Raspberry Pi Media Server | Streaming To Any Source Using miniDLNA [Documentation]

I’ve made some progress on the RPi Streaming Server.

To replicate this you’ll need to do the following:

1. Install miniDLNA

sudo apt-get install minidlna

2. Edit the config file to how you want it. Edit it using vim

sudo vi /etc/minidlna.conf

3. Here’s what I’m working with, and it works.

# This is the configuration file for the MiniDLNA daemon, a DLNA/UPnP-AV media
# server.
# Unless otherwise noted, the commented out options show their default value.
# On Debian, you can also refer to the minidlna.conf(5) man page for
# documentation about this file.

# Path to the directory you want scanned for media files.
# This option can be specified more than once if you want multiple directories
# scanned.
# If you want to restrict a media_dir to a specific content type, you can
# prepend the directory name with a letter representing the type (A, P or V),
# followed by a comma, as so:
#   * "A" for audio    (eg. media_dir=A,/var/lib/minidlna/music)
#   * "P" for pictures (eg. media_dir=P,/var/lib/minidlna/pictures)
#   * "V" for video    (eg. media_dir=V,/var/lib/minidlna/videos)
# WARNING: After changing this option, you need to rebuild the database. Either
#          run minidlna with the '-R' option, or delete the 'files.db' file
#          from the db_dir directory (see below).
#          On Debian, you can run, as root, 'service minidlna force-reload' instead.

# Path to the directory that should hold the database and album art cache.

# Path to the directory that should hold the log file.

# Minimum level of importance of messages to be logged.
# Must be one of "off", "fatal", "error", "warn", "info" or "debug".
# "off" turns of logging entirely, "fatal" is the highest level of importance
# and "debug" the lowest.

# Use a different container as the root of the directory tree presented to
# clients. The possible values are:
#   * "." - standard container
#   * "B" - "Browse Directory"
#   * "M" - "Music"
#   * "P" - "Pictures"
#   * "V" - "Video"
# if you specify "B" and client device is audio-only then "Music/Folders" will be used as root

# Network interface(s) to bind to (e.g. eth0), comma delimited.

# IPv4 address to listen on (e.g.

# Port number for HTTP traffic (descriptions, SOAP, media transfer).

# URL presented to clients.
# The default is the IP address of the server on port 80.

# Name that the DLNA server presents to clients.

# Serial number the server reports to clients.

# Model name the server reports to clients.
#model_name=Windows Media Connect compatible (MiniDLNA)

# Model number the server reports to clients.

# Automatic discovery of new files in the media_dir directory.

# List of file names to look for when searching for album art. Names should be
# delimited with a forward slash ("/").

# Strictly adhere to DLNA standards.
# This allows server-side downscaling of very large JPEG images, which may
# decrease JPEG serving performance on (at least) Sony DLNA products.

# Support for streaming .jpg and .mp3 files to a TiVo supporting HMO.

# Notify interval, in seconds.

# Path to the MiniSSDPd socket, for MiniSSDPd support.

You can grab the file itself here. The only thing that’s different is where I put the media directories. The rest of the instructions are still in the .conf, it’s much simpler than mediatomb for example.

Here’s a video of the whole thing working on 3 devices!


  1. Robin says:

    hello for me everything is working but I have mal ne ask you nUnable the well (puplich / publicly) if so how
    Thank you

  2. Michael Bruyninckx says:

    Would something like this work too from one Pi to another Pi ?

    I have one Pi (wired connection) in the living room running RaspBMC, another Pi (wireless connection) in the bedroom running RaspBMC too.
    Yesterday I tried without special settings to “read” a movie file from the living room Pi on the Pi in the bedroom. I used the uPNP library sharing feature to reach the file, but it was crappy slow, hardly watchable.
    A smart streaming server on the Livingroom Pi might prevent the hickups during the watch, that’s why I’m asking.

    What do you think ?


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