On my Linux PC, I've stored many personal photos, videos, and, of course, music files. I have several devices capable of interacting with DLNA/UPnP servers to make use of that collection. So I'm looking for a DLNA/UPnP server software for Linux, which...

  • is easy to setup, configure, and handle (management console would be nice)
  • supports most common file formats (i.e. is not restricted to only a few)
  • is "resource-friendly" (aka "light-weight")
  • runs stable
  • is not "cluttered"
  • is freely available


  • metadata retrieval from sources like IMDB etc. (for music and movies), adjustable in terms of an interface for own additions
  • optional plus (not requirement): remote management console for Android
  • a great plus would be if it can act as DLNA controller, so media can be sent to renderers (instead of only being looked up by them)

I've already tried several candidates, but ran into as many limitations as I've tried candidates: miniDLNA often got a "hick-up" (got stuck and ate resources), Serviio is mostly a time-limited trial when it comes to its GUI. Several others were simply "too big" (e.g. MythTV).

What are your experiences? Which are the DLNA servers matching above specifications you would recommend, based on your own experience, and why would you recommend them?


1 Answer 1


You could take a look at Media Tomb, which is a free, open source and highly configurable UPnP media server for Linux supporting the following features and more:

  • It has a web user interface for management
  • Supports a plethora of media types and supports plugins
  • Is freely available (licensed under GNU)
  • Supports metadata extraction from MP3, OGG, FLAC, JPEG, etc

The web front end is easy to use and looks like this (the filenames are blurred on purpose!):

Media Tomb UI

From here you can add files, folders, set auto re-scanning preferences and more.

  • Thanks, Flyk! In fact, I already had MediaTomb on my list. Don't remember why I skipped it back then. Will take a look at it again.
    – Izzy
    Commented Feb 7, 2014 at 18:45
  • From the website: "MediaTomb version 0.11.0 introduces a new feature - transcoding (...) Last but not least - subtitles". Been looking for something like that for months. I am so much testing it now! Commented Nov 22, 2014 at 23:08

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