Cheese (software)

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

Cheese 3.2.0 with its effects
Original author(s)Daniel G. Siegel, David King
Developer(s)The GNOME Project
Stable release3.34.2[1] (25 November 2019 (2019-11-25)) [±]
Preview release3.35.2[2] (24 November 2019 (2019-11-24)) [±]
Written inC, Vala
Typewebcam software
LicenseGNU General Public License

It was officially added to GNOME in version 2.22.[6] Guvcview does not use GStreamer.


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 can be used in many ways that were not possible at its 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]


  • Mauve
  • Noir/Blanc
  • Saturation
  • Hulk
  • Vertical Flip
  • Horizontal Flip
  • Shagadelic
  • Vertigo
  • Edge
  • Dice
  • Warp

See also


  1. Petridis, Jordan (25 Nov 2019). "GNOME 3.34.2 Released". GNOME Mail Services (Mailing list). Retrieved 14 Dec 2019.
  2. Catanzaro, Michael (24 November 2019). "GNOME 3.35.2 released". GNOME Mail Services (Mailing list). Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  3. Gagné, Marcel (2008-09-04). "Smile and Say 'Cheese'". Linux Planet. 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. Retrieved 2011-12-28.
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