GlanceCam - IP camera viewer 4+

Stream one, or 50, webcams

Cesare Forelli

    • 4.2 • 215 Ratings
    • $3.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases



GlanceCam for Mac is a secure IP camera viewer with support for standard streaming protocols. GlanceCam is unobtrusive, loved by Users (> 540 App Store ratings averaging 4.2 stars!) and modern (37 updates since 2018, 100% compatible with Sonoma and Apple silicon).
It's perfect to keep an eye on one, or 50, IP cameras:
• Install cameras from different manufacturers and avoid cumbersome web interfaces or obsolete apps.
• Mount webcams in your living room, kitchen and garden to check on your pet when you're away.
• Point a camera at your front gate and let visitors in by activating a network relay.

GlanceCam is a bit nerdy, but very useful if you want to take advantage of inexpensive IP cameras and maybe combine them to the automation capabilities of the Internet of Things; it works on your LAN or via Internet (please see the requirements below) and, while it's not the most "works out-of-the-box" solution to configure (you'll need to retrieve some network parameters), it's flexible and brand-agnostic.

Here's how it works:
• With most IP cameras, you can receive the realtime video stream via RTSP, HTTP(s) or RTMP (RTSPs not supported); GlanceCam shows you those feeds in resizable windows.
• You can add as many cameras as you like.
• By default the app shows one camera at a time in a single window, and you can switch between cameras inside that window; if you want to view multiple cameras at the same time, you will be able to upgrade to GlanceCam Pro and open as many windows as you need (including GlanceGrids, flexible grids with presets) and have them remembered between sessions.
• GlanceCam windows can be configured to be Always on Top and visible in every Space; you can use Insta-zoom (right click and hold to temporarily maximise) and optionally auto-launch at login.
• 4K, zoom and audio are supported.
• The app has lots of keyboard shortcuts; it supports Apple Script and URL schemes.
• For every camera, you can configure up to 2 buttons to perform actions via HTTP GET calls.

GlanceCam Pro is available either as a lifetime in-app purchase or as a yearly subscription (both provide the same functionality, you can pick your favorite purchasing method) and includes multi-windows, GlanceGrids, Cycle mode, an optional Minimalistic interface, custom icons, manual aspect ratios and a preferential channel for email support.

The app is designed for realtime playback and doesn't support DVRs/NVRs, cloud services, recording (nor playing back recordings), pan & tilt (PTZ) and motion detection/notifications.

To take advantage of GlanceCam you'll need at least one IP camera and some knowledge about your network; please, check the requirements below (or get in touch at

• An Apple silicon or Intel Mac running Sonoma or a previous version of macOS (10.4+).
• One or more IP cameras broadcasting their stream via RTSP, HTTP(s) or RTMP; you'll need to know their IP addresses, video stream protocols, credentials and ports and to put those informations into strings.
You can check if your camera supports such protocols by searching the web, usually on the manufacturer website; since there is no standard for the stream URL format, you'll need to retrieve the proper string on the camera's manual or website. If you can't find it, get in touch: I always try to help, and often succeed in finding the right string!
• For triggering actions from the optional buttons, you'll need devices that can react to HTTP GET calls.
• To work over the Internet, you'll need a static public IP address or a dynamic DNS service, to configure port forwarding for each camera and, optionally, for the action buttons; I recommend to start testing in LAN to check compatibility.

The app and the GlanceCam Pro upgrade are macOS-exclusive: possible future versions for different platforms (iOS, etc.) will require separate purchases/subscriptions not included with this Mac version.

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What’s New

Version 4.2.1

GlanceCam 4.2.1 focuses on performance: with a tight integration with the latest version of the VLCKit video engine, GlanceCam is more reliable and snappier, especially when switching cameras.

If you find GlanceCam useful, please leave a 5-star review: they really do make a difference for indie apps like mine!
GlanceCam Pro upgrades and tips are also very appreciated and keep development going...

