WebcamViewer – View your webcam on Window 7

If you ever use Window XP + Webcam, you probably know that you can view the webcam under My Computer, without any application or webcam software.



Unfortunately, under Window Vista and Window 7, this feature has been removed, and if you want to have a view on your webcam, you will need a webcam software. Therefore I decide to develop a very simple webcam software called WebcamViewer that enable you to have a view on your webcam. You can download the software from the link at the bottom of this post.

image WebcamViewer is a very simple click-and-run application, where you don’t have to install the application. Simply download the exe file and run the exe file to use the software. You can store it inside your harddisk or you can carry it in your pendrive, and run it on any PC you want.

The Interface is simple, the first thing you have to do is to choose your Webcam. At the top left of the interface, choose the appropriate webcam. Please take note that some user might experience having “Google Camera Adapter” under the list, which is not the real webcam, choose the correct one.


After choosing the webcam, you will need to choose the desire resolution and refresh rate for the webcam. Click on the list at the right side of the webcam selector to view the available resolution and refresh rate for the selected webcam. For example “640×480 30” means that the width of the image is 640 pixel, the height of the image is 480 pixel and the refresh rate of the image is 30 frame per second. Please take note that the available resolution and refresh rate will be different for different model of webcam.


Now, click Connect, and you should have the live video from your webcam.

www.bustatech.com006 To disconnect, simply click Disconnect button or you can click the X at the top right of the window to close the application. To capture an image from your webcam, you can simply double click on the image, and the captured image will be store at the same directory as the exe file. A folder with the name of the webcam (Integrated Webcam in my PC) will be created at the directory of the exe file.image All the captured image will be stored in the “Integrated Webcam” folder, and the filename will be the date and time of the capture.image You can also use WebcamViewer to view more than one webcam at the same time. Simply run 2 copy of WebcamViewer (after having WebcamViewer running, simply double-click on the WebcamViewer.exe file AGAIN to have the 2nd copy of the application), and connect to different webcam on each copy of WebcamViewer.

www.bustatech.com009 Have a try!


Application Error

If you ever come across with this problem, “The Application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135). Click on OK to terminate the application.”, you will need to install Microsoft .NET Framework to continue using this software. You can download Microsoft .NET Framework at the download link provided at the end of this article.


System Requirement

Supported Operating System: Window XP, Window Vista and Window 7

Required Software: Microsoft .NET Framework




Microsoft .NET Framework


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240 Responses

  1. hola mi nombre es luis reyes y me dirijo a ustedes debido a que no encuentro la aplicacion de web cam , y como consecuencia no la puedo usar . segun lo que me comunica la webcamviewer es una aplicacion de escritorio y debo dirigirme a , una vez estando ahi descargo la aplicacion y todo el proceso normal pero sigue sin reconocerlo mi equipo , segun datos de la aplicacion no contiene ningun requerimiento .
    por lo cual me dirijo a ustedes para saber como puedo utilizar mi web cam , no se si tenga que ver el windows , el mi laptop es windows starter 7 tendra algo que ver oh que debo hacer .
    sin mas por el momento y esperando una pronta respuesta , quedo a sus ordenes .
    Luis Reyes

  2. valeria says:

    Hi, nice aplication!
    Can I ask you what kind of dll have used to get webcam?
    I have developed an application that should intercept the web cam and instead remains a black screen.
    Your application instead work very well.
    I have used C# and avicap32.dll, and you?


  3. Software works great, but I need a hands off launcher for this program. I want to be able to start your program from the command line , have it automatically connect to a camera and position the view window at a specific place on the screen. For example with parameters instead of button clicks, for example:
    WebcamViewer.exe -c1 -s2 -x100 -y50

    where with the above parameters the program will automatically connect when started to the first camera in the list, at the size specified by the second choice in the second drop down box, and the view window is positioned at (100,50) of the screen.

  4. Juany Puente says:

    Hola yo tengo esa camara y funcionaba perfecto , ahora me veo pero al dar doble click no capta la imagen me señala un error en windows32 que puedo hacer puede ayudarme por favor

  5. ApK says:

    Well done! Nice little utility. I miss that cam feature from XP.
    You’ve gotten some good feature suggestions, like the command line params, and I ‘d like to suggest the ability to take a capture by pressing a key in addition to the double click thing.
    But what I’m really post to ask you is if you would consider releasing the source code for this app!

  6. Carl says:

    I love a simple straight forward program. works great for viewing, however I can not capture an image. the folder is created, but an “unable to create file” message is returned. thanks

  7. Hamza says:

    Nice Post.. Thanks For Sharing this. i really like this. you made my Day :) hillirius.. i also like your theme this is so light, nice work keep it up..

  8. jake marche says:

    hi, i have a problem when trying to capture a photo because it says ‘unable to create a file’ help please. Thanks

  9. Alan Emmott says:

    Hope this works

  10. Markus says:

    Perfect little programm, thank you!

  11. YK Loh says:

    Great little viewer with ability to capture and save still image.
    However it would be even better, if the program be updated to capture and save video as well…
    Guess this will then be a complete app.

  12. The only webcam viewer i’ve found that works on my macbook running bootcamp and windows7. Do you mind publishing the source code for this?

  13. Nik says:

    Hi ! Found this with Google.
    Just what I needed to focus a baulky new Kinobo USB B3 HD webcam whose free utility software refreshed the preview image *too slowly* under Win 8.1u1 to enable precise manual focussing.
    Thanks to you, it is ‘Job Done’ !!

