I’m running the official Ubuntu for RaspberryPi on a RaspberryPi 4 and wanted to use the RaspberryPi Camera Module. The thing is, this is not as simple as it is on Raspian. So here are the steps you have to perform to use the Camera Module on Ubuntu.

Activate Module

First of all connect the Camera Module to your RaspberryPi like you always would and boot it up. Next you have to add the magic setting “start_x=1” to your /boot/config.txt.

sudo vi /boot/config.txt

Now scroll to the end of the file and add the following line, safe it and close vi.


In addition to that we also to install a few packages.

sudo apt-get install --reinstall libraspberrypi0 libraspberrypi-dev libraspberrypi-bin

Now reboot the RaspberyPi.


To test the camera we can use fswebcam like this.

fswebcam -r 640x480 --jpeg 100 -D 1 --no-banner test.jpg