Free VMS Software DirectoryAuthor: John Honovich, Published on Jul 31, 2012
One of the best ways to get started with VMS software is to go online, download an application and try it out. We do this all the time, allowing us to get a feel in less than an hour of how good (or bad) an offering is. You can quickly try out many VMSes and then dig into advanced features. This is far better than the old days when you had to get a box shipped to you. To help you try out more VMSes, this directory aggregates options throughout the world.
Open Source and Free
There are 2 open source VMSes that are both permanently free and open to modification/extension:
- iSpy: Windows based with a freemium option for remote monitoring
- ZoneMinder: Linux only, best for those with some technical / computer skills
Permanently Free Commercial VMSes
The following providers offer free software with no trial period, though limitations exist as noted throughout:
- Axxon Smart: Limited to four channels and 1TB maximum archive.
- Genius Vision Community edition: limited to 16 channels, non commercial use only
- ipConfigure Orchid Edge: No software limits, but only runs on Raspberry Pi Hardware, which effectively limits it to ~4 cameras
- March Networks Command Lite: Limited to six channels and one week retention.
- Milestone XProtect Go: Limited to eight cameras and five days retention period.
- Pelco Digital Sentry: Four channels included, supports Pelco and third-party cameras.
- Vicon Jump: Free for up to six ONVIF cameras, requires submitting MAC address of PC.
Finally, many camera manufacturers offer free VMS software for use with their own cameras. The most notable is likely Axis Camera Companion which does not require any PC/server for recording, using built in SD card storage or NAS devices and is free for up to 16 Axis cameras.
The following providers offer time-limited trials of their software, most often with no limitations:
- Aimetis Symphony: 30-day trial
- Avigilon Control Center: 30-day trial
- Digifort Enterprise: 30-day trial
- Digiop Elements: 30-day trial
- Exacq ExacqVision: 45-day trial
- Milestone XProtect: 30-day trial
- HD Witness: 30-day trial
- SecureSpy: (MAC only): 30-day trial
- Seetec: 30-day trial
- Video Insight: 30-day trial
We are happy to add others to this list that we may have missed. If you are a VMS vendor, send us an email and we will review and add as appropriate. Do not post promotions in the comments as they will be deleted.
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