Blue Iris

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This app is a CLIENT for the Blue Iris Windows PC software. In order to make use of this app, you must have Blue Iris version 4 installed and running on a Windows PC or VM. Instructions for connecting this app to the PC software are found in the Networking topic of its Help file.

This app provides a single point of contact to your home camera network. There is no need to insecurely open individual cameras to the Internet. This app connects using a secure and session-based protocol--no passwords are transmitted in plain text.

Remote access does require router configuration, which you can test without the app by using Safari. You should see your Blue Iris login page.

Key features include:

- Manage multiple Blue Iris installations
- Geofencing: set status, send alerts, and more in response to device location *
- Control the traffic signal icon, schedule and profile selection
- Receive iOS push notification alerts when a Blue Iris camera is triggered or there is a critical status message
- Fast H.264 streaming
- Control PTZ, IR and more for any camera that’s also controllable at the Blue Iris PC
- Listen to and talk to any camera that’s also supported at the Blue Iris PC
- Navigate cameras by tapping and swiping
- Review recordings as stored on the Blue Iris PC, up to 64x speed
- Download recorded video from the Blue Iris PC to the iOS device
- Selectively delete recordings from the Blue Iris PC
- Broadcast live video from the iOS device directly into a Blue Iris PC camera window
- Remote control DIO output signals on compatible devices
- Baby monitor functionality: continue to listen to audio with app closed or device in standby **

* Note that continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
** Note that continued use of audio streaming running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Blue Iris App Description & Overview

The applications Blue Iris was published in the category Utilities on 2012-12-15 and was developed by Ken Pletzer. The file size is 49.22 MB. The current version is 1.63.10 and works well on 10.0 and high ios versions.

Fix to allow proper switching between servers when opening remote notifications
Fix for geofence to use server name instead of WAN address as internal server identifier
Log saved to documents folder (accessible via iTunes app) for geofence updates and issue resolution

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Blue Iris Reviews


Seven Years  Dtatadude  5 star

Ken and Customers, This Camera Management Software has been a revolution to maintaining Surveillance Cameras, in every environment, location , hardware and device(s). It has been a savior to company’s , family’s , friends , and private owners under the control of this software. Cost is EXTREMELY affordable and unbelievable options for any install. To date , I have personally installed more than (8) locations, and a pleasure to work with such a powerful software. It is a pleasure Ken to write this - You have secured my friends , business partners and family with Blue Iris, and thank you for the efforts and diligence. Cheers, Rob


Very Intuitive Interface  SmartBuild  5 star

Easy to use and very well designed UI.


Poor connection  scrubee492  1 star

I can connect after a couple minutes of loading when I’m at home connected to WiFi. But I am almost never able to connect when I’m away from the house. Just seems kinda useless if I can’t use it when I’m away.


Motion Alerts disappeared  Rxomab  4 star

Blue Iris is great. It works flawlessly and I love the ability to personalize your set up. It used to be even better when motion alerts were sent right to your iPhone or Apple watch. However, around December 2018, they just magically stopped. I know it’s not a server issue since I also have an Android phone and the alerts work perfectly. All notification settings on my iPhone are correct. Other than the lack of alerts now, the app is a great companion to the PC program.


Doesnt work to open applications if you go outside  US23091902ny  1 star

This applications doesnt work if your laptop doesnt open even you use phone outside


Great app to use with Blue Iris!  encheritto  4 star

I would have given 5 stars but the look of the app is extremely dated. I think it’s time for an update.


Almost there...  Blaze138  4 star

It could be better considering the price they charge.. But even the simplicity of the app is not user friendly at all, there’s other apps that yes cost a little more but offer A LOT more... Try CMS or Transcendent or Vitek... You’ll never look back...


Good when it works  j11181p  3 star

Seems like every other update breaks the notifications. Not much use if I can’t be informed when the motion detection trips.


Can we get an update?  Weirik  1 star

Push notifications have been broken for months! App leaves a lot to be desired in terms UI but the broken notifications really makes the app darn near useless for me.


Great App  Jakadia  5 star

Love the app, very powerful. I wish there was an AppleTV version!


7 years in and still love it  shamusmcfly  5 star

I’ve never found anything negative to say about blue iris in the 7 years I’ve been using it. It does everything I want and more that I didn’t know I wanted. I tried about 10 other up camera monitoring softwares before I came across blue iris and I haven’t looked back since. I’ve recommended it to many friends who all now swear by it. Well done guys.


