Install Motion on CentOS 6

These are some very very brief instructions on how to install Motion on a CentOS 6 system.

Install Prerequisites

yum -y install gcc make
yum -y install libjpeg-turbo libjpeg-turbo-devel

Install Motion

Download Motion, e.g. as a .tgz from SourceForge:

cd /root/
wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/motion/motion%20-%203.2/3.2.12/motion-3.2.12.tar.gz?r=http%3A%2F%2Fsourceforge.net%2Fprojects%2Fmotion%2Ffiles%2Fmotion%2520-%25203.2%2F3.2.12%2F&ts=1385393313&use_mirror=garr

Untar:

tar zxvf motion-3.2.12.tar.gz

Install:

cd /root/motion-3.2.12/
./configure
make
make install

This will install motion in its default location, in subdirectories of /usr/local/, e.g:

  • /usr/local/bin/ for executables,
  • /usr/local/man/ for man pages,
  • /usr/local/etc/ for configuration files,
  • /usr/local/docs/ for documentation,
  • /usr/local/share/ for configuration examples, etc.

Finally, before starting motion you need to copy the default configuration file motion-dist.conf to motion.conf (by default in /usr/local/etc/.