How to Connect an IP Webcam to OpenCV in Python?

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To connect an IP webcam to OpenCV in Python, you can utilize the cv2.VideoCapture() function to capture video frames from the webcam’s IP address. Here’s an example:

import cv2

# IP webcam URL
url = 'http://<IP_ADDRESS>:<PORT>/video'

# Create a VideoCapture object
cap = cv2.VideoCapture(url)

# Check if the IP webcam is opened successfully
if not cap.isOpened():
    print("Failed to open IP webcam.")

# Read and display video frames
while True:
    ret, frame =

    if not ret:
        print("Failed to receive frame from IP webcam.")

    # Display the frame
    cv2.imshow('IP Webcam', frame)

    # Exit if 'q' is pressed
    if cv2.waitKey(1) == ord('q'):

# Release the VideoCapture object and close windows

In this example, you need to replace <IP_ADDRESS> with the IP address of your webcam and <PORT> with the port number used by the webcam.

The code creates a VideoCapture object cap using the URL of the IP webcam. It checks if the capture was successful and enters a loop to continuously read and display video frames from the webcam.

Each frame retrieved by is stored in the frame variable. The code displays the frame using cv2.imshow(). The loop continues until the user presses the ‘q’ key.

Finally, the VideoCapture object is released, and the windows are closed using cap.release() and cv2.destroyAllWindows().

Make sure you have OpenCV installed (pip install opencv-python) before running this code. Also, ensure that you replace <IP_ADDRESS> and <PORT> with the appropriate values specific to your IP webcam.

Note: The method mentioned above works for IP webcams that provide a video stream accessible via a URL. If your IP webcam has a different API or requires additional authentication, you may need to refer to the webcam’s documentation or API reference to establish the connection and retrieve video frames properly.

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