Unreliable, inefficient & complicated  Pinky02  1 star

The app doesn't allow for most controls to be utilised on an iPhone/iPad - don't waste your money paying for the full version! The whole layout has a very complicated feel to it, and isn't user-friendly at all. The only version worth using is the PC one (which defeats a lot of the purpose if you were hoping to use the software/app on a mobile device). Very disappointed.


More than just another IPCam app!  Caingalea  5 star

If you own the Blue Iris PC software, this app is an essential part to monitoring your IPCam system... and it's worth every cent. It provides functionality unfound in other apps which integrates with the PC software for full customisation of monitoring setting, system information and alerts, and user access. I believe this app is reasonably priced and I'm happy to support the developer so he continues to develop, improve and innovate Blue Iris.

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Fantastic!  G S Hawken  5 star

Works as advertised, fantastic addition to BlueIris software (which needs to be running on PC s somewhere) Regular updated. Robust, easy for novices to use & navigate Highly recommended (along with BI PC software) If looking for windows security video monitoring very hard to beat


Great app needs updating  Woolnoir  4 star

Very nice app. Works really well for remote viewing and control. Would be 5 stars if it had iPhone 6+ support.


Excellent App for Blue Iris users  Middlo64  5 star

Excellent app, does all you could want. It has a neat function in that you can set it up examples seamlessly for use internal and external access allowing you to access your server from anywhere. Well done !


Excellent App  Sastol  5 star

Fully functional app that nicely complements the desktop version


Great!  Jamestas  5 star

This app works very well. A great interface into the Blue Iris software and makes simple management a dream. Looking forward to the updates as they come.


AWESOME Blue Iris client!!  McKannic  5 star

This is definitely the BEST viewer/control app I have seen (and used) for Blue Iris, I use this locally through my LAN as well as remotely, mostly to keep a close eye on security around my premises but on occasion to check to make sure I have set the security on the way out, if I have forgotten I can remotely activate Blue Iris. Previously I had to use two apps to be able to view locally as we'll as remotely, not now. I have TOTAL peace of mind with this app.


Great app. Must have!!!  Xtrem8  5 star

This app does everything you need.


Home Iris  Griff7771  4 star

This is a great little app for your iPhone. I use it all the time, and control five different cameras, all different types. You will need to set up the Blue Iris server on your PC, for this to work correct.


broken  ep2  1 star

It doesn't work at all for me, i mean no part of it works, I cant even connect, it says "check network availability" but other apps can connect to that server just fine, and even where i enter a license key it says its not valid when it works fine on PC. Is there a way to ask for the $10 back from the app store?


Great app  Zqwertyz  5 star

Great app A+++, never had an issue, been using it for last 4 years


Update pretty much killed it.  Kcsporter  5 star

Rating is based off of newest update. Before update it worked great. After update it's slow and very laggy. Was a great app before, needs fixing.


Latest update is crap  DJ DEFT  2 star

Please fix!!!


Latest update broke everything  iPowered  1 star

We keep getting false "user limit reached" and "incorrect username and password" error messages. Also "unable to reach server messages". This issue only occurred after the latest update (like 3 days ago).


Awesome new feature - 3D Touch  jvanalls  5 star

Awesome app!


Simply Awesome  Fastzx6r  5 star

I've been using this app for years and it has never disappointed me. Blue Iris is a must if you surveillance cameras at home or at your business. I love how I can login using the app and view all my surveillance cameras! One by one or all at the same time. Plus you can view recordings too. Great app! Love it!


Does what it's supposed to do and then some  Slabhead  5 star

Easy to set up and (mostly) easy to use. Would give 4.5 stars if I could, subtracting .5 for some minor navigation and video playback clumsiness but overall a very powerful companion to the desktop app. I have 8 cams and counting and the whole system is holding up well.


Great camera software and iPhone app  akaRadar  5 star

I've been using Blue Iris software and phone app for over a year. Not only does it just work, it is updated regularly. It runs 24X7 on my older PC and I check it several times a day from my phone, and it has never failed. It may be a little complicated to setup, but well worth it. I currently run 3 Different brands of PTZ cameras and have no problems controlling them from the app.

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