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Beaglebone USB Webcam MJPG streamer installation tutorial

You might be thinking to stream video from your robot to your phone or laptop, or design a surveillance system like CCTV via beagle bone. So this post is for you. Here we will see how to install MJPG streamer on your Beagle bone and see its output on your WiFi enabled phone or other devices.


I am using Beaglebone Black Rev.C and Logitech C170 usb webcam. You can see a huge list of Raspberry Pi compatible peripherals list here. They are also compatible with BeagleBone. http://elinux.org/RPi_VerifiedPeripherals

Especially for webcams , http://elinux.org/RPi_USB_Webcams

So connect webcam using USB on beaglebone and connect miniusb of Beaglebone to you host PC. Login using SSH.

Then check first if the webcam is detected or not. For thatrun ‘lsusb’ command. and check whether detected or not.

The connect your beaglebone to internet via port forwarding on your Linux host PC.

Now lets install libraries needed to compile mpeg-streamer.

sudo apt-get install g++ curl pkg-config libv4l-dev libjpeg-dev build-essential libssl-dev vim cmake

sudo apt-get install imagemagick

Now we need to download mpeg-streamer.

wget https://github.com/shrkey/mjpg-streamer/raw/master/mjpg-streamer.tar.gz

So we will uncompress it now as it is in the tar.gz extension

tar -xvf ./mjpg-streamer.tar.gz

So now we are ready to compile it. So lets navigate to its folder and compile it.

cd mjpg-streamer


sudo make install

Now we are ready to proceed last step.

  ./mjpg_streamer -i "./input_uvc.so" -o "./output_http.so -w ./www"
  MJPG Streamer Version: svn rev:
    i: Using V4L2 device.: /dev/video0
    i: Desired Resolution: 640 x 480
    i: Frames Per Second.: 5
    i: Format............: MJPEG
    o: www-folder-path...: ./www/
    o: HTTP TCP port.....: 8080
    o: username:password.: disabled
    o: commands..........: enabled

Now lets open this video on your browser using following address.

That is nothing but the port 8080 on your beaglebone IP address assigned by your router.  You can press ‘ctrl+c’ to stop this streaming.

I appreciate and respect the work of ” www.shrkey.com ” for helping me for guidance of this tutorial. His efforts are valuable for this article.

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