Raspberry Pi Nature Camera Project

How to install Motioneye OS

I have built a motion triggered night vision nature camera to capture hedgehog activity during the night. Using a Raspberry Pi 3, a High-Definition night vision camera module, and Motioneye OS this was really simple to achieve.

What is Motioneye OS?

MotionEye OS is a free and open-source operating system optimized for single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi. It is designed specifically for creating a do-it-yourself (DIY) network video surveillance system. MotionEye OS integrates with the Motion software, which is capable of capturing and streaming video from webcams and network cameras.

Necessary Hardware:

  • Raspberry Pi
  • MicroSD card (8GB or larger)
  • Power supply
  • Raspberry Pi camera module.

How to Install Motioneye OS on Raspberry PI

  • Download MotionEye OS:

  • Prepare the microSD Card:

    • Insert the microSD card into your computer.
    • Use a tool like Etcher (https://www.balena.io/etcher/) to flash the MotionEye OS image onto the microSD card. Select the downloaded .img.gz file and the microSD card, then click “Flash.” This process will write the OS image to the card and make it bootable.
  • Configure MotionEye OS:

    • After the image is flashed successfully, remove the microSD card from your computer and insert it into the Raspberry Pi 3.
    • Connect the USB webcam or Raspberry Pi camera module to one of the USB ports on the Raspberry Pi.
  • Power Up the Raspberry Pi:

    • Plug in the power supply to the Raspberry Pi to start it up.
  • Access MotionEye OS:

    • Wait for a few minutes for the Raspberry Pi to boot up. It should automatically set up MotionEye OS.
    • You can access the MotionEye web interface from a web browser on another device by entering the Raspberry Pi’s IP address in the address bar. The default username is “admin,” and there is no password by default (you should set one for security).
  • Configure Cameras:

    • In the MotionEye OS web interface, you can add and configure your cameras, set up motion detection, and customize recording and streaming options. Follow the on-screen instructions to add your camera devices.
  • Access Video Streams:

    • MotionEye OS provides web-based access to live video streams from your cameras. You can view these streams from any device with a web browser.
  • Optional: Configure Network Settings:

    • If needed, you can configure network settings like Wi-Fi, hostname, or static IP address through the web interface under “Network” settings.

Staying Safe

MotionEye OS simplifies the process of setting up a DIY surveillance system, but it’s important to keep security in mind. Be sure to change the default password, update the software regularly, and secure your Raspberry Pi to prevent unauthorized access.

HD Night Vision Camera Module

I was very impressed with the results from the NV camera module and was so happy to capture this great image.



In the quiet stillness of the night, the HD night vision camera module, powered by the remarkable Raspberry Pi and MotionEye OS, has unveiled the hidden wonders of our backyard. From the soft rustling of leaves to the gentle paws of a hedgehog exploring the darkness, nature’s nocturnal ballet is now a captivating spectacle in our very own garden.

With MotionEye OS seamlessly integrated into our Raspberry Pi, we’ve transformed our humble device into a powerful and intuitive surveillance system. It’s like having our own personal night watchman, documenting the secrets of the night in glorious high-definition.


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Luke Barber

Hello, fellow tech enthusiasts! I'm Luke, a passionate learner and explorer in the vast realms of technology. Welcome to my digital space where I share the insights and adventures gained from my journey into the fascinating worlds of Arduino, Python, Linux, Ethical Hacking, and beyond. Armed with qualifications including CompTIA A+, Sec+, Cisco CCNA, Unix/Linux and Bash Shell Scripting, JavaScript Application Programming, Python Programming and Ethical Hacking, I thrive in the ever-evolving landscape of coding, computers, and networks. As a tech enthusiast, I'm on a mission to simplify the complexities of technology through my blogs, offering a glimpse into the marvels of Arduino, Python, Linux, and Ethical Hacking techniques. Whether you're a fellow coder or a curious mind, I invite you to join me on this journey of continuous learning and discovery.

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