Installation Guide

What’s in the Box?

Congratulations on being the owner of a brand new ZED!

Let’s review the items you have received:

  • The ZED Stereo camera
  • One Mini Tripod stand
  • One USB Drive with Drivers and SDK
  • docs

Connect your ZED

Unpack your ZED and mount it on the Mini Tripod included in the box. Plug the camera in a USB 3.0 port. The ZED is a UVC compliant camera so it should be automatically recognized by your computer.

Download and install the ZED SDK

The ZED SDK is available for Windows, Linux and Nvidia Jetson boards. Get the latest ZED SDK from our Downloads page. Before installing the SDK, make sure that your graphic card drivers are up to date, and that the latest version of CUDA is installed.

The ZED camera is UVC (Universal Video Class) compliant so you can capture the left and right video streams of the ZED on any Windows and Linux platforms. However, getting access to depth, tracking and mapping data with the ZED SDK requires proper hardware to offer sustained and optimal performance. We recommend the following system specifications to use the ZED SDK:

Minimum Recommended
Processor Dual-core 2,3GHz Quad-core 2,7GHz or faster
Graphics Card NVIDIA GPU NVIDIA GTX1060 or higher
USB port USB 2.0 USB 3.0
Operating System Windows 7, 8.1, 10, Ubuntu 16.04, L4T (Jetson)


  • Download and install the latest SDK version.
  • Restart you computer to complete the installation.


  • The ZED SDK is compatible with Ubuntu 16.04, make sure that you are using the right version.
  • Download and install the latest ZED SDK for Linux.
  • Download and install OpenCV 3.1. To install it, open a terminal, navigate to your home folder using cd ~ and type the following commands:

    sudo apt-get install build-essential cmake git libgtk2.0-dev pkg-config libavcodec-dev libavformat-dev libswscale-dev
    git clone
    cd opencv
    git checkout tags/3.1.0
    mkdir build
    cd build
    #if an error about ippicv_linux is thrown:
        rm -f ../3rdparty/ippicv/downloads/linux-808b791a6eac9ed78d32a7666804320e/ippicv_linux_20151201.tgz && wget && mv ippicv_linux_20151201.tgz ../3rdparty/ippicv/downloads/linux-808b791a6eac9ed78d32a7666804320e/ippicv_linux_20151201.tgz
    make -j3
    sudo make install
  • The installation is now complete.


  • The NVIDIA Jetson board need to be flashed with the latest version of the Jetpack. Download JetPack on your host Ubuntu machine and follow the installation instructions.
  • Download and install on your Jetson board the ZED SDK for Jetson. Note that the ZED SDK is linked with the CUDA version provided by the JetPack.

Run the ZED Explorer

The ZED Explorer is an application for ZED live preview and recording. It lets you change video resolution, aspect ratio, camera parameters, and capture high resolution snapshots and 3D video.

If the ZED is recognized by your computer, you’ll see the 3D video from your camera.

The ZED Explorer is located in the following folders:

  • Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\ZED SDK\tools\ZED Explorer.exe
  • Ubuntu: /usr/local/zed/tools/ZED Explorer

Run the ZED Depth Viewer

The ZED Depth Viewer uses the SDK to capture and display the depth map and 3D point cloud. Run the ZED Depth Viewer to check that the depth map is displayed correctly. If you have trouble launching the ZED Depth Viewer, please check our Troubleshooting section.

The ZED Depth Viewer is located in the following folders:

  • Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\ZED SDK\tools\ZED Depth Viewer.exe
  • Ubuntu: /usr/local/zed/tools/ZED Depth Viewer

Play with the samples

The ZED SDK includes several tutorials and samples to learn how to use video, depth, tracking and mapping information, along with third-party libraries. You can also check our GitHub page for the latest updates. Read the API documentation to learn more, and start experimenting with the samples!