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Guvcview is a free and open source, simple program for capturing and viewing videos from v4l2 devices for Linux


General Settings:

  • Optical resolution, measured in pixels;
  • Focal length (if supported by the camera);
  • LED backlight (if available);
  • Color model-MJPG, RGB/BGR, YUV (YU12 and YV12);
  • Brightness, contrast, saturation, white balance color temperature (automatic or manual setting of 0-10000 K), gain, light frequency accounting (50, 60 Hz, depending on the power supply, or without it), sharpness, compensation of bright areas, exposure (automatic, manual, with shutter speed or aperture priority), shutter speed (in milliseconds), frame rate mode;
  • Automatic numbering of the names of saved files;
  • Choosing a place to save;
  • Image effects: horizontal and vertical reflection, negative, in black and white, mosaic, “particles”;
  • Saving settings in the created profiles, as well as restoring the initial settings used by default.


  • Supported image formats are JPEG, BMP, PNG, Raw.

Video shooting:

  • Video Codec – MJPEG, YUY2 (uncompressed YUV), RGB (uncompressed BMP), MPEG-1, FLV1 (H. 263), WMV (VC-1), MPEG-2, MP4 V3, MPEG-4 ASP, MPEG-4 AVC (H. 264);
  • Video format (media container) – AVI or MKV;
  • Frame rate per second – 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30;
  • Displaying the current frame rate value in the program interface (in the title bar of the window).


  • Selecting an audio input device (microphone);
  • Choosing an audio API-PulseAudio or PortAudio;
  • Sampling rate – 8000-96000 Hz;
  • Bitrate value (Kbit/s);
  • Number of channels — 1 (mono) or 2 (stereo, if there is a stereo microphone);
  • Audio format — PCM (uncompressed audio with a sampling depth of 16 bits), MPEG-2, MP3, AC3, AAC Low;
  • Effects-echo, reverb, fuzz, “croak”, “duckling”;
  • Mute the sound;
  • Displaying the sound volume level in the program interface (sound level meter) during video recording.

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The software Guvcview is available for installation on Linux.

Installation methodOS
PPAUbuntu* 16.04/18.04, Linux Mint 18/19, Debian
DebUbuntu* 16.04/18.04/19.04/20.04, Linux Mint 18/19, Debian
RPMopenSUSE, Rosa Linux, Mageia, ALT Linux, Fedora, CentOS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and others
SnapUbuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora, CentOS, KDE Neon, openSUSE, elementary OS, Manjaro, Red Hat Enterprise Linux

*Ubuntu (GNOME), Kubuntu (KDE), Xubuntu (XFCE), Lubuntu (LXDE)

Install Software via PPA repository

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pj-assis/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install guvcview

Install Software via Deb package

Install Software via RPM package

Install Software via Snap package

sudo snap install guvcview

Software Information

Language Interface:English, Russian, Deutsch, Spanish, French and others
Description version:2.0.6
Developer:Paulo Assis
Programming language:C
License:GPL v2

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