Install Media Browser 3 on Ubuntu Linux

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Media Browser is a media management application among other things. It allows you to browser and filter your collection with more precision. Metadata wise it does a lot of what XBMC and the like already do but MB lets you compartmentalize metadata retrieval and playback. This leaves XBMC to just playback content with no need for write access which is great when it comes to ensuring your data security and ease of configuration of new clients. The most unique and handy feature is probably it’s ability to transcode streaming video.

 

Set up credentials

Create user account that Media Browser will run under or use existing account. Enter username and password, other options are optional and can be left blank.

adduser mediabrowser

 

Create a group that Media Browser will run under or use existing group.

groupadd media

 

Add the user to the primary group of your choice. Note that this command will also remove the user from any secondary groups.

usermod -g media mediabrowser

 

Verify that the group has been added correctly.

groups mediabrowser

 

Install

Compile and Install Mono 3.6 on Ubuntu Linux or Install an older mono version from the official repository. If you plant to Install NZBDrone / Sonarr it’s worth installing mono 3.6 or higher due to possible issues with older versions.

apt-get install mono-complete

 

Add mediabrowser PPA repository.

add-apt-repository ppa:apps-z/mediabrowser

 

Update repository list.

apt-get update

 

Install Media Browser.

apt-get install mediabrowser

 

At this point the installation is complete. Media Browser should have started automatically and be reachable via a browser on the IP address of the machine and the default port.

http://192.168.0.100:8096/mediabrowser

 

MediaBrowser uses init.d script as opposed to an upstart script to manage automatic start. By default it will run under mediabrowser user. This can be changed to another user by editing a configuration file but not the init.d file itself.

nano /etc/default/mediabrowser

 

Change the text in quotes to your desired username. You can also change several other options like default location to store metadata.

MB_USER="mediabrowser"

 

Start MediaBrowser.

service mediabrowser start

 

Stop MediaBrowser.

service mediabrowser stop

 

Restart MediaBrowser.

service mediabrowser restart

 

Check the current status of MediaBrowser.

service mediabrowser status

 

Reboot to make sure everything works correctly.

reboot

 

Quick Reference

adduser mediabrowser
groupadd media
usermod -g media mediabrowser
groups mediabrowser

Compile and Install Mono 3.6 on Ubuntu Linux

add-apt-repository ppa:apps-z/mediabrowser
apt-get update
apt-get install mediabrowser

http://192.168.0.100:8096/mediabrowser

nano /etc/default/mediabrowser
service mediabrowser start
service mediabrowser stop
service mediabrowser restart
service mediabrowser status
reboot