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Gerbera - UPnP Media Server

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Gerbera is a UPnP media server which allows you to stream your digital media through your home network and consume it on a variety of UPnP compatible devices.

Pull requests are very welcome and reporting issues is encouraged.

Gerbera was originally based on MediaTomb


View our documentation online at http://docs.gerbera.io.


  • Browse and playback your media via your network on all kinds of devices.
  • Web UI with a tree view of the database and the file system, allowing to add/remove/edit/browse your media
  • Metadata extraction from MP3, OGG, AAC, M4A, FLAC, JPG (and many more!) files.
  • Media thumbnail support
  • Highly flexible media format transcoding via plugins / scripts
  • Automatic directory rescans (timed, inotify)
  • User defined server layout based on extracted metadata
  • Supports last.fm scrobbing
  • On the fly video thumbnail generation
  • Support for external URLs (create links to internet content and serve them via UPnP to your renderer)
  • Runs on Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, and more!
  • Runs on x86, ARM, MIPS, and more!


Head over to the docs page on Installing Gerbera.


Gerbera uses CMake.

Quick start build instructions:

# Assuming Ubuntu base
git clone https://github.com/gerbera/gerbera.git
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ../gerbera -DWITH_MAGIC=1 -DWITH_MYSQL=1 -DWITH_CURL=1 -DWITH_JS=1 \
make -j4
sudo make install

Alternatively, the options can be set using a GUI (make sure to press "c" to configure after toggling settings in the GUI):

git clone https://github.com/gerbera/gerbera.git
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ../gerbera
make edit_cache
# Enable some of the WITH... options
make -j4
sudo make install

Install prerequisites.

On Ubuntu 16.04

apt-get install uuid-dev libsqlite3-dev libmysqlclient-dev \
libmagic-dev libexif-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev libspdlog-dev libpugixml-dev
# If building with LibAV/FFmpeg (-DWITH_AVCODEC=1)
apt-get install libavutil-dev libavcodec-dev libavformat-dev libavdevice-dev \
libavfilter-dev libavresample-dev libswscale-dev libswresample-dev libpostproc-dev

The following packages are too old in 16.04 and must be installed from source: taglib (1.11.x), and libupnp (1.12.x).

libupnp must be configured/built with --enable-ipv6. See scripts/install-pupnp.sh for details.

On FreeBSD

The following has bee tested on FreeBSD 11.0 using a clean jail environment.

  1. Install the required prerequisites as root using either ports or packages. This can be done via Package manager or ports. (pkg manager is used here.) Include mysql if you wish to use that instead of SQLite3.

    pkg install wget git autoconf automake libtool taglib cmake gcc libav ffmpeg libexif pkgconf liblastfm gmake
  2. Clone repository, build dependencies in current in ports and then build gerbera.

    git clone https://github.com/gerbera/gerbera.git 
    mkdir build
    cd build
    sh ../gerbera/scripts/install-pupnp18.sh
    sh ../gerbera/scripts/install-duktape.sh
    make -j4
    sudo make install

On macOS

The Gerbera Team maintains a Homebrew Tap to allow for easy installation of Gerbera Media Server on macOS.



Lib Version Required? Note Compile-time option Default
libupnp >=1.12.1 Required pupnp
libuuid Depends on OS On *BSD native libuuid is used, others require e2fsprogs-libuuid
pugixml Required pugixml
libiconv Required
sqlite3 Required Database storage
zlib Required
fmtlib Required
spdlog Required
duktape 2.1.0 Optional Scripting Support WITH_JS Enabled
mysql Optional Alternate database storage WITH_MYSQL Disabled
curl Optional Enables web services WITH_CURL Enabled
taglib 1.11.1 Optional Audio tag support WITH_TAGLIB Enabled
libmagic Optional File type detection WITH_MAGIC Enabled
libmatroska Optional MKV metadata WITH_MATROSKA Enabled
ffmpeg/libav Optional File metadata WITH_AVCODEC Disabled
libexif Optional JPEG Exif metadata WITH_EXIF Enabled
libexiv2 Optional Exif, IPTC, XMP metadata WITH_EXIV2 Disabled
lastfmlib 0.4.0 Optional Enables scrobbling WITH_LASTFM Disabled
ffmpegthumbnailer Optional Generate video thumbnails WITH_FFMPEGTHUMBNAILER Disabled
inotify Optional Efficient file monitoring WITH_INOTIFY Enabled



Copyright (C) 2005
   Gena Batyan <bgeradz at mediatomb dot cc>
   Sergey Bostandzhyan <jin at mediatomb dot cc>

Copyright (C) 2006-2008
   Gena Batyan <bgeradz at mediatomb dot cc>
   Sergey Bostandzhyan <jin at mediatomb dot cc>
   Leonhard Wimmer <leo at mediatomb dot cc>

Copyright (C) 2016-2020
    Gerbera Contributors