Installing Orchid VMS on Pelco Sarix IME+ Series Cameras

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.


The installer for Orchid VMS on Pelco Sarix IME+ Series Cameras is currently available as a Technology Preview. At this stage, installing the software on Pelco cameras is a manual process and technical support for installation is limited.


To install the Orchid Community Edition on a Pelco camera, you will need:

  • Pelco Sarix IME+ Next Gen Series camera
                Verified: Pelco IME229-1IS
  • Class 10 or better SD Card installed in camera
  • Your camera's IP address
  • An SSH client (such as PuTTY)

Enable SSH Access

Enable SSH access to your camera by logging in to your camera's IP address with a web browser.  Go to Settings -> SSH to configure the camera's SSH server.

Enable SSH, specify a root password, and save.

Log in to the camera's command line interface using PuTTY or the SSH client of your choice.  Use your camera's IP address, the username root, and the password you set above.

Configure the SD Card

If you're using a new SD card, it's likely that it's formatted using the FAT32 filesystem.  You will need to format the SD Card to use the ext2 or ext4 filesystem. NOTE: if you are able to format the SD card using a Linux computer, the ext4 filesystem is less likely to be corrupted when power cycling the camera and should be used instead of ext2.  When formatting your SD card on the camera itself, only the ext2 filesystem is available.

Using the command line with SSH, verify the camera sees your SD card:

ls /dev/mmc*

You should see several devices listed, including /dev/mmcblk0p1.  Make sure that the SD card is unmounted, reformat it, and then mount it again:

umount /dev/mmcblk0p1
mkfs.ext2 /dev/mmcblk0p1
mount /dev/mmcblk0p1 /sdcard

With your SD card properly formatted, you can now download the Orchid installation script for Pelco cameras:

cd /sdcard

Give the installation script permission to be executed, and then run it:

chmod 755

Orchid Is Installed!

Orchid is now installed on your Pelco camera.  Access the Orchid user interface with a web browser by navigating to the camera's IP address using port 81.  For example:  The default Orchid credentials will be admin / password.

By default, Orchid will not record any cameras (including the camera it's installed on).  To learn how to configure the camera to record its own video stream, please review How to Add and Manage Cameras.  You will need to manually add the camera to Orchid using the ONVIF Discovery URL  

IMPORTANT: IPConfigure recommends a single recording stream with a maximum resolution and framerate of 720p @ 10fps on Pelco Sarix IME+ Series cameras.

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