Quickstart: Set up your Azure Kinect DK

This quickstart provides guidance about how to set up your Azure Kinect DK. We'll show you how to test sensor stream visualization and use the Azure Kinect Viewer.

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.

System requirements

Check System requirements to verify that your host PC configuration meets all Azure Kinect DK minimum requirements.

Set up hardware


Make sure to remove the camera protective film before using the device.

  1. Plug the power connector into the power jack on the back of your device. Connect the USB power adapter to the other end of the cable, and then plug it into a power outlet.

  2. Connect the USB data cable into your device, and then to a USB 3.0 port on your PC.


    Use a direct cable from the PC to the back of the device, as this works better than connecting through adapters or extensions.

  3. Verify the power indicator LED next to the USB cable is solid white.

  4. Device power-on takes a few seconds. The device is ready to use when the front-facing LED streaming indicator turns off.

    Full device features

Download the SDK

  1. Select the link to Download the SDK.
  2. Install the SDK on your PC.

Update Firmware

New version of Sensor SDK 1.2 requires the firmware update that is included with the download. You can follow steps in How to update firmware guide to update the device firmware.

Verify that the device streams data

  1. Launch the Azure Kinect Viewer, located under the installed tools directory as k4aviewer.exe (for example, C:\Program Files\Azure Kinect SDK vX.Y.Z\tools\k4aviewer.exe, where X.Y.Z is the installed version of the SDK). You can launch the viewer either from the command line or by double-clicking the executable. It is also available as a link in the start menu.

  2. Select Open Device, then Start.

    Azure Kinect Viewer

  3. Verify each sensor stream is visualized in the tool.

    • Depth camera
    • Color camera
    • Infrared camera
    • IMU
    • Microphones

    Visualization Tool

  4. You're done with your Azure Kinect DK setup. Now you can start developing your application or integrating services.

If you have any issues, check Troubleshooting.

See also

Azure Kinect DK hardware information

Update device firmware

Learn more about Azure Kinect Viewer

Next steps

After the Azure Kinect DK is ready and working, you can also learn how to