Install RealSense Camera in 5 minutes – Jetson Nano

You can now install an Intel RealSense camera on a NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit in under 5 minutes! Looky here:


Over the last several years we have been installing Intel RealSense on Jetson Development Kits through a painful process of patching the Linux kernel, compiling kernel modules and building the RealSense driver SDK, librealsense, from source.

All of that has changed! Intel now has an APT repository with a version that is ready to install directly on the Jetson use the apt utility. It takes less than 5 minutes !!! Much better than the hours required previously.

Intel now recommends using the USB Video Class (UVC) as the backend for the RealSense SDK. This has the added advantage of letting the RealSense camera act as a web cam device when appropriate.


In order to install the RealSense SDK, we must first add the Intel repository to our sources list. After updating, then we can use the apt command to install the SDK. Here are step by step instructions from Intel.

As usual, we have created a convenience script to perform these actions. On the JetsonHacksNano account on Github, there is a repository installLibrealsense. From a Terminal, clone the repository, and switch over to that repositories directory:

$ git clone
$ cd installLibrealsense

You are now ready to install:

$ ./

Installation takes a couple of minutes, and then you are ready to go! You can start realsense-viewer:

$ realsense-viewer

Build from Source

There is also a script to help you build the RealSense SDK from source:


After the build, plan on rebooting the Jetson Nano before experiencing RealSense goodness.


As shown in the video:

  • Jetson Nano
  • JetPack 4.3, L4T 32.3.1
  • RealSense D435i depth camera, RealSense T265 tracking camera


  1. Hi, after the install and typing realsense-viewer, suddenly my jetson nano just black out and shut down. Any reason for that to happen? I have no issues installing

  2. Does anyone know why I keep getting this error (I’ve updated everything and still the same error):
    E: Unable to locate package librealsense2-utils
    E: Unable to locate package librealsense2-dev

  3. I got the same problem on Jetson Nano JetPack 4.3.

    E: Unable to locate package librealsense2-utils
    E: Unable to locate package librealsense2-dev

  4. How are you able to achieve such good video quality with the Realsense camera? I purchased a D455, and it shows nothing but black splotches everywhere. Never a full, consistent image as in your videos. I’ve tried it on high-powered computers and now on the Nano, and it is always the same. Video is of horrifically bad quality. Before I send it back and purchase something with better fidelity, perhaps there is a setting that can be flipped that allows good capture. So far, Realsense doesn’t deliver. Everything it shows on the screen has holes in it.

  5. I found the way to solved the problem with “E: Unable to locate package librealsense2-utils” on Jetson Nano JetPack4.4.
    Hope this way can help someone here else!!!

    $ sudo apt-key adv –keyserver –recv-key F6E65AC044F831AC80A06380C8B3A55A6F3EFCDE || sudo apt-key adv –keyserver hkp:// –recv-key F6E65AC044F831AC80A06380C8B3A55A6F3EFCDE

    $ sudo add-apt-repository “deb bionic main” -u

    $ sudo apt-get install librealsense2-utils
    $ sudo apt-get install librealsense2-dev

  6. I followed your instructions. The RealSense Viewer works just great. I notice it creates 4 devices: /dev/video{0..3}. None of these can be accessed via any webcam utilities. Should they be? In addition, I only see /dev/video0 inside the NVidia Jupyter notebooks – and it doesn’t work either. What am I missing, please? Was I also supposed to build the RealSense SDK from source. I would think that has nothing to do with using the device as a webcam.


  7. Looks like some of the references are no longer available.
    Here is the end result:
    E: Unable to locate package librealsense2-utils
    E: Unable to locate package librealsense2-dev
    And here is the repo that’s gone:
    Executing: /tmp/apt-key-gpghome.Uk1KPSeIg3/ –keyserver –recv-key F6E65AC044F831AC80A06380C8B3A55A6F3EFCDE
    gpg: keyserver receive failed: No name

    Jim, do you know any ways around this?

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