How To Install vidcat on Debian 11

In this guide, we’ll discuss How To Install vidcat on Debian 11. Also, we will demonstrate how to uninstall and update vidcat.

One-liner install command

For those in a hurry, here's a one-line installation command:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt -y install w3cam

But if you are interested in the detailed steps with descriptions, the following information is for you.

What is vidcat and what are the ways to install it?

Before beginning this tutorial, you will need access to a server or computer running Debian 11. This guide was written specifically with a server running Debian 11 in mind, although it should also work on older, supported versions of the operating system.

Also, make sure you are running a regular, non-root user with sudo privileges configured on your server. When you have an account available, log in as your non-root user to begin.

There are several ways to install vidcat on Debian 11. You can use (links are clickable):

In the following sections, we will describe each method in detail. You can choose one of them or refer to the recommended one.

Install vidcat using apt-get

First, update apt database with apt-get using the following command.

sudo apt-get update

After updating apt-get database, You can install vidcat using apt by running the following command:

sudo apt -y install w3cam

Install vidcat using apt

Because vidcat is available in Debian 11’s default repositories, it is possible to install it from these repositories using the apt packaging system.

To begin, update apt database with apt using the following command.

sudo apt update

After updating apt database, You can install vidcat using apt by running the following command:

sudo apt -y install w3cam

Install vidcat using aptitude

If you want to follow this method, you might need to install aptitude first since aptitude is usually not installed by default on Debian 11. Update apt database with aptitude using the following command.

sudo aptitude update

After updating aptitude database, You can install vidcat by running the following command:

sudo aptitude -y install w3cam

How to upgrade (update) a single package vidcat using apt-get?

First, you will need to update packages index. Run update command as usual:

sudo apt-get update

Next, to upgrade only the vidcat, e.g. single package, you should use the following format with the apt-get command/apt command:

sudo apt-get --only-upgrade install w3cam

Note that this command will not install any new packages! If you wish to install the package if it doesn't exist you may leave out --only-upgrade part.

How To Uninstall vidcat from Debian 11

To uninstall only the vidcat package you can execute the following command:

sudo apt-get remove w3cam

Uninstall vidcat and all its dependencies

To uninstall vidcat and its dependencies that are no longer needed by Debian 11, you can use the command below:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove w3cam

Remove vidcat with all configurations and data

To remove vidcat configuration and data from your system you can run the following purge command:

sudo apt-get -y purge w3cam

Remove vidcat completely (configurations, data and all of its dependencies)

And lastly, you can run the next command to remove absolutely everything related to vidcat package, e.g.: configurations, data and all of its dependencies. Just use this command:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove --purge w3cam

Extra info and code examples

w3cam is a simple CGI to retrieve images from video4linux device. In other words this program will only run on Linux machines which support a video4linux-device. w3cam supports a plain mode and a gui mode. In the gui mode a html with a form is supplied to change some parameters with the mouse

Conclusion

You now have a full guide on how to install vidcat using apt, apt-get and aptitude tools. Also, we showed how to update as a single package and different ways to uninstall the vidcat from Debian 11.

See also:

How To Install vidcat on Kali Linux

How To Install vidcat on Debian 11

How To Install vidcat on Fedora 34

How To Install vidcat on CentOS 8

How To Install vidcat on Ubuntu 22.04

How To Install vidcat on Ubuntu 21.04

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