Linux video surveillance software

Bluecherry is a Linux based server application with a Windows, Linux and OS-X client.

What is Bluecherry?

Bluecherry is a Debian / Ubuntu / CentOS based Linux video surveillance application that supports network (IP) cameras. The Bluecherry software has a low memory footprint, supports ONVIF, and issues GPU for motion detection. This means that a lower end server with a supported GPU (embedded Intel graphics for example) can support multiple streams with low CPU usage.

Bluecherry has both a web view for configuration and live viewing and a open source multi-operating system client (Linux, Windows, OSX). Bluecherry can easily be installed in a virtual machine for testing or deployment and upgraded via standard distribution upgrade methods (ie – no binary blobs to replace manually).


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Completely Open Source

As of April 20, 2019 Bluecherry has released the entire software suite as open source under the GPL licensing.

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Quickly add network cameras

Quickly add ONVIF supported network cameras automatically with our network scan / detection tool

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Cross platform client

Our open source client is available for Linux, Windows and OS X

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Quick, easy installation

Copy and paste our repository links and install our software in seconds

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User based roles and access

Quickly and easily setup new users and only give them access to cameras or features you want.

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Priority support available

We offer Community forums, Live Chat and email based support and phone support can be purchased separately.


Community or perpetual licensing?

Only have a few cameras? No problem, download and use our software for free for up to 4 cameras with no licensing restrictions. Decide later to add more cameras? No problem either, just purchase a perpetual software license.

Compare community vs perpetual here.




Up to 4 cameras
30 day free trial (unlimited cameras)
Basic support
All features and functionality

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Small business

starting at $50


Upto 128 cameras
* Custom domain + TLS
30 day free trial
Ticket support
All features and functionality
* Coming soon in v3.1

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Get started!

# Docker Compose image

# ** Bluecherry stable (2.8.8) **
# Install Bluecherry on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Debian 9
 sudo bash -c "$(wget -O -"  

# ** Bluecherry beta (3.x) **
# Install Bluecherry on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, 20.04 LTS, Ubuntu 20.10, Ubuntu 21.04, Debian 10, Debian 11
# Recommended for the ONVIF motion detection, sub streaming, H265 (beta) support **
  sudo bash -c "$(curl -s" 

Once installed, connect to the newly installed server with a web browser (https://bluecherryserver:7001)
(Default login: Admin / bluecherry)

# Install the Linux client:
sudo apt-get install bluecherry-client

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