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Recordings can be enabled and are stored at /media/frigate/recordings. The folder structure for the recordings is YYYY-MM/DD/HH/<camera_name>/MM.SS.mp4. These recordings are written directly from your camera stream without re-encoding. Each camera supports a configurable retention policy in the config. Frigate chooses the largest matching retention value between the recording retention and the event retention when determining if a recording should be removed.

H265 recordings can be viewed in Edge and Safari only. All other browsers require recordings to be encoded with H264.

What if I don't want 24/7 recordings?#

If you only used clips in previous versions with recordings disabled, you can use the following config to get the same behavior. This is also the default behavior when recordings are enabled.

enabled: True
default: 10

This configuration will retain recording segments that overlap with events and have active tracked objects for 10 days. Because multiple events can reference the same recording segments, this avoids storing duplicate footage for overlapping events and reduces overall storage needs.

When retain -> days is set to 0, segments will be deleted from the cache if no events are in progress.

Can I have "24/7" recordings, but only at certain times?#

Using Frigate UI, HomeAssistant, or MQTT, cameras can be automated to only record in certain situations or at certain times.

WARNING: Recordings still must be enabled in the config. If a camera has recordings disabled in the config, enabling via the methods listed above will have no effect.

What do the different retain modes mean?#

Frigate saves from the stream with the record role in 10 second segments. These options determine which recording segments are kept for 24/7 recording (but can also affect events).

Let's say you have frigate configured so that your doorbell camera would retain the last 2 days of 24/7 recording.

  • With the all option all 48 hours of those two days would be kept and viewable.
  • With the motion option the only parts of those 48 hours would be segments that frigate detected motion. This is the middle ground option that won't keep all 48 hours, but will likely keep all segments of interest along with the potential for some extra segments.
  • With the active_objects option the only segments that would be kept are those where there was a true positive object that was not considered stationary.

The same options are available with events. Let's consider a scenario where you drive up and park in your driveway, go inside, then come back out 4 hours later.

  • With the all option all segments for the duration of the event would be saved for the event. This event would have 4 hours of footage.
  • With the motion option all segments for the duration of the event with motion would be saved. This means any segment where a car drove by in the street, person walked by, lighting changed, etc. would be saved.
  • With the active_objects it would only keep segments where the object was active. In this case the only segments that would be saved would be the ones where the car was driving up, you going inside, you coming outside, and the car driving away. Essentially reducing the 4 hours to a minute or two of event footage.