Archived - Getting Started with Intel® RealSense™ App Development: Step-by-Step Install Instructions

The Intel® RealSense™ SDK has been discontinued. No ongoing support or updates will be available.

Getting started developing an application using Intel® RealSense™ technology on Windows* 10 or Windows* 8.1? Here are detailed instructions on how to do it, including how to install the Intel® RealSense™ SDK version R6 or above:

  1. Need a camera? The Intel® RealSense™ Camera (SR300), a newer version of the Intel RealSense Camera (F200), is a short range 3D depth and 2D camera. Like the F200, it is often integrated into laptops, where it faces the user. The Intel RealSense Camera (R200) is a longer range 3D depth and 2D camera, which is more likely to be integrated with tablets in a world facing configuration. Both cameras can be purchased as peripherals.  The cameras have different recommended usages, so make sure you purchase the one that’s right for your development interests. 

    If you’re looking to buy a laptop or tablet with a built in camera, check here for a list of devices with Intel® RealSense™ technology built in.

    Or if your development platform has a built-RealSense camera, you can find out which camera you have by opening Device Manager and selecting Imaging devices. For the F200 or SR300 cameras, you'll see two entries listed there, the depth camera and the RGB camera. If you have an R200 camera, there will be a third entry, called Left-Right, which represents the left and right IR cameras.
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    Device Manager on a laptop with an F200 camera attached
  2. Once you have a camera, the next step is to set up your development environment. You will first install the Intel RealSense Depth Camera Manager (DCM), which includes the camera driver and service, and then the Intel RealSense SDK. To get started, open the Intel RealSense SDK download page. Then follow the steps:
    • Step 1:  After viewing the DCM release notes, download the DCM install package for your camera type. Before starting the install, make sure your camera is plugged in. The installer won’t proceed if it doesn’t detect a camera. The installer will check and upgrade your camera’s firmware, if needed and you selected the firmware upgrade option. Once you install the DCM, it will be kept up-to-date via Windows Update.
    • Step 2: Check out the release notes and make sure your machine is properly configured, then download and install the SDK. Here's how it works:
      • When you click download, a registration window will open up. Register and click submit. 
      • You will receive an email with a link to the download site. Click to go there.
      • Download the SDK, choosing the default whole package download (intel_rs_sdk_offline_package_r6_8.0.24.6528.exe (1796 MB)), for example.
      • Install the kit. You might wish to choose an alternate location for the kit, because the default location, C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\ isn't writable, and you won't be able to build the sample apps included with the SDK.
  3. When you’ve completed these steps, you'll want to set up your development environment. Steps to configure Visual Studio for development in C++, C#, Unity, Processing, Java, and JavaScript are available in online SDK documentation and in your SDK installation directory, in the default location C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\RSSDK\doc.
  4. Now that your development environment is complete, it’s time to try it out. On your desktop, you'll find an icon with the name "Intel® RealSense™ SDK Gold". Click on it to find helpful tools for troubleshooting and familiarizing yourself with different types of Intel® RealSense™ applications. Try the tools and run some of the sample applications that are available for your camera.

    rssdk sample browser
    Click the desktop icon labeled "Intel® RealSense™ SDK Gold" to explore SDK samples and find troubleshooting tools.

    5. Finally, build a sample yourself. The SDK's sample directory, using the default path, C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\RSSDK\samplecontains a set of code samples that demonstrate the different camera usages. Choose a sample and open it in Visual Studio. Build the sample – you'll need to copy the sample's directory to a different location if you have permissions problems working inside the C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\RSSDK\sample directory.

At this point, you should be good to go with your own projects. Be sure to get acquainted with the Intel RealSense forum, where you can get your questions answered, and check out Intel Developer Mesh, where you can meet developers with similar interests and learn about their current projects.

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