  14. angel chuc says:

    yo tengo la camara en mi laptop, antes funcionaba bien, pero mi laptop fallo y cundo me la devolvieron de arreglar, la camara web, ya no funcionaba, me entra la aplicacion pero no dice: bisomcam, ni las resoluciones, en fin ya no me funciona…

  15. Eric says:

    Excellent! Thank you!

  16. Dave says:

    Great app for basic webcam testing.

    I’m noticing the memory cycling also. Normally it’s taking about 400M but if you minimise it or take away focus it goes into this runaway mode where it uses all available memory. Not really an issue if you’re using the app for it’s intended purpose.

  17. Will says:

    Can’t find any stored images – at the same folder of this application – or anywhere! Any clues ?

  18. Will says:

    Can’t find the stored pix – – any clue?

  19. nadeem says:

    i have installed new window 7 and cannot instal webcame viewer softwear and when i try to intall framenetwork softwear message shown that already installed as part of your os.but my came is not working on dell lattitude d620

  20. Vincent Dent says:

    It would b nice to b able to send video strait to the cloud

  21. John says:

    Thanks very much for this, can now use my $3 Dollarama Tech1 web camera on old laptop. Could not make it work any other way.

  22. Rick Stone says:

    What would be nice is if there were a way to simply present the video in a frame without seeing anything other than the video.

    Additionally, allow just rescaling the video to fit the frame size.

  23. Keima says:

    This is a great little program. I use this to monitor video sent from a wireless spycam mounted on a robot. The camera receiver is connected to an easycap and viewed with WebcamViewer.

    Thanks for this handy, lightweight tool.

  24. thundt says:

    This is a nice and useful start.

    Feature requests for v1.0.0.0: add settings for location of captured file (putting it in a folder next to the binary is a terrible idea on my setup) and for muting the sound.

    Thank you!

  25. Natty says:

    Thanks for doing this, perfect example of simple software.

  26. MrNekala says:

    Hi there! Thanks for the application. Just what I was looking for.

    I have three suggestions.
    – having an option to start the web cam on launch
    – mirroring
    – possibility to go full screen, most preferably by hitting [F11]

  27. admin says:

    New webcam viewer released version 2.1. Feel free to download and comment for continous improvement.

  28. Ulysses says:

    I really like using version 1.0 because it’s just a simple webcam image box without all the other functions embedded into the box, which creates clutter around the periphery.

    For my purposes, I need to be able to resize the webcam image box/window however I like and move it to where I want while I teach online from lessons scanned into a PDF file, and WebcamViewer allows me to do just that.

    WebcamViewer allows me to place the webcam box right next to the PDF file. But more ideally, I would like to place the webcam box right on top of the PDF file in the upper left corner while I’m scrolling within the PDF file. Is there a way to make the webcam box always stay in front?

  29. chandresh says:

    nothing is open the camera

  30. Zetad says:

    Excellent, thanks for sharing your skills with us. :)

  31. Zetad says:

    Excellent! Thanks for sharing your skills with us :)

  32. jim says:

    thanks it works. but i have no folder. no integrated webcam folder. a search on files modified today finds no
    pictures, even though i took several snaps. the screen paused. but nothing captured can i find.

  33. Chhavi says:

    hi!i just used version 1.0. its working great but i cant find the folder where the images must have been stored. can sum1 help??

  34. warning says:

    This WebcamViewer 2.1 is blocked by my virusscanner saying that it is potentially harming my computer.
    Please react.
    Thank you

  35. Randy says:

    Thanks! Very useful. I have noted that after running for a while, it will report an unhanded exception and I’ll have to quit and restart. It might be my power savings scheme because it doesn’t happen often if I am actively using the computer.

  36. wstn says:

    Nice work! I may have found an important issue though. There is a memory leak that occurs when the viewer is occluded behind another window or also when the viewer is minimized (anytime the viewer is connected and its window is not visible). It then consumes memory without releasing it until all available system memory is used. Otherwise it looks like the program consumes memory steadily, but then releases it at regular intervals and my system (Windows 7) stays stable.

    Otherwise, great app. Since Windows 7 eliminated direct viewing of USB camera’s video streams via Windows Explorer (USB cameras used to appear in My Computer and could be used without 3rd party software), a good lightweight USB camera viewer is needed and VLC just doesn’t fit the bill :).


  37. wsokol says:

    It works on my desktop but on on the laptop that already has a camera built it. When I try to connect to a second USB camera I get the message cannot connect because the device is in use, which clearly is an error. I checked the USB driver for the camera – no error messages. I am not having this problem when I use the same camera and same software on my desktop Any suggestions?

  38. Daniel says:

    Just freezes. Not working.

  39. Alex says:

    Handy bit of software. would love to be able to keep it on top of all the windows. Any idea how i would do that?

  40. TomTrottier says:

    Alas, you have left out the frames-per-second associated with each resolution.
    Also, the 1280×720 on my webcam just stretches the screen, unlike V1.

  41. powiat lubin says:

    Greetings! I’ve been following your web site for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock
    Tx! Just wanted to say keep up the excellent work!

  42. Hi all, the version 2 having quite number of problem. Now building new version totally overhauled version. Coming soon stay tuned. V2 not compatible with all type of computer. Sorry for the delay , working on something else.

  43. phalanges1972 says:

    As this is one of my “USB toolbox” programs, I am glad to hear you may perhaps grace everyone with another version of this simple utility. The 1.0 version has worked just fine for a long time. And has assisted with many quick fixes for me. Good luck with all your projects!

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