I am using the following command to capture and write jpegs to a tmp directory which end up getting streamed over the network

raspistill -w 640 -h 480 -q 5 -o /tmp/stream/pic.jpg -tl 100 -t 9999999 -th 0:0:0 &

When I execute this command a large image preview comes up on screen which I cannot seem to dismiss without killing the raspistill process.

How can I use raspistill without showing the preview window?

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Use it with -n flag or --nopreview flag. Ie, your command should look like this.

raspistill -w 640 -h 480 -n -q 5 -o /tmp/stream/pic.jpg -tl 100 -t 9999999 -th 0:0:0 &

For more raspistill related options, check out this.

Hope it helps.

  • I think it's --nopreview, one word?
    – goldilocks
    Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 14:36
  • @goldilocks Thanks for pointing out. :-) it should be without spaces like you said. Edited. Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 14:40

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