Jetson Nano


Jetson Nano has two power mode, 5W and 10W.

Once Opendatacam is installed and running without a monitor, it runs perfectly fine on 5W powermode (which is nice because you can power it with a powerbank). If you use it with a monitor connected, the display will be a bit laggy but it should work.

We recommend you to do the setup with a monitor connected and then make your Jetson nano available as a Wifi hotspot to operate it from another device.

The 10W Power mode of the Jetson won’t bring much performance improvement for Opendatacam.

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The minimum setup for 5W power mode is:

For 10W power mode (this is good for desktop use when you plug the screen, the mouse, the keyboard, it draws powers from the peripherics)

For setup:

Learn more about Jetson Nano ecosystem:

Setup Opendatacam

1. Flash Jetson Nano:

Follow Flashing guide (don’t forget to verify if CUDA is in your PATH)

2. Set correct Powermode according to your Power supply

Using microUSB

Using microUSD with a powerbank or a 5V⎓2A power supply, you just need to plug-in and the Jetson Nano will start when connected to it.

When started, we advise you to set the powermode of the Jetson Nano to 5W so it won’t crash, to do so, open a terminal and run:

sudo nvpmodel -m 1

To switch back to 10W power mode (default)

sudo nvpmodel -m 0
Using barrel jack (5V - 4A)

When working with the Jetson Nano with the monitor connected, we advise to use the barrel jack power. In order to do so you need first to put a jumper on the J48 pin (more details on Jetson Nano power supply)


By default, the Jetson Nano will already run on the 10W power mode, but you can make sure it is by running:

sudo nvpmodel -m 0

3. Setup a swap partition:

In order to reduce memory pressure (and crashes), it is a good idea to setup a 6GB swap partition. (Nano has only 4GB of RAM)

git clone
cd installSwapfile
chmod 777

Reboot the Jetson nano

4. Verify your if your USB Camera is connected

ls /dev/video*
# Output should be: /dev/video0

If this isn’t the case, run the install script anyway, and after you will need to modify the config.json file to select your desired VIDEO_INPUT

If you have a Raspberry Pi Cam, see advanced usage.

5. Install Opendatacam

# Download install script
wget -N

# Give exec permission
chmod 777

# NB: You will be asked for sudo password when installing the docker container

# Install command for Jetson Nano
./ --platform nano

6. Test Opendatacam

Open http://localhost:8080.

This will be super slow if you are using this directly on the monitor connected to the Jetson nano, see next step to access Opendatacam from an external device.

7. Access Opendatacam via Wifi hotspot

N.B: you need a wifi dongle for this.


Take note somewhere of the Jetson IP Address, in this case

After rebooting the Jetson Nano may takes 1-5 min to start the docker container, so if your browser say “Page not found”, just retry after a few minutes

You should be able to operate Opendatacam without lag issues.

8. Tips

9. Build a case

Here are the steps to set up the Jetson NANO in the Wildlife Cam Casing from Naturebytes.

Advanced usage

Follow this article to test your raspberry pi cam

IMPORTANT: Unplug any usb webcam before plugging the raspberry pi cam or reboot after unpluging / plugin things.

Use Raspberry Pi Cam with a non-docker installation of Opendatacam

NB: We hope this won’t be necessary after Jetpack 4.2.1 release with native docker support.

Restart Opendatacam, learn more about changing config.json here.

(EXPERIMENTAL) Use Raspberry Pi Cam with Opendatacam default installation

This is experimental, it might work for a time and then stop working… If it is the case you will be forced to re-flash your Jetson Nano as we have don’t know a way to uninstall this.

NB: We hope this won’t be necessary anymore after Jetpack 4.2.1 release with native docker support.

# Get scripts
wget -N
wget -N
# Give run permission
sudo chmod 777

# Setup proxy dependencies
sudo ./

# Install cronjob to start run-raspberrycam-proxy on boot
cat <(crontab -l) <(echo "@reboot /bin/sh $(pwd)/") | crontab -

# Reboot your nano
sudo reboot

Then you need to choose the experimental_raspberrycam_docker options in the config.json. (see


From the docker container, we can’t access directly the raspberrypi camera ( more background )

In order to do so we need to: