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).


Completely Open Source

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

Quickly add network cameras

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

Cross platform client

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

Quick, easy installation

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

User based roles and access

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

Priority support available

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

One command install

# Ubuntu / Debian systems make sure curl AND sudo is installed (apt-get install curl sudo)

# New in July, 2023.  Install Bluecherry server on any Linux distribution that supports docker.
  sudo bash -c "$(curl -s https://raw.githubusercontent.com/bluecherrydvr/bluecherry-docker/master/scripts/install.sh)"


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

Default login: Admin Password: bluecherry

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

Windows / OSX client download

Community edition

Limited support
  • Up to 4 cameras
  • Live streaming via mobile apps
  • Cross platform desktop client
  • Email / web hook notifications
  • User access / roles


Support by email / forums / live chat
Starting at $40
  • Up to 150 cameras per server
  • Live streaming via mobile apps
  • Cross platform desktop client
  • Email / web hook notifications
  • User access / roles
  • bluecherry.app domain
  • Auto configured SSL certificate

Bluecherry develops a Linux based video surveillance application with a cross platform client. The entire application is open source under GPL licensing.

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