Free Mediaserver “Jellyfin”

The podcast Radio Tux reported in August about the mediaserver software Jellyfin. The website can be found at

The usage is quite similar to Plex but everything is open source and freely available.

The features are:

  • Streaming over a webserver with multiple user accounts
  • Streaming of movies, series and music
  • DLNA provisioning for your home network
  • Apps for iOS and Android (even from F-Droid)
  • Plugin for KODI
  • Integration of Metadata databases like musicbrains or moviedatabase to display pictures and additional information
  • On the fly transcoding of music files (nice if you have mainly “huge” FLACs and want to stream in AAC)

On a plane Debian System Jellyfin can be installed with

sudo apt install apt-transport-https gnupg
wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb [arch=$( dpkg --print-architecture )]$( awk -F'=' '/^ID=/{ print $NF }' /etc/os-release ) $( awk -F'=' '/^VERSION_CODENAME=/{ print $NF }' /etc/os-release ) main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jellyfin.list
sudo apt update
sudo apt install jellyfin

In my case Jellyfin is available under