Help - FAQ

What are the requirements to run Yawcam?

Since version 0.3.0 Yawcam requires the following to start:

  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 or later.
  • DirectX 9 or later.
  • Windows Media Player 9 or later.
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10

The installation file will tell you if you are missing something!

Which ports are used by Yawcam as default?

Yawcam uses port 8888 for TCP traffic and port 8081 for TCP and UDP traffic.

How do I enable UPNP in my router?

Follow the UPNP guide.

How do I forward ports in my router?

Please visit for more information on how to forward a port. Click on the name of your router and follow the guide.

I have a dynamic IP that changes every time I restart my computer. Can I do something about it?

Yes! Follow the instructions on the dynamic IP guide.

How do I reset to the default settings?

First exit Yawcam if it is running. Then delete Yawcam's settings file. The settings file is named "yawcam_settings.xml" and is located in your .yawcam directory in your home folder.

In windows vista, 7, 8 or 10 this could typically be: 
and in windows 2000 or windows xp: 
C:\Documents and Settings\username\.yawcam

where username is the name of the account you are using.

Next time you start Yawcam all settings will have the default values.

How do I start Yawcam when Windows starts?

The easiest way is to copy the Yawcam shortcut from your desktop to your startup folder in the Windows start menu. This will make Yawcam start automatically when Windows starts...

It is also possible to run Yawcam as a Windows service. Yawcam will then run invisible in the background and start even before a uses logs in to the computer. More info on this if you click "Start -> All programs -> Yawcam -> Service -> Service_Readme.txt"

Are you planning to make a Mac/Unix/Linux version of Yawcam?

No, not at the moment. I feel I have to focus on the windows version for now.

Which webcams/video devices does Yawcam support?

Yawcam works with all DirectX compatible webcams and video capture devices. This means almost all modern usb webcams and TV-cards.

It is also possible to use a DV-camera or a network camera together with Yawcam.

How do I update to a newer version of Yawcam?

First download the new installation file. Then install the new version on top of the old installation. The needed files will be updated. Your old settings will be saved and not overwritten if everything goes as planned.

I don't want Yawcam to check for new versions at start! Can I disable this feature?

Yes! In Yawcam version 0.2.3 and above you can disable it in the startup settings. (Settings -> Edit settings... -> Startup) Just uncheck the "Check for new versions" option.

In earlier versions you have to remove the file ver.dat located in your Yawcam directory (i.e. c:\program files\yawcam\ver.dat), then Yawcam will stop to check for new versions at start.

Note that Yawcam version 0.2 and below doesn't check for new versions.

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