Free VMS Software Directory

By: IPVM Team, Published on Jan 13, 2017

Many Video Management Software (VMS) providers offer free versions, either open source, for a limited number of cameras or for a limited amount of time.

These options may help users with limited needs or those looking to test out VMS before buying it.

We have compiled a list of open-source, restricted use, and trial-version VMSes in this report. 

Open Source/Free

Open source options for VMSes are limited, with only a handful available:

  • Bluecherry - Free with optional paid support subscription. Linux, Windows, Mac OSX support, ONVIF/RTSP camera support.
  • Camlytics - Free, unlimited camera VMS. Paid version adds video analytics, camera events, and heat mapping features.
  • iSpy - Visual Studio 2015 source code is available as well as precompiled installable versions.
  • Kerberos - Free Raspberry PI based VMS, Kerberos.io connects to IP cameras through RTSP streams. Optional people counting analytics and cloud storage of alarm/motion events.
  • motionEyes - Open source, Linux distribution that turns a single-board computer (Raspberry PI) and USB camera into a IP camera with embedded VMS.
  • OpenCVR/Rapidvms from veyesys
  • Shinobi - Open source VMS, developed in node.js
  • Valkka - Open source VMS, python codebase, ONVIF camera support
  • veyesys Rapidvms [link no longer available] - Offers opensource code for most of the VMS platforms, but some components are only available as binaries.
  • Zoneminder - Offers precompiled packages for linux distros, and also open source code.

Free With Restricted Use

These products all work without any timeout period, but generally have limitations around the number of channels or the amount of storage supported in the free version.

Free For Trial Period

Products in this group generally offer full functionality, but timeout after a limited period.

Free With Same-Brand Cameras

Several manufacturers have VMSes that do not require a license when used with their own brand of cameras, these are listed here.

Suggest Others

If you know of other free VMSes please post comments and we will add them to the list.

[Note: this was originally published in 2012 but was substantially revised in 2017.]

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