In this guide, we will show you how to update the firmware on your Hikvision recorder

Download the Latest Firmware

Download the file that have been sent from your supplier and unzip it.

The unzipped file should be called digicap.dav. Save the file to the desktop or somewhere easy to find.

Option 1: Upgrade on the Recorder with Monitor

  • Copy the file to a USB memory stick and insert it into a USB port on the recorder
  • Right-click to open the Menu on your recorder.
  • Open the Maintenance window and select Upgrade.
  • Select digicap.dav in the list and click Upgrade at the bottom of the window.

Option 2: Update Using Your PC

If you do not have physical access to your recorder or it does not have a monitor plugged in then you can upgrade the recorder using a network-connected PC.

Make sure your recorder is wired up to the same network your computer is using.

Find out the local IP address of your recorder. If you don’t know this already, this can be found using SADP Tool.

SADP Tool Download

Open up Internet Explorer if you are using Windows (other browsers are not supported) or Safari if you are on a Mac.

Input the IP address of your recorder into the address bar (e.g.

Log in using your username and password.

The username is admin by default unless you have changed it when setting up the recorder.

Once logged in, go to Configurations -> Maintenance, here you should see an upgrade firmware section. 

Select Browse and find the digicap.dav file and select Upgrade.

Your recorder will run the update process and reboot. Your firmware should now be successfully upgraded.

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