VIDIOC_STREAMON, VIDIOC_STREAMOFF -- Start or stop streaming I/O


int ioctl(int fd, int request, const int *argp);



File descriptor returned by open().





The VIDIOC_STREAMON and VIDIOC_STREAMOFF ioctl start and stop the capture or output process during streaming (memory mapping or user pointer) I/O.

Specifically the capture hardware is disabled and no input buffers are filled (if there are any empty buffers in the incoming queue) until VIDIOC_STREAMON has been called. Accordingly the output hardware is disabled, no video signal is produced until VIDIOC_STREAMON has been called. The ioctl will succeed only when at least one output buffer is in the incoming queue.

The VIDIOC_STREAMOFF ioctl, apart of aborting or finishing any DMA in progress, unlocks any user pointer buffers locked in physical memory, and it removes all buffers from the incoming and outgoing queues. That means all images captured but not dequeued yet will be lost, likewise all images enqueued for output but not transmitted yet. I/O returns to the same state as after calling VIDIOC_REQBUFS and can be restarted accordingly.

Both ioctls take a pointer to an integer, the desired buffer or stream type. This is the same as struct v4l2_requestbuffers type.

Note applications can be preempted for unknown periods right before or after the VIDIOC_STREAMON or VIDIOC_STREAMOFF calls, there is no notion of starting or stopping "now". Buffer timestamps can be used to synchronize with other events.

Return Value

On success 0 is returned, on error -1 and the errno variable is set appropriately:


Streaming I/O is not supported, the buffer type is not supported, or no buffers have been allocated (memory mapping) or enqueued (output) yet.