An open source camera stack and framework for Linux, Android, and ChromeOS

Cameras are complex devices that need heavy hardware image processing operations. Control of the processing is based on advanced algorithms that must run on a programmable processor. This has traditionally been implemented in a dedicated MCU in the camera, but in embedded devices, algorithms have been moved to the main CPU to save cost. Blurring the boundary between camera devices and Linux often left the user with no other option than a vendor-specific closed-source solution.

To address this problem the Linux media community is collaborating with the industry to develop a camera stack that is open-source-friendly while still protecting vendor core IP. libcamera was born out of that collaboration and offers modern camera support to Linux-based systems, including traditional Linux distributions, ChromeOS and Android.

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  • c/c++
  • qt5
  • gstreamer
  • v4l2
  • linux kernel


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libcamera 2021 Projects

  • Siyuan Fan
    A Software ISP Implementation with OpenCL
    Camera imaging pipeline is typically embedded in a camera hardware making it difficult to customize the imaging algorithm for developers.The project...
  • Vedant Paranjape
    Multistream support in GStreamer element
    The GStreamer libcamera element allows libcamera to be used in GStreamer pipelines. libcamera supports simultaneous streaming, for example having...