In Windows XP, there used to be a way to view the webcam (I've forgotten exactly how, but it was there). In Windows 7, this feature doesn't seem to be there, so I'm looking for a simple program to let me view the webcam, and take a picture.


  • lightweight
  • opens in seconds (or as fast as possible)
  • lets me take a picture via the built-in webcam
  • runs on Windows 7
  • free

A bonus is a timed picture, ie. I choose 5 second delay and the picture is taken after 5 seconds - but if this increases the time for the start-up, I don't want it!

  • Do you have VLC on your computer? You can view the webcam and take a screenshot with that, but it's just not lightweight.
    – oldmud0
    Jan 18, 2015 at 22:37

2 Answers 2



From the Website of Bust a Tech:

WebcamViewer is a very simple click-and-run application, where you don’t have to install the application. Simply download the exe file and run the exe file to use the software. You can store it inside your harddisk or you can carry it in your pendrive, and run it on any PC you want.

enter image description here


  • free
  • can run multiple instances if the program for multiple webcams
  • portable
  • lightweight
  • easy to use
  • opens quickly

I would try Yawcam

The description from it webpage is:

What is Yawcam?

Yawcam is a shortening for Yet Another WebCAM software, and that's exactly what it is ;-) More precise Yawcam is a webcam software for windows written in java. The main ideas for Yawcam are to keep it simple and easy to use but to include all the usual features.

Yawcam is completely free to use! ...but if you find this software useful, please consider to make a donation to support cancer research.

Yawcam features:

.: Video streaming

.: Image snapshots

.: Built-in webserver

.: Motion detection

.: Ftp-upload

.: Text and image overlays

.: Password protection

.: Online announcements for communities

.: Scheduler for online time

.: Time lapse movies

.: Run as a Windows service

.: Multi languages

  • Yawcam requires Java to be installed and also "requires" WMP9 (although it can do most stuff without WMP9).
    – KERR
    Oct 5, 2017 at 12:10

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.