Rasperry Pi 3

This is a draft for me to remember what I did...

Don't forget to edit

sudo nano /etc/default/motion

to this:

# set to 'yes' to enable the motion daemon

If you don't do that, Motion will not start.

Allways remember to change the default raspberry password.

The heart of this project is the Raspberry Pi 3, and a cheap webcamera. You can't use the Pi cam module.

The following software has to bee installed:

  • motion

  • php7

  • libapache2-mod-php7

  • php7-mcrypt

Use the sudo apt-get install command:

sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install motion php7.0 libapache2-mod-php7.0 php7.0-mcrypt

Before you start to modify the motion.conf file too much, be sure to make a copy of it.

Edit the /etc/motion/motion.conf file:

sudo nano /etc/motion/motion.conf

daemon on
setup off
width 640
heigth 480
framerate 60
quality 75
text_right %d:%m:%Y\n%T-%q
text_double on
target_dir /home/pi/motion
stream_port 8081
stream_quality 100
stream_motion on
stream_localhost off
control_localhost off
stream_maxrate 60

Here are the settings, when opening localhost:8080 in a browser.

You'll soon find out that the imagedir, in my case: target_dir /home/pi/motion is getting filled with images and with .avi's. The way to deal with that, if it's not mission critical to keep the .jpg's, is to add a line to sudo crontab, that will run every 5th minute.

At the command prompt:

sudo crontab -e

# m h dom mon dow command
*/5 * * * * rm /home/pi/motion/*jpg

Edit the /etc/dafault/motion file:

sudo nano /etc/default/motion


When the editing is done, restart the motion service:

sudo service motion restart

Sometimes you'll need to edit the /etc/motion/rc.local-file, and add motion right after fi. Like this:

_IP=$(hostname -I) || true
if [ "$_IP" ]; then
  printf "My IP address is %s\n" "$_IP"
exit 0

See the result:

localhost:8081 -> The live feed from the camera. (localhost or the IP adress Motion is running from.)

localhost:8080 -> Shows motion version, and how many cameras that are connected and in use. (localhost or the IP adress Motion is running from.)

Motion on github Motion