Original author(s)Daniel G. Siegel, David King
Developer(s)The GNOME Project
Stable release
41.0[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 20 September 2021; 21 months ago (20 September 2021)
Preview release[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 6 August 2019; 3 years ago (6 August 2019)
Written inC, Vala
Typewebcam software

Cheese is a GNOME webcam application,[3] i.e. an application to handle UVC streams over Video4Linux. 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]


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 be used in many ways that were not possible at its first 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. ^ "cheese 41.0".
  2. ^ Error: Unable to display the reference properly. See the documentation for details.
  3. ^ Gagné, Marcel (2008-09-04). "Smile and Say 'Cheese'". Linux Planet. Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. 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. Archived from the original on April 7, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-28.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)