How to build OpenCV with Cuda and cuDNN support in Windows

  • These are the versions we will be installing.
  • Opencv 4.5.5
  • Opencv-contrib 4.5.5
  • Visual Studio 2019

Step 0 — Uninstall Python and Anaconda.

  • You need to uninstall previous installations of python and Anaconda.
  • Install NumPy using pip install numpy.

Step 1 — Download Cmake

Step 2 — Download Visual Studio

  • We will download Visual Studio 2019.
  • Install “Desktop development with C++”.

Step 3 — Download OpenCV

Step 4 — Download opencv-contrib

Step 5 — Extract files.

  • Extract the OpenCV zip and OpenCV-contrib zip.
  • Create an empty folder named build.

Step 6 — Run Cmake GUI.

  • In Where is the source code, Select the main opencv extracted folder.
  • In Where to build the binaries, Select the empty build folder we created above.
  • Click on Configure button.
  • I have Visual Studio 2019 installed, so I selected Visual Studio 16 2019.
  • And in the Optional platform for generator, select x64.
  • Click on Finish and it will start configuring.
  • Once done you will see a screen like this.
  • WITH_CUDA and tick/check it.
  • OPENCV_DNN_CUDA and tick/check it.
  • ENABLE_FAST_MATH and tick/check it.
  • OPENCV_EXTRA_MODULES_PATH and browse to the module folder in opencv-contrib we extracted in step 5.
  • And now again hit on Configure button.
  • Once you see, Configuring done, check CUDA_FAST_MATH also.
  • Now go to this link and check your compute capability against your graphic card.
  • Mine is Nvidia GTX 1050Ti, so my arch is 6.1.
  • In the CMake window, search for CUDA_ARCH_BIN.
  • You will see something like this.
  • Delete all values except your Compute Capability.
  • Again hit on Configure button for the final time.
  • Once done, finally hit the Generate button.
  • Now you will see a lot of files in your build folder.

Step 7 — Build OpenCV with CUDA

  • We will have a file like this OpenCV.sln.
  • Now open the CMD Terminal in Administrator mode from start menu.
  • Change directory to your build folder usind cd command and run OpenCV.sln.
  • It will open up Visual Studio.
  • Once Visual Studio is opened, change Debug to Release.
  • Now in the right sidebar, open the CMake Targets dropdown and you will see ALL_BUILD.
  • Right click on it and select build and it will start building our binaries.
  • This process will take some time.
  • Once done it will prompt this.
  • Now right click on INSTALL and build.

Step 8 — Check OpenCV Installation.

  • Congratulations, you have successfully installed OpenCV with Cuda support.
  • Now let’s check if python is detecting cv2 or not.
  • Open cmd and paste the following commands.
import cv2
  • Now let’s check if cv2 is detecting CUDA or not.
  • Create a file and paste the following code in it and run it.
import numpy as np
import cv2 as cv
import time
npTmp = np.random.random((1024, 1024)).astype(np.float32)npMat1 = np.stack([npTmp,npTmp],axis=2)
npMat2 = npMat1
cuMat1 = cv.cuda_GpuMat()
cuMat2 = cv.cuda_GpuMat()
start_time = time.time()
cv.cuda.gemm(cuMat1, cuMat2,1,None,0,None,1)
print("CUDA --- %s seconds ---" % (time.time() - start_time))
start_time = time.time()
print("CPU --- %s seconds ---" % (time.time() - start_time))

NOTE — If you are facing the below error while running cv2, follow these steps.

  • Download this file, extract it in a folder and copy the path to the folder where zlibwapi.dll file is located.
  • I extracted it in the opencv_build folder, you can extract it anywhere else also.
  • Now open the start menu and search env, then open “Edit the system Environment Variable”, click on Environment Variables…, then double click on the Path under System variables Section.
  • Click on New and paste the path you copied above.
  • And then simply click OK, OK and OK.



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