Tethered shooting with Pentax DSLR cameras in Ubuntu

Last updated: November 28, 2013

tethered shooting in ubuntu

This tutorial shows you a tethered camera control tool pkTriggerCord which is base on PKRemote. After you connect the camera to your PC with the USB cable, you can control the camera from pkTriggerCord, such as read status information, change settings, and take pictures. The pictures are stored in the camera’s buffer and can be downloaded to the PC. Pictures are not written on the SD card of the camera.

Currently supported Cameras are:

  • Pentax K-x
  • Pentax K10D (Samsung GX-10)
  • Pentax K20D (Samsung GX-20)
  • Pentax K200D
  • Pentax K-7
  • Pentax K-r
  • Pentax K-5
  • Pentax K-m / K2000
  • Pentax K-30
  • Pentax K-01 (bugs)
  • Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIs NEW

pkTriggercord tethered shooting

Install pkTriggerCord in Ubuntu via PPA:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands below one by one to install the tool from PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dhor/myway

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install pktriggercord

This will install pktriggercord on Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10 and Linux Mint 16, 15, 14.

Once installed, open the GUI interface from Unity Dash. Or run man pktriggercord-cli to check out command line tool usage.

For RPM package and source code, go to pktriggercord project homepage


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One response to Tethered shooting with Pentax DSLR cameras in Ubuntu

  1. Michael Carlisle March 13, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    This post is dated 2013 just wondering if the bugs for the K-01 have been fixed?