Getting Started

To fetch the sources, build and install:

git clone git://
cd libcamera
meson build
ninja -C build install


The following Debian/Ubuntu packages are required for building libcamera. Other distributions may have differing package names:

A C++ toolchain: [required]
Either {g++, clang}
Meson Build system: [required]

meson (>= 0.55) ninja-build pkg-config

If your distribution doesn’t provide a recent enough version of meson, you can install or upgrade it using pip3.

pip3 install --user meson
pip3 install --user --upgrade meson
for the libcamera core: [required]
python3-yaml python3-ply python3-jinja2
for IPA module signing: [required]
libgnutls28-dev openssl
for the Raspberry Pi IPA: [optional]


Support for Raspberry Pi can be disabled through the meson
‘pipelines’ option to avoid this dependency.
for device hotplug enumeration: [optional]
for documentation: [optional]
python3-sphinx doxygen graphviz
for gstreamer: [optional]
libgstreamer1.0-dev libgstreamer-plugins-base1.0-dev
for cam: [optional]
for qcam: [optional]
qtbase5-dev libqt5core5a libqt5gui5 libqt5widgets5 qttools5-dev-tools libtiff-dev
for tracing with lttng: [optional]
liblttng-ust-dev python3-jinja2 lttng-tools

Using GStreamer plugin

To use GStreamer plugin from source tree, set the following environment so that GStreamer can find it.

export GST_PLUGIN_PATH=$(pwd)/build/src/gstreamer

The debugging tool gst-launch-1.0 can be used to construct a pipeline and test it. The following pipeline will stream from the camera named “Camera 1” onto the default video display element on your system.

gst-launch-1.0 libcamerasrc camera-name="Camera 1" ! videoconvert ! autovideosink