Getting Started

The following instructions will help get you started to quickly use the SDK


Operating System

This release is validated using Ubuntu™* 16.04 on Intel® Joule™.

  • For the Intel Joule, download and install Ubuntu™ 16.04 using the instructions from this link here. More information about Intel Joule is available at
  • You can try this on other devices (such as Intel® NUC™), but these uses are not fully validated. To install Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Desktop, follow the instructions at, or the instructions that came with your device.

Setting Time

The correct time must be set before following the instructions below. For instance, the Intel Joule module does not come supplied with a real-time-clock (RTC) battery, therefore you need to set the time manually before continuing installation.  The steps below can be used to automatically set the time from your internet connection:

Network Time Setup:

1 $ sudo apt update
2 $ sudo apt install chrony ntpdate
3 $ sudo ntpdate

Or you can manually set the time on the command line (if the time is 4:47 PM, the 23rd day of January 2017):

Manually Setting Time:

1 $ sudo date -s "16:47 1/23/2017"

Installation Instructions

Step 1: Setting up the repository

The following steps will add the RealSense repository to your Ubuntu device's package manager:

Adding repository:

1 $ echo 'deb "" xenial main' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/realsense-latest.list
2 $ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-key D6FB2970
3 $ sudo apt update 

Step 2: Installing Samples and Runtime

The following steps will install the SDK runtime and Person Tracking, Object Library, and SLAM samples:

Installing Samples and Runtime:

1 $ sudo apt install librealsense-samples beignet-opencl-icd

When the runtime and samples are installed, if your camera is plugged into, please unplug then replug it back to ensure all settings have been applied.

  • All samples installed to /usr/bin, with 'rs_' prefix (e.g. rs_slam_tutorial_1_gui)
  • Samples ending with 'gui' work with keyboard and mouse connected locally to device
  • Samples ending with 'web' start built-in webserver, allowing you to connect remotely to device from another computer
  • Samples without 'gui' or 'web' are console-only samples, with very basic command line interface.
  • See for detailed information about the samples

3. Optional Features

After the instructions above are completed, you can optionally install these additional features.

Installing Camera Access Utilities

You can install the camera access to determine if your camera is functioning correctly:

Camera Access Utilities Install

1 $ sudo apt install librealsense-utils
2 $ cpp-capture

cpp-capture will preview live video from the ZR300 camera

Installing Development Kit

You can install the RealSense SDK to develop your own RealSense applications:

Development Kit Installation:

1 $ sudo apt install librealsense-object-recognition-dev librealsense-persontracking-dev librealsense-slam-dev

Here is how you can test that the SDK installed correctly, by building the RealSense samples from source:

Building Samples from Source:

1 $ sudo apt install build-essential git cmake libjpeg-dev libopencv-dev
2 $ git clone
3 $ cd realsense_samples
4 $ mkdir build
5 $ cd build
6 $ cmake ..
7 $ make

  When the compilation completes, you will find all realsense_samples in your build folder, ready to run in-place

Individual Packages

Individual RealSense software packages can be installed to tailor development and runtime needs to the smallest subset required. Here is a list of the individual runtime and development packages provided:

  • librealsense1
  • librealsense-dev
  • librealsense-sdk0
  • librealsense-sdk-dev
  • librealsense-sdk-logger
  • librealsense-sdk-logger-dev
  • librealsense-sdk-projection0
  • librealsense-sdk-projection-dev
  • librealsense-object-recognition0
  • librealsense-object-recognition-dev
  • librealsense-persontracking0
  • librealsense-persontracking-dev
  • librealsense-slam2
  • librealsense-slam-dev

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