TVersity Like App (UPnP Server) for Linux (Ubuntu)

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While TVersity is a great UPnP server with on the fly encoding capability, it is only meant for Windows platform. This doesn’t make my *nix friends very happy. But not to worry there are plenty of apps from the open source community as well. Here are a few good ones:

1. MediaTomb: It is probably the most feature rich and comes closest to TVersity in terms of capabilities. Here are a few top features which are taken from their website.

  • browse and playback your media via UPnP
  • metadata extraction from mp3, ogg, flac, jpeg, etc. files
  • Exif thumbnail support
  • user defined server layout based on extracted metadata (scriptable virtual containers)
  • automatic directory rescans
  • highly flexible media format transcoding via plugins / scripts
  • sophisticated web UI with a tree view of the database and the file system, allowing to add/remove/edit/browse your media
  • support for external URLs (create links to internet content and serve them via UPnP to your renderer)
  • support for ContentDirectoryService container updates
  • highly flexible configuration, allowing you to control the behavior of various features of the server
  • support for Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X: runs on x86, Alpha, ARM, MIPS, Sparc

Installation on Ubuntu 9.10 and any major Linux distrubution should be trivial as it is most probably available through the central repository, on Ubuntu you just need to do:

sudo apt-get install mediatomb

2. Gmediaserver: Gmediaserver can also be installed like Mediatomb, compared to Gmediaserver it is in its early days, and it doesn’t support image, it does support on the fly video/audio transcoding as per the needs of the UPnP client.

3. Coherence: The transcoding facility is currently only experimental.  According to their website Coherence offers a toolkit including:

  • a DLNA/UPnP MediaServer stand-alone application, which exports local/home or online media files via its backends to other UPnP clients.
  • an audio/video DLNA/UPnP MediaRenderer stand-alone application, based on the GStreamer framework .
  • Cadre: an image DLNA/UPnP MediaRenderer stand-alone application, to be used as a picture frame.
  • Mirabeau: a standalone UPnP bridge application, to share your UPnP content between two or more local networks over the Internet (work in progress).
  • The Inspector: a UPnP Device and Service analyzer/debugger tool, which can also be used as a UPnP ControlPoint.
  • Puncher: a command-line UPnP InternetGatewayDevice manipulation tool
  • Plugins or extensions for other applications to open them to the UPnP world, thanks to the framework (either as MediaServers, ControlPoints or MediaRenderers). This includes Totem, Nautilus, Eye Of Gnome, Rythmbox, Banshee, Elisa, amarok…

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