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OpenHAB 2 IP Camera Binding



Installation

  1. Download the binding already built in JAR format from here (currently this is the version ipcamera2019-06-01-Beta.zip):

OpenHAB IP Camera Binding


  1. Place the JAR file after you unzip it into your openhab2-addons folder /usr/share/openhab2/addons. You don’t need to install the binding from PaperUI - once the JAR file is in the correct folder the binding should be available to use (make sure that you download the latest version and not ipcamera2019-06-01-Beta.zip used in the commands below):
cd /usr/share/openhab2/addons
sudo wget http://www.pcmus.com/openhab/IpCameraBinding/ipcamera2019-06-01-Beta.zip
sudo unzip ipcamera2019-06-01-Beta.zip
sudo reboot

OpenHAB IP Camera Binding


  1. Install FFMPEG
sudo apt update
sudo apt install ffmpeg

OpenHAB IP Camera Binding


Configuration

  1. Open the OpenHAB Paper UI and navigate to your Inbox and click on the Plus button:

OpenHAB IP Camera Binding


  1. Select the IPCameraBinding:

OpenHAB IP Camera Binding


  1. And choose INSTAR HD IP camera with ONVIF and API support:

OpenHAB IP Camera Binding


  1. To use the new streaming features, you need to:

OpenHAB IP Camera Binding


  • Set a valid SERVER_PORT as the default value of -1 will turn the features off.
  • Add any IPs that need access to the IP_WHITELIST surrounding each one in brackets (see below example). Internal IPs will trigger a warning in the logs if they are not in the whitelist, however external IPs or localhost will not trigger a warning in the logs as they are completely ignored and the binding will refuse to connect to them. This is a security feature.
  • Ensure ffmpeg is installed.
  • For cameras that do not auto detect the H264 stream which is done for ONVIF cameras, you will need to use the FFMPEGINPUT and provide a http or rtsp link. This is used for both the HLS and animated GIF features. For most brands the ONVIFMEDIA_PROFILE needs to match the stream number you have setup for h264. This is usually 0 and is the main-stream, the higher numbers are the sub-streams if your camera has any. The DEBUG log output will help guide you with this in the openhab.log if ONVIF is setup correctly.

OpenHAB IP Camera Binding


The default ffmpeg directory is /usr/bin/ffmpeg you can verify this with the which ffmpeg command on your linux bash. For the output directory you can choose a path - in the example I added a folder /usr/share/openhab2/cameratmpfs/8015 inside the OpenHAB 2 install directory. Make sure to set the owner for this directory - recursively - to openhab: sudo chown -R openhab:openhab /usr/share/openhab2/cameratmpfs to allow OpenHAB to use it.

  1. Now go to Configuration/Things and select the camera you just created:

OpenHAB IP Camera Binding


  1. Click on each Channel that you want to link to an Item on the Paper UI - I choose the Snapshot from Camera:

OpenHAB IP Camera Binding


  1. We can leave everything by it's default value for now and click on Link:

OpenHAB IP Camera Binding


  1. Back on the Control Panel you can now see your cameras life video (JPG Stream):

OpenHAB IP Camera Binding


  1. Go back to the Things page and link as many Channels as you need:

OpenHAB IP Camera Binding


  1. All Items will then be displayed on the Control Panel and allow you to control your INSTAR IP camera:

OpenHAB IP Camera Binding