How to set up MiniDLNA

Hello my dear Linux Yogi’s,

in today’s illustration I am going to show you how you can set up a DLNA Server with Ubuntu and server Videos, Music and Pictures to your DLNA capable devices on your network.

Let’s get started.

MiniDLNA is a Service which offers your media to DLNA devices to stream it to your TV or Streaming apps. MiniDLNA is a very lightweight server and doesn’t require many resources. Let’s make sure before we start with MiniDLNA that your server is up2date.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

this should take care of it. The next command will install minidlna.

sudo apt-get install minidlna

Next let’s create a few directories to organize our media content with the following commands:

sudo mkdir -p /srv/DLNA/Music
sudo mkdir -p /srv/DLNA/Pictures
sudo mkdir -p /srv/DLNA/Videos

and now copy your Music, Pictures and Videos into those directories. In the next step we need to make a few adjustments to the minidlna configuration file. Use your favorite editor and edit /etc/minidlna.conf and adjust the following options (you may need to un-comment the one or the other):

media_dir=A, /srv/DLNA/Music
media_dir=P, /srv/DLNA/Pictures
media_dir=V, /srv/DLNA/Videos

In order to apply our configuration changes we need to restart our minidlna service:

sudo service  minidlna restart

this now will kick off the minidlna service to crawl through the set directories and index everything and may take some time depending on your amount of media you placed in the those three directories.

Now you can you your DLNA enabled DVD-Player and you should see the DLNA Server “My_Media_Server”


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