MediaTomb is an UPnP server under Software Libre licensing with a nice web interface that allows you stream digital content across your home or office network to be watched o listened to many different UPnP compatible devices.
Some features included with MediaTomb are:
- You can browse and play your multimedia content via UPnP.
- Extract metadata of ogg, flac, jpeg files among other formats
- Supports Exif thumb-nails.
- Periodic folder scans.
- High flexible conversion among formats throughout scripts / plugins.
- Sophisticated web interface with a tre view of the data base and the file system, this allows you to add/remove/edit content in the server side.
- Support for external URLs (create links and content in and serve it via UPnP)
- Available for Linux, FreeBSD and MacOsX
- Run on x86, Alpha, ARM, MIPS, Sparc
- Among others
Let’s see how to install MediaTomb in Linux…
On Debian and spin-offs like Ubuntu, the installation is as is as typing this as root
aptitude install mediatomb
This will download and start the server.
Now to specifie what files to serve you can reach the web interface. This is done by going to Applicaciones > Sound and Video >Mediatomb, as shown in next picture:
This will open the web intarface with Media Tomb. To add new content you must browse in the file system by clicking “Filesystems”. Then choose the fikles to be shown in the UPnP devices by clicking the “plus” as you can see in this image:
Once you have selected all the content, you can check what you shared with the UPnP devices, To do so you can click on yhe “Database” and then select the “Video” folder as you can see below:
PS3 as an UPnP device
The PS3supports UPnP protocol, so you can see the UPnP content served by MediaTomb For instance you can play mp3′s and movies in mpeg or avo formats. When you turn on the PS3, select the Video ico, and you will see the MediaTomb logo as showed next:
If you press [X] and you go to the video section, you will find the selected shared file via MediaTomb: