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Zoneminder(HOW TO)

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<blockquote style="float: right;">[[File:zoneminder.png|250px]]</blockquote>{{WIP boxBox| content = this is the how to in order to install ZM yourself, you might rather save the trouble by installing the contrib : [[Zoneminder]]}}
[ ZoneMinder] is intended for use in single or multi-camera video security applications, including commercial or home CCTV, theft prevention and child, family member or home monitoring and other domestic care scenarios such as nanny cam installations. It supports capture, analysis, recording, and monitoring of video data coming from one or more video or network cameras attached to a Linux system. ZoneMinder also support web and semi-automatic control of Pan/Tilt/Zoom cameras using a variety of protocols. It is suitable for use as a DIY home video security system and for commercial or professional video security and surveillance. It can also be integrated into a home automation system via X.10 or other protocols.
This how-to is for IP Camera's only.
{{Note box|Zoneminder is available as a This how-to can be discussed on the forums [, but that is a very old one for SME server 752163.msg267101. Today, Zoneminder has ithtml#msg267101| '''here''s own easy repository, and hopefully these instructions can be turned into a new updated contrib. For now, this how-to is intended to be used with IP camera's only].}}
* Koozali SME Server '''9.x 64-bit'''* '''PHP 5.6''' is required for a fully functional Zoneminder and its API's installation. Since Koozali SME Server 8.x and 9.x come with a lower version of PHP, one must install the '''[[PHP_Software_Collections|PHP Software Collections]]''' first.* Zoneminder is available from the Zoneminder repository. You need to configure the '''[[zmrepo]]''' as explained [[zmrepo| here]].
====Install Zoneminder from the zmrepo====
yum install zoneminder --enablerepo=zmrepo
Zoneminder's configuration file is located at /etc/zm.conf. Not really known if it is required, but you can You need to change the Apache user in the zm.conf file from apache:apache to www:www, and double check the database credentials in the same file with the ones you have used.
====MySQL database====
create database '''zm''';
grant all privileges on '''zm'''.* to '''zmuser''' identified by '<nowiki/>'''zmpass'''';
flush privileges;
rm -f /etc/httpd/conf.d/zoneminder.conf
sed -i "18i AddType application/x-httpd-php .php" /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf/98zoneminder
sed -i "19i AuthBasicProvider external" /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf/98zoneminder
sed --in-place '/DELETE/d' /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf/98zoneminder
expand-template /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
service httpd-e-smith restart
{{Note box|Please note that the above templates do not implement any authentication on the Koozali SME Server side to access the Zoneminder portal (webinterface). Options could be specific users (e.g. admin) or all valid SME users. Please read the Koozali SME Server documentation on [[Web_Application_RPM#Apache_Authentication|'''Apache authentication''']]}}
====Start Zoneminder at boot====
config set zoneminder service status enabled
ln -s /etc/rc.d/init.d/e-smith-service /etc/rc7.d/S98zoneminder
{{Note box|We still need to add The mysqlinit (init-default-databases) process (which starts after the various TCPPort(szoneminder service) will have MySQL restarted whilst Zoneminder is actively using it. The Zoneminder service will stop/not start due to this. To prevent Zoneminder to start too quickly we delay the db Zoneminder service to open up start a bit later by adding a sleep command in the firewall if remote script /etc/rc.d/init.d/zoneminder. sed -i '/^start(off LAN) camera/{N;s/$/\nsleep 10/}'s are being used/etc/rc.d/init.}} d/zoneminder
You can now start Zoneminder manually:
service zoneminder start
==Acces Zoneminder via sub domain==
Instead of accessing the Zoneminder portal at, it is possible to change this to e.g. For this the easiest and comfortable way is to use the webapps-common contrib.
{{Note box|This part assumes you have followed the complete above installation procedure.}}
Install the webapps-common contrib according to the [[Webapps-common|'''how-to''']]. Then (as per example for issue the following as root:
db domains set domain Description "CCTV" Content Primary \
Nameservers internet TemplatePath WebAppVirtualHost \
Next you need to adjust the existing (from above) custom template (make a backup copy first):
sed --in-place i '/Alias/d' /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf/98zoneminder
Followed by:
signal-event webapps-update
to activate all changes. Now you can reach your zoneminder portal at
To uninstall Zoneminder and all it's dependencies, we will use the yum history to uninstall all dependencies that came with the initial installation, but are no longer required as we remove Zoneminder. Stop Zoneminder:
service zoneminder stop
First we need to check the yum transaction ID that installed Zoneminder. As root issue:
yum history package-info zoneminder
the result is all yum knows about the Zoneminder package. We are interested in the '''Transaction ID'''.
Next we uninstall Zoneminder and all it's dependencies based on the number of the Transaction ID:
yum history undo '''Transaction ID number'''
and confirm the uninstallation of Zoneminder and all dependencies.
{{Note box|The removal of the Zoneminder RPM will fail due to a dependency on SELinux which SME Server does not use. An additional command is required to uninstall the Zoneminder RPM. To ensure proper removal of all dependencies, only the Zoneminder RPM will be removed without executing the uninstall scripts included in the RPM.}}
yum --setopt=tsflags=noscripts remove zoneminder
Then we need to remove the custom template, the symlink that we created to start Zoneminder at boot and the subdomain that we may have created:
rm -f /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf/98zoneminder
rm -f /etc/rc7.d/S98zoneminder
signal-event domain-delete
signal-event webapps-update
Now to cleanup everything you may want to perform the usual post-upgrade and reboot events. All that is left is the MySQL database '''zm''' and the logfiles. It's up to you what to do with them.
==ZoneMinder clients==
By default, ZoneMinder can be accessed via the webinterface. There are also 3rd party client applications available.
'''[ zmNinja]''', a beautiful fast and efficient client application (freely available on [ Github]) '''[ DEMO]'''
- Android - [ Play Store]
- iOS - [ iTunes]
- Mac/Windows/Linux [ Github]

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