The Open Source CCTV Solution


Made with

Shinobi is Open Source, written in Node.js, and real easy to use. Shinobi is designed for performance. Run it on an Enterprise Machine or Edge Computer, its up to you.

Some Aspects

Shinobi can be used as a Baby Monitor, Construction Site Montage Viewer, Store Camera DVR, and much more.

Defeats Limits

Don't be held back by a maximum number of streams based on browser.

Modern Recording

Record to MP4 or WebM and open videos on your mobile device.

Realtime Data

Websocket provides realtime events pushed to connected clients.

Two Kinds of Shinobi

Shinobi CE
Community Edition

For small teams and personal use in a home or small office. This version is updated only for major changes or bug fixes.

Shinobi Pro
Professional Edition

For businesses that require using Shinobi in a commercial location and would like developer support and regular updates.

What others say

"I am a huge fan of open source and am writing code myself. However Zoneminder is a mess. Been trying to use it for like 10 years. But it never worked reliably. More than 3 cameras almost always made it fail. RTSP never worked reliably. Shinobi took me minutes to set up on my mini PC and is feeling so reliable already. Reinventing the wheel may be bad. But let's face it: Zoneminder is doomed. The horse is dead. Let's get off."

A YouTube user

"Shinobi is a thin shell around FFmpeg."

A Developer of ZoneMinder

"I would suggest Shinobi as a NVR. It's still in the early days but works a lot better than ZoneMinder for me. I'm able to record 16 cams at 1080p 15fps continuously whith no load on server (Pentium E5500 3GB RAM) where zm crashed with 6 cams at 720p. Not to mention the better interface."

A Reddit user

"THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS AMAZING SOFTWARE! So much better than Orchid Core, Zoneminder, and Milestone; this is lightweight and I have been using it for almost 1 year."


"Ive been using it awhile and I love it. I was running a version from May 2018 and its been rock solid for over a year"

A Discord Community Member

"omg guys i just want to say thank you so much!! I LOVE SHINOBI, and @moeiscool thank you so much for such an amazing ipcam recording app, please always keep it open source! I plan on using nothing else!!"

A Discord Community Member

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Supported by an Active Community

Shinobi is used all around the globe and developed on by hundreds of developers. Some of us like to get together and talk about how Shinobi can be made better.

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Need Professional Support?

Shinobi is made to last and is maintained with care. If you need to get a big operation running, personell briefed, or a place to take your woes. Here it is.

Support from Professionals

Why Make This?
Other Solutions Already Exist.

The creator of Shinobi wanted to make a cloud video recording solution. One that anyone could easily use. Simply login to your account, add camera details, set options, and away you go. Viewing streams and recordings on your mobile device by simply opening a web page. No installations. This means you could view it on any device with a capable browser.

Why Shinobi