25+ Applications to turn Webcam into Home Security System

Our best picks


WebCam Monitor - Popular desktop monitoring software. User interface is complex and could be intimidating for beginner, but tutorials will help you to get through. Supports Webcams and IP Cameras, controls Pan/Tilt/Zoom cameras, has motion detection and scheduler. Can run custom scripts.

Active WebCam - Live recording, streaming video and audio. FTP, SMS and email notifications. Automatic image adjustments. Has advanced security settings. Comprehensive scheduler. Can run as Windows service. Controls Pan/Tilt/Zoom cameras.

Ugolog - 100% online home monitoring system. Browser-based, requires no software or networking skills to setup. Automatically records video history. Has motion detection and interval-based recorder. Supports multiple cameras.

ZoneMinder - Best Linux video camera security and surveillance solution. Provide a complete surveillance solution allowing capture, analysis, recording and monitoring of any CCTV or security cameras attached to a Linux based machine.

EvoCam - Best application for Mac OCX. Publish a webcam with streaming video, view and record video from network cameras and video servers, create timelapse movies, or use it as part of your home security system with its configurable motion sensors

Worth looking into


Webcam Zone Trigger - Supports wide range of Webcams, IP Cameras, TV-Tuners and video capture devices. Very flexible. Can perform many different actions when motion is detected. Motion detection can be configured to use "hot spots".

Dorgem - Open Source Webcam capture application. It is free and I found nice tutorial tutorial on how to set it up. Unfortunately, it is discontinued.

Crime Catcher - Low-cost and simple to use home monitoring solution. Playback functionality is very nice but limited to the desktop where frames were recorded. FTP server required for remote monitoring. There were no updates since 2006.

CamUniversal - Top of the line product by CrazyPixels. Comes from family of CamLAN, CamPermanent and CamSurveillance. Multilanguage support, nice image viewer, motion detection tuner.

Digi-Watcher - Intelligent webcam software. Monitors your home or office 24 hours a day, captures motion event using webcam, saves into compressed video clips with audio and triggers various alerts including ftp upload, email or phone.

HomeCamera - Web-based home monitoring. Currently in beta.

Unpopular products

CAM Wizard - Old school CCTV monitoring system. Simple to use, email notifications, FTP upload.

WebCam Spy - Basic Webcam monitoring system with motion detection.

CamShot - Besides the name, looks like basic monitoring system.

JaxCam - Multicamera support, stealth mode, encoding video feeds in real-time. Broadcasting videos, scheduler, FTP and email notifications.

Biromsoft WebCam Software - Basic home surveillance software with FTP uploads on schedule or motion detection. Live streaming, video recording.

NETObserve - Spying software. Records motion images, printed documents, keystroke logger, application activity logger, screenshot capturing.

WebCamSpy - Live streaming and motion detection with email support. Automatically creates image galleries.

Eyecopia - Monitoring software with multicamera support. Email notifications. UI looks a little bit heavy and cartoonish.

EyeSpyFX - Remote control Pan Tilt for Logitech Orbit and Creative Live! cameras. Streams to blackberry and iPhone. Creates a private webpage for your webcam. Plays recorded images in a sequence.

Web Camera Security System - Basic motion detection monitoring system. Has multiple settings for video encoding and can run in stealth mode.

Products that work only with network IP Cameras

Griffid - Professional, expensive digital surveillance management. Supports IP Cameras only. Has web-based client and NAS/SAN support.

go1984 - Under active development. Supports IP Cameras only. Has iPhone client.

VisionGS - Full featured, webcam and video surveillance software. Has been around since 1999. Supports IP and PTZ cameras.

Webcam 1-2-3 - Small and easy to use. Allows you to view the broadcast with an Internet Explorer. Supports one camera only.

Webcam Watchdog - Upgrade from Webcam 1-2-3 with multiple cameras support and realtime streaming.

WebCam Looker - Records video and audio. Can broadcast video and allows remote monitoring. Supports multiple computers.

CyeWeb - Professional monitoring solution for businesses. Could not find pricing info, so it is probably expensive

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