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Get Started with Intel® RealSense™ Tracking Camera T265

Congratulations! Now that you’ve got your Intel® RealSense™ tracking camera, start using it by following these simple steps.

What's in the box?

Intel RealSense Tracking Camera
Intel RealSense Tracking Camera
USB Cable
USB Cable

Connecting the tracking camera

Using the provided USB cable connect your tracking camera to the PC.


The T265’s sensors (including the IMU) are calibrated in the production line, so no further calibration process is required.

Install the Intel RealSense SDK 2.0 with the Intel RealSense viewer

The Intel RealSense viewer provides immediate access to your depth camera data streams.

For Windows* users:

  1. Go to the latest release page on GitHub*.
  2. Download Intel.RealSense.Viewer.exe
  3. Double-click the executable file to run the program.

For Linux* users:
The Intel RealSense SDK 2.0 provides installation packages in a Debian* package format for Debian operating systems and derivatives.

Visit the Linux* distribution page on GitHub for installation instructions.

Integration with the SDK

The pose and IMU data are treated by the SDK like any other supported sensor. The following librealsense tools and demos are IMU and tracking-ready:

rs-capture – 2D Visualization.
rs-enumerate-devices – list the IMU and tracking profiles (FPS rates and formats).
rs-data-collect – Store and serialize IMU and Tracking (pose) data in Excel-friendly csv format. The tool uses low-level sensor API to minimize software-imposed latencies. Useful for performance profiling.
realsense-viewer – Provides 2D visualization of IMU and Tracking data. 3D visualization is available for Pose samples:


The IMU and Tracking data streams are fully compatible with SDK’s embedded recorder utility.

Please note that T265 is designed to be attached to larger objects such as robots, drones or head-mounted devices.
It is designed for real world movement scenarios and will perform best under those conditions.

Examples & Notes

Several code samples are available on our GitHub page.

You can also find more information on how to access the IMU data from the camera in our blog post.

Sensor origin and coordinate system

To aid AR/VR integration, the T265 tracking device uses the defacto VR framework standard coordinate system instead of the SDK standard:

  1. Positive X direction is towards right imager
  2. Positive Y direction is upwards toward the top of the device
  3. Positive Z direction is inwards toward the back of the device

For more information about tools and code samples, visit our GitHub page.

Code samples & Documentation

We have created a documentation portal to help you get started

Start developing with Intel RealSense SDK 2.0

Our open‑source SDK 2.0 offers a variety of wrappers supporting popular programming languages and platforms.

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