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A Comprehensive Tutorial of Installing OpenCV 2.4.3 in Ubuntu 12.10 [ i386 ]

Author posted @ 2013年2月17日 12:03 in Linux , 11607 阅读



(few modifications are made for 12.10 version ubuntu system here)

The Installation Procedure

To install and configure OpenCV 2.4.1, complete the following steps. The commands shown in each step can be copy and pasted directly into a Linux command line.

  1. Remove any installed versions of ffmpeg and x264.
    sudo apt-get remove ffmpeg x264 libx264-dev
  2. Get all the dependencies for x264 and ffmpeg.
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install build-essential checkinstall git cmake libfaac-dev libjack-jackd2-dev 
    libmp3lame-dev libopencore-amrnb-dev libopencore-amrwb-dev libsdl1.2-dev 
    libtheora-dev libva-dev libvdpau-dev libvorbis-dev libx11-dev libxfixes-dev 
    libxvidcore-dev texi2html yasm zlib1g-dev
  3. Download and install gstreamer.
    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
  4. Download and install gtk.
    sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-0 libgtk2.0-dev
  5. Download and install libjpeg.
    sudo apt-get install libjpeg8 libjpeg8-dev
  6. Create a directory to hold source code.
    cd ~
    mkdir src
  7. Download and install install x264.
    1. Download a recent stable snapshot of x264 from ftp://ftp.videolan.org/pub/videolan/x264/snapshots/. The exact version does not seem to matter. To write this guide, I used version x264-snapshot-20120528-2245-stable.tar.bz2, but I have used previous versions too.
          cd ~/src
          wget ftp://ftp.videolan.org/pub/videolan/x264/snapshots/x264-snapshot-20120528-2245-stable.tar.bz2
          tar xvf x264-snapshot-20120528-2245-stable.tar.bz2
          cd x264-snapshot-20120528-2245-stable
    2. Configure and build the x264 libraries.
      ./configure --enable-static
      sudo make install

      IMPORTANT: If you are running a 64-bit version of Ubuntu, you must configure x264 as shown in the following command

      ./configure --enable-shared --enable-pic
    3. The -shared and -pic options might also be required when you compile for some other architectures, such as ARM. You know you need these options if you get the following error when compiling OpenCV:

      [ 25%] Building CXX object modules/highgui/CMakeFiles/opencv_highgui.dir/src/bitstrm.cpp.o
      Linking CXX shared library ../../lib/libopencv_highgui.so
      /usr/bin/ld: /usr/local/lib/libavcodec.a(avpacket.o): relocation R_X86_64_32S against `av_destruct_packet' can not be used when making a shared object; recompile with -fPIC
      /usr/local/lib/libavcodec.a: could not read symbols: Bad value
  8. Download and install install ffmpeg.
    1. Download ffmpeg version 0.11.1 from http://ffmpeg.org/download.html.
      cd ~/src
      wget http://ffmpeg.org/releases/ffmpeg-0.11.1.tar.bz2
      tar xvf ffmpeg-0.11.1.tar.bz2
      cd ffmpeg-0.11.1
    2. Configure and build ffmpeg.
      ./configure --enable-gpl --enable-libfaac --enable-libmp3lame 
      --enable-libopencore-amrnb --enable-libopencore-amrwb --enable-libtheora 
      --enable-libvorbis --enable-libx264 --enable-libxvid --enable-nonfree 
      --enable-postproc --enable-version3 --enable-x11grab
      sudo make install

      IMPORTANT: Just like with x264 in the previous step, you must configure ffmpeg with the -shared and -pic options if you are running a 64-bit version of Ubuntu or some other architectures, such as ARM.

