Vimba 2.1.3 - The SDK for Allied Vision cameras
Vimba is our future-proof platform-independent SDK for all Allied Vision cameras with GigE Vision, USB3 Vision, IEEE 1394, and Camera Link interface. With Vimba, you can acquire images and control your Allied Vision camera instantly, but also program complex vision applications or connect to third-party libraries.
Vimba is Allied Vision's GenICam-based SDK with transport layers for all Allied Vision cameras with GigE Vision, USB3 Vision, IEEE 1394, and Camera Link interface.
GenICam is THE standard for plug & play handling of cameras and devices. GenICam APIs are independent of the operating system, camera interface, and camera sensor, so that you can always reuse your source code. As a member of the EMVA (European Machine Vision Association), Allied Vision actively contributes to the further development of GenICam.
Vimba runs on Windows, Linux, and Linux for ARM. You can port your source code from Windows to Linux or cross-compile from a Linux PC to an embedded system.
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C, C++, and .NET APIs
Vimba provides APIs for C, C++, and .NET. Users who quickly want to develop a straightforward application love the simplicity of the C API or the .NET API.
Advanced users with high demands appreciate the C++ API, which is designed as a highly efficient and sophisticated API for advanced object-oriented programming including the STL (standard template library), shared pointers, and interface classes.
Vimba includes programming examples in C, C++, and C# and an extensive user documentation. To get started, we recommend reading the Vimba Quickstart Guide, which is part of the Vimba installation.
More information about Vimba's architecture and APIs
Vimba's GenICam-based transport layers (TLs) support Allied Vision cameras with GigE Vision, USB3 Vision, IEEE 1394, and Camera Link interface. Moreover, they automatically connect with third-party software, for example, MATLAB, OpenCV, Halcon, CVB, and many more.
Additionally, Vimba provides the Cognex Adapter for VisionPro (version 6.0 or later).
Learn how to get started with MATLAB:
Learn how to get started with Cognex VisionPro:
If you have questions on how to get started with other third-party software, we are happy to help!
Vimba is a comprehensive software suite including drivers for best performance on Windows and the Vimba Driver Installer application.
With the Vimba Viewer application, you can instantly view images and explore camera features without programming. Additionally, you can save your camera settings and quickly use them with any Vimba API.
With Vimba's Image Transform Library, you can output several pixel formats.
Vimba includes programming examples and an extensive user documentation.
Learn more about Vimba's components:
All Vimba downloads include programming examples and user manuals. You can download Vimba for free.
Terms and Conditions for Using Free “Vimba” Software
Provided by Allied Vision Technologies GmbH
Art. 1 Scope of Application
- These Terms and Conditions contain the terms and conditions for the provision and use (hereinafter referred to as “Terms and Conditions”) of “Vimba“ software (hereinafter referred to as “Software”) that is provided free of charge.
- Our offer regarding the provision of the Software is not directed to consumers; we do not grant any usage rights to consumers. A consumer is an individual that enters into a legal transaction for purposes that cannot be attributed to its commercial or self-employed activities.
- The Terms and Conditions below only apply to business organizations, legal entities under public law, or separate funds under public law. By downloading the Software you confirm that you are one of the entities described in sentence 1 or represent one of these. A business person is an individual, a legal entity or partnership having legal capacity that enters into a legal transaction in order to carry out its commercial or self-employed activities.
- When you wish to obtain a free Software version, you will enter into an agreement with Allied Vision Technologies GmbH, Taschenweg 2a, 07646 Stadtroda, Germany, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art. 2 Software Description, Intended Use
- “Vimba” Software is a cross-platform software development kit (SDK) for Allied Vision cameras. The Software shall be used to control the cameras offered by Allied Vision (“intended use”). For a detailed description of the Software, please go to www.alliedvision.com/en/products/software.html. The description also contains the system requirements for the installation of the Software and compatibility data (operating conditions). For further application notes, please visit our support section on www.alliedvision.com/en/support/technical-papers-knowledge-base.html.
- We offer you a free Software version for the intended use as defined in Art. 4 of these Terms and Conditions.
Art. 3 Provision of Software
- You will receive the Software in executable form (object code), consisting of a computer program and an electronic user documentation that is integrated into the program. The user documentation basically consists of electronic help files. In addition, we will provide you with a source code interface in the programming language C++ which also forms part of the Software.
- The free Software version can be downloaded from our website www.alliedvision.com.
- We are not obligated to provide any other services, such as training, instruction or consulting.
Art. 4 Rights to Use
- We reserve the copyright and any other industrial property rights in and to the Software. To the extent that the Software contains software portions created by third parties, we possess the prerequisite rights and title to grant you the rights described in these Terms and Conditions. To the extent that certain portions of the Software are open source products, we will comply with the terms and conditions stipulated in the corresponding open source license agreement (e.g., by providing you with the corresponding open source license agreements and, if applicable, with the source code of the open source software together with the Software).
- We reserve any rights in and to the Software to the extent that they were not expressly granted to you under these Terms and Conditions.
