB cameras use Video For Linux 2 (V4L2) and the GigE models use Aravis. The Aravis library is included in SDK.


Tcam-Capture is an end-user application to capture video streams and image sequences from cameras, manufactured by The Imaging Source. Additionally, all properties, such as video formats, exposure time, brightness, gain, exposure etc. can be adjusted directly in the GUI. All cameras connected to the computer are automatically recognized and a live video stream is displayed.

Tcam-Capture - end-user application to capture video streams and image sequences

Programming samples

The Imaging Source maintains a number of programming samples to assist you getting started using the cameras with Linux:

Additionally, you can find the pre-compiled binaries at:

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About The Imaging Source

Established in 1988, The Imaging Source is one of the leading manufacturers of industrial cameras, video converters and embedded vision components for factory automation, quality assurance, medicine, science, security and a variety of other markets.

Our comprehensive range of cameras with USB 3.1, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, GigE, MIPI interfaces and other innovative machine vision products are renowned for their high quality and ability to meet the performance requirements of demanding applications.

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