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How to install Emby on Ubuntu server the easy way

If you want to take your home server to the next level, you need to install an application to manage your media. Perhaps you are undecided whether to install Plex or Emby on your home server, but if you have decided to follow the Emby route, we got you covered. The Emby media server application not only lets you manage your media effectively, but also allows you to install plugins to complement your Emby experience. If you run a Windows system, you would benefit from following our guide to install Emby on Windows. If you want to install Emby on Ubuntu, though, just keep reading. [Read: Guide: How to install Plex on Ubuntu server]

Install Emby on Ubuntu image
Installing Emby on your Ubuntu server is easy and will let you take your media server to the next level.

If you want to perform the Emby Ubuntu download in an easy way, to add Emby to Ubuntu, you need to have keyboard access to your server. You can achieve this via a wireless HTPC keyboard, which is important because you will be using console commands. Another option would be controlling your server through an option such as Shell In A Box on Ubuntu. Whatever the case, make sure you can input text to your Ubuntu server. [Read: 5 Easy steps to Increase Shellinabox Security]

How to install Emby on Ubuntu?

For this tutorial we will use the console-based installation. The reason for this, is that I find it to be a rather simple method to install Emby on Ubuntu. There’s also a GUI method to install Emby on Ubuntu, which you can access if you head to the Emby download page, and select the Linux option. Once you do that, you can look for the Ubuntu menu. Head to the Stable Release Channel and download the appropriate .deb package.

Add Emby to Ubuntu Linux
The Emby download page has many versions of Emby server software for most of the major OSes currently available.

However, if you want to install Emby on Ubuntu via console, you simply need to input the following commands on your Ubuntu terminal:

sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/emby/xUbuntu_xx.xx/ /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/emby-server.list"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install emby-server

Take special note of the xUbuntu_xx.xx part of the code above; in this code, you need to replace the xx.xx with the actual Ubuntu version number you’re using, in order to install Emby on Ubuntu properly. For example, in my case, I did install Emby server on Ubuntu 14.04 (haven’t got around to updating it yet); therefore, my commands looked like this:

sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/emby/xUbuntu_14.04/ /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/emby-server.list"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install emby-server

Every time you enter a line from this code, some part of the process will happen, so enter these lines separately. Remember, to open a terminal on Ubuntu, you need to press Ctrl + Alt + T on your keyboard. [Read: Screenshot Guide: Install Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus]

Once you do this, enable Emby to be automatically updated by using these instructions:

wget http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:emby/xUbuntu_xx.xx/Release.key
sudo apt-key add - < Release.key

Once again, replace xx.xx with your version number.

To start Emby as a service, type this on your terminal: sudo service emby-server start. If you want to go to the configuration wizard (and test whether Emby was installed or not), head to http://localhost:8096 on a web browser window.

Emby Ubuntu download setup
Once you head to the Emby wizard URL you will see this screen, and will be able to configure your installation.

That’s it! You have successfully installed Emby on Ubuntu. Now you can add plugins to your Emby server to increase its functionality. For example, you can add the Emby Vimeo plugin to watch videos, or the Emby TuneIn Radio plugin if you want to listen to several radio stations around the world, from any Emby client device connected to your server. A world of possibilities has just opened to you and your Ubuntu home server, so make the most of it with our tutorials!

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Alejandro is an electrical engineer, working as a software developer and part-time writer. He has a passion for technology, languages and games, and has been around the web since 2004.


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