SDK stands for Software Development Kit. The SDKs for EOS Digital SLRs and PowerShot compact digital cameras are separate. There are two (2) current Canon Digital Camera SDK versions:
EDSDK 2.15 Windows version for select EOS Digital SLRs
EDSDK 2.15 Macintosh version for select EOS Digital SLRs
The Canon Digital Camera SDKs comprise a set of APIs, DLLs, and static link libraries that provide an interface for accessing Canon digital cameras and data generated by Canon digital cameras.
EDSDK 2.15 Windows and Macintosh version support remote control for some EOS cameras, RAW image conversion and downloading from select EOS Digital SLRs with DIGIC 4, DIGIC III or DIGIC II processors released over the past five years, starting with the EOS-1D Mark III and continuing through to the EOS-1D X.
All Canon Digital Camera SDK versions are written in C. There are no current ActiveX versions. The ONLY supported Operating Systems are Windows 7, 8, 8.1,Mac OS X 10.8 - 10.9.
PLEASE NOTE:EDSK is not 64-bit compatible. A 64-bit library is provided as part of the EDSDK, limited to the camera connect functions, as a beta version on a trial basis.
Furthermore, there is no explicit support for other operating systems or development environments including but not limited to: Windows 2000, Windows XP X64 Edition, Windows CE, Windows Mobile Edition, Windows Media Center, Linux, Sun, Unix, HP-Unix, OS/2, Free BSD, Java, Cocoa, etc. Canon Inc. has indicated no plans to develop SDKs for any of these operating systems or development environments.
Additional Notes on this release
1.1 Built-in Wi-Fi transmitter of EOS 6D is not supported.
1.2 In the case of EOS M, remote shooting function is not supported.
1.3 From the previous version, it allows only to start/stop movie shooting. When using a 64-bit library, however, some low-end cameras do not display the live view image during movie shooting. Incidentally, the 64-bit library is available only on a trial basis same as the previous version.
Do the Canon Digital Camera SDKs replace the software supplied with my Canon digital camera?
The Digital Camera SDKs do not replace the software that was supplied with your Canon digital camera. If you have reached this page in error while looking for Canon digital camera software, please go to the following web page:
This page links to support pages for specific Canon digital cameras. On each digital camera support page, we provide a link to all Canon digital camera software available online for that model, including free updates for ZoomBrowser EX and ImageBrowser for customers who have installed earlier versions of these applications.
If you are a resident of the U.S. and you have misplaced or damaged your original software CD and wish to replace it, you may purchase the latest Canon Digital Camera Software Solutions disc for your camera through Canon USA's Customer Support Center at 1-800-OK-CANON (1-800-652-2666). Residents of other countries should contact their regional Canon customer support center for further assistance.
Who is eligible to apply for the Canon Digital Camera SDKs?
Software developers residing in North, Central and South America are eligible to apply for Canon Digital Camera SDKs through the Canon U.S.A., Inc. web site, i.e., this web site.
PLEASE NOTE: We are prohibited by Canon Inc. from distributing Digital Camera SDKs to developers residing outside our sales area. SDK applications received from developers residing outside our sales areas will be rejected.
European, African and Middle East-based developers are requested to register with Canon Europa at:
Developers residing in countries other than those listed above are directed to contact their regional Canon office for information regarding SDK availability in their area.
Canon Digital Camera SDK Application Procedures & License Agreement
The SDK application form is available to you after you read and agree to the terms of the Canon Digital Camera SDK License Agreement. Please be sure to fill out all required fields in the online application form with complete and accurate data if you wish to receive the SDK.
When you submit an SDK application, you get a registration confirmation screen informing you that your SDK application has been received and that it will be reviewed as soon as possible. Upon approval, you will receive downloading instructions via e-mail. Typically, approvals are issued within 1 to 2 business days after receipt. If the SDK application is not approved, we will attempt to send you an explanation by e-mail. If your SDK application is approved, you will be asked to accept the terms of the Canon Digital Camera SDK License Agreement before being permitted to download the SDK. Additionally, each time a new SDK is released, it is necessary to resubmit the SDK application online in order to receive the latest version of the Canon Digital Camera SDK. This new application also enables us to notify you of new versions of the SDK as they are released.
Canon Digital Camera SDK Distribution Methods
Current Canon Digital Camera SDKs are available for download to approved developers at our password-protected web site. If you have any difficulty accessing our web page or downloading the SDK after your approval, please let us know and we will be happy to send you a copy on CD-ROM.
Occasionally, there have been instances where our SDK approval notifications have not been received because they were blocked by the recipient's e-mail spam filter. In such cases, we don't know about it unless it's reported. To ensure reception of your SDK approval notification, please register the following e-mail address in your e-mail system's list of approved contacts:
Developers who've experienced difficulties downloading the SDKs on the Windows platform through Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser have reported successful results with Firefox and Safari browsers.
Canon Digital Camera SDK Technical Support, Bug Reports & Feature Requests
Please note that as per the current SDK License Agreement, the Canon Digital Camera SDKs are offered as is, without technical support. However, the current SDKs are provided with written documentation as well as several tutorials and sample files.
Bug reports or new feature requests for the Canon Digital Camera SDKs should be submitted via e-mail to:
EOS-1D C / EOS 6D / EOS M / EOS M2 / EOS 7D Mark II(*)
EOS-1D X / 1D Mark III / 1Ds Mark III / 1D Mark IV
EOS 40D / 50D / 5D Mark II / 5D Mark III / 7D / 60D / 60Da / 70D
EOS Rebel XSi / 450D
EOS Rebel XS / 1000D
EOS Rebel T1i / 500D
EOS Rebel T2i / 550D
EOS Rebel T3i / 600D
EOS Rebel T4i / 650D
EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D
EOS Rebel T5i / 700D, EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D
EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D / Hi
(*) Newly supported models
Canon Digital Camera SDK Development & Target Environments
SDK's Name: Canon EOS Digital SDK (EDSDK) v2.14 for Windows
Pentium 1.3GHz or higher Pentium processor
At least 1GB RAM