Debian 8.1 64-bit with Zoneminder 1.28.1 the Easy Way
Note: This procedure is obsolete with the release of Zoneminder 1.29.0 in February 2016. Zoneminder 1.28.1 is no longer in the backports.
This easy install is for Debian 8.1 and 8.2 on Amd64 architecture (Jessie) with Zoneminder 1.28.1 from the back ports install. Please note that this documentation is also correct for Debian 8.1 release.
A special THANKS to "felixr" for filling in where I did not know what to do!
I installed Debian from the netinst CD with only web server, SSH server and standard system utilities. Tasksel does not install LAMP under Debian so I installed MySQL and PHP after reboot.
Note: I log in using Putty on my Windows PC as I can then copy and paste commands from this instruction. I also install Webmin to manage the server from a web browser. http://www.webmin.com/deb.html
Log in as root.
su root (followed by your root password)
Install PHP, and MySQL server (This installs MySQL server 5.5. If you want to use MySQL 5.6 follow the instructions Install MySQL 5.6 on Debian Jessie (using mariadb also works fine, as tested on Debian 8.2, replacement package for mysql-server is then mariadb-server)
apt-get install php5 mysql-server php-pear php5-mysql
Add the Jessie backports to your standard repo
add to the bottom of the list:
deb http://http.debian.net/debian jessie-backports main
Ctrl+o Enter to save CTRL+x to exit
Check to be sure everything is up to date
apt-get upgrade apt-get dist-upgrade
Optional: Set static IP address
Make changes similar to this:
auto eth0 iface eth0 inet static address 192.168.1.10 netmask 255.255.255.0 gateway 192.168.1.1 dns-nameservers 192.168.1.1
Reboot server if needed
apt-get install zoneminder
You may need to install "extra" VLC components (I will check this and edit as needed)
apt-get install libvlc-dev libvlccore-dev vlc
Create Zoneminder database in MySQL (Note: this also creates the default Zoneminder user and permissions in MySQL)
This next step creates a file which contained the MySQL user and password. Otherwise you will have to enter the user and password on the command line which is not secure!
Go to the root directory
Create a hidden password file
Enter this content (but use your MySQL root password!)
[client] user=root password=(mysqlpass)
Ctrl+o Enter to save
CTRL+x to exit
Create database (press ENTER after each command)
mysql < /usr/share/zoneminder/db/zm_create.sql
mysql -e "grant select,insert,update,delete,create on zm.* to 'zmuser'@localhost identified by 'zmpass';"
Remove password file
Set permissions of /etc/zm/zm.conf to root:www-data 740
chmod 740 /etc/zm/zm.conf chown root:www-data /etc/zm/zm.conf
Enable Zoneminder service to start at boot
systemctl enable zoneminder.service
Add www-data to the sudo group (to enable use of local video devices)
adduser www-data video
systemctl start zoneminder.service
Check to see that Zoneminder is running
systemctl status zoneminder.service
Enable CGI and Zoneminder configuration in Apache.
a2enmod cgi a2enconf zoneminder
service apache2 restart
- You may be tempted to try Zoneminder at this point but there is one setting you will need to change from the web gui. Read on!!!
Optional: Install Cambozola (needed if you use Internet Explorer)
cd /usr/src && wget http://www.andywilcock.com/code/cambozola/cambozola-latest.tar.gz
tar -xzvf cambozola-latest.tar.gz
replace 936 with cambozola version downloaded
cp cambozola-0.936/dist/cambozola.jar /usr/share/zoneminder
You should now be able to access the web server using http://servername
Open Zoneminder in web browser
Uncheck: Check with zoneminder.com for updated versions (?) click Save
Click Images tab
Check Is the (optional) cambozola java streaming client installed (?) Click Save
Change PATH_ZMS from /cgi-bin/nph-zms to /zm/cgi-bin/nph-zms Click Save
Optional: under Paths change PATH_SWAP to /dev/shm (puts this process in RAM drive) Click Save
Your Zoneminder install is now ready to add cameras!