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Cheese (software)

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Original author(s)Daniel G. Siegel, David King
Developer(s)The GNOME Project
Stable release
44.1[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 15 July 2023; 12 months ago (15 July 2023)
Written inC, Vala
SuccessorGNOME Snapshot
TypeWebcam software

Cheese is the former default webcam application[2] for the GNOME desktop, i.e. an application to handle UVC streams over Video4Linux. It was developed as a Google Summer of Code 2007 project by Daniel G. Siegel. It uses GStreamer to apply effects to photos and videos.[3] It can export to Flickr and is integrated into GNOME.[4]

It was officially added to GNOME in version 2.22.[5]



The webcam application started off as a way to take photos with a webcam, which could then easily be shared. It has gained features and usage and can now be used in many ways that were not possible at its first release. Cheese can record photos as well as video, and can use a timer before shooting as well as taking pictures in burst mode. Version 2.28 brought the ability to switch between multiple webcams with one click. The application has built-in sharing so that photos or videos can be uploaded to photo-sharing sites or used on a computer. It also has many different effects that can be applied to photos.[6][7]


  • Mauve
  • Noir/Blanc
  • Saturation
  • Hulk
  • Vertical Flip
  • Horizontal Flip
  • Shagadelic
  • Vertigo
  • Edge
  • Dice
  • Warp

See also



  1. ^ https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/cheese/-/tags/44.1. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Gagné, Marcel (2008-09-04). "Smile and Say 'Cheese'". Linux Planet. Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2011-12-28.
  3. ^ Cook, Forrest (2009-01-28). "The long road to a working Cheese". LWN.net. Retrieved 2011-12-28.
  4. ^ Paul, Ryan (2007-08-21). "Cheese brings Photobooth functionality to Linux". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2011-12-28.
  5. ^ Larabel, Michael (2008-01-29). "Eight Interesting Improvements In GNOME 2.22". Phoronix. p. 2. Retrieved 2011-12-28.
  6. ^ "Cheese! Notes". Retrieved 25 December 2011.
  7. ^ Hess, Ken (2011-04-04). "Have Some Cheese with that Webcam". Linux Magazine. Archived from the original on April 7, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)