Setup and configuration

Logging in

Connect to the server with a web browser

By default the server runs on a port 7001, and requires SSL. You can access the server using https://hostname:7001

Adding / Managing network (IP) cameras

This section covers adding and managing analog cameras. A Bluecherry hardware compression card is required for use with analog cameras and our software.


Select Devices from the menu


By default the ‘IP Cameras’ section is minimized.


Recording schedules

We support two types of schedules. The first is a global schedule and the second is a per-camera schedule. Both are covered below


Global schedule


Select ‘Motion’ and then select all the grid locations (Assuming that you want motion detection 24×7×7).

Per-camera schedule


Under the Devices tab, select ‘Schedule’ under each camera that you want to enable a camera specific scheduled recording.


Select the checkbox for ‘Use device-specific schedule for this camera’ and select the type of recording schedule you want and click ‘Save changes’

Adding users


Select ‘Create New User’ to add a new user to the DVR system


Complete the form with the user specific information. It’s usually recommended to have two administrator accounts, in case one user is delete or the password is forgotten.

Editing / viewing users

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Click on user’s Full Name. Note: To prevent you from accidently removing yourself it is not possible for you to remove the account you are logged in as.


You can the option to change any of the fields above, including the password. You can also add specific restrictions on what the user has access to. The notes section lets you add user specific notes.

Restrict cameras per user

Restricting access on a per-user basis


From the ‘Users’ section click on any of the names in the list. For this example, we are going to pick on Joe Blow, who we do not trust.


Click ‘Edit access list’


**By default Joe Blow has access to all cameras. We do not want him to have access to cameras, simply click on the camera name. This will change the color of the camera from green (full access) to red (no access). Joe Blow will not see the camera in the available video devices, or in the event / search area. Changes are applied instantly. **

System logs

**Select ‘System Log’ from the left menu bar ** .. image:: img/systemlog-select.png

This log shows everything that has been logged to /var/log/bluecherry.log and to /var/lib/bluecherry/www-error.log Note: These logs is randomly rotated, so it will likely not contain all of the logs since the server has started.


Admin password reset procedure

In case you’ve lost or forgot Bluecherry server Admin password, you can change it to default in database.

mysql -u bluecherry -p bluecherry -e "update Users set password='b22dec1d6cfa580962f3a3796a5dc6b3', salt='1234' where username='Admin';"

This resets the login to Admin and the password to bluecherry