Cheese is an app that allows you to take photos and record videos from a webcam connected to a computer (or built into a laptop) on Linux.

Cheese allows you to apply 8 different effects to videos and photos. It's also possible to export to Flickr, use the photo as an account image. It's a simple and easy-to-use application that can be installed on any Linux distro.


  • Output Image Format: JPEG


  • Video codec: Theora
  • Output Video format: OGV
  • FPS: 30

Install Cheese on Linux

To install Cheese on Linux, you only need to enter one command, as Cheese is available in almost all repositories:

Ubuntu, Debian, Kali Linux:
sudo apt-get install cheese
Fedora, CentOS:
sudo dnf install cheese
sudo zypper install cheese
ArchLinux or Manjaro:
sudo pacman -S cheese
sudo emerge -a media-video/cheese

Cheese settings

Some users are having trouble accessing the settings for this app.

To open the Cheese settings, you have to click on the 3-dot menu in the upper right corner, and then click on the Preferences item in the drop-down menu.

Cheese Webcam app for Linux
Cheese saves all your photos in the following directory: /home/user/Pictures/Webcam/, videos: /home/user/Videos/Webcam/