Free EpocCam alternative

I’ve posted earlier of EpocCam, which allows an iPhone or suitably-equipped iPad to work as a webcam via USB or WiFi. This is not a free app, costing around A$13 and uses downloadable drivers on the Mac.

A suitably-equipped iPad is any that has a FaceTime camera in excess of 1.2 MP. This excludes all standard iPads, even the new iPad 8. FaceTime cameras of 5, 7 or 12MP can be found on iPad Pros, iPad Airs & the iPad Mini 5th generation models. The first series of iPadAirs & 12.9 in iPad Pros also have the basic 720p 1.2 MP FaceTime cameras and offer no improvement over a Mac’s 720p camera.

The only Macs that have a 1080p FaceTime camera are the 2017 iMac Pro and the 2020 iMac 27-inch models. Having used one of the latter types I can say it makes a massive difference in performance.

Getting back to the subject matter: there’s an alternative to EpocCam called Iriun Webcam, which is free on the App Store, unlike EpocCam, it doesn’t use drivers as such. Instead there’s a free Mac app from the developer’s website that acts as a server when running.

Iriun webcam offers only two settings: you can choose between the front & rear cameras and to use the rear camera’s flash as a steady illumination source. It can connect via USB or WiFi and really, those are all the settings needed to replace/replicate a webcam. The extra capability of EpocCam, while nice to have, is unnecessary fluff.

Go to to download Mac, Windows or Linux versions of the computer app. There are also links to the mobile versions from the Apple App Store & Google Play Store.