Motion PHP Interface
This is a PHP web application that allows you to browse through all events recorded by motion and watch / download the respective video.
There is a timeline where you can see the thumbnail for each event.
The timeline is for ‘n’ cameras in one day selected from a calendar.
You can also select events and delete them.
It's a great! interface for running Motion on a computer without monitor / keyboard / mouse and you only have a network connection!
motionbrowser_20060313.tar - PHP web interface
First you must have the motion application installed and running with;
- mysql server and the ffmpeg libraries.
- GD as in php4-gd or php5-gd. --this is required for drawing the thumbnails.
- Apache web server.
I've tested it with motion 220.127.116.11.
Secondly a new database and table needs to be added to your mysql server. Run the command as root
mysql -h localhost -p -u root
CREATE USER 'newmotionuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'somepassword';
This will setup the new user for your php pages to use. Now add a database.
CREATE DATABASE motiondb;
grant all on motiondb.* to 'motionuser1'@'localhost' identified by 'somepassword';
at this point you can check to see if you created the database by a
CREATE TABLE `security` (`camera` int(11) default NULL, `filename` varchar(80) NOT NULL default '',`frame` int(11) default NULL, `file_type` int(11) default NULL,`time_stamp` timestamp NOT NULL default CURRENT_TIMESTAMP on update CURRENT_TIMESTAMP,`text_event` varchar(40) NOT NULL default '0000-00-00 00:00:00',`event_time_stamp` timestamp NOT NULL default '0000-00-00 00:00:00', `file_size` varchar(36) NOT NULL default '0',KEY `time_stamp` (`time_stamp`),KEY `event_time_stamp` (`event_time_stamp`)) ENGINE=MyISAM DEFAULT CHARSET=latin1;
this must be all as one command. This is also in the README file in the
There are some options in the configuration file motion.conf that are important for the way MotionBrowser
works. I'm only indicating the ones that are different from the default:
output_normal best (I haven't tested with 'on', but it should also work)
mysql_db motion (my database name)
mysql_user ... (the user name i created in MySQL)
mysql_password ... (the password associated with user)
Now, lets continue,
file to a folder on the root of your web server (for example:
Edit the extracted file config.inc to match your configuration.
If you installed php you may need to restart Apache. Now you can open MotionBrowser
and see the PHP goodness.
Once you have MotionBrowser
running, you can select the day you want clicking on the calendar.
To view a video of an event, click on the image of the desired event.
You can delete any event, checking the checkbox near each image and then click the button "delete selected".
You can also the select all if you want do delete all events on the current day.
You also have a link to motions setup and a link for each webcam using the small icon on the header close to the "Camera x" title.
Comments and Bug Reports
I've created a yahoo group to manage this project.
Check the url: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/motionbrowser/
- 20 Jan 2007
- 20 Sep 2007
i have an error wen i deleting the files:
ERROR deleting file: /media/disc1/50-20140930120025.avi
What can i do?
- 01 Oct 2014
Thanks, very helpful add-on to motion. I made a German translation; can I upload it somewhere to be included in the tar? The Yahoo group seems abandoned, only spam.
Further, the abbreviation of megabyte is MB, not Mb, according to Wikipedia, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megabyte
- 11 Nov 2014
Minor bug in index.php: Line 279 has the French string hard-coded; should be:
echo "<p><a href=\"http://$server_addr:$setup_port\" target=_blank>$config_motion</a></p>\n";
- 11 Nov 2014
Installed on ubuntu 14.04 and gui wasn't working correctly. Problem was the language files. The fist line was <? and it needed to be <?php.
- 11 Jan 2015
Installed on Raspbian (Wheezy) and was getting "Notice: Undefined variable" for both listdays and today in /var/www/MotionBrowser/calendar.inc.
Fixed listdays by removing the period before the equal sign of the first occurance i.e. '$listdays.=' became '$listdays=' and fixed the today issue by adding 'global $today;' at the start of the function in calendar.inc.
- 17 Jan 2016