      ./configure --enable-gpl --enable-libfaac --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libopencore-amrnb --enable-libopencore-amrwb --enable-libtheora --enable-libvorbis --enable-libx264 --enable-libxvid --enable-nonfree --enable-postproc --enable-version3 --enable-x11grab --enable-shared --enable-pic
  9. Download and install install a recent version of v4l (video for linux) from http://www.linuxtv.org/downloads/v4l-utils/. For this guide I used version 0.9.3.
        cd ~/src
        wget http://www.linuxtv.org/downloads/v4l-utils/v4l-utils-0.9.3.tar.bz2
        tar xvf v4l-utils-0.9.3.tar.bz2
        cd v4l-utils-0.9.3
        sudo make install
  10. Download and install install OpenCV 2.4.3.
    1. Download OpenCV version 2.4.3 from http://sourceforge.net/projects/opencvlibrary/files/opencv-unix/2.4.3/OpenCV-2.4.3.tar.bz2/download
          cd ~/src
          tar xvf OpenCV-2.4.2.tar.bz2
    2. Create a new build directory and run cmake:
      cd OpenCV-2.4.2/
      mkdir build
      cd build
    3. Verify that the output of cmake includes the following text:
      • found gstreamer-base-0.10
      • GTK+ 2.x: YES
      • FFMPEG: YES
      • GStreamer: YES
      • V4L/V4L2: Using libv4l
    4. Build and install OpenCV.
      sudo make install
  11. Configure Linux.
    1. Tell linux where the shared libraries for OpenCV are located by entering the following shell command:
      export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/lib

      Add the command to your .bashrc file so that you don’t have to enter every time your start a new terminal.

      Alternatively, you can configure the system wide library search path. Using your favorite editor, add a single line containing the text /usr/local/lib to the end of a file named /etc/ld.so.conf.d/opencv.conf. In the standard Ubuntu install, the opencv.conf file does not exist; you need to create it. Using vi, for example, enter the following commands:

      sudo vi /etc/ld.so.conf.d/opencv.conf

      After editing the opencv.conf file, enter the following command:

      sudo ldconfig /etc/ld.so.conf
    2. Using your favorite editor, add the following two lines to the end of /etc/bash.bashrc:
          export PKG_CONFIG_PATH

After completing the previous steps, your system should be ready to compile code that uses the OpenCV libraries.


The following example shows one way to compile code for OpenCV:

g++ `pkg-config opencv --cflags` my_example.cpp -o my_example `pkg-config opencv --libs` 

Sample c++ file here, my_example.cpp, used for opening an image:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <opencv2/opencv.hpp>

using namespace cv;

int main( int argc, char** argv )
  Mat image;
  image = imread( argv[1], 1 );

  if( argc != 2 || !image.data )
      printf( "No image data \n" );
      return -1;

  namedWindow( "Display Image", CV_WINDOW_AUTOSIZE );
  imshow( "Display Image", image );


  return 0;

Once compiled, run command to see the sweetie :D

./my_example cLena.bmp

Luis 说:
2013年6月17日 00:46

Hey there, very nice post, just a configure is missing:

cd ~/src

wget http://www.linuxtv.org/downloads/v4l-utils/v4l-utils-0.9.3.tar.bz2

tar xvf v4l-utils-0.9.3.tar.bz2
cd v4l-utils-0.9.3
****** Here is the configure missing.
sudo make install

Thanks for the tutorial :)

Tim 说:
2013年7月01日 22:16

I just put ./configure --enable-shared --enable-pic again. It told me that --enable-pic didn't have any effect so you can probably leave it away.

Thanks for the tutorial!

Best Tim

鹅鹅 说:
2013年9月27日 16:22

@Luis: You are right, I just corrected it. Thank you. :)

johnny 说:
2013年11月26日 12:52

To install OpenCV using the terminal on Ubuntu:
$ su -
# apt-get update
# apt-get install build-essential
# apt-get install libavformat-dev
# apt-get install x264 v4l-utils ffmpeg
# apt-get install libcv2.3 libcvaux2.3 libhighgui2.3 python-opencv opencv-doc libcv-dev libcvaux-dev libhighgui-dev


Koksi 说:
2014年1月09日 11:36


I want to thank you for the detailed and well explained configuration for installing OpenCV! I followed your steps and I was able to run the application from the first time after all my failures! Warm thanks!!

Best regards,

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