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OpenCV installation for Ubuntu 12.04

Posted by Hemprasad Y. Badgujar on May 11, 2014


OpenCV (open source computer vision) is released under a BSD license and hence it’s free for both academic and commercial use. It has C++, C, Python and Java interfaces and supports Ubuntu Linux. OpenCV was designed for computational efficiency and with a strong focus on real-time applications.

OpenCV is the most popular and advanced code library for Computer Vision related applications today, spanning from many very basic tasks (capture and pre-processing of image data) to high-level algorithms (feature extraction, motion tracking, machine learning). It is free software and provides a rich API in C, C++, Java and Python. Other wrappers are available. The library itself is platform-independent and often used for real-time image processing and computer vision.


Many people are having problem with installing OpenCV even from Ubuntu Software Centre. Here a simple .sh script file get all dependancy files from internet and compile the source finally install opencv on your system. So that users can easily write their CV files from C,C++, and Python

Step 1

Download the latest from or Copy the following script to gedit and save as

version="$(wget -q -O - | egrep -m1 -o '\"[0-9](\.[0-9])+' | cut -c2-)"
 echo "Installing OpenCV" $version
 mkdir OpenCV
cd OpenCV
echo "Removing any pre-installed ffmpeg and x264"
sudo apt-get -qq remove ffmpeg x264 libx264-dev
echo "Installing Dependenices"

sudo apt-get -qq install libopencv-dev build-essential checkinstall cmake pkg-config yasm libjpeg-dev libjasper-dev libavcodec-dev libavformat-dev libswscale-dev libdc1394-22-dev libxine-dev libgstreamer0.10-dev libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-dev libv4l-dev python-dev python-numpy libtbb-dev libqt4-dev libgtk2.0-dev libfaac-dev libmp3lame-dev libopencore-amrnb-dev libopencore-amrwb-dev libtheora-dev libvorbis-dev libxvidcore-dev x264 v4l-utils ffmpeg

sudo apt-get install libgstreamer0.10-0 libgstreamer0.10-dev gstreamer0.10-tools gstreamer0.10-plugins-base libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-dev gstreamer0.10-plugins-good gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg

sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-dbg vlc-data libvlccore5 libvlc5 libvlccore-dev libvlc-dev tbb-examples libtbb-doc libtbb2 libtbb-dev libxine1-bin libxine1-ffmpeg libxine-dev 

sudo apt-get install libmysqlcppconn-dev
echo "Downloading OpenCV" $version wget -O OpenCV-$$version/opencv-"$version".zip/download echo "Installing OpenCV" $version unzip OpenCV-$ cd opencv-$version mkdir build cd build cmake -D CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=RELEASE -D CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr/local -D WITH_TBB=ON -D BUILD_NEW_PYTHON_SUPPORT=ON -D WITH_V4L=ON -D INSTALL_C_EXAMPLES=ON -D INSTALL_PYTHON_EXAMPLES=ON -D BUILD_EXAMPLES=ON -D WITH_QT=ON -D WITH_OPENGL=ON .. make -j 4 sudo checkinstall sudo sh -c 'echo "/usr/local/lib" > /etc/' sudo ldconfig echo "OpenCV" $version "ready to be used"

Step 2

Open terminal.

   1 $ chmod +x
   2 $ ./

This will complete opencv installation

Running OpenCV



Loading an image in Python

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   1 from import *
   3 img = LoadImage("/home/USER/Pictures/python.jpg")
   4 NamedWindow("opencv")
   5 ShowImage("opencv",img)
   6 WaitKey(0)


   1 $ python


in C

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   1 #include
   2 #include<opencv2/highgui/highgui.hpp>
   4 int main()
   5 {
   6     IplImage* img = cvLoadImage("/home/USER/Pictures/python.jpg",CV_LOAD_IMAGE_COLOR);
   7     cvNamedWindow("opencvtest",CV_WINDOW_AUTOSIZE);
   8     cvShowImage("opencvtest",img);
   9     cvWaitKey(0);
  10     cvReleaseImage(&img);
  11     return 0;
  12 }


To compile C program, Let’s assume the file is opencvtest.c

   1 $ gcc -ggdb `pkg-config --cflags opencv` -o `basename opencvtest.c .c` opencvtest.c `pkg-config --libs opencv`
   2 $ ./opencvtest


In C++


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   1 #include<opencv2/highgui/highgui.hpp>
   2 using namespace cv;
   4 int main()
   5 {
   7     Mat img = imread("/home/USER/Pictures/python.jpg",CV_LOAD_IMAGE_COLOR);
   8     imshow("opencvtest",img);
   9     waitKey(0);
  11     return 0;
  12 }


to compile in C++

   1 $ g++ -ggdb `pkg-config --cflags opencv` -o `basename opencvtest.cpp .cpp` opencvtest.cpp `pkg-config --libs opencv`
   2 $ ./opencvtest


Note: Always include OpenCV header files in C and C++ as

   1 #include "opencv2/core/core_c.h"
   2 #include "opencv2/core/core.hpp"
   3 #include "opencv2/flann/miniflann.hpp"
   4 #include "opencv2/imgproc/imgproc_c.h"
   5 #include "opencv2/imgproc/imgproc.hpp"
   6 #include "opencv2/video/video.hpp"
   7 #include "opencv2/features2d/features2d.hpp"
   8 #include "opencv2/objdetect/objdetect.hpp"
   9 #include "opencv2/calib3d/calib3d.hpp"
  10 #include "opencv2/ml/ml.hpp"
  11 #include "opencv2/highgui/highgui_c.h"
  12 #include "opencv2/highgui/highgui.hpp"
  13 #include "opencv2/contrib/contrib.hpp"


A bash script to compile opencv programs.Making a Bash Script to Compile OpenCV:

It’s kind of boring typing all this stuff. So, A bash file to compile OpenCV programs. Name it and keep it in your home directory.

   1 #!/bin/bash
   2 echo "compiling $1"
   3 if [[ $1 == *.c ]]
   4 then
   5 gcc -ggdb `pkg-config --cflags opencv` -o `basename $1 .c` $1 `pkg-config --libs opencv`;
   6 elif [[ $1 == *.cpp ]]
   7 then
   8 g++ -ggdb `pkg-config --cflags opencv` -o `basename $1 .cpp` $1 `pkg-config --libs opencv`;
   9 else
  10 echo "Please compile only .c or .cpp files"
  11 fi
  12 echo "Output file => ${1%.*}"


Add an alias in .bashrc or .bash_aliases

   1 $ alias opencv="~/"
   2 $ opencv opencvtest.c
   3 $ ./opencvtest



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