Linux V4L2 Capture Support from Image Acquisition Toolbox

Use video capture devices with MATLAB and Simulink to acquire images and video on Linux PCs.

Windows DirectShow Capture Support from Image Acquisition Toolbox

Image Acquisition Toolbox™ supports UVC devices, such as USB webcams, using Video 4 Linux® 2 (V4L2) drivers. The previous version, Video 4 Linux 1, is not supported by the toolbox. See the Troubleshooting section of the Image Acquisition Toolbox documentation for additional information.

To test your video capture device for compatibility with the toolbox, verify your hardware is functioning properly by running the WebCam application that came with your Linux distribution (for example, the Cheese or Camorama application). If you can start, run, and close the utility without encountering any errors, the device may work with Image Acquisition Toolbox.


Many manufacturers provide cameras and frame grabbers that are compatible with Linux systems. More detailed information is available for manufacturers linked below.

Allied Vision Technologies Hewlett-Packard PixeLINK
Basler Imperx Point Grey
Baumer JAI Sony
Creative Logitech Teledyne DALSA
FLIR Matrix Vision Toshiba Teli
GEViCAM Microsoft  

Platform Support

Video 4 Linux 2 is supported on the following operating systems:

  • Linux (64-bit)

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MathWorks Requirements



Also supported in student and home software.


Support Package


Support Package Installer installs this support package. To start the installer, go to the MATLAB toolstrip and click Add-Ons > Get Hardware Support Packages. For more information, read the documentation.

Third-Party Requirements



  • Any V4L2 Compliant Camera

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