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Initial release September 25, 2002; 14 years ago (2002-09-25)[1]
Stable release
1.30.0 / July 28, 2016; 7 months ago (2016-07-28)
Written in C++, Perl and PHP
Operating system Linux
Available in Multilingual
Type Surveillance
License GPL

ZoneMinder is a free, open source Closed-circuit television software application developed for Linux. It is released under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Feature List[edit]

  • Runs on any Linux distribution supporting Video4Linux.
  • 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.
  • New RESTful API to facilitate 3rd party developers to build new apps (v1.29+, already available in master snapshots)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Release 0.0.1, Wiki - Change History, ZoneMinder
  2. ^ uses more CPU than expected?, thread from October, 2010 ZoneMinder forum

External links[edit]