Tuesday, January 10, 2006

How to Configure Your Google WebCam Module

When yor Webcam Module has already been added to your iGoogle Personalized Home Page you must configure it to display your favorite webcam:

1. Click "Edit settings", (top right of your module).
2. "Module title": Write your Module Title.
3. "URL of your WebCam": Here you must type the URL of your favorite webcam [it MUST end with a jpg, gif, png, swf (...) file]. Here's how:
Go to your favorite webcam page (you have a list of sites at the right side of this page and a WebCam search box powered by Google), right click the webcam image, select "Copy image location" (or similar) and paste this link.
4. "Resize Height" and "Resize Width". You can leave the default values or resize your image to fit the window.
5. "Auto Refresh (seconds)". Set auto refresh in seconds; (10 seconds = default)
6. Click "Save".



Blogger Jo Anne said...

Does the web-cam automatically refresh or do I have to reload the page?

4:27 PM  
Blogger David slash Bucky said...

Same question, how do you make it refresh automatically? I've read the webcam pages source code, and what they do is call a function to update the latest image.. URLs cant do this!?

11:52 AM  
Blogger MothersVox said...

How do you use webcams from Cam Zone? Seems as though the code is php and doesn't work . . . When I follow your instructions, to get, for example, the Scripps Pier webcam, I don't get a usable URL, or any URL, for that matter . . .

6:57 AM  
Blogger Frederick's Blog said...

I don't have a web site, how do I know what is the URL to my web cam?

3:53 PM  
Blogger PocketPcMan said...

why cant i see the save button once i edit the web cam page its hidden behind other columb moduels as its to wide not the webcam image the panel its self?

11:41 PM  
Blogger Ent007 said...

All the Earth Cam sites are shockwave, how do I copy that code into my google homepage?

6:53 PM  
Blogger winterlude said...

Is there any way to view this in it's original size? The real cam image is big, around 7"x9", but I can't get it bigger than the alloted space given by google, if I do it just zooms into a part of the image.

11:43 AM  
Blogger ej32 said...

Does the web-cam automatically refresh or do I have to reload the page?

2:04 PM  
Blogger impulsiu said...


no entiendo el ingles y solo se que quiero pegar este enlace:


y cuando lo hago no veo nada

ayuda por favor


6:00 PM  
Blogger Federico Iglesias said...

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11:29 AM  
Blogger Russ said...

I have gone to about fifteen webcam locations and have right clicked on everyone and I have yet to see the words "Copy image location". Does this mean I cannot use these images?

4:59 AM  
Blogger shell said...

how do i find the url of my webcam

10:02 AM  
Blogger rubyowl said...

I think the creator is using Firefox to copy the cam code...although why he/she is not responding I have no idea. I copied the location of the Cuse Manny's cam with no problem, but I am using Firefox.

8:28 PM  
Blogger rubyowl said...

you are right though that it doesn't seem to be refreshing as I am looking at the Manny's cam in one window and at the one on my Google page and they are definately not the same.

8:36 PM  
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9:17 PM  
Blogger ally said...


I am a little unsure about the updating feature myself. Mine do update, but it's kind of hit or miss. For sure if I hit "refresh" it updates 100% of the time, however when it's just sitting there on my home page, well then I am not so sure, although I could swear that I have noticed pictures change when I didn't hit refresh, but never would I swear to it!! That said, they way I did it is I right clicked on the web cam pic I wanted and then chose "properties" and then I right clicked on top of the URL Address and chose "select all". You will notice that it selects/highlights the entire URL. Now right click yet again and hit "copy" and then "paste" that into your webcam'S URL area. There is for sure probably a much easier way to do this, but it's the only thing I could figure out after messing around with it. Here is the URL for Piccadilly Circus-London


I love this one, always so busy!

9:33 PM  
Blogger 2nisis said...

it's not working.
I enter the address, hit OK and nothing happends, i'm stil seeing tvcatalunya.com

6:23 PM  
Blogger x said...

J'ai le même problème que 2nisis.

Pourtant, autrefois, Ccela fonctionnait bien, mais maintenant, il n'est plus possible de changer l'url initiale.

8:58 AM  
Blogger H55 said...

It seems to me that too long image addresses do not work?!

4:15 AM  
Blogger J said...

How do I configure my home webcam to transmit to my Google gadget ?[So I can view it from work] ?

1:53 PM  
Blogger simone said...


2:58 PM  
Blogger percolater said...

Hi, I asked you about how to get my webcam working on my google homepage. I've followed your instructions but still nothing. Can you help?
Ukprimaryteacher aka Percolater

2:52 PM  
Blogger Roger said...

OK, i'm stupid, but can't even get
"edit settings box" to appear in top right corner of module. 'course i'm assuming "module box" is the default
web cam that google sets on your home page----help please,,,

9:55 AM  
Blogger salva said...

Las instrucciones debieran estar en castellano, y además son complejas y/o a veces no funcionan

1:22 AM  
Blogger gl said...

How do I provide user name and password if a web site requires them?

2:18 AM  
Blogger blue_ridge said...

Unless I'm not understanding something, all these WebCam modules seem worthless to me. Instructions state, ""URL of your WebCam": Here you must type the URL of your favorite webcam [it MUST end with a jpg, gif, png, swf (...) file]." Absolutely none of the webcam sites I vist have url's that end in any of these filenames. They end in htm, or cam2, or market, or who knows what, but not in a picture file type. And they still display in a browser.

1:23 PM  
Blogger shauna said...

thank you very much for your answers... very helpful!!!!! bah...

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you need special software for the webcam to work on the igoogle
homepage? Can't get the images, and I used a site with jpg.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Great gadget - only problem is that for use with Google Desktop, it doesn't auto-refresh. Could you add this feature so it could be adjusted? Thanks!

2:07 PM  
Blogger Glen said...

same thing all the listed webcam sites will not let you copy and paste the image, if you try to to add jpg,png, ot the end of the file name it will not work. What a waste so far.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Funkster said...

This cam site is a GIF feed buy it does not work. I see on their site but is does not generate in your app:


The website is:

10:34 PM  
Blogger Silvia said...


The above address ends with "html", not "gif" or "jpeg". So it doesn't bring up the camera when I paste it. I tried adding the suffix gif or jpeg, no luck. Anybody, any idea? Please help! Grazie!

9:49 PM  
Blogger 2012 said...

Great gadget! Thank you very much!

3:22 PM  
Blogger Hovawart said...

url addresses don't end in .jpg, .gif, etc, so what do you mean by "it must end in .jpg, .gif," etc.?

10:02 AM  
Blogger Andreas said...

An ADVANTAGE would be:
the possibility to insert the URL of the Webcam website to get there with just a click into the gadget(maybe on a small button next to the webcam picture)..

3:36 AM  
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