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Software installation

This page is updated to the 1.4.2 release

Installation process

The installation process consists of 5 simple steps:

After installing, the next step is configuring the system.

Advanced users, or those with special needs, can download the source code and make a manual installation.


Before starting the installation process, please make sure that:

  • If you already have a Galicaster running in your computer, please refer to the upgrade documentation.
  • Your equipment meets Galicaster Hardware Recommendations.
  • You are running a Linux-based OS. The recommended distribution is Ubuntu 12.04. Make sure that the version chosen matches your system architecture (32 or 64 bits). We also recommend the distribution Ubuntu 12.04.5 since it has the kernel 3.13.0 included. In case of using previous versions (like 12.04.1) you may have to install the next packages:
apt-get -y install xserver-xorg-lts-trusty
apt-get -y install linux-generic-lts-trusty


The latest Galicaster version can be downloaded here, as a DEB package. Older versions and information about the new features that each of them included are available on the Release Archive.

By downloading, you agree to the non-commercial license. (Commercial licenses also available under request)

Source code

As an alternative to the DEB package installation, you can install Galicaster from the source code. Stable versions are available on the Release archive. Stable and development versions, as well as development information, are available in our Git repository.

Installing a source code version requires installing its dependencies manually.
If a DEB package installation is also present, conf.ini and the profiles will be read from the folder /etc/galicaster. Otherwise, the ones in the installation folder will be used.

Adding a launcher
You can easilly add a launcher to a manual installation by creating a file at /usr/local/bin/ containing the following command:
python <path>/run_galicaster.py


The Ubuntu Software Center will install the DEB package by simply double-clicking on it. Both the Galicaster software and the dependencies will be installed.

The Ubuntu Software Center shows a warning because Galicaster does not strictly follow the .deb standards. You can safely ignore it and continue the installation.

You may also run the following command on a shell (needs root permissions):

dpkg --install <galicaster_$version_all.deb>

Galicaster will be installed in /usr/share/galicaster . The configuration files and profiles folder will be placed at /etc/galicaster/. In order to get Galicaster ready to go, it would be useful running this command to put the right file owners:

sudo chown -R <user>:<group> /etc/galicaster

New profiles can be added in /etc/galicaster/profiles. For more information about them, refer to the Input Profiles section.

You may remove Galicaster from your system using the Ubuntu Software Center or the following command on a terminal:

dpkg --remove galicaster

The files at /etc/galicaster will not be removed, thus preserving your configuration. If you also want to delete them too, run this instead:

sudo rm /etc/galicaster/profiles/*.*
sudo dpkg --purge galicaster


Galicaster depends on the following modules and libraries:

  • python, python-gtk2, libgtk2.0-0
  • python-gst0.10, libgstreamer0.10-0, gstreamer0.10-plugins-base, gstreamer0.10-plugins-good, gstreamer0.10-plugins-base-apps, gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg, gstreamer0.10-alsa, gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad, gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse, gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly
  • python-pip, python-setuptools, python-pycurl, python-bottle
  • v4l-conf, v4l-utils, guvcview
  • icalendar, phyton-glade2

For testing devices, specially webcams and V4L2-compatible devices, other software may be installed as well:

  • guvcview (apt)

Run Galicaster for the first time

Once installed, Galicaster is ready to run. You may start Galicaster by:

  • Opening a terminal and executing galicaster.
  • Find Galicaster under Applications in the Unity Menu.
    You can also add Galicaster to your Unity sidebar, place a link at the Desktop or include it as a startup application.

The default input Profile consists of two mock video sources and a mock audio source. You can try recording from them, edit its metadata and check if the media is listed in the Media Manager.

Install drivers

Depending on the hardware you have chosen to run Galicaster with, you may need to install and configure its drivers.

Check our Compatible hardware and visit your device manufacturer's Driver & Info websites for information on how to install and configure the drivers.

If you have purcharsed a Galicaster unit, the drivers are already installed.

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