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What is LiveODM and Why You Need It for Your Drone Projects


Download LiveODM: A Complete Guide




If you are looking for a simple and convenient way to process aerial images with OpenDroneMap (ODM), you might want to try LiveODM. LiveODM is a live DVD/USB ISO with ODM, NodeODM and WebODM pre-installed. No additional installation required, just plug and play. Works on most 64-bit computers.


What is LiveODM?




LiveODM is a project by OpenDroneMap, a community-driven open source ecosystem for collecting, processing, analyzing and displaying aerial data. OpenDroneMap consists of several software components that work together to create maps, point clouds, 3D models and digital elevation models from drone, balloon or kite images.




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Features and benefits of LiveODM




LiveODM is great for:


  • Setting up a dedicated machine for ODM.



  • Classroom use and training sessions.



  • Taking ODM with you on the go when you cannot carry your own machine but plan to process your data on Lightning.



  • Offline use.



LiveODM comes with the following software pre-installed:


  • ODM: A command line toolkit to process aerial images.



  • NodeODM: A lightweight REST API to access ODM.



  • WebODM: A user-friendly, extendable application and API for drone image processing. It provides a web interface to ODM with visualization, storage and data analysis functionality.



Requirements and compatibility of LiveODM




To use LiveODM, you will need:


  • A 64-bit computer with Ubuntu 16.04 or higher.



  • 15 GB free disk space.



  • 8GB USB drive (USB 2.0 is fine. USB 3.0 is highly recommended. More storage space is recommended/required when using persistent mode) or an empty DVD.



  • Git if you plan on cloning this repository.



Note: If you plan on setting up a dedicated machine for ODM, the system requirements are the same as recommended for WebODM.


How to download LiveODM?




To download LiveODM, you can either use the stock ISO file or customize it according to your needs. Here are the steps for both options:


Step 1: Clone the repository




To clone the repository, open a terminal and run the following commands:


```bash git clone cd LiveODM/ ``` Step 2: Build the ISO file




To build the ISO file, run the following command:


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```bash ./envsetup.sh ``` An ISO file named opendronemap.iso will be generated at the end of this step if this step was completed successfully.


If you just want to use the stock LiveODM ISO without making changes, simply flash opendronemap.iso with your favorite program (see Step 3), plug the USB onto your computer, reboot and you're done!


If you want to customize the ISO, instead follow these additional steps:


Enter the ch Enter the chroot environment




To enter the chroot environment, run the following command:


```bash ./enter_chroot.sh ``` This will give you a root shell inside the LiveODM system. You can now make any changes you want, such as installing additional packages, changing settings, adding files, etc.


Make your modifications




To make your modifications, use the apt-get command to install any packages you need. For example, to install vim, run:


```bash apt-get install vim ``` You can also edit any files you want with your preferred editor. For example, to edit the /etc/hosts file, run:


```bash vim /etc/hosts ``` Be careful not to break anything or remove essential packages. If you are not sure what you are doing, it is better to leave the default configuration as it is.


Rebuild the ISO file




Once you are done with your modifications, exit the chroot environment by typing exit or pressing Ctrl+D. Then, run the following command to rebuild the ISO file:


```bash ./build_iso.sh ``` A new ISO file named opendronemap.iso will be generated at the end of this step. You can now flash it onto a USB drive or a DVD as described in Step 3.


Step 3: Flash the ISO file onto a USB drive or a DVD




To flash the ISO file onto a USB drive or a DVD, you can use any program that supports writing ISO images. For example, you can use Etcher on Windows, Mac or Linux. Alternatively, you can use dd on Linux or macOS.


To use Etcher, download and install it from Then, launch it and follow these steps:


  • Select the opendronemap.iso file as the source image.



  • Select your USB drive or DVD as the target device.



  • Click on Flash and wait for the process to complete.



To use dd on Linux or macOS, open a terminal and run the following command (replace /dev/sdX with your USB drive or DVD device name):


```bash sudo dd if=opendronemap.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=4M status=progress && sync ``` Be careful not to overwrite any other device by mistake. You can use lsblk or diskutil list to check your device name before running dd.


How to use LiveODM?




To use LiveODM, follow these steps:


Boot from the USB drive or the DVD




Insert the USB drive or the DVD into your computer and reboot. You may need to change the boot order in your BIOS settings to boot from the USB drive or the DVD first. You should see a menu with two options: Try LiveODM without installing and Install LiveODM. Choose the first option to run LiveODM without affecting your hard drive. If you want to install LiveODM on your hard drive, choose the second option and follow the instructions.


Log in with the default credentials




Once LiveODM boots up, you will see a login screen. The default username is odm and the default password is odm. Enter these credentials and press Enter. You will be logged in to a desktop environment with ODM, NodeODM and WebODM icons on it.


Launch WebODM from the desktop icon




To launch WebODM, double-click on the WebODM icon on the desktop. This will open a web browser with WebODM running on localhost:8000. You can also access WebODM from another computer on the same network by using the IP address of your LiveODM machine instead of localhost.


Process your aerial images with ODM, NodeODM and WebODM




To process your aerial images with ODM, NodeODM and WebODM, follow these steps:


  • Create a new project in WebODM by clicking on New Project.



  • Name your project and click on Create.



  • Add images to your project by clicking on Add Images.



  • Select your images from your local drive or from a network location and click on Upload.



  • Wait for the upload to complete and click on Start Processing.



  • Select your processing options and click on Start Task.



  • Wait for the task to finish and view your results in WebODM.



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