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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:

Get started right away by installing the software to your platform.


If you want to participate or just watch the progress of 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 meet people in your area working on OpenKinect through Meetup Groups:

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

Project information

Project Roadmap
Project Policies
Contributing Code - How to contribute code
Contributing - There many ways to contribute besides coding
Code Integration - How to deal with how we use git
Installation - How to download, build and install OpenKinect
People - Who is doing what
Gallery - Videos and links to things people are doing with OpenKinect
Logo Proposals
Project Ideas

API Documentation



  • Record - Dumps Kinect data to PPM, PGM, and a bin dump for RGB, Depth, and Accel respectively.
  • Fakenect - libfreenect simulator/mock interface that lets you use the kinect demos without having a kinect (plays back data from Record)

Knowledge base


Comment Threads


Kinect Themed sites