- We grant you a non-exclusive, indefinite and world-wide right to use the Software as intended under this Agreement.
a) We grant you the right to upload, display and run the Software on your hardware environment, to transfer it to other hardware, and to store it.
b) We grant you the right to integrate the Software into our cameras or other devices/machines via the published interfaces, or to offer such integration services to your customers to allow you or your customers to use our cameras together with the connected devices/machines to the extent supported by the functionality of our Software.
c) We grant you the right to dispose of the Software together with the cameras or, as set forth in subsection b), with the connected devices/machines or to sell the Software in this form to your customers after you have rendered integration services; you are authorized to grant your customers non-exclusive, world-wide and indefinite rights to use the Software – however only in connection with the use of our cameras – in accordance with Art. 4 par. 3 subsections a), and c) through e) in conjunction with Art. 4 par. 4.
d) You may use the Software for the purposes indicated in subsections a) through c), and reproduce the Software for these purposes and for the purpose of making a backup copy and in order to back up data as customary. In addition, you have the right to reproduce and modify the Software in order to ensure the intended use of the Software, including error correction.
e) The person authorized to use the Software may monitor, examine, or test the operation of this program without our prior consent in order to determine the concepts and principles underlying a certain program component, provided, however, that this occurs by means of permissible activities for the upload, display, running, transfer, or storage of the program.
- Unless you have obtained our prior written consent, you are not authorized to
a) reproduce, to distribute, communicate to the public, or make the Software available to the public beyond the permitted scope as set forth in Art. 4 par. 3 of this Agreement,
b) to rent or loan the Software, to use it on behalf of or together with a third party or to facilitate any other third-party use, unless you are authorized to do so in accordance with Art. 4, par 3, subsection c),
c) to modify, rearrange, translate or decompile the Software, unless this act is permissible under Art. 4 par. 3. The statutory provisions on decompiling set forth in section 69e of the German Copyright Act (UrhG) remain unaffected.
d) to change, modify, alter, or remove the copyright notices, other proprietary legends or notices, serial numbers, and any other features contained in the Software and serving the purpose of identification,
e) to use the Software with a camera or to integrate it into a camera that is not offered by us or that you create yourself or have created,
f) to use the Software or portions thereof in order to create your own control software or to integrate the Software or portions thereof into your own control software.
- Any use beyond the permissible use set forth in these Terms and Conditions constitutes a breach of this Agreement that entitles us to injunctive relief and damages.
Art. 5 Defects as to Quality and Defects of Title, Liability
- With regard to Software versions provided free of charge and in the event of defects as to quality and defects in title we will be liable for damages or reimbursement of wasted expenditures only to the extent set forth below. You are not entitled to subsequent improvement. However, in the event that you notify us of a defect in the Software, we have the right to correct the defect, although we are not obligated to do so. We have the right to restrict our support and assistance to the then current Software version.
- With regard to free Software, we are liable for damages or reimbursement of wasted expenditures only in the event of intentional wrongdoing or gross negligence and in the event that we have maliciously concealed a defect in title or as to quality. The statutory liability based on death, physical injury, or damage to health, or the loss of freedom and claims under the Product Liability Act remains unaffected by the limitations set forth in sentence 1. If a damage incident is attributable to fault both on our and your part, you will be liable for comparative fault.
- All claims to damages or reimbursement of wasted expenditures that are asserted against us under contractual or extra-contractual liability shall come under the statute of limitations within two (2) years. The statute of limitations period commences at the end of the year in which the claim arose and the obligee becomes aware of the circumstances resulting in the claim and of the identity of the obligor or could have become aware thereof, had there not been gross negligence. The claims will come under the statute of limitations no later than five (5) years after the date on which the claim arises. In the event of claims based on intentional wrongdoing, gross negligence, malice, personal injuries, and under the Product Liability Act, the provisions of the statute of limitations shall apply.
Art. 6 Place of Performance, Place of Jurisdiction, Choice of Law
- Place of performance is our registered office.
- Place of jurisdiction for all disputes arising out of or in connection with this Agreement is the registered office of our company, if the customer is a business person pursuant to the German Commercial Code or is treated as such.
- This Agreement shall be exclusively governed by the law of the Federal Republic of Germany, with the exception of the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and the conflict of law rules of the German law.
Last revised: 08/2017
Allied Vision Technologies GmbH
Supported cameras and operating systems
- Allied Vision GigE Vision cameras
- Allied Vision USB3 Vision cameras
- Allied Vision 1394 cameras (Windows only)
- Allied Vision Camera Link cameras (Windows only)
Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Linux (for GigE Vision and USB3 Vision cameras)
Linux on standard PCs based on Intel-compatible 32-bit and 64-bit processors. Tested distributions:
- Ubuntu version 14.04 LTS ”Trusty Tahr” (32-bit)
- Ubuntu version 16.04 LTS "Xenial Xerus" (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Debian version 7 “Wheezy” (64-bit)
- Fedora version 23 (64-bit)
- Linux for ARMv7 (32-bit hard-float) and ARMv8 (64-bit hard-float) compatible embedded systems. Tested distributions:
- Ubuntu version 14.04 LTS ”Trusty Tahr” and version 16.04 LTS "Xenial Xerus"
- Linux for Tegra R24.2.1 for Jetson TX1 SOM (System-On-Module)
- OS X and QNX
The PvAPI (GigE cameras only) has been ported and will be maintained until Vimba for OS X and QNX is released.