How to Restart Orchid on Linux

IMPORTANT: The information in this article is specific to Orchid version 1.12.7 or earlier.  Equivalent instructions for Orchid versions 2.0.0 and above are available in the Orchid Core VMS Installation Guide in the sections "How to Check, Start, or Stop Orchid Core VMS Services" under each available installation platform.

: This article applies to modern Linux operating systems that use systemd for service management, such as:

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • Centos 7
  • Raspbian Jesse

For older Linux platforms, such as Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, follow How to Restart Orchid on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

Orchid runs on Linux as a service and can be restarted through the command line. This is often needed whenever a change has been made to one of Orchid’s configuration files.

There are two main services used by Orchid on Linux:

  • orchid : The main Orchid server that records and archives video.
  • onvif_autodiscovery : Used by Orchid to automatically find cameras that support ONVIF.

The following terminal commands can be used to start, stop, restart, and query the status of Orchid.

Action Terminal Command
Start Orchid sudo systemctl start orchid.service
Stop Orchid sudo systemctl stop orchid.service
Restart Orchid sudo systemctl restart orchid.service
Check status of Orchid sudo systemctl status orchid.service


Likewise, the following terminal commands can be used to start, stop, restart, and query the status of the Onvif Autodiscovery service.

Action Terminal Command
Start Onvif Autodiscovery sudo systemctl start onvif_autodiscovery.service
Stop Onvif Autodiscovery sudo systemctl stop onvif_autodiscovery.service
Restart Onvif Autodiscovery sudo systemctl restart onvif_autodiscovery.service
Check status of Onvif Autodiscovery sudo systemctl status onvif_autodiscovery.service


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