How to Easily Create Home Media Server with Ubuntu 20.04

April 10, 2020 — 3 Comments

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Now it’s easily to create a home media sever in Ubuntu with the default Gnome desktop since a new sharing option added in Settings utility.

Rygel is a home media solution (UPnP AV Media Server) allows you to easily share audio, video, and pictures to smart TV, game consoles, or other devices over a home network.

Since Ubuntu 19.10, Rygel is installed out-of-the-box, and Settings utility offers an option to easily toggle the service.

1.) Open Settings and navigate to Sharing in the left pane. Then turn on the top-right corner toggle, and finally click on “Media Sharing”

2.) In the next popup dialog, do:

  • Turn on the top-left toggle to enable media sharing.
  • Add (scroll down, click ‘+’ button) or remove folders you want to share.
  • Choose Wifi or Wired network if both connected.

Finally, enjoy streaming media in your TV, mobile phone, or any other devices with DLNA/UPnP support.

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3 responses to How to Easily Create Home Media Server with Ubuntu 20.04

  1. If using Ubuntu Server 20.04 and wanting to not install a GUI is this the best option?

  2. Does it work for sub folders in Videos as well?

  3. possible switch on dlna on 20.04 from ssh?

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