(ARCHIVED) UniFi Video - How to Install UFV Version 3.x+ on a Legacy airVision NVR

2023-05-25 15:54:22 UTC
This article has been archived.

This article is no longer supported and will not be updated further, but still applies for the outdated 3.0.X - 3.1.X. Remember it is very important to upgrade to the newest firmware release available in order to prevent security issues. Find all software and firmware releases in our downloads page.


This article describes how to install UniFi Video version 3.0.x - 3.1.x onto the legacy airVision NVR.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. How to Install UniFi Video on airVision NVR
  3. Related Articles


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Depending on distributor stock, you may receive a hardware NVR that has airVision 2 preloaded on it.  While airVision 2 works great for the first generation of cameras (airCam), it is incompatible with the second generation of cameras (UniFi-Video Cameras a.k.a. UVC). Therefore, if you have UVCs, you'll need version 3 of the UniFi-Video software.  

ATTENTION:Please note that airCams are not supported in UniFi-Video 3.2 and higher, so UniFi-Video 3.0.x or 3.1.x is the maximum you'll be able to use and still support airCams. 

What will you need:

  1. A powered on UniFi NVR.
  2. The IP address for that NVR
  3. Internet connectivity from the NVR.
  4. The link to download the software package (latest can be found in our Update UniFi Video Blog). The link used in this article is for 3.1.5 as that is the latest version that supports airCams. However, if you do not have airCams, then you should use the latest release found at the link.
  5. SSH capability to the NVR.

How to Install UniFi Video on airVision NVR

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1. SSH in to the NVR.  How to do this will vary depending on what operating system you're using.  If Linux or Mac, it's as simple as `ssh root@[NVR IP Address` from the terminal.  If using Windows, you'll need a program such as PuTTy or MobaXTerm.

The default credentials are root/ubnt

2. Purge airvision2 from the system issuing the following command:

apt-get purge airvision2

Do keep in mind that this article is explaining how to install UniFi-Video on a fresh airVision-C unit. If you had a pre-existing airvision2 and you wish to keep the recordings, use:

apt-get remove airvision2

3. Update the operating system with:

apt-get update; apt-get upgrade; apt-get clean

4. Download the UniFi-Video package:

wget http://dl.ubnt.com/firmwares/unifi-video/3.1.5/unifi-video_3.1.5~Debian7_amd64.deb

We are using the link for 3.1.5 in this article, but you should paste in the link for the specific firmware you wish to use.

5. Install the package. Typing the command ls and hitting enter will show the files in the current folder. Find the one ending in .deb. That is the one you will want to insert in the command below to install the package: 

dpkg -i unifi-video_3.1.5~Debian7_amd64.deb; sudo apt-get install -f

6. Verify the service is running by issuing:

service unifi-video status

7. After a couple of minutes, the web interface should be accessible at https://[NVR IP address]:7443

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