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ZoneMinder is an all-in-one Linux security camera solution. This application is designed around a series of independent components that only function when necessary limiting any wasted resource and maximising the efficiency of your machine.

ZoneMinder is intended for use in single or multi-camera video security applications, including commercial or home CCTV, theft prevention and child or family member or home monitoring and other care scenarios.

Use an old PC with a large hard drive as your security digital video recorder, connect any compatible video, IP, wireless, and USB cameras, and you're in business. It can be integrated into an X10 home automation system.

 ZoneMinder 1.26.2

Free to download



Philip Coombes


System Requirements

Support Sites:
Documentation, Wiki, FAQ, Forums

Selected Reviews:
Brian Klug, Linux Security

Features include:

  • Useful and friendly software
  • Supports video, USB and network cameras
  • Support Pan/Tilt/Zoom cameras, extensible to add new control protocols
  • Built on standard tools, C++, Perl and PHP
  • Uses MySQL database
  • Independent video capture and analysis daemons allowing high failure redundancy
  • Multiple zones (regions of interest) can be defined per camera. Each can have a different sensitivity or be ignored altogether
  • Web interface allowing full control of system or cameras as well as live views and event replays
  • Supports live video in MPEG video, multi-part JPEG, and stills formats
  • Supports event replay in MPEG video, multi-part JPEG, and stills formats along with statistics detail
  • User defined filters allowing selection of any number of events by combination of characteristics in any order
  • Event notification by e-mail or SMS, including attached still images or video of specific events by filter
  • Automatic uploading of matching events to external FTP storage for archiving and data security
  • Includes bi-directional X10 (home automation protocol) integration allowing X10 signals to control when video is captured and for motion detection to trigger X10 devices
  • Partitioned design allows other hardware interfacing protocols to be added for support of alarm panels, etc
  • Multiple users and user access levels
  • Multi-language support with many languages already included
  • Full control script support allowing most tasks to be automated or added to other applications
  • Support external triggering by third-party applications or equipment
  • XHTML mobile/cellular phone access allowing access to common functions

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