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It is recommended to install a fresh Ubuntu 20.04 for the Operating System before beginning. If you have other applications installed on the server machine you will need to ensure there are no conflicts.

If you have questions please post on Reddit or Discord. Due to limited resources support time is limited. Ordering a support package will give you priority for support.

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These requirements will be installed for you with The Ninja Way. The Ninja Way is the recommended way to install. It will allow ease in updating as well as changes to the code.

Node.js (12.x), FFmpeg (Between 3.3 to 4.1), and MariaDB (10.4+) are the main components that Shinobi needs. With the Ninja Way it is expected that all these requirements will be fulfilled for you.

To get the best experience and most support it is suggested that you install on a dedicated machine with Ubuntu 20.04 then install Shinobi the Ninja Way.

Friendly Warning : Avoid Docker. If you can use a VM if you must use a shared environment.


Fast and Easy (The Ninja Way)

Warning : The Ninja Way installs from source code. Which means many libraries from other sources are going to be installed aswell.

The easiest way to install from source, directly on metal, is through git. The following operating systems are supported.

  • Ubuntu 20.04

  • CentOS 8

  • MacOS 10.7(+)

  1. Become root to use the installer and run Shinobi. Use one of the following to do so.

    • Ubuntu 20.04

      sudo su
    • CentOS 8

    • MacOS 10.7(+)

  2. Download and run the installer.

    bash <(curl -s


It is recommended that you have a dedicated machine for Shinobi even if you intend to use Docker. If you are willing to install directly on the operating system please consider installing Ubuntu 20.04 and using the Ninja Way.
More Information about Docker Installation in the Respository's Docker folder.
  1. Just do it.

     bash <(curl -s
  2. Once complete open port 8080 of your Docker host in a web browser.

After Installation

Login to your Super user account at to create your first Admin account.

Username : [email protected]
Password : admin

You should now be able to manage accounts

Set up Sub-Accounts

Learn to set accounts with limited permission sets here as well as other account types.

Other Information

Configuration File Options (Incomplete)

conf.json is the file that you create from conf.sample.json during the install process using the following command from inside the Shinobi directory.

cp conf.sample.json conf.json

Anyway! on to what’s really important. What’s in the file itself. This is the contents of conf.sample.json.

    "port": 8080,
    "addStorage": [
    "db": {
        "host": "",
        "user": "majesticflame",
        "password": "",
        "database": "ccio",
        "service": "gmail",
        "auth": {
            "user": "[email protected]",
            "pass": "your_password_or_app_specific_password"

Available Options for conf.json

Options Required Type Description
cpuUsageMarker no string The marker that is used to search for CPU usage in top command. Default is %Cpu. Some systems, like Puppy Linux, require it be set to CPU.
defaultMjpeg no string A path leading to a JPEG file. This default image is needed for when the camera cannot provide frames.
doSnapshot no boolean By default the snapshot in the top left open its own FFMPEG process for a moment to get a single frame, You can avoid this by turning on JPEG API or setting this option to false.
updateKey no string For updating by API.
streamDir no string default is /dev/shm/streams/. Remember to end with /. Leave it undefined or null to use default. Be careful in using HLS as Stream Type. This directory should be set as somewhere in RAM
videosDir no string default is videos/ in the Shinobi directory. Remember to end with /. Leave it undefined or null to use default.
windowsTempDir no string default is C:/Windows/Temp. If your system is not located on the C: drive then you must add this option in your conf.json file.
DropboxAppKey no string Future releases will hide dropbox functions when this key is left null.
ip no string IP that is used for the Shinobi server instance. Default is undefined, which will tell the webserver to automatically choose.
port yes int Port that is used for the Shinobi server instance. Default is 8080
utcOffset yes string Timezone that matches your SQL database.
db yes object The login information for the SQL database yes string The IP address or domain name. Default is
db.user yes string The user name. Default is majesticflame.
db.password yes string The password. Default is no password.
db.database yes string The database name. Default is ccio.
db.port yes int The port number for Shinobi. Default is 3306.
cron no object The object that contains some options for cron.js
cron.deleteOld no boolean cron will delete videos older than Max Number of Days per account. Default is true.
cron.deleteNoVideo no boolean cron will delete SQL rows that it thinks have no video files. Default is true.
cron.deleteOverMax no boolean cron will delete files that are over the set maximum storage per account. Default is true.
mail no object If your Email account uses 2-Step Authentication, like Gmail, then you will be require to create an Application Password.
ssl no object If you would to use SSL (Encryption) you can include this object.
ssl.key yes* string Required if SSL object is present. This is a reference to a file that usually ends in .key.
Example : ssl/server.key will direct to a folder named ssl inside your Shinobi directory.
ssl.cert yes* string Required if SSL object is present. This is a reference to a file that usually ends in .crt.
Example : ssl/server.crt will direct to a folder named ssl inside your Shinobi directory.
ssl.passphrase yes* string If your key and certificate use a passphrase you must define it or SSL will not start.
ssl.port no int This is the port SSL will listen on. If option is undefined 443 will be used.
language no string Default is en_CA. You can check the langauges folder inside the Shinobi directory for more options. You can make more by using node tools/translateLanguageFile.js.
addStorage no object View the sample above for how to structure this object.
passwordType no string This can be sha256, sha512, or md5. md5 is the default.
passwordSalt yes* string This is only needed if passwordType is set to sha512.

Support Packages

We will answer your questions about how Shinobi works, the different ways you can use it, and it's documentation. We will keep your installation maintained with the latest stable build.

Ordering a support package also supports the developers.