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Gerbera – UPnP Media Server

Gerbera – Gerbera is an UPnP Media Server. It allows you to stream your digital media throughout your home network and listen to/watch it on a variety of UPnP compatible devices. (Source CodeGPL-2.0 C++


View our documentation online at https://docs.gerbera.io.


  • Browse and playback your media via your network on all kinds of devices.
  • Web UI with a tree view of the database and the file system, allowing to add/remove/edit/browse your media
  • Metadata extraction from MP3, OGG, AAC, M4A, FLAC, wavpack, JPG (and many more!) files.
  • Media thumbnail support
  • Highly flexible media format transcoding via plugins / scripts
  • Automatic directory rescans (timed, inotify)
  • User defined server layout based on extracted metadata
  • Supports last.fm scrobbing
  • On the fly video thumbnail generation
  • Support for external URLs (create links to internet content and serve them via UPnP to your renderer)
  • Runs on Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, and more!
  • Runs on x86, ARM, MIPS, and more!


Head over to the docs page on Installing Gerbera for instructions on how to install Gerbera.


Visit our docs for instructions to Compile Gerbera or Compile latest Gerbera.

Quick start build instructions:

git clone https://github.com/gerbera/gerbera.git
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ../gerbera -DWITH_DEBUG=YES
make -j4
sudo make install


Library Min Version Recommended Latest tested Required? Note Default
libupnp 1.14.6 1.14.12 1.14.12 XOR libnpupnp pupnp
libnpupnp 4.2.1 4.2.1 4.2.1 XOR libupnp npupnp Disabled
libuuid Depends on OS Not required on *BSD
pugixml 1.10 1.12.1 Required XML file and data support
libiconv Required Charset conversion
sqlite3 3.7.0 3.35.5 3.36.0 Required Database storage
zlib Required Data compression
fmtlib 7.1.3 7.1.3 8.1.1 Required Fast string formatting
spdlog 1.8.1 1.8.5 1.10.0 Required Runtime logging
duktape 2.1.0 2.6.0 2.7.0 Optional Scripting Support Enabled
mysql Optional Alternate database storage Disabled
curl Optional Enables web services Enabled
taglib 1.12 1.12 1.12 Optional Audio tag support Enabled
libmagic Optional File type detection Enabled
wavpack 5.1.0 5.4.0 5.4.0 Optional WavPack metadata support Disabled
libmatroska 1.6.3 1.6.3 Optional MKV metadata Enabled
libebml 1.4.2 1.4.2 Optional requird by libmatroska Enabled
ffmpeg/libav Optional File metadata Disabled
libexif Optional JPEG Exif metadata Enabled
libexiv2 v0.26 v0.27.5 Optional Exif, IPTC, XMP metadata Disabled
lastfmlib 0.4.0 0.4.0 0.4.0 Optional Enables scrobbling Disabled
ffmpegthumbnailer 2.2.0 2.2.2 Optional Generate video thumbnails Disabled
inotify Optional Efficient file monitoring Enabled



Copyright (C) 2005
   Gena Batyan <bgeradz at mediatomb dot cc>
   Sergey Bostandzhyan <jin at mediatomb dot cc>

Copyright (C) 2006-2008
   Gena Batyan <bgeradz at mediatomb dot cc>
   Sergey Bostandzhyan <jin at mediatomb dot cc>
   Leonhard Wimmer <leo at mediatomb dot cc>

Copyright (C) 2016-2022
    Gerbera Contributors

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