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A graphical client software for Hikvision (and other RTSP-enabled) IP cameras

Project Description

This is a graphical client for use with Hikvision DVR systems which support RTSP.

The Program reads a config file from ~/.hikvision-client/cam_config, which defines which cameras the program can access.

Afterwards, the user is prompted for a username and password, which is then used to authenticate the connection to the Hikvision DVR

The program has been tested with the Hikvision DS-8016HFI-ST, it should however be able to connect to other RTSP-enabled DVRs as well. Or any RTSP feed in general.


To install the program, either download the source and run

# python install

or, if you have pip installed, run

# pip install hikvision_client

This should also install all python dependencies required by the program

The program makes use of the VLC Media Player, and as such it is required for VLC to be installed for this program to function correctly.

Writing the Config File

The program requires a configuration file located at ~/.hikvision-client/cam_config. It is a plain text file. To add a camera, add a new line in the following format:


The camera link is formatted like this:

<domain>/h264/chX/main/av_stream  (analog)
<domain>/Streaming/Channels/X01   (digital)

whereas ‘X’ is the channel number of the camera.

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