Installing ZoneMinder on Linux (Debian 10) 🌱

  1. Log into the Debian device
  2. Run the following commands in a terminal:
    # update repositories
    sudo apt update
    # install any available software updates
    sudo apt upgrade
    # install prerequisites
    sudo apt install apt-transport-https gnupg libvlccore-dev libvlc-dev -y
    # add zoneminder gpg key
    wget -O - https://zmrepo.zoneminder.com/debian/archive-keyring.gpg | sudo apt-key add -
    # install Apache HTTPD and MySQL
    sudo apt install apache2 mariadb-server mariadb-client -y
    # install PHP components
    sudo apt install php7.3 libapache2-mod-php7.3 php7.3-mysql -y
    # add ZoneMinder apt repository
    sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=$(dpkg --print-architecture)] https://zmrepo.zoneminder.com/debian/release-1.36 $(lsb_release -cs)/"
    # configure the MySQL database
    sudo su
    mysql_secure_installation
  3. Press Enter to login as root
  4. Type Y and press Enter to set a root password, type the password twice to confirm
  5. Type Y and press Enter to remove anonymous users
  6. Type Y and press Enter to disallow root login remotely
  7. Type Y and press Enter to remove the test database
  8. Type Y and press Enter to reload privilege tables
  9. Continue with the following commands in terminal:
    # update software repositories
    sudo apt update
    # install zoneminder
    sudo apt install zoneminder -y
    # create video user
    sudo adduser www-data video
    # enable and auto-start ZoneMinder service
    sudo systemctl enable zoneminder.service && sudo systemctl start zoneminder
    # enable ZoneMinder apache conf
    sudo a2enconf zoneminder
    sudo a2enmod rewrite
    # restart apache service
    sudo systemctl restart apache2
  10. Open a web browser and navigate to http://DNSorIP/zm
  11. Select whether to share usage data with the developers > Click Apply
  12. Click Options in the top navigation bar
  13. Select Users from the left navigation menu
  14. Click on the admin* username link
  15. Type a secure password in the New Password and Confirm Password fields and click Save
  16. To add a camera click Console in the top navigation bar and then click the Add button and fill out the form