Free VMS Software Directory

By IPVM Team, Published Feb 04, 2021, 07:50am EST

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.

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Minimal Changes in 2021

The free VMS market has shown minimal changes over 3-4 years, with limited adoption of free open source offerings. Large VMS free/trial offerings remained relatively unchanged.

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 an optional paid support subscription. Linux, Windows, Mac OSX support, ONVIF/RTSP camera support.
  • Camlytics - Free, unlimited camera VMS. A paid premium version adds video analytics, camera events, and heat mapping features. And a paid cloud version allows for real-time occupancy alerts, automated charts/data analysis, multiple users, and greater scalability.
  • iSpy - Visual Studio 2019 source code is available as well as precompiled installable versions.
  • Kerberos - Free open source VMS for Docker, Kubernetes, and Raspberry PI. 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 others) and USB camera into an IP camera with embedded VMS.
  • OpenCVR/Rapidvms from Linkingvision
  • Shinobi - Open source VMS, developed in node.js. Linux, Windows, and Mac OS support. Offers a mobile app, PTZ controls, and some analytics. A paid version exists with developer support, a commercial use license, and more regular updates.
  • Valkka - Open source VMS, python codebase, ONVIF camera support
  • 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.

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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 and in 2021.]

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Update for Luxriot Evo (free version) - up to 16 video channels, 1 thick + 1 thin client connections simultaneously, no integrations to external applications, no POS and data sources support, no replication/failover/fallback/redundancy/AD/LDAP and etc. enterprise features, no video analytics/LPR/FR, no digital I/O support, no layout sharing, no maps and user buttons, no email support, no reports, no video walls, no rules for events and actions, no notification panels, limited UI customization. The rest if fully functional.

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Camio offers their basic license for free, which is streaming only and a daily highlights email. While not a true solution for recording, it is an easy way to get cameras remotely accessible.

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The latest MOBOTIX VMS is called Mx Managment Center (MxMC) . The user is not limited in the number of cameras or users. A VMS client for Windows and Mac that has been optimally developed for the decentralised concept of the MOBOITX camera. All MOBOTIX cameras are free of charge.

The integration of ONVIF S compatible third-party cameras is supported in the MxMC VMS Client. Up to eight third-party cameras can even be added free of charge.

A special feature of the VMS Client is also the optimal configuration client for the MOBOTIX cameras. Individual camera settings or mass configuration can be easily implemented with the Advanced Config Assistant. A wide range of assistants are available to maintain and secure the camera system. (Firmware Update, SSL Certification Manager, Secure System Assistant and create Mobile App Configuration). To list just a few!

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Added 3dEYE and Videonetics to the Free for Trial Period section

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Bosch "BVMS Viewer" is another option, although you will need to get a free license using their licensing tool. This is not to be confused with the other Bosch BVMS offerings, as some of them require a paid license.

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Hikvision's iVMS-4500? It's not a very good VMS, but it is free.

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Is there any more information on IPVM on Senstar?

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Thanks U#4, we have not covered Senstar in the last few years, and certainly Senstar has less momentum/interest from members, from what we have seen. They are rarely mentioned or asked about in our surveys or discussions.

Do you have any specific questions or concerns we can address?

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I come from a space of "never heard of them before today". Would they be at all appropriate for an enterprise scale, multi campus 2000 camera installation? Do any of the professionals here actually use Senstar VMS? What is their architecture?

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Hi, I have been involved in the implementation of their "Symphony" VMS And enterprise management modules, in two large scale safe city projects (back in the days when the company's name was "Aimetis"), and in two international Airports.Two of the projects were of redundant centralized topology and two with distributed N+1 farms, some of which were extended over time to include more than 2000 cameras of various vendors. Their UI is very user friendly, so is their API, while their support and development teams are very responsive and cooperative.

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Hi U#4, I currently work for Senstar and would be happy to answer any questions you may have about our VMS. ryan.johnson@senstar.com

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