Installing LIBCEC on Wheezy (tested on a Samsung TV)

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by OoM_JaN » Sat Mar 01, 2014 3:21 pm
Step by step installation of the LIBCEC module on a Wheezy Rapberry.

Start in the home directory
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cd /home

Install the necessary tools for compiling:
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sudo apt-get install build-essential autoconf liblockdev1-dev libudev-dev git libtool pkg-config

Clone the git repository:
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sudo git clone git://

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cd libcec

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sudo ./bootstrap

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sudo ./configure --with-rpi-include-path=/opt/vc/include --with-rpi-lib-path=/opt/vc/lib --enable-rpi

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sudo make

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sudo make install

Link the libraries so that cec-client can find them:
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sudo ldconfig

Check that cec-client have found the device by running:
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cec-client -l

Found devices: 1

device: 1
com port: RPI
vendor id: 2708
product id: 1001
firmware version: 1
type: Raspberry Pi

To send commands to for instance a connected TV:

Turn off TV:
echo “standby 0” | cec-client -s
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by tomtomclub » Thu May 08, 2014 3:27 pm
how to do in OpenELEC xbmc
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by Xumpy » Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:33 am
I just want to add that you need all your libraries set in /opt/vc

Check if there is an include and lib folder in /opt/vc. If there isn't one download the raspberry firmware master repos:

Copy the opt/vc folder from this repos to your own /opt/vc folder and the configure will work flawless. If you don't do this then you will get the error: configure: error: Raspberry Pi API not found or incompatible with libCEC


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by hanzelpeter » Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:10 am

Will this library work with Samsung LCD monitor with HDMI input. Or CEC is just for TVs?
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by danielblarg » Fri Nov 28, 2014 6:07 am
Thanks for this, I've got it working well with my Panasonic TV.
It wasn't working until I switched to a different HDMI cable.

Now I'm using python-cec ( to make a script to control the Pi with the TV remote.
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by L1ttl3J1m » Mon Dec 29, 2014 6:15 am
Beautiful - works almost perfectly out of the box, thank you very much!

Just a couple of points:

For the git clone command, if you leave off the "sudo" from the beginning, it creates the directory under your own user account, thus obviating the need for the "sudo" command through the rest of the steps up to
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sudo make install

This is also the preferred method because it means you don't end up with files belonging to root (which you can't edit or delete) in the user home directory.

Secondly, there is a development in automake (specifically, libtoolize) that is going to break the process as described here because the macros that
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uses to create the files that
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works on need to be in their own directory at the top of the source tree.

What that means (in non-geek speak) is that after
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sudo git clone git://

cd libcec

you need to create the m4 directory;

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mkdir m4

and then edit;

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(or your editor of choice)
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After the line
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and in (nano again, or your equivalent to edit it), add

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then continue with
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If you're seeing the errors

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 libtoolize: Consider adding `AC_CONFIG_MACRO_DIR([m4])' to and
libtoolize: rerunning libtoolize, to keep the correct libtool macros in-tree.
libtoolize: Consider adding `-I m4' to ACLOCAL_AMFLAGS in

this is how you fix that!
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by drgeoff » Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:42 pm
hanzelpeter wrote:Hello.

Will this library work with Samsung LCD monitor with HDMI input. Or CEC is just for TVs?

Probably will not work because of no CEC on monitor. Consult the specs of the monitor. If the monitor does not have a remote control (of the TV type) with 'transport' buttons (play, stop, rewind etc) then the chances are slim.
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by sebi » Sat Apr 04, 2015 3:28 pm

Sorry for this post in this old thread.

But they have changed the compile method of LibCEC.

So you can't run the shell script by the command ./bootstrap.

Do anybody know which Release will work.

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by sebi » Sun Apr 05, 2015 5:44 pm

I have tested it with the Release 2.2.0, but i have to use this configure command

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sudo ./configure --with-rpi-include-path="/opt/vc/include" --with-rpi-lib-path="/opt/vc/lib/" --enable-rpi ... pberry-pi/

Can anybody tell me, what I have to do, to compile it with cmake?
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by magro » Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:31 pm
Did somebody have success with libCEC version 3 ?
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by nlrb » Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:11 pm
Yes, I've the listed the steps in this post.
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by magro » Thu Apr 16, 2015 2:46 pm
TKS nlrb. It works fine.
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by spiru » Sun Sep 06, 2015 3:35 pm
Can someone please tell me why I am getting ./bootstrap: command not found after I try sudo ./bootstrap. I'm a newbie in linux guys.
I would appreciate help cause this is killing me
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by DougieLawson » Sun Sep 06, 2015 11:25 pm
Because dot slash (./) in front of a file name means look in the current working directory and your "bootstrap" script isn't in there.
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by spiru » Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:49 pm
Thanks for the reply. So Do I have to get the libcec bootstrap file from somewhere? or bootstrap is an OS command file, is it installed in a default directory?
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by dragos » Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:25 am
Hi, has anybody solved this ./bootstrap problem? I also get command not found! How do I solve it? Thought this is a good tutorial but full of wrong info!
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