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Welcome to the OpenKinect project


OpenKinect is an open community of people interested in making use of the amazing Xbox Kinect hardware with our PCs and other devices. We are working on free, open source libraries that will enable the Kinect to be used with Windows, Linux, and Mac.

Some general information about how Kinect works can be found in this document.

Source code is available here:


If you want to participate or just watch the progress of the the OpenKinect effort, subscribe to the [OpenKinect mailing list]. In the application form, please tell us something about yourself and you'll be approved automatically. You could also subscribe to a low-traffic [announcement-only mailing list].

You can follow us on Twitter Please use the #tag #openkinect when tweeting your work

You can also chat with people developing on OpenKinect software on IRC: #OpenKinect on

If you need an IRC client, check:

Channel logs (Daily rotation) can be found at

Wiki Page Index

Project information

API Documentation


  • [Python_Wrapper|Python]
  • [C_Sync_Wrapper|C Synchronous]
  • [Action_Script_3|Actionscript]

Knowledge base


Installation/Compilation Guides

Comment Threads


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