Install Precompiled OpenCV 4.6 on Raspberry Pi

OpenCV is an open-source library for image processing, computer vision, and machine learning. OpenCV is widely used for object detection, gesture recognition, motion tracking, face detection and recognition, image segmentation, medical image analysis, license plate recognition, and so on.

This tutorial shows how to install precompiled OpenCV 4.6 on Raspberry Pi.

Debian package

We have created Debian package (.deb) that contains precompiled OpenCV 4.6.0 binaries for Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+/B+ and Raspberry Pi 4 Model B. Binaries are compatible with Raspberry Pi OS Bullseye (32-bit). We have created a release on GitHub repository and uploaded opencv.deb package.

OpenCV was built with the following features:

  • NEON optimization
  • VFPv3 optimization
  • TBB library
  • FFmpeg library
  • GStreamer library
  • Python 3 bindings

You can found detailed build information on GitHub repository.

We tested on Raspberry Pi 4 Model B (8 GB).

Install OpenCV

Connect to Raspberry Pi via SSH. Download the .deb package from releases page of the repository:


Execute the following command to install OpenCV:

sudo apt install -y ./opencv.deb

We can run opencv_version command to check version of OpenCV:


The .deb package is no longer needed, you can remove it:

rm -rf opencv.deb

Testing OpenCV (C++)

Before starting, make sure you have installed GNU C++ compiler:

sudo apt install -y g++

Create a main.cpp file:

nano main.cpp

When a file is opened, add the following code:

#include <opencv2/opencv.hpp>

int main() {
    std::cout << cv::getBuildInformation() << std::endl;

    return 0;

Execute the following command to compile code:

g++ main.cpp -o test -lopencv_core

The core functionality of OpenCV has been used. So we need to link shared library.

Run a program:


Testing OpenCV (Python)

Create a file:


Add the following code:

import cv2


Run a script using Python 3:


Uninstall OpenCV

If you wish to completely remove OpenCV and related dependencies, execute the following command:

sudo apt purge --autoremove -y opencv

The 4 Comments Found

  1. James Hodds Reply

    I have loaded this onto my Raspberry Pi 3b+ what do I need to do now how do I run Opencv

    • lindevs Reply

      Hi, James
      First of all, try to run simple C++ and Python examples provided in this post to verify if OpenCV is working fine in your Raspberry Pi. If examples are working fine then you can read posts provided in OpenCV category.

  2. Robert Reply

    I am pretty new to OpenCV,
    All I get is:
    "terminate called after throwing an instance of 'cv::Exception'
    what(): OpenCV(4.5.5) /home/pi/opencv-src/modules/highgui/src/window.cpp:1268: error: (-2:Unspecified error) The function is not implemented. Rebuild the library with Windows, GTK+ 2.x or Cocoa support. If you are on Ubuntu or Debian, install libgtk2.0-dev and pkg-config, then re-run cmake or configure script in function 'cvShowImage'"

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