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Python & OpenCV 3.1: imshow fail when called in different thread

asked 2016-01-13 04:02:51 -0500

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Hi guys,

I'm trying to build a multi-threading application. Each thread captures a video and display each frame of the video with imshow till the end. However, the script fails with:

xcb] Unknown request in queue while dequeuing [xcb] Most likely this is a multi-threaded client and XInitThreads has not been called [xcb] Aborting, sorry about that. python: ../../src/xcb_io.c:179: dequeue_pending_request: assertion "!xcb_xlib_unknown_req_in_deq" failed.

Any idea on how to solve this with Python?

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answered 2017-02-13 10:59:19 -0500


the imshow function is not thread safe. A thread must acquire a lock before showing the image and release it afer the specified time in the waitKey function has passed.

In python is really easy, define a lock in your code and add in the run method of your thread:

with image_lock: 

Hope it'll help.

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