And as always, if you have any suggestion or need assistance, please get in touch via the Support menu > Contact support via email.

Ciao, Cesare

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
215 Ratings

215 Ratings

H513c4T53p7 ,

It just works! Fast and simple setup!

I love it when an app just does what it is supposed to. GlanceCam is a basic window on the world. Im able to keep an eye on the front porch as well as the driveway in the corner of my Mac. The app is easy to setup and forget. Quick access to change cameras and loads fast. Good little app! Wish list: let bar at the top vanish and return when cursor is in the area. Kinda like the menue bar onMac when App is full screen. Wish #2 An easy quick way to reorder cameras. Still loving it a year later!

Developer Response ,

Update Wish #2: You're always very nice, thank you! For version 3.0 (or more likely 3.1) I have already a redesigned Preference panel that will allow to easily manage a large number of cameras, including reordering. For now, while I understand it is not easy nor quick, if you are familiar with Plist files, you might reorder the cameras by exporting the list, reordering them in a Plist editor and re-importing the updated list; if you try this, which again I know it's far from ideal, please keep a copy of your original camera export to recover if something goes wrong. Thanks again for supporting GlanceCam, and please stay as safe as you can in these awful times we're living in. -Cesare
Thank you for updating your review and for your nice words! I will look into the disappearing window bar, I am not sure how it can be done or how much work it would be, so I can't make any promises right now, but rest assured that I've added it to my development list. Please, stay safe in this terrible time and don't hesitate to contact me if you need anything else. -Cesare

Steven D Hagen ,

Still the BEST program for macOS in its segment of the market

Ive watched the evolution of this product since the early days of its development and since day one have been beyond happy with everything about it. The two or three times I had a more "technicel" question than I could sucessfully solve with some google work and digging through random forums online, when I findally gave up and decided I had to admit defeat and contact the developer - I got an incredibly quick and, to be honest, much more thoughtfully written and genuinely helpful reply than Im used to getting from ANY companies customer service out there these days. Its exactly this kind of genuine care for their customers and passion for what they do that makes small independant software worth every dollar spent to support them. Its never taken for granted, and the fact that this app has been around for some time now and remains in active development with responsive customer support instead of the all too common "take the money and run" types that plague app stores on all platforms these days - just goes to prove how worthy this app is of its relatively small purchace price.

Developer Response ,

What an amazing an generous review, Steve! Thank you so much, you made my day :) Thanks again, hopefully the app will continue to work well for you for years to come! Ciao from Italy –Cesare

jmaraz ,

Just What I Was Looking For

When HIK Vision plugins stopped working, I no longer had a way to watch my cameras from my mac. Now I can. Once I got it setup and played with it a little, I loved it even more. Didn't realize that 'shift Glance #' would take me right to that camera (even in basic version!), so that was a bonus discovery. The app crashes almost everytime I save and exit settings, but now that it's setup, I probably won't have to go there very often. Hopefully that will get fixed when Cesare sees the crash reports. Thanks for spending the time on this app. I would give you 5 stars except for the crashes.
**Edit**6Sept2021. I have changed my review to 5 stars because Cesare contacted me, sent a solution and it worked perfectly. He is great at customer service and response, even though I only have/need the basic app version. I will recommend this app to anyone looking for this solution.

Developer Response ,

Hello and thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a nice review! I am very sorry for the crashes you're experiencing while saving Preferences; while I wait for the crash reports from Apple, may I ask you to contact me at I would like to send you instructions on how to backup your cameras, then erase GlanceCam's settings (which I'm afraid became corrupted for some reason) and finally restore your backup so you don't need to manually re-enter your cameras strings. One last thing, since you enjoyed the keyboard shortcut for quickly switching cameras: GlanceCam has a few tricks like that, and they're all listed in this section of the FAQs available at this address: Thanks again for using my app, I'll look forward to hopefully fix your issue very soon! My best –Cesare

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