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Install Aravis 0.4#

  1. Download the current stable release here (backup here).
  2. Install the following dependencies:
    sudo apt install glib-2.0 gobject-2.0 gio-2.0 libxml-2.0 thread-2.0 zlib gstreamer-base-1.0 streamer-app-1.0 gstreamer-base-0.10 gstreamer-app-0.10 gstreamer-video-1.0 gtk+-3.0 libnotify
  3. Install even more dependencies:
    sudo apt install autoconf intltool python-gobject-dev gobject-introspection gtk-doc-tools libgstreamer0.10-dev python-gst0.10-dev libxml2-dev
  4. Uncompress the downloaded Aravis package and open a terminal in that folder.
  5. Run ./configure
  6. Run make
  7. Run sudo make install
  8. Run sudo ldconfig
  9. (for USB cameras only) Copy the udev rules into /etc/udev/rules.d/aravis.rules (source):
    # FLIR Integrated Imaging Solutions
    SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTRS {idVendor}=="1e10", MODE:="0666", TAG+="uaccess", TAG+="udev-acl"

If you need some special features...#

Depending on what you need, you have to call autogen with different parameters.

The most common are:


Builds the aravis example application that allows basic interaction with your camera. The viewer needs GTK+3 and libnotify. You can install them with

sudo apt install libgtk-3-dev libnotify-dev libgstreamer1.0 libgstreamer-plugins-base1.0-dev gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad

Build the aravis gstreamer plugin.


Build the aravis gstreamer-0.10 plugin.


Build the aravis documentation.


Allow interaction with aravis trough gobject introspection. This allows usage of aravis in non-c based languages like Python or Perl.

On Ubuntu / Debian it is sudo apt install libgirepository1.0-dev


If you want to see the actual compile commands

For an overview over all available arguments try configure --help

In case the library is built with ./ --enable-viewer --enable-introspection=yes some more packages are needed: sudo apt install libgirepository1.0-dev libnotify-dev lib-gtk-3-dev

Original Source#

Should you have any trouble with the installation process, you can read the original source of this guide here.