The GNU/Linux client is a combination of a Video4Linux2 device driver and an executable app that will transfer the stream from the phone to the driver. The client is fairly simplistic and supports video only at this time. There are no limits on resolution, assuming you have DroidCamX on your phone you can stream up to 1080p and even higher if your phone/pc can handle it.

It’s assumed you are somewhat familiar with the system and how to use the Terminal. Please keep in mind other posts on the site are Windows oriented.


Note: 32-bit binaries are no longer provided, you’ll need to compile the client from source.

1. First remove any old versions of the client you have. Scroll down to the “Removal” section below.

2. Ensure the following dependencies are installed:gcc make linux-headers-`uname -r`

3. Download and install the latest client:
cd /tmp/
echo "7775e36b5325dc1f32d485eb3cc72fd1" | md5sum -c --
# OK?

unzip -d droidcam && cd droidcam
sudo ./install

If all goes well, you can ensure the device is installed via lsmod | grep v4l2loopback_dc. You should see v4l2loopback_dc in the output.

Open up a V4L2 compatible program (VLC player, Skype, Cheese, etc) and you should see DroidCam listed as a video device (or it might be listed as /dev/video).

4. Start the droidcam client via the Terminal, or create a launcher if you’re using gnome. There is also a simpler cli client: droidcam-cli which you can use.

5. Check the connection post on how to connect. If all goes well, you should see the output in the chat application, and you’re done!

A note about USB connections: The latest version of the client will try to invoke adb automatically, provided adb is installed.

Debian-based Linux users can do: sudo apt-get install adb
Fedora/SUSE-based Linux users can do: sudo yum install android-tools

The following commands are automatically executed by droidcam:
adb start-server
adb devices # Look in output for a connected device
adb forward tcp:$port tcp:$port # $port = specified port on the client

Update webcam resolution

You can change the webcam output resolution as follows:

1. Close any programs using the droidcam webcam. Unload the device driver:
sudo rmmod v4l2loopback_dc

2. Re-load it with new options (WIDTH and HEIGHT are numbers). :
sudo insmod /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/media/video/v4l2loopback-dc.ko width=WIDTH height=HEIGHT
Standard sizes (Width x Height): 640×480, 960×720, 1280×720 (720p), 1920×1080 (1080p).

3. Restart the droidcam client to reload the settings, and test it out. You can keep changing the resolution.

4. Edit the text file /etc/modprobe.d/droidcam.conf with the new options to make the change stick.


Close any running programs. Run one of the following (depends which version of the linux client you got)
Current: sudo /opt/droidcam-uninstall
Old client: sudo ~/.droidcam/uninstall