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How to run the Kinect on Ubuntu 14.04

Install OpenNI

  • This is required for the kinect interface
sudo apt-get install git-core cmake freeglut3-dev pkg-config build-essential libxmu-dev libxi-dev libusb-1.0-0-dev doxygen graphviz mono-complete
  • Now clone the code and set it up
$ mkdir ~/kinect
$ cd ~/kinect
$ git clone
  • This thing has a bizarre install scheme. Do the following:
cd OpenNI/Platform/Linux/CreateRedist/
chmod +x RedistMaker
  • Now this creates some distribution. One of the two following cases should work. Else just look for a damn compiled binary, extract it and install it.
  • Case 1:
$ cd Final
$ tar -xjf OpenNI-Bin-Dev-Linux*bz2
$ cd OpenNI- ...
$ sudo ./
  • Case 2:
cd ../Redist/OpenNI-Bin-Dev-Linux-x64-v1.5.2.23/
sudo ./

Install SensorKinect

  • Yet another library for the Kinect.. (Why can't anyone package all this into one distribution)..
  • There are two versions of this. One should work.. (i.e., if you get some weird error with one, use the second one)
$ cd ~/kinect/
  • Version 1 : (this one did not work for Samir)
$ git clone git://
  • Version 2 : (this one worked for Samir)
$ git clone git://
  • Once you have the lib, go ahead and compile it in the same bizarre manner as OpenNI (well atleast they are consistent).
$ cd SensorKinect/Platform/Linux/CreateRedist/
$ chmod +x RedistMaker
$ ./RedistMaker
  • Done compiling. Now install this.
$ cd Final
$ tar -xjf Sensor ...
$ cd Sensor ...
$ sudo ./

Set up OpenCV

  • Install a bunch of related libraries.
sudo apt-get install build-essential cmake cmake-qt-gui qt5-default libvtk6-dev zlib1g-dev libjpeg-dev libwebp-dev libpng-dev libtiff5-dev libjasper-dev libopenexr-dev libgdal-dev libdc1394-22-dev libavcodec-dev libavformat-dev libswscale-dev libtheora-dev libvorbis-dev libxvidcore-dev libx264-dev yasm libfaac-dev libopencore-amrnb-dev libopencore-amrwb-dev libv4l-dev libxine-dev libtbb-dev python-dev python-tk python-numpy python3-dev python3-tk python3-numpy
  • Download OpenCV
  • Extract then build (note that v3 beta might be unstable; might be better to use v2..)
$ cd opencv-2 ...
$ mkdir build
$ cmake-gui ..
  • Next you will need to use the gui to configure cmake flags for OpenCV
    • Note that you should check just about every option in the cmake gui list (ones that make sense of course)
    • This is annoying because OpenCV will take hours to compile and if you miss one flag, you might have to re-do everything.
  • After the cmake set up, compile the code
$ make -j
  • Once you are done with the build, install it
$ sudo make install