How do I install this?

Asked by pilty on 2009-05-18

Can anybody tell me in plain english how to install ZoneMinder 1.24.1? I am a complete beginner as far as Linux is concerned.

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Steven Danna (ssd7) said : #1

Do you specifically want that version of ZoneMinder? A previous version (1.23.3) has been packaged for ubuntu and is available in the repositories. If this version is acceptable, it can be installed using any of the package management tools that come with Ubuntu.

 The package name is zoneminder and can be installed by doing the following:

1) Open a terminal: Applications->Accessories->Terminal
2) Type the following command: sudo apt-get install zoneminder
3) Enter your user password when prompted.
4) Type 'y' when asked if you want to continue with installation.

Alternatively, you can use the Synaptic Package Manager which can be found by going to System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager. Detailed instructions for using the program can be found here:

pilty (christophertseymour) said : #2

That seemed to install it but I can't find it now. I tried the synaptic package manager and I can find it in the list there but don't know what to do next.

Luky Winarto (luckyborneo) said : #3

Hi pilty,

Steven Danna was right. You just do like he/she said. Zoneminder is on universe section. Please make sure that your sources.list has universe repository.

luky@luky-desktop:~$ sudo apt-cache search zoneminder
zoneminder - Linux video camera security and surveillance solution
mythzoneminder - view status and display footage recorded with zoneminder

I'm sure that you can install zoneminder if you have already configure the sources.list with universe repository.

pilty (christophertseymour) said : #4

chris@chris-desktop:~$ sudo apt-cache search zoneminder
[sudo] password for chris:
zoneminder - Linux video camera security and surveillance solution
mythzoneminder - view status and display footage recorded with zoneminder

Am I missing something really obvious because I feel even more stupid now. Does Zoneminder have a GUI? How do I get it to run?

Why is it so hard to install a program? << Did I just make the top ten list for the most ridiculous question of all time?

Luky Winarto (luckyborneo) said : #5

Now, you just do it like Steven Donna said before. You just run this command from terminal:
$ sudo apt-get install zoneminder

It will install zoneminder to your ubuntu box.

I think, zoneminder doesn't have any GUI. It's integrated with the server. More information about it, you can visit this URL:


Steven Danna (ssd7) said : #6

Ok. If I understand you correctly, you have installed the program using my directions but now cannot seem to find it. The problem is that it turns out a few steps are necessary to get it working and the the interface is actually a web interface. First, follow the directions in the Installations from a .deb section at this website:

Then point your web browser at the following website


I tried installing this and doing all this on my own machine and it seemed to work. Now since, I don't have any equipment for this, I can't really help in terms of getting it configured further than that.

Hope this helps!

Steven Danna (ssd7) said : #7

Also, on that website I linked, if you just want to get it up and running, you can just do the first to directions:

sudo ln -s /etc/zm/apache.conf /etc/apache2/conf.d/zoneminder.conf
sudo apache2ctl restart

and then point your browser at


pilty (christophertseymour) said : #8

Like this? >>>

chris@chris-desktop:~$ sudo ln -s /etc/zm/apache.conf /etc/apache2/conf.d/zoneminder.conf
[sudo] password for chris:
chris@chris-desktop:~$ sudo apache2ctl restart
apache2: Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using for ServerName

Steven Danna (ssd7) said : #9

That seems exactly right to me. Do you see anything now if you go to http://localhost/zm/ ?

pilty (christophertseymour) said : #10

I get a page that says, "ZoneMinder Console - Running - v1.23.3" There is no picture although there is a button which says add new monitor. This helps me like a chocolate fire guard as I have no idea of the parameters/values that I need to add on the setup screen. There are no clues to guide me either. So far my impression of installing software reminds me of when I asked a friend why he kept banging his head against a wall! He replied that it felt so good when he stopped.

pilty (christophertseymour) said : #11

I guessed at some of the parameters and on the link you gave I now have a lising for a monitor >> 1. Yard Monitor /dev/video (0) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

I am not however, seeing any video and the webcams light is not illuminated. Do I have to install a standalone webcam driver before the webcam will work?

Steven Danna (ssd7) said : #12

As I mentioned before, I do not have any sort of equipment to actually use this software. So far, all my advice has come from reading the official documentation and some linux intuition. The best I can do at this point is point you to the documentation wiki that the makers of this program have set up.

Specifically you may want to look at this section:

Also, you may want to ask further questions at their wiki:

There are likely people who know about the program there.

pilty (christophertseymour) said : #13

I'll check it out some more later this morning. It's 2:20am here and way past my bedtime. Thanks for all your help I really appreciate it.

ly9000 (ly9000) said : #14

This links may be help you:

-High quality video security with Ubuntu desktop 10.10, Zoneminder 1.24.x and webcam:

-High quality video security with Ubuntu server 10.10,Zoneminder 1.24.x,cheap DVR card: