libcamera is developed as a free software project and welcomes contributors. Whether you would like to help with coding, documentation, testing, proposing new features, or just discussing the project with the community, you can join our official public communication channels, or simply check out the code.

Mailing List

We use a public mailing list as our main means of communication. You can find subscription information and the messages archive on the libcamera-devel list information page.

IRC Channel

For informal and real time discussions, our IRC channel on is open to the public. Point your IRC client to #libcamera to say hello, or use the WebChat.

Source Code

libcamera is in early stages of development, and no releases are available yet. The source code is available from the project’s git tree.

$ git clone

A mirror is also hosted on LinuxTV.

Issue Tracker

Our issue tracker tracks all bugs, issues and feature requests. All issues are publicly visible, and you can register for an account to create new issues.


Project documentation is created using Sphinx. Source level documentation uses Doxygen. Please make sure to document all code during development.

Submitting Patches

The libcamera project has high standards of stability, efficiency and reliability. To achieve those, the project goes to great length to produce code that is as easy to read, understand and maintain as possible. This is made possible by a set of Coding Style Guidelines that all submissions are expected to follow.

The patch submission process for libcamera is similar to the Linux kernel, and goes through the libcamera-devel mailing list. If you have no previous experience with git-send-email, or just experience trouble configuring it for your e-mail provider, the sourcehut developers have put together a detailed guide available at

Patches submitted to the libcamera project must be certified as suitable for integration into an open source project. As such libcamera follows the same model as utilised by the Linux kernel, and requires the use of ‘Signed-off-by:’ tags in all patches.

By signing your contributions you are certifying your work in accordance with the following:

Developer’s Certificate of Origin

Version 1.1

Copyright (C) 2004, 2006 The Linux Foundation and its contributors. 1 Letterman Drive Suite D4700 San Francisco, CA, 94129

Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this license document, but changing it is not allowed.

Developer’s Certificate of Origin 1.1

By making a contribution to this project, I certify that:

  1. The contribution was created in whole or in part by me and I have the right to submit it under the open source license indicated in the file; or
  2. The contribution is based upon previous work that, to the best of my knowledge, is covered under an appropriate open source license and I have the right under that license to submit that work with modifications, whether created in whole or in part by me, under the same open source license (unless I am permitted to submit under a different license), as indicated in the file; or
  3. The contribution was provided directly to me by some other person who certified (a), (b) or (c) and I have not modified it.
  4. I understand and agree that this project and the contribution are public and that a record of the contribution (including all personal information I submit with it, including my sign-off) is maintained indefinitely and may be redistributed consistent with this project or the open source license(s) involved.