How about using your Android device as a PC webcam? To do this, first see how to install DroidCam on Linux manually.

DroidCam is a tool that allows using an Android device as a wireless webcam. You can use “DroidCam Webcam” on your computer  (Linux or Windows) to chat on Skype, Google+ and so on with sound and image.

It can connect via Wifi, Bluetooth or USB cable. DroidCam is simple and efficient as it was designed to save battery and space as much as possible.

How to install DroidCam on Linux manually

To install DroidCam on Linux manually. Follow these steps:

Step 1. Open a terminal

Step 2. If you have already done some manual installation, delete the previous folder, link, and shortcut with this command

sudo rm -Rf /opt/droidcam*
sudo rm -Rf /usr/bin/droidcam
sudo rm -Rf /usr/share/applications/droidcam.desktop

Step 3. Open the package manager of your distribution and install the kernel linux-headers package that linux is using.

On Debian-based systems, the installation command is as follows:

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`

On Fedora-based systems, the installation command is as follows:

sudo dnf install linux-headers-`uname -r`

On openSUSE-based systems, the installation command is as follows:

sudo zypper install linux-headers-`uname -r`

Step 4. Check if your system is 32-bit or 64-bit, for this, use the following command in the terminal:

uname -m

Step 5. If your system is 32-bit, use the command below to download the program and save it with the name droidcam.tar.bz2:

wget https://www.dev47apps.com/files/600/droidcam-32bit.tar.bz2 -O droidcam.tar.bz2
Step 6. If your system is 64-bit, use the command below to download the program and save it with the name droidcam.tar.bz2:

wget https://www.dev47apps.com/files/600/droidcam-64bit.tar.bz2 -O droidcam.tar.bz2

Step 7. Use the following command to unzip the downloaded file

sudo tar –xjvf droidcam.tar.bz2

Step 8. Access the created folder

cd droidcam*/

Step 9. Finally, create a shortcut to make it easier to run the program;

sudo ./install

If your current graphical environment supports, create a launcher for the program by running the command below;

echo -e ‘[Desktop Entry]\n Version=1.0\n Name=DroidCam\n Exec=droidcam\n Icon=droidcam\n Type=Application\n Categories=Application’ | sudo tee /usr/share/applications/droidcam.desktop

Ready! Now, when you want to start the program, type droidcam in a terminal, followed by the TAB key.

If your distribution supports it, place the shortcut on your desktop using the system file manager or the command below, and use it to start the program.

sudo chmod +x /usr/share/applications/programa.desktop
cp /usr/share/applications/programa.desktop ~/Área\ de\ Trabalho/

If your system is in English, use this command to copy the shortcut to your desktop:

cp /usr/share/applications/programa.desktop ~/Desktop

How to remove / Uninstall DroidCam on Linux

To remove DroidCam on Linux, run the uninstall script through the command:

sudo /opt/droidcam-uninstall

 

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