Free VMS Software Directory

Author: 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:

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.

Free Trial

The following providers offer time-limited trials of their software, most often with no limitations:

Add Others

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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