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# mkdir /opt/pms/database
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# chown <username> /opt/pms/database
# chown <username> /opt/pms/database
# chown <username> /var/log/pms.log
# /etc/rc.d/pms start
# /etc/rc.d/pms start

Revision as of 22:41, 6 March 2011

Businesses are storing their data on the network for ages now, but the past few years, there has been a trend in home networking to put all content on a central server and distributing it to the home computers and dedicated appliances on the network. This page offers an overview of the possible packages to stream digital media (video, audio and images, and in several cases also online content) from your server to your clients.


Using a uPNP or DLNA-compliant server

Generic instructions

  1. Your server should be set up to use multicasting. This will ensure that your clients will always find the server automatically on the network:
    1. Setting it up manually in /etc/rc.conf:
ROUTES=(!gateway multicast)
multicast"-net netmask eth0"
    1. Using avahi and mdns
  1. Some of the hereafter mentioned software packages don't get along together. If you're experiencing problems, make sure you're not running two of them at the same time.


See MediaTomb

Fuppes [1]


See uShare

Coherence [2]

Fairly new server, implemented in Python. Should be handling transcoding in the svn-version. Looked very promising, but development seems to have stalled somehow.

PS3 Mediaserver [3]

Server implemented in java. Has very good default transcoding profiles for several clients, but lacks good information for headless servers.

  • Install pms-svn from AUR using your favorite AUR-helper program
  • In /etc/conf.d/pms: set $PMS_USER to the username that will run the service
  • set the options in your /opt/pms/PMS.conf. These, for example, work with my PS3:

Template:File There are numerous other options, but they are completely undocumented. A list with all options can be found here.

  • Do:
# mkdir /opt/pms/database
# chown <username> /opt/pms/database
# chown <username> /var/log/pms.log
# /etc/rc.d/pms start
  • Use your web browser to go to: http://<ip-address-of-your-server>:5001/console/home and click on 'index files and folders'
  • (optionally) watch the output with 'tail -f /var/log/pms.log' or 'tail -f /opt/pms/debug.log' for any problems.
  • After the indexing has ended, you are done.

Rygel [4]

Server and client based on GUPnP and written in Vala - will be used in Gnome 3.0

Using other software


See article at Mpd



Using other software