Cheese 3.14.1

The default application for managing your webcam under the GNOME desktop environment
Cheese is an open source application that allows Linux users to access their webcam device and take pictures or created videos with funny effects. It is mostly used under the GNOME desktop environment. The application has no binary packages for a specific Linux distribution, only a source archive that allows advanced users to configure, compile and install it under any Linux-based operating system.

Offers a very basic user interface

It provides users with a very basic user interface, comprised of the main view area and a footer, from where users can change the operation mode of the application (photo or video), change the predefined effects, as well as to view access recent files. It will automatically activate the webcam when it is opened.

Includes a wide range of effects

Default effects include the Bulge, Dice, Edge, Flip, Heat, Historical, Hulk, Kaleidoscope, Kung-Fu, Mauve, Mirror, Noir/Blanc, Optical Illusion, Pinch, Quark, Radioactive, Ripple, Saturation, Sepia, Shagadelic, Square, Stretch, Twirl, Vertigo, Warp, Waveform, and X-Ray.

Includes special features for the GNOME desktop

If you use Cheese under the GNOME desktop environment and you click its panel entry, you will be able to quickly take a shoot, change the operation mode, switch to fullscreen, access the effects, as well as the preferences dialog.

Under the hood

The Preferences dialog allows users to change the webcam’s video and photo resolutions, choose a different webcam device (if multiple ones are connected at the same time), modify brightness, contrast, saturation and hue settings for images, and choose the number of photos taken by the burst mode. In addition, you can modify the default delay (timing) between photos (in seconds), as well as to enable or disable the integrated countdown and flash (where available). Three different operation modes are available, photo, video and photo burst.

Backed by GStreamer

As you can see from the requirements section below, the application uses GStreamer to apply fancy effects to video and image files. If you use GNOME, make sure that Cheese is installed if you intend to use the integrated or attached webcam to take pictures and record videos of yourself.

Reviewed by on September 20th, 2014

last updated on:
October 14th, 2014, 11:07 GMT
developed by:
DanielSiegel and Raphael Slinckx
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
ROOT \ Multimedia \ Graphics


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What's New in This Release:
  • Use LT_LIB_M to find the math library
  • libcheese-gtk needs to link with -lm to find the fmod function.
  • Avoid dereferencing an uninitialized variable. Found with Coverity (CID 56653).
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Cheese is an open source application that allows you to control your webcam or any other supported video camera attach...

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