AXIS Companion

Professional video surveillance made simple

Documentation for AXIS Companion version 4

System recommendations

  • OS: Windows 8 64-bit

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 (ARM CPU not supported)

  • RAM: 4 GB

  • Graphics card: 256 MB onboard video memory

  • Note! Always use the latest graphics card driver

  • Network: 100 Mbps

  • Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

Supported Products

AXIS Companion video management software supports all Axis network cameras and Axis video encoders, with firmware version 8.40 or higher. For information about compatibility of Axis devices in AXIS Companion, please refer to supported products.

SD cards

AXIS Companion supports recording video to AXIS Surveillance Card which is a high performing Edge storage solution optimized for video surveillance applications. 

Network video recorder

For longer retention time needed and when the system comprises of a larger number of video channels, the AXIS S3008 Recorder is the recommended solution. It supports up to 8 Axis cameras and also provides PoE to the cameras.

Uninterruptible Power Source (UPS)

In locations with unreliable power, a UPS can be a good investment to ensure maximum uptime. This is particularly beneficial for an AXIS Companion system that uses Power over Ethernet to power its cameras over the network, since a single UPS can then be used to secure not only the network equipment but also all the cameras in the system – a clear advantage over analog DVR-based systems. 


A Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch provides power to cameras over the network, removing the need for separate power cables. AXIS D8004 Unmanaged PoE Switch provides PoE for up to 4 Axis cameras.


A router is typically used whenever wireless cameras are used, wireless local access is required or when remote access is enabled. Routers with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) simplifies installation of Axis’ wireless cameras. Routers with UPnP simplify the setup of remote access to a system.

Legal notice

Axis does not make any commitments or promises regarding quality, performance or other features with respect to the presented third party products. Axis cannot be held responsible for the correctness or completeness of the information included here. The information is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind.

AXIS Companion version 4 (Windows 64 bit only).


AXIS Companion together with AXIS S3008 Recorder supports Axis cameras and encoders with firmware 5.50 or higher. (Solutions not including AXIS S3008 Recorder, is compatible with firmware 8,40 and later).


Important! If you are using AXIS Companion version 3, please read the section below.


Mobile app for iOS
Mobile app for Android


Release notes


More files

AXIS Companion version 3


There are circumstances where you need an earlier release of AXIS Companion:


  • If you have devices with a firmware older than 8.40
  • If your site has no internet access
  • If you use a third-party NAS

The migration guide contains information that will help you decide what version you need. 


Download AXIS Companion version 3:
Windows app
Mobile app for iOS
Mobile app for Android


Documentation for AXIS Companion version 3:
User Manual

AXIS Companion help center

Useful information about how to build solutions using AXIS Companion