Building Scanner from source

Building Scanner from source is a three step process:

  1. Install system-wide packages (e.g. via apt-get or homebrew)

  2. Run our dependency script to find or install dependencies not provided by common package managers.

  3. Build and install the scanner python package using the script.

Install system-level packages

Ubuntu 16.04

Run the following command:

apt-get install \
   build-essential \
   cmake git libgtk2.0-dev pkg-config unzip llvm-5.0-dev clang-5.0 libc++-dev \
   libgflags-dev libgtest-dev libssl-dev libcurl3-dev liblzma-dev \
   libeigen3-dev libgoogle-glog-dev libatlas-base-dev libsuitesparse-dev \
   libgflags-dev libx264-dev libopenjpeg-dev libxvidcore-dev \
   libpng-dev libjpeg-dev libbz2-dev wget \
   libleveldb-dev libsnappy-dev libhdf5-serial-dev liblmdb-dev python-dev \
   python-tk autoconf autogen libtool libtbb-dev libopenblas-dev \
   liblapacke-dev swig yasm python3.5 python3-pip cpio automake libass-dev \
   libfreetype6-dev libsdl2-dev libtheora-dev libtool \
   libva-dev libvdpau-dev libvorbis-dev libxcb1-dev libxcb-shm0-dev \
   libxcb-xfixes0-dev mercurial texinfo zlib1g-dev curl libcap-dev \
   libboost-all-dev libgnutls-dev libpq-dev postgresql


Install homebrew then run the following command:

brew install coreutils cmake git wget unzip pkg-config \
             automake fdk-aac lame libass libtool libvorbis libvpx \
             opus sdl shtool texi2html theora x264 x265 xvid nasm \
             eigen glog libjpeg \
             snappy leveldb gflags glog szip lmdb hdf5 boost boost-python3 \
             llvm python gnutls postgresql libpq libpqxx opencv ffmpeg


Scanner provides a dependency script to automatically install any or all of its major dependencies if they are not already installed. Each of these dependencies has a set of required system-level packages.

Scanner requires the following major dependencies which are not commonly available via system package managers on all platforms:

  • pybind >= 2.2.2

  • opencv >= 3.4.0

  • protobuf >= 3.6.1

  • grpc == 1.16.0

  • storehouse

Scanner also has several optional dependencies which add additional functionality to the system:

  • ffmpeg >= 3.3.1

  • caffe >= rc5 OR intel-caffe >= 1.0.6

  • openpose (enables pose detection)

  • hwang (enables in-place processing of videos, instead of copying them)

  • halide (enables high-performance image processing operations)

  • libpqxx (enables reading and writing data to Postgress SQL databases)

Additionally, to compile with CUDA support, Scanner requires:

To install or specify where your major dependencies are, from the top-level directory run:

bash ./

This script will query you for each major dependency and install those that are not already installed. By default, it will install the dependencies to a local directory inside the scanner repo (it will not install system-wide).


Make sure to follow the directions after finishes that tell you to add entries to your PATH, LD_LIBRARY_PATH, and PYTHONPATH

Build Scanner

Run the following commands from the top-level directory:

mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..
make -j$(nproc)

Install scannerpy python package

Run the following command from the top-level directory:

bash ./

Congratulations! You’ve installed the scannerpy package. To learn how to start using Scanner, check out Installation.