Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, DroidCam is an open-source application that enables the users to use their Android’s device back and front camera as a webcam. The latest version available is DroidCam 1.3, which has been recently released, coming only with bug-fixes regarding some missing dependencies.
In this article I will show you how to install DroidCam 1.3 on Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Elementary OS 0.2 Luna, Deepin 2014, Peppermint Five, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2 and other Ubuntu derivative systems.
Because it is available via PPA, installing DroidCam 1.3 on Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and derivative systems is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the droidcam package. Like this:
$ sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r) build-essential
$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:paolorotolo/droidcam
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install droidcam
Optional, to remove droidcam, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove droidcam
Now, you have to install the DroidCam client on your Android device, but this is easy, due to the fact that it is available via the Google Play Store.
Next, launch DroidCam on both your Android device and your Linux system and choose how you want to connect your Android phone to the computer (WiFi/Lan, WiFi Server Mode, Bluetooth or USB). If you are using the WiFi connection, just enter the phone’s IP and hit Connect.