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MythZoneMinder is a plugin to interface to some of the features of ZoneMinder. You can use it to view a status window similar to the console window in ZM. Also there are screens to view live camera shots and replay recorded events. Other features may be added at a later time if there is sufficient interest.

  • ZoneMinder is a Linux video camera security and surveillance solution

Limitation of the Current Version

  • The plugin uses OpenGL to render the video frames so you must have a working OpenGL setup.


You must already have a working ZoneMinder installation accessible somewhere on your network. The plugin has been tested with version 1.22.2 and 1.22.3.

Install MythZoneMinder

The plugin doesn't require any additional dependencies to compile. As with all the plugins you should have compiled and installed MythTV before trying to compile it.

PLEASE NOTE: This plugin requires MythTV svn r12143 or later from trunk and will NOT work with the fixes branch.

The source code is part of the mythplugins repository and all that is needed to install it is to grab the latest mythplugins source from svn trunk and run configure with


added as a parameter when running the configure script. The default configuration will compile to work with version 1.22.2 of ZoneMinder. If you use version 1.22.3 then add


Then compile and install the plugins in the normal way.

Running The plugin

The first thing you should do is go to MythZoneMinder's settings page and make sure the settings there are correct for your system. Currently the only settings are for the IP address and port that the plugin should use to connect to the mythzmserver.

The various screens are described below

The Console Screen

The Console Screen

The console screen shows you if the main ZM daemon is running, the current date/time, what the cpu load is and what percentage of the drive used to store events has been used. Below that is a list of monitors/cameras, their current status and a count of how many events are stored for each monitor.


  • UP/DOWN - moves the selected item in the list up down.
  • ESCAPE - exit back to the menu.

The Live View Screen

Live View - 1 camera
Live View - 2 cameras
Live View - 4 camera

The live screen shows live views from any available monitor. Currently there are views to show 1, 2 or 4 monitors simultaneously. Above each monitor view is the camera name and the current status eg idle, alert or alarm.


  • INFO - switches from 1,2 or 4 camera views.
  • 1 - cycles though each available monitor to be shown on the first view
  • 2,3,4 - ditto for the second, third, and forth views if the current screen layout has one
  • ESCAPE - return to the menu.

The Events Screen

Events Screen

The event screen shows a list of all stored events. You can filter the list to show events from just one monitor or all monitors. Events can be played of deleted as required.


  • UP/DOWN - Move focus to the next/previous widget. When the camera list has focus they change the selected item in the list.
  • LEFT/RIGHT - Move focus to the next/previous widget. When the camera 'selector' widget has focus they change the selected item.
  • ESCAPE - return to the menu

The Event Player Screen

Event Player Screen

The event screen plays recorded events.

  • UP/DOWN - Move focus to the next/previous widget.
  • LEFT/RIGHT - When paused moves the the previous/next frame in the event.
  • PAGEUP/PAGEDOWN - Move to the previous/next event.
  • PAUSE - Toggles play pause on/off
  • DELETE - Delete the current event and move to the next one in the list
  • SWITCHASPECT - toggle full screen mode on/off
  • ESCAPE - return to the events list screen.