Cheese (software)


Cheese 3.2.0 with its effects
Original author(s) Daniel G. Siegel, David King
Developer(s) The GNOME Project
Stable release 3.22.2 (9 November 2016 (2016-11-09)[1]) [±]
Preview release 3.23.2 (23 November 2016 (2016-11-23)[2]) [±]
Written in Vala
Type Photo capture program
License GNU General Public License

Cheese is a GNOME webcam application.[3] It was developed as a Google Summer of Code 2007 project by Daniel G. Siegel. It uses GStreamer to apply effects to photos and videos.[4] It can export to Flickr and is integrated into GNOME.[5]

It was officially added to GNOME in version 2.22.[6] Guvcview does not use GStreamer.


The webcam application started off as a way to take photos with a webcam, which could then easily be shared. It has gained features and usage and can now can be used in many ways that were not possible at its release. Cheese can record photos as well as video, and can use a timer before shooting as well as taking pictures in burst mode. Version 2.28 brought the ability to switch between multiple webcams with one click. The application has built-in sharing so that photos or videos can be uploaded to photo-sharing sites or used on a computer. It also has many different effects that can be applied to photos.[7][8]


See also


  1. Clasen, Matthias (21 September 2016). "GNOME 3.22". gnome-announce-list (Mailing list). Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  2. Clasen, Matthias (21 September 2016). "GNOME 3.22". gnome-announce-list (Mailing list). Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  3. Gagné, Marcel (2008-09-04). "Smile and Say 'Cheese'". Linux Planet. Retrieved 2011-12-28.
  4. Cook, Forrest (2009-01-28). "The long road to a working Cheese". Retrieved 2011-12-28.
  5. Paul, Ryan (2007-08-21). "Cheese brings Photobooth functionality to Linux". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2011-12-28.
  6. Larabel, Michael (2008-01-29). "Eight Interesting Improvements In GNOME 2.22". Phoronix. p. 2. Retrieved 2011-12-28.
  7. "Cheese! Notes". Retrieved 25 December 2011.
  8. Hess, Ken (2011-04-04). "Have Some Cheese with that Webcam". Linux Magazine. Retrieved 2011-12-28.
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