Thursday, 17 October 2013

Raspberry Pi Stream Webcam to Apache Server

Raspberry Pi Stream Webcam to Apache Server

To Stream Webcam to an Apache Server on the Raspberry Pi you need to have already:
  • Installed Apache – See this post.
  • Installed the Camera Module – See this post.
After you have done this you are ready to start.
First Step – Install FFmpeg
You should download, compile and install FFmpeg, a cross platform solution for streaming and recording including the codec you will need.
Remove any existing installation:
apt-get remove ffmpeg
Get the git installation link from the FFmpeg git page here.
I have included the link in the following commands:
git clone git://
Once this has completed, move into the directory and compile the source.
cd ffmpeg
make install
This can (and probably will) take hours on the Raspberry Pi so I recommend you put this in a script and run it over night or go watch a film.
Step 2 – Install crtmpserver
This can be done with apt-get.
apt-get install crtmpserver
but you will need to do some configuration, edit the following file:
Add/change the following setings:
And finally restart the service:
service crtmpserver restart
Final Step – Web setup
Install jwplayer on your web server. You can get this at:, once you have downloaded it, extract the files in:
Create an example webpage to display your webcam stream:
    <title>Raspberry Pi Webcam Streaming</title>
    <div id="video-jwplayer_wrapper" style="position: relative; display: block; width: 960px; height: 540px;">
      <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="/jwplayer/jwplayer.flash.swf" width="100%" height="100%" bgcolor="#000000" id="video-jwplayer" name="video-jwplayer" tabindex="0">
        <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true">
        <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always">
        <param name="seamlesstabbing" value="true">
        <param name="wmode" value="opaque">
      <div id="video-jwplayer_aspect" style="display: none;"></div>
      <div id="video-jwplayer_jwpsrv" style="position: absolute; top: 0px; z-index: 10;"></div>

    <script src="/jwplayer/jwplayer.js"></script>

    <script type="text/javascript">
      , file:"rtmp://" + window.location.hostname + "/flvplayback/flv:myStream.flv"
      , autoStart: true
      , rtmp:{
      , deliveryType: "streaming"
      , width: 960
      , height: 540
      , player: {
        modes: {
          linear: {
                , enabled: false
      , shows: {
        streamTimer: {
          enabled: true
          , tickRate: 100
Now check it works! Make sure you connect to it locally and not remotely. (192.168.* address).
To start the stream run the following command:
raspivid -t 0 -w 960 -h 540 -fps 25 -b 500000 -vf -o - | ffmpeg -i - -vcodec copy -an -f flv -metadata streamName=myStream tcp://
You should see a video stream similar to the image below:
Raspberry Pi Webcam Streaming
Raspberry Pi Webcam Streaming
(Yes, the webcam is pointed at the wall).
If you want to make this webcam stream accessible remotely, you need to port forward port 1935 to the raspberry pi.
Voila, now you can Stream Webcam to Apache Server on the Raspberry Pi.

Plus i am using it and it works wonders


  1. works like a charm, only problem now is getting jwplayer

  2. i get this error:
    pi@raspberrypi ~ $ raspivid -t 0 -w 960 -h 540 -fps 25 -b 500000 -vf -o - | ffmpeg -i - -vcodec copy -an -f flv -metadata streamName=myStream tcp://
    -bash: raspivid: command not found
    ffmpeg version N-62748-gb3c0d01 Copyright (c) 2000-2014 the FFmpeg developers
    built on Apr 27 2014 21:48:47 with gcc 4.6 (Debian 4.6.3-8+rpi1)
    libavutil 52. 79.100 / 52. 79.100
    libavcodec 55. 59.100 / 55. 59.100
    libavformat 55. 37.101 / 55. 37.101
    libavdevice 55. 13.100 / 55. 13.100
    libavfilter 4. 4.100 / 4. 4.100
    libswscale 2. 6.100 / 2. 6.100
    libswresample 0. 18.100 / 0. 18.100
    pipe:: Invalid data found when processing input

    great tut by the way almost everything worked as expected




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