DIY Raspberry Pi Indoor Outdoor Webcam





Introduction: DIY Raspberry Pi Indoor Outdoor Webcam

Ever want to monitor your home but don't want to buy a $100 1080p webcam? Or just wanted to build your own, well that is exactly what will happen in this instructable!

To begin your going to need the following parts:

Pi Camera:

Pi Zero W:

Cable Adapter:

Waterproof DC Jack:


5v 2A DC Power Supply

and the following tools:

Soldering Iron


Screw Driver

Step 1: Download and Flash Rasbian Jessie Lite

Visit to download the zip file, then extract it to flash with win32 disk imager which can be found here:

Step 2: Make the SD Card Headless

In the boot partition, the one you see on windows, add a file named wpa_supplicant.conf and edit it in notepad. Copy and past the code below, and edit the ssid and password variables.

ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev


psk="PASSWORD" }

Then add a blank ssh.txt file to turn on ssh.

Step 3: Connect to the Pi Via SSH

I used Fing to scan my network to find the Raspberry Pi, then used Putty ( to connect via SSH

Step 4: Setup the PiCam

This is easy, copy the commands below into the terminal, it should do everything it self right now!

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install git
git clone
cd RPi_Cam_Web_Interface 

Step 5: Setup PiCam

The subfolder field is the field that you get to the camera from (EX:, this can be anything you want. Everything else is ready to go!

Were not going to reboot yet because we still need to turn the camera on, so select "NO" when it asks.

Step 6: Turn on the Camera

Were now going to turn on the camera. Run raspi-config

sudo raspi-config

then select interfacing options, then camera. A message will pop-up saying "would you like to turn the camera on" select yes, then yes again when it asks to reboot.

Step 7: Focus the Camera

Crewmen the lens until it is perfect, it should be focused no matter what distance an object is from it. The live video feed has no lag so it is really easy.

Step 8: Put Everything in the Box

solder the wires by following the image i have provided. I would recommend checking the dc jack polarity before connecting but 5v 'normally goes to the shorter pin', and GND 'normally goes to the longer pin'. Use hot glue to hold everything in place, in case you want to remove it later, be sure not to set any glue in the connectors. I used some standoffs to hold the camera into place, it works but remember they probably are not the strongest things so be gentle with it.

Step 9: Your Done!

Make sure to check out my YouTube video, it shows it in action! If you have any questions leave them in the comments.

I hope you liked the project, I have found it to be really useful let me know what you plan to do with it!

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Nice Instructable!
How hot do the internals get with those IR emitters blasting away all the time. Did you vent the box??


Have you installed git

Very nice project;

I enjoyed this project, and managed to get my camera working; however it was not as easy as the author seem to make it. (At least for me)

let me list the issues I had.

1) when I tried to download the camera file, using git; it bombed out about halfway through the download. I had to download the file on my PC, then FileZilla the unzipped file to the pi zero.

2) in order to run the ./ file I had to make it executable:

sudo chmod +x

then to run the file I had to run it as super user:

sudo ./

I did not see the author run it that way. I tried without the super viewer prefix, but it said permission denied!

3) I did not realize the pi camera requires a special ribbon cable to connect to the pi zero. Perhaps I missed that in the write up

Please believe, these are not criticisms; these items are the issues I had making my project work. This was a very well composed project description. Congratulations to the author.



Thanks for sharing!

Any chance you'll fix your links?

Hello, they should be fixed

Mmm...they're not. I was talking about the links in the parts list. Which the poster just above also didn't see.

Would be helpful for noobs like us that didn't know a special cable was required for the pi zero.


The part list includes everything you need for the project, it included the Pi Cable which was the Camera to Pi Adapter Wire. Hope that helps. ;)

Whoop's, typo. I ment screw in the lense. Sorry