Install OpenCV in Python

The unofficial OpenCV PyPI wheels work for Linux, Mac and Windows. Importantly, the pip install methods below also work for the OpenCV GUI such as imshow etc.

pip install opencv-python

For ARM / Raspberry Pi:

pip install opencv-python

also works for certain ARM platforms like the Raspberry Pi. Note: If you install on an ARMv7 Raspberry Pi (or ARMv8 with 32-bit OS), you will need to pip uninstall and pip install upon inserting the SD card into an ARMv6 system, or

SIGILL Illegal Instruction

error will result.

For example, setting up a Python OpenCV algorithm on a Raspberry Pi 4 then inserting the same SD card into a Raspberry Pi Zero / Zero W will require reinstalling OpenCV. OpenCV is trivial and fast to install on a Raspberry Pi via pip as described above.

For the latest extended functionality that hasn’t yet been incorporated into the core package, OpenCV including the Extra contributed modules may be obtained by:

pip install opencv-contrib-python

If ... is not supported on this platform error be sure it’s using desired Python install. One may have to manually specify the path for the pip command e.g.

c:\anaconda3\scripts\python -m pip install opencv-python

We made several test scripts to try out the OpenCV install. Compile and install OpenCV for Python. Compiling yourself allows customizing and optimizing OpenCV for your computer (e.g. using GPU, TBB, OpenCL, etc.).

The conda install opencv and conda install -c conda-forge opencv methods for OpenCV continue to be BROKEN for video/image reading and display. Use pip install above instead.