Installation Guide

What’s in the Box?

Congratulations on being the owner of a brand new camera!

Let’s review the items you have received:

  • A brand new ZED Stereo camera
  • One Mini Tripod stand
  • One USB Drive with Drivers and SDK
  • Getting started note
  • A brand new ZED Mini camera
  • One 1.5-meters USB cable
  • One 4-meters USB cable
  • One VR mount

Connect your camera

Unpack your camera, plug the camera in a USB 3.0 port and go to the next step. 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. It contains all the libraries that powers your camera along with tools that let you test its features and settings.


  • Download the ZED SDK for Windows and run the installer.


On Linux, download the ZED SDK for Linux and launch the .run file from a terminal.

  chmod +x ZED_SDK_Linux_*.run
  • After the installation, download CUDA 9 or CUDA 10 (depending on the selected SDK installer) from NVIDIA website and install it on your system.

  • Restart you computer to complete the installation.

The installer can be launched in silent mode with the --quiet -- silent options (with a space between -- an silent). ./ZED_SDK_Linux_*.run --quiet -- silent


  • The NVIDIA Jetson board needs 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 board the ZED SDK for Jetson. Note that the ZED SDK is linked with the CUDA version used by the JetPack.

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 Embedded
Processor Dual-core 2,3GHz Quad-core 2,7GHz or faster Jetson TX1, TX2, Xavier
Graphics Card NVIDIA GPU* GTX1060 or higher TX1, TX2, Xavier
USB port USB 3.0 USB 3.0 USB 3.0
Operating System Windows 7, 8.1, 10, Ubuntu 16.04, 18.04 L4T

* A NVIDIA GPU with Compute Capabilities > 3 is required.

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!