Application Development

This section explains how to build an application with the ZED SDK on Windows and Linux platforms.

Setting Up a Project

We will build a simple tutorial application Hello ZED using the ZED SDK and CMake. CMake is a cross-platform project generation tool. It provides an easy way to build project files that can be used in the compiler environment of your choice. For example, a CMake script can produce Visual Studio project and solution files.

  • Download and install the latest ZED SDK
  • Download the ZED Examples sample code available on our GitHub page. You can also browse our GitHub for additional plugins and sample codes.
  • Open the Tutorials/Tutorial 1 - Hello ZED folder to find the code we will build. The following files should be in the directory:
    • CMakeLists.txt
    • main.cpp

Building on Windows

On Windows, Cmake (3.5.0+) and Visual Studio 2015 or higher is required to build an application with the ZED SDK. Applications must be compiled for 64-bit.

While installing Visual Studio, make sure to select the C++ compatibility.

  • Open cmake-gui.
  • In “Where is the source code“, enter the path of the project folder where the CMakeLists.txt is located. Here we created a project folder “ZED_Tutorial_1” in Documents.
  • In “Where to build the binaries“, enter the previous path and add: /build.
  • Click on the “Configure” button.

  • A dialog window asks you if CMake can create the “build” folder. Say yes.
  • Another dialog window will ask you to specify a generator for your project. Choose Visual Studio in Win64 and click on “Finish”.

  • CMake may take a few seconds to configure the project.
  • Click on the “Generate” button to build the Visual Studio project files.

  • CMake has now generated your project in the build directory. Close the cmake-gui window and open the build folder.

  • A Visual Studio solution has been generated. Open Project.sln. If you don’t need the debugging tool, set the project in release mode for better performance.

  • To run the builds from the Build menu or from keyboard shortcuts, set the ZED_Tutorial_1 target as the startup project.

  • You can now edit and compile your program in the Visual Studio IDE. Hit the Ctrl+F5 key to launch the program.

Building on Linux and Jetson

On Linux, compiling an application with the ZED SDK requires a toolchain with GCC (5, 6) and Cmake (3.5.0 minimum). To install both, type:

sudo apt-get install build-essential cmake

Now let’s build the Hello ZED tutorial.

  • Open your terminal and go to the tutorial folder.

    cd path/to/your/project/ZED_Tutorial_1
  • Create a build folder.

    mkdir build && cd build
  • Generate your project with CMake by pointing to the CMakeLists.txt folder (the parent folder).

    $ cmake ..
    -- Configuring done
    -- Generating done
    -- Build files have been written to: path/to/your/project/ZED_Tutorial_1/build
  • Use the ls command to check the content of the build directory:

    $ ls
    CMakeCache.txt  CMakeFiles  cmake_install.cmake Makefile
  • Compile the application using the make command.

  • The application is now compiled. To launch it, run this command:


    The application will display your camera serial number in the terminal.