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Turn Your Machine Into Media Server

Posted by madhavkobal on 04/10/2009

MediaTomb is an open source (GPL) UPnP MediaServer with a nice web user interface, it allows you to stream your digital media through your home network and listen to/watch it on a variety of UPnP compatible devices.

MediaTomb implements the UPnP MediaServer V 1.0 specification that can be found on http://www.upnp.org/. The current implementation focuses on parts that are required by the specification, however we look into extending the functionality to cover the optional parts of the spec as well.

MediaTomb should work with any UPnP compliant MediaRenderer, please tell us if you experience difficulties with particular models, also take a look at the Supported Devices list for more information.

Currently Supported Features

  • browse and playback your media via UPnP
  • metadata extraction from mp3, ogg, flac, jpeg, etc. files.
  • Exif thumbnail support
  • user defined server layout based on extracted metadata (scriptable virtual containers)
  • automatic directory rescans
  • highly flexible media format transcoding via plugins / scripts
  • sophisticated web UI with a tree view of the database and the file system, allowing to add/remove/edit/browse your media
  • support for external URLs (create links to internet content and serve them via UPnP to your renderer)
  • support for ContentDirectoryService container updates
  • Active Items (experimental feature), allows execution of server side scripts upon HTTP GET requests to certain items
  • highly flexible configuration, allowing you to control the behavior of various features of the server
  • support for Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X
  • runs on x86, Alpha, ARM, MIPS, Sparc
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When MediaTomb is running, you can add files and folders to your media collection through a